Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), the provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that testing is underway for its next-generation Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) modules, which are expected to be certified and available for T-Mobile´s Narrowband IoT network in early 2018, the company said.
With the commercialization of standardized Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies, including NB-IoT, cellular is the globally preferred standard and superior option for many IoT applications that were previously restricted to short-range wireless technologies due to cost and battery life. LPWA technologies combine lower cost, broader coverage and better battery life with globally available and secure cellular networks and will connect millions more things to the Internet.
Sierra Wireless´ AirPrimeÂ® WP77 smart wireless modