The future is wireless: Should we still care about cables?

As the world goes wireless, Indi Sall, technical director, NG Bailey’s IT Services division asks if the days of the wired network are numbered. Compared to a few years ago, plugging things in has started to feel like a major hassle.

In the home environment the wireless smart hub has become the centre of the digital home, connecting smart TV’s, wireless speakers, wireless printers, lighting, power and heating controls, and providing a platform for voice assistants such as Siri and Alexa. This wireless environment is also becoming increasingly visible in the corporate world with networks now supporting all of the above in addition to applications such as united communications and wireless conferencing solutions etc.

Wireless networks have had such a positive impact on the user’s digital experience that it is now impossible to imagine life without them. Does this mean that the time has come to abandon wires altogether?

In terms of throughput speed and continuity – two of the pillars by which today’s corporate networks are judged – the answer should be a plain ‘no’. Here, the wired world still reigns supreme. When considering flexibility, however, cables don’t just falter, they fall by the wayside completely. Have you ever seen anyone plug a cable into their smartphone so they could get faster Internet? Me either.

The proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) has led to an increase in network connected devices. As sensors gradually appear in everything, from the clothes we wear to the chairs we sit on, our already-substantial reliance on wireless data is about to spike. Then there really is no going back.

Couple IoT with today’s increasing business appetites for cloud services and workforce mobility, then combine it with end-users’ insatiable consumption of streamed and social media, and it’s easy to see the growth in wireless connectivity and the need for investment in the latest wireless technologies in order to cope with demand.

Over the next three years, these forces will drive a huge upswing in demand for technologies that can optimise wireless infrastructure performance. Many owners of tenanted and high-occupancy buildings, in particular, are having to completely rethink their entire approach to ensure their estate offers state of the art digital connectivity.

Not only must building owners consider Wi-Fi technologies but they must also consider optimising the macro GSM network to ensure excellent 4G cellular coverage. Distributed antenna systems (DAS), which boost 3G and 4G network signals inside a property, are starting to gain serious traction.

By enabling greater in-building availability of mobile operator services, DAS signal boosters can offset the ‘blocking effect’ that many buildings’ physical structure has on GSM signal coverage, overcoming the common ‘poor mobile signal’ problem that many occupants of large buildings experience.

WiFi is also evolving. Increasingly good quality WiFi is being seen as a utility service within public buildings such as universities, hospitals, shopping centres, hotels, transport estates and town centres. Smart public Wi-Fi systems, like the SSE Arena in Belfast, not only transmit zone by zone high-density Wi-Fi signals that enable entire crowds to connect with 50Mbps […]

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Qualcomm Technologies Announces the Introduction of Qualcomm Wireless Edge Services

Qualcomm Technologies Announces the Introduction of Qualcomm Wireless Edge Services

Qualcomm Technologies Announces the Introduction of Qualcomm Wireless Edge Services

Introduces Chipset as a Service model designed to facilitate mass scale and trusted device provisioning, security and lifecycle management.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced Qualcomm® wireless edge services a set of trusted software services designed to meet the requirements of new Enterprise and Industrial IoT customers to securely provision, connect and manage long life-cycles of billions of intelligent wireless devices through their cloud platforms.

Qualcomm wireless edge services software is expected to be exposed through new APIs and available on select Qualcomm Technologies’ chipsets – initially the MDM9206, MDM9628 and QCA4020 – and later on, select Qualcomm Snapdragon™ platforms.

As the relevance, capability and intelligence of the wireless edge increases, Qualcomm Technologies continues to evolve its leading Snapdragon portfolio to better serve and accelerate the realization of the data driven transformation central to our 5G vision. Qualcomm wireless edge services is anticipated to facilitate the integration, processing, analysis, learning and trusted exchange of information with wireless edge devices and unlock new use cases, services, ecosystems and business models, creating additional value across many industries.

With security rooted in the chipset hardware, Qualcomm wireless edge services is designed to assist large enterprise, industrial cloud providers and users in provisioning and managing massive amounts of connected 4G and 5G devices in a trusted, security-rich and scalable manner. It is also engineered to support a new Chipsets as a Service (CaaS) business model, in which the value of certain chipset capabilities can be realized through services.

Specifically, Qualcomm wireless edge services is expected to provide trusted device services as well as strong protection against compromised devices and network attacks through hardware-based device integrity. Qualcomm wireless edge services is designed to facilitate the deployment of edge devices at scale, as well as efficient zero-touch life-cycle management through services such as plug n play onboarding, on-demand, over-the-air feature activation, emergency and routine upgrades as well as third party service enablement throughout the device life-cycle.

Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G and Industrial IOT, Qualcomm Wireless GmbH, said:

“With the introduction of Qualcomm wireless edge services, we continue to evolve and augment our leading Snapdragon portfolio to better serve our expanding base of customers across many industries and unlock the potential associated with trusted wireless access to billions of increasingly capable edge devices.”

“We are excited by the initial response from cloud, enterprise and industrial companies and are looking forward to working with them as well as our traditional customers to accelerate the transformative opportunity supported by advanced security, intelligence and wireless connectivity capability at the edge.”

