Remo Wireless Selects CLOE IoT Platform from Sequans and STMicroelectronics to Design IoT Tracker Devices

Remo Wireless Selects CLOE IoT Platform from Sequans and STMicroelectronics to Design IoT Tracker Devices

Remo Wireless Selects CLOE IoT Platform from Sequans and STMicroelectronics to Design IoT Tracker Devices

Sequans Communications S.A. and STMicroelectronics announced that Remo Wireless, a China-based maker of IoT devices and integrated solutions, has selected Sequans’ and ST’s CLOE IoT tracker platform to design into a variety of IoT tracker products for customers in North America, Japan, and China.

CLOE — connecting and locating objects everywhere — combines Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT (Long-Term Evolution 4G technology) chip with ST’s Teseo III GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) chip in an all-in-one IoT tracker product-development solution for ODMs worldwide.

“We selected CLOE because it delivers the most powerful IoT tracker development solution we’ve seen anywhere by combining the best-in-class technologies from both Sequans and ST,” said Lu Biao, senior marketing and sales director, Remo Wireless.

“CLOE is a complete and compact pre-integrated solution that includes LTE-M, MEMS, and GNSS, and can be expanded to include Bluetooth low energy and Wi-Fi in an extremely small form factor. We are developing solutions including asset trackers, pets, and kids’ trackers, on-board diagnosis II (OBDII) devices, and more.”

“Remo Wireless is a very aggressive and successful ODM and our collaboration with them on CLOE is yielding excellent results,” said Danny Kedar, VP, IoT Business Unit, Sequans. “CLOE’s power as a turnkey tracker solution is being put to good use with Remo customers who are designing highly efficient LTE for IoT trackers for several applications.”

“CLOE is a result of our close and efficient cooperation with Sequans, and Remo Wireless is the first ODM to benefit from it,” said Antonio Radaelli, Infotainment BU Director, STMicroelectronics. “The tracker products Remo is developing will benefit from CLOE’s integrated LTE-M and GNSS capabilities that we combined to operate independently at the lowest possible power consumption.”

A turnkey IoT tracker solution for OEMs and ODMs, CLOE integrates a power management unit (PMU), LTE, GNSS, memories and a microcontroller in a very small 30 x 40 mm package. CLOE is intelligently engineered to address multiple tracking applications with best-in-class battery life, location accuracy, reachability, mobility, and reporting periodicity. Designed with separated GNSS, LTE-M, and application domain power systems, CLOE allows its GNSS subsystem to continue to track while other domains are shut down, allowing rock-bottom power consumption.

CLOE is available now and is optimized for production based on a full bill of materials that includes LTE, GNSS, accelerometer, power supply, battery management, LED, and button management. The modular design enables copy/paste to optimize BOM cost and is easily customizable.

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STMicroelectronics and Objenious Collaborate to Speed Connection of IoT Nodes to LoRa® Networks

STMicroelectronics and Objenious Collaborate to Speed Connection of IoT Nodes to LoRa® Networks

STMicroelectronics and Objenious, a founding member of the LoRa Alliance and the first carrier in France to provide a nationwide LoRa® network, are working together to accelerate the connection of Internet-of-Things (IoT) nodes to LoRa networks.

ST’s development kits certified on the Objenious network are available now, greatly reducing R&D effort and time to market in the creation of new LoRa devices.

LoRAWAN is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) based on LoRa technology that is opening up a world of possibilities to create networks of connected devices ideal to address a broad range of IoT applications. The benefits of LoRa especially suit applications where nodes have limited power capability, can be difficult to access, and data transfers don’t require high bandwidth. LoRa can, thus, target a wide spectrum of applications such as tracking, proactive maintenance, and many others. Industry analysts estimate there will be tens of billions of connected devices deployed in the world by 2020.

Objenious launched and operates the 1st LoRa network in France, with more than 4,200 antennas deployed around the country. Leveraging the network know-how inherited from Bouygues Telecom, Objenious now proposes its LoRa network, platform, and services for LPWAN IoT to partners and customers locally and internationally thanks to roaming agreements.

With its broad portfolio of general-purpose and secure microcontrollers (MCUs) and sensors, along with analog, power, mixed-signal, and connectivity technologies, ST offers all ingredients for making connected devices for any application. The company helps developers by providing tools and software libraries that aid the STM32 MCU-based embedded design as part of its freely available STM32 Open Development Environment (ODE). By integrating Objenious’ network access software on top of the STM32 ODE, developing connected devices is even easier.

“The collaboration of STMicroelectronics and Objenious offers customers an opportunity to easily and quickly develop LPWAN-connected objects for the Objenious network, accelerating the business and the development of the IoT,” said Stéphane Allaire, CEO of Objenious.

Thierry Tingaud, West Europe Sales, and President of STMicroelectronics France, said:

“Offering STM32-based LoRa-enabled kits that are already certified on the Objenious network is a valuable asset for developers as it hurdles a major challenge in their efforts to create new LoRa devices. In addition to pre-integrating the software development kit, the Objenious-LoRa-enabled STM32-based solution is ready to use on a live network, greatly reducing R&D effort and time to market.”

STM32 Nucleo LoRa kits are now certified and available to developers through ST sales channels.

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Sequans and STMicroelectronics Introduce New LTE Tracker Platform to Connect and Locate Objects Everywhere

Sequans and STMicroelectronics Introduce New LTE Tracker Platform to Connect and Locate Objects Everywhere

CLOE to be demoed at Mobile World Congress Americas.

