Maestro Wireless Solutions, a provider of tracking devices for IoT applications, is to release its first LTE Cat-1 tracker, which is based on the AirPrime HL Series of IoT modules from Sierra Wireless.
Maestro’s newest tracker, the ruggedised MT-44, provides fleet and asset tracking capabilities in harsh mobile environments using the LTE Cat-1 module with maximum data rates of 10 Mbps downlink and 5 Mbps uplink. Cat-1 is full duplex and has a UE receive bandwidth of 20 MHz.
“We have been integrating Sierra Wireless modules into our products for more than 15 years and we have always trusted the company to deliver on leading edge cellular technologies that improve product performance,” said Xavier Dupont, CEO of Maestro. “The HL Series provides us with a single footprint for 2G and 3G global coverage and the LTE Cat-1 module is utilising the same compact design in our newest tracker.”
The HL Series uses the CF3 form factor from Sierra Wireless, which is footprint-compatible across product lines and network technologies, and is fully interchangeable with future versions of the modules including LTE-M variants when they become available – these are expected in 2017 and will be 75% less complex than Cat-1 devices, with a half duplex option and a UE receive bandwidth of just 1.4 MHz.
LTE-M is a Low-Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology designed to provide a highly efficient cellular option with lower radio-frequency complexity, significantly reduced power consumption (up to 10 years of service on a single AA battery), better in-building signal penetration, and lower costs.
Sierra Wireless is an active contributor to the LTE-M standard definition process within the 3GPP and has committed to launching compatible modules timed with network deployments, expected to begin in 2017.
“Today, we are seeing strong interest in our LTE Cat-1 embedded modules optimized for lower bandwidth and power requirements,” said Dan Schieler, senior VP, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “We are pleased to have Maestro deploying our latest LTE technology in their tracking devices. The HL Series Cat-1 module provides the next step in the evolution for our customers, as service providers are continuing to transition their networks to LTE technology.”
The LTE Cat-1 modules from Sierra Wireless will be commercially available in January 2016 on the HL Series.