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Sierra Wireless Touts IoT Milestone

March 13, 2017

Telstra, Sierra Wireless, Landis+Gyr and Altair touted a milestone in accelerating the Internet of Things (IoT). Telstra is the first to complete network software deployment nationally to enable one of the world’s largest Category M1 (Cat-M1) IoT footprints and has commenced localised Cat-M1 trials in Australia. Sierra Wireless AirPrime modules, based on the Altair ALT-1210 LTE platform, will be the first trial Cat-M1 device to be deployed on Telstra’s network, and Landis+Gyr will provide the first Cat-M1 smart meters to be trialed.

Telstra’s Cat-M1 network will connect a wide variety of new and existing IoT solutions and services including wearables, water meters, agri-sensors, smart appliances, asset monitoring, industrial automation and more. Cat-M1 technology enables lower cost devices, greater breadth and depth of coverage, and up to 10 years of battery life for many use cases, while leveraging the secure existing LTE infrastructure.

“We are excited to be working with our partners Sierra Wireless, Landis+Gyr, and Altair to trial the first Cat-M1-enabled smart meter on our network,” said Mike Wright, Telstra’s Group Managing Director of Networks. “These smart meter trials will mean we can get the benefits of Cat-M1, such as low power consumption and deep coverage, out to market even quicker.”

Landis+Gyr is one of the first customers to utilize Telstra’s Cat-M1 network capabilities for its smart meter and smart grid applications. Utility customers rely on robust coverage to ensure the success of smart metering rollouts. The Cat-M1 network is perfectly suited for this; when deployed on a 4G network, the solution will continue to be enhanced to significantly extend breadth and depth of coverage, while balancing data speeds and latency. The smart energy innovator is also the first in the world to demonstrate smart electricity metering operating over a Cat-M1 network.

“Cat-M1 technology is critical for Landis+Gyr smart meters,” said Adrian Clark, CEO Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, Landis+Gyr. “Sierra Wireless’ modules made it easy to migrate from 3G to Cat-M1 technology seamlessly, allowing us to take part in early trials and get to market quickly with solutions that take advantage of Cat-M1 network features. We are really excited by the results and the role this partnership plays in Landis+Gyr’s rollout of the next generation of advanced metering infrastructure.”

“Telstra’s Cat-M1 network makes LTE the superior option for connecting IoT solutions nationwide, with improved coverage and battery life that will benefit existing applications and enable many new ones,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Embedded Solutions at Sierra Wireless. “Our HL7749 Cat-M1 module provides another CF3™ form factor option for our customers operating their devices on Telstra’s network, allowing them to quickly and cost-effectively migrate their connected IoT products or services from 2G, 3G, or 4G to Cat-M1.”

“Altair continues to spearhead wireless IoT semiconductor development with the latest Cat-M1 standards,” said Eran Eshed, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Sales at Altair. “This cooperation with three innovative ecosystem partners enabled the most significant milestone to date on the path to commercial readiness.”

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