Sequans Communications S.A. and STMicroelectronics today introduced CLOE, a new LTE-connected tracker platform based on the integration of Sequans and ST technologies.

An acronym of Connecting and Locating Objects Everywhere, CLOE combines the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies of two industry leaders into one comprehensive platform that simplifies the development of LTE-based IoT tracker devices for the full range of vertical markets, including logistics, consumer electronics, and automotive.

Specifically designed and optimized for OEMs and ODMs to add IoT tracking capability to their product offerings, CLOE integrates Sequans’ Monarch LTE Cat M1/NB1 chip and ST’s Teseo III Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip for industry-leading communications and satellite-based tracking performance

Antonio Radaelli, Infotainment BU Director, STMicroelectronics, said:

“CLOE targets multiple vertical markets with best-in-class performance for all of the important tracking measures: battery life, location accuracy, reachability, mobility, and reporting periodicity. ‘Componentizing’ ST’s navigation technology and Sequans’ LTE modem technology makes CLOE an ideal platform to build trackers of all types—anything a developer can think of.”

“The tight integration of ST’s latest-generation Teseo chip with our Monarch LTE chip results in a power-optimized, cost-effective, all-in-one solution to speed new IoT tracker devices to market in a very short time,” said Danny Kedar, VP of Sequans IoT business unit. “CLOE delivers ultra reliable LTE connectivity with ultra low power consumption, and high performance GNSS and accelerometer performance, including lowest Time To First Fix (TTFF).”

CLOE Key Features

  • Turnkey cellular tracker solution for OEMs and ODMs, anywhere in the world
  • Chipset integrates PMU, LTE, GNSS, memories, and MCU
  • First-to-market, operator-certified
  • LTE Cat M1/NB1 dual-category
  • Covers all worldwide LTE bands with a single hardware design
  • Industry-leading GNSS accuracy and Time To First Fix
  • Support for autonomous or server-based Assisted GPS (AGPS) for optimal Time To Fix
  • Designed to address multiple track & trace segments, including:
    • Logistics
    • Consumer electronics
    • Automotive
  • Optimized for low power consumption and cost
  • Modular design includes GNSS, cellular connectivity, MEMS; can be expanded to include other sensors, Bluetooth, and/or Wi-Fi.

CLOE is designed and optimized for production based on a full bill of materials (BOM) that includes LTE, GNSS, accelerometer, power supply, battery management, LED, and button management. The modular design enables copy/paste and optimizes BOM cost. CLOE is easily customizable.

CLOE will be demonstrated live at Mobile World Congress Americas, San Francisco, September 12-14, at Sequans’ stand N.501 in the north hall. CLOE will be offered by both Sequans and ST, and availability is scheduled for Q4.

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STMicroelectronics and ZTE Team to Promote LoRa Technology and Applications in China

STMicroelectronics and ZTE Team to Promote LoRa Technology and Applications in China

STMicroelectronics and ZTE Corporation are working together with the China LoRa Application Alliance (CLAA) to promote the LPWAN (Low-Power Wide-Area Network) industry and applications in China, enabling the CLAA compatibility on STM32 microcontrollers.

The cooperative efforts use ZTE expertise and relationships to contribute CLAA technical specifications, testing certification tools, and the development and market of CLAA gateway International Working Group (IWG) and CLAA network server Mobility Server Platform (MSP). At the same time, ST is working to enable compatibility of its STM32 microcontrollers (MCU) with the CLAA technical specification and to develop MCU products with the CLAA protocol stack. ST’s efforts encompass an analysis of the combination of the STM32 CLAA library and current ST-certified LoRaWAN(TM) 1.0.2 stack into the Proprietary CLAA security protocol. The two parties aim to build a sharable carrier-level LPWAN IoT (Internet of Things) for China.

Arnaud Bonnet, Department Head, Asia Regional Key Accounts, STMicroelectronics, said:
“The STM32 ecosystem has well pervaded China IoT and is already a powerful contributor to the development of IoT in Smart Cities, Homes, and Industry in China. Coupling our uItra-low-power ARM®-based STM32 series with low-power connectivity defined by CLAA and sponsored by ZTE will serve as a valuable building block for the further deployment of IoT applications and services.”

Liu Jianye, ZTE Vice President, said:

“A close cooperation between ZTE and ST can provide CLAA members with better and faster LoRa IoT research and development support, which will contribute to the rapid adoption of low-cost, low-power IoT and accelerate the arrival of digital economy and intelligent society.”

Note: China LoRa Application Alliance (CLAA) is a technology-focused group supported by the LoRa Alliance(TM). CLAA was initiated by ZTE, which has been an active participant and is using cooperation with other leaders to build and innovate in various fields of IoT. By the end of January 2016, more than 590 members have joined CLAA, and CLAA has built China LoRa applications “Technology Exchange Platform,” “Program Verification Platform,” “Market Cooperation Platform,” “Resource Docking Platform,” and “Innovation Incubator Platform.” CLAA has now completed more than 100 alliance product certifications and released more than 80 application types. It has also enabled 30 CLAA IoT application demonstration bases, greatly enriching the LPWAN application types. The CLAA specification is a ZTE-driven carrier-class multi-service sharable wide-area LoRa IoT specification that is open only to affiliates who sign NDA confidentiality agreements.

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