Sierra Wireless and AT&T will trial next generation LTE-M network technologies this autumn, spurring LTE network connections for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Sierra Wireless AirPrime® LTE-M modules, part of the industry-leading HL Series, are expected be commercially available in the first half of 2017.
LTE-M technology works specifically with IoT devices, such as smart meters, mobile health and wearables. Benefits include; lower costs for gateway modules to the LTE network, longer battery life, and better LTE coverage underground and in building areas that challenge existing coverage.
“Millions of new IoT devices and services require low-power, low-cost cellular connectivity, which Low Power Wide Area technologies like LTE-M are designed to deliver,” said Dan Schieler, SVP, OEM Solutions, Sierra Wireless.
“This pilot will show how LTE-M will connect a new generation of IoT applications.”
The HL Series uses the CF3™ form factor, which is footprint-compatible across product lines and network technologies. And it’s fully interchangeable with current and future modules, according to Sierra Wireless.