Qualcomm wireless edge services is designed for and expected to be applicable across multiple segments and initially be offered on Qualcomm’s MDM9206 LTE Modem for Industrial IoT products, MDM9628 LTE Modem for Automotive products and QCA4020 for Home IoT products, which require extremely reliable connectivity and security. The initial support of Qualcomm wireless edge services on these chipsets is anticipated to be available in 2H 2018.

“At Alibaba, we are invested in developing leading-edge and reliable technologies to accelerate and support a broad range of commercial and industrial applications,” said Wei Ku, general manager, Alibaba Cloud IoT. “We see a strong synergy between Qualcomm wireless edge services and Alibaba Cloud Link, which will bring opportunities to expand security services and extend lifecycle management to customers, while also supporting greater feature management and flexibility.”

“We believe very close collaboration between cloud computing and edge devices is necessary to address the challenges of the industrial IoT ecosystem,” said Ray Guan, deputy general manager, Baidu Cloud. “Qualcomm wireless edge services is a very promising technology which will allow the ecosystem to unlock new use cases and business models, and lower the barrier of entry for many customers.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies in this new initiative”, said Jack Huang, chief executive officer, Gizwits, China’s leading IoT development platform and cloud service provider, “as Qualcomm wireless edge services will complement and augment our IoT cloud offering, helping us innovate in both technology and business models.”

“At MeiG, we understand that device security is a core requirement for today’s growing IoT,” said Benjamin Du, chief executive officer, MeiG Smart. “We expect that Qualcomm wireless edge services will give us increased flexibility and built in support for developing products that can be easily integrated with cloud infrastructure.”

Said, Joe Xia, chief technology officer, Mobike:
“The subject of IoT Security is of critical importance to the field of shared mobility. Qualcomm wireless edge services enhanced security algorithm will help us to ensure the rights of our customers continue to be protected with the most advanced technology available. In addition, the flexible service structure offered by Qualcomm wireless edge services will help stimulate further innovation in IoT services across the industry.”

“Given the complexity of IoT requirements for modules and the very diverse verticals our products serve,” said Patrick Qian, chief executive officer, Quectel, “We anticipate that Qualcomm wireless edge services will be a fundamental tool to address the market needs with flexibility and scale.”

“As demand for device connectivity continues to grow across new use cases and industries, the requirements of the massive IoT are becoming increasingly more diversified,” said Wendy Wang, general manager, SIMCom Wireless. “SIMCom is providing service for an installed-base of 10,000 Enterprise customers with 100 million connections around the world today, we are excited about Qualcomm wireless edge services to help address such a big user base with strong hardware-based security design. With Qualcomm wireless edge services, we hope to continue to develop cost efficient LTE modules that meet the increasingly diversified connectivity, processing and security requirements without requiring an extra layer of hardware or software”.

Said Dr. Jun Zou, chief technology officer, Sunsea Group:
“At Sunsea we believe IoT opportunities can be fully addressed with the right integration of edge devices and cloud. Qualcomm wireless edge services is a fundamental step in this direction and we look forward to collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies to provide even richer services to our customer base.”

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Sierra Wireless Launches Industry’s First LPWA Cellular Router for Commercial and Enterprise IoT Applications

Sierra Wireless Launches Industry’s First LPWA Cellular Router for Commercial and Enterprise IoT Applications

Sierra Wireless Launches Industry’s First LPWA Cellular Router for Commercial and Enterprise IoT Applications

AirLink® LX60 delivers LTE (Cat-4), LTE-M (Cat-M1) and NB-IoT (Cat-NB1) secure, managed connectivity for IoT applications, including building automation, digital signage, taxis, ATMs, kiosks and point-of-sale terminals.

Sierra Wireless today announced the AirLink® LX60, the industry’s first cloud-managed Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular router for the IoT.

The LX60, with LTE and LTE-M/NB-IoT variants, extends the AirLink Networking Solutions portfolio into new applications, including building automation, digital signage, taxis, ATMs, kiosks and point-of-sale terminals for both primary and backup connectivity.

Today’s global businesses are rapidly undergoing a digital transformation by connecting their equipment, offices and stores to deliver service-oriented business models that increase efficiency, revenue and customer satisfaction. The AirLink LX60 is purpose-built to enable this transformation, providing LTE connectivity out of the box, combined with trusted AirLink networking, routing and security. Sierra Wireless also provides a complete portfolio of AirLink Network Management tools, available in the cloud or on premises, for remote monitoring, configuration and control of all connected AirLink routers and gateways. With the LX60, businesses can rapidly and confidently deploy high-volume IoT applications that easily scale from tens to tens of thousands of networking devices.

AirLink LX60 also enables IoT edge programmability, supporting the field-proven ALEOS Application Framework for embedded applications, as well as tightly integrated cloud services and APIs. These features, combined with LTE-M/NB-IoT connectivity and a rich set of I/O options for data acquisition and sensor aggregation, enable critical data to be processed at the edge to drive application insight and create event-driven situational awareness, while optimizing data transmission. LTE-M/NB-IoT support also provides 5 to 10X enhanced coverage in remote locations or buildings, while reducing ongoing airtime costs by up to 60 percent.

