DALLAS, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sierra Wireless and AT&T* will pilot next generation LTE-M1 network technologies this fall. The pilot will spur LTE network connections for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
The Sierra Wireless LTE-M module will support the AT&T pilot with several technology leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area in November.
LTE-M technology works specifically with IoT devices such as smart meters, mHealth and wearables. AT&T plans to make the technology commercially available in 2017.
LTE-M technology benefits IoT:
- Lower costs for gateway modules to the LTE network
- Longer battery life; 10+ years for enabled IoT devices
- Better LTE coverage underground and in building areas that challenge existing coverage
"Our work with Sierra Wireless will help drive the benefits of LTE-M to a broad range of businesses and industries," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. "Our customers that use industrial, Smart Cities and wearable solutions are eager to tap into these new tools."
"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."
Sierra Wireless AirPrime® LTE-M modules, part of the industry-leading HL Series, are expected to be commercially available in the first half of 2017. 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.
For more information about AT&T IoT services and support, go to www.att.com/iot.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower organizations to innovate in the connected world. We offer the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 1,000 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.
Connect with Sierra Wireless on the IoT Blog at http://www.sierrawireless.com/iot-blog, on Twitter at @SierraWireless, on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sierra-wireless and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/SierraWireless.
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1 Previously referred to as Cat-M1 under GSMA
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