Gemalto has introduced its first LTE Category 1 (Cat 1) wireless module, which is designed for IoT devices requiring a long lifespan, significant bandwidth and power efficiencies.
Specifically designed for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications, the new Cinterion ELS31 M2M module provides power-optimised performance and single-mode LTE at speeds of up to 10Mbit/s download and 5Mbit/s uplink.
The module is aimed at IoT applications such as metering, tracking and tracing, fleet management and mHealth, which require the longevity and reliability of LTE in the decades ahead as 2G and 3G networks phase out.
Gemalto said that the rugged Cinterion ELS31 is the first in a series of M2M-optimised LTE products we can expect from the company. In addition to providing a long lifespan, significant bandwidth and power efficiencies, it also has a feature set specific to the needs of industrial IoT solution such as extended operating temperatures from -40°C to 85°C.
The ELS31 shares the same footprint as existing Cinterion industrial portfolio products, so the new module enables easy migration to LTE from 2G and 3G devices. All Cinterion modules come with Full Type Approval (FTA) and local network operator certifications to ensure easy integration and a fast time to market for innovative solutions.
The Cat 1 LTE module joins the Cinterion family of integrated products leveraging Gemalto's core competencies on machine identification modules (MIMs), managed M2M platforms and security technology required for today's IoT world.
"Mobile networks worldwide are rapidly evolving to LTE, but the vast majority of industrial M2M and IoT solutions don't require high-speed 4G bandwidth for optimal performance," said Josh Builta, associate director of M2M at IHS.
"LTE Cat 1 modules, however, provide performance and features that are optimal for most industrial applications, and deliver a cost-effective way to alleviate customers' long-term future proofing concerns."
"With M2M connections expected to reach 1 billion by 2020, the new Gemalto Cinterion Cat 1 module paves the way for massive expansion of the IoT marketplace enabling smart, efficient and cost effective use of evolving 4G networks," said Axel Hansmann Vice President Portfolio & Strategy M2M at Gemalto.
"The new module is the industry's first step toward true machine type communications offering advantages in size, power and longevity as well as easy integration with Gemalto's market leading MIMs and security technologies for significant value added benefits."