With the swift and much-discussed Internet of Things (IoT) changing the way digital security needs to be developed and responded to, security company Gemalto has announced a Cat M1 IoT solution for network efficiency and performance. It comes about thanks to a partnership with LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A., which developed a Cat M1 chip.
Gemalto claims that the power management used in their solution enables more than 10 years of battery life in IoT devices.
The partnership, using a Gernalto wireless module packaged with Cat M1 technology developed by Sequans, was displayed at the GSMA Mobility Live! show in Atlanta on Nov. 1 and 2.
The dedicated Cat M1 technology is based on Sequans’ Monarch chip, which enables the operation of a Gemalto wireless module. This then connects to an Ericsson‘s RBS6000 Multi-Standard base station updated with Cat M1 software, which can support over 10 LTE frequency bands. The simplicity of the setup is said to enable power-saving capabilities appropriate for indoor IoT devices.
“Cat M1 will enable a wide range of new IoT applications to the benefit of industry and society at large. We are pleased to work with Sequans and Gemalto to foster the development of an early Cat M1 ecosystem to support, for example, a multi-function Vehicle Telematics application as enabled by this demo,” Ericsson VP Business Unit Network Products Thomas Norén said.
The LTE Cat M1 wireless module is expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2016. Gemalto said that it is particularly suited for alarm systems, smart city controllers, wearables and other small IoT applications, and industrial sensors.
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