US network operator AT&T is to start a pilot trial of LTE Cat-M technology for the INterenet of Things (IoT) next month n San Francisco. The trial brings together technology from Altair (Sony), Ericsson, Qualcomm, Sierra Wireless, u-blox, Wistron NeWeb (WNC) and Xirgo Technologies.
LTE-M technology will connect a wide variety of IoT solutions such as smart utility meters, asset monitoring, vending machines, alarm systems, fleet, heavy equipment, mHealth and wearables. This will provide lower cost modules with a battery life of up to 10 years and better coverage for IoT devices underground and deep inside buildings.
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Other participants in the pilot will include:
Badger Meter – analyzing how the LTE-M network, which is dedicated to supporting the IoT, may be used to enhance communications for smart water devices.
CalAmp – exploring how the LTE-M network can help companies more efficiently manage their connected vehicles and assets.
Capstone Metering – demonstrating how LTE-M can improve Smart Cities sensor technologies. It will look to increase battery life and improve connectivity and sensor monitoring for underground smart water meters.
PepsiCo -- examining and testing ways that sensors can improve the in-store experience with smart vending solutions for the thousands of PepsiCo products consumers love and enjoy.
Samsung – evaluating an LTE-M-based solution to enhance performance for consumer solutions. This may include wearables or other consumer devices.
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