“With more than three million routers and gateways deployed, Sierra Wireless is a trusted partner for thousands of customers who rely on AirLink Networking Solutions to provide secure managed connectivity for mission-critical applications in some of the harshest operating conditions on the planet,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless.

“The new LX60 provides the same connectivity experience and flexibility as our rugged performance portfolio, but in a new package optimized to meet commercial and enterprise IoT application requirements.”

The AirLink LX60 is part of Sierra Wireless’ new AirLink Essential series of routers and gateways. It is available in two variants:
Sierra Wireless AirLink LX60 LPWA cellular router

  • LTE-M/NB-IoT (up to 300 kbps downlink) for enhanced coverage and LTE Cat-4 (up to 150Mbps downlink) for higher throughput. It features dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, LAN/WAN switchable to support primary and backup connectivity configurations, as well as RS-232, RS-485 and I/O ports, making it easy to connect existing machines without the need for added adapters and converters.
  • The LTE Cat-4 variant is available with optional Wi-Fi and GNSS capabilities, making it ideal for connecting retail and commercial fleet applications.

“Our customers expect Wi-Fi service wherever they are—whether it’s in retail locations or taxis,” said Brian Anderson, VP Products at Colony Networks, a cloud-based provider of Wi-Fi solutions. “The LX60 with Wi-Fi and GNSS offers easy-to-deploy, secure, reliable cellular backhauled Wi-Fi in virtually any location. The device management and reporting capabilities from the AirLink Network Management systems integrate with our Wi-Fi policy management and analytics portal, providing customers control with actionable insights for the business.”

Pricing & Availability

AirLink LX60 models are priced at $ 449 for LTE-M/NB-IoT, $ 499 for LTE Cat-4 and $ 569 for LTE Cat-4 with Wi-Fi and GNSS. LX60 LTE Cat-4 variants are sampling now with commercial availability beginning in April 2018. LX60 LTE-M/NB-IoT samples will be available in May 2018. AirLink Networking Solutions are sold through Sierra Wireless’ authorized channel partners worldwide.

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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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Sigfox launches certified C1D1 wireless sensor nodes with partner OleumTech

Sigfox launches certified C1D1 wireless sensor nodes with partner OleumTech

Sigfox launches certified C1D1 wireless sensor nodes with partner OleumTech

The partnership brings together two power-houses, OleumTech with their domain expertise operating in hazardous environments, and Sigfox, with their worldwide LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) network. The Sigfox enabled C1D1 devices will allow users to benefit from out-of-the-box LPWA wireless connectivity, leveraging OleumTech’s patented self-contained, battery-powered wireless transmitter technology with an intrinsically safe design made for operating in hazardous environments.

OleumTech, a leading provider of M2M communications and industrial automation solutions, today launched a full line of certified C1D1 wireless sensor nodes with their partner Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT).

As a leading pioneer of design innovation in the digital oilfield, OleumTech manufactures and distributes industrial wireless automation systems across various sectors including Energy and Water. Having already launched a general-purpose line of Sigfox enabled products, our products have radically transformed how companies gather data in the field, providing visibility to disparate assets, especially in remote, hazardous locations, enabling real-time optimized decisions regarding resource deployment and regulatory compliance. With a global installed base of over 350,000 devices, OleumTech’s products provide critical data for measurement variables such as pressure, flow, temperature, level, alarms, etc.

Companies can now benefit from OleumTech’s C1D1 intrinsically safe wireless sensor nodes. Specifically designed for use in industrial hazardous environments with numerous benefits including:

  • Exceptional battery life – up to 8 years in most Sigfox applications
  • Easy servicing with no hot work permit or requiring removal from the process
  • Convenience of LCD version providing local indication
  • Extended range of up to 30km to cost effectively monitor remote assets

“OleumTech continues to release innovative products and platforms, enabling customers to take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things, and reimagine their operations. Our Sigfox enabled C1D1 offering reinforces this commitment”, said Brent McAdams, Sr. Vice President of Global Strategic Initiatives, OleumTech.

“The ultimate benefit of our C1D1 (zone 0) Sigfox enabled transmitters is that they can be deployed in hazardous environments where there is always explosive liquids, vapors or gases present and customers can have confidence that through our intrinsically safe design, we will not generate enough energy to even cause a spark, providing the safest operating environment for both personnel and equipment.”

“We recognize the significant effort and investment required to obtain regulatory approvals for the Class 1, Division 1 (Zone 0) certifications”, said Raouti Chehih, Chief Adoption Officer, Sigfox.

“With this global offering, the OleumTech product line fills a much-needed gap in our Sigfox ecosystem enabling customers operating in hazardous environments to benefit from our global connectivity solution”.

The intrinsically safe C1D1 line of OleumTech wireless transmitters with embedded Sigfox connectivity is now available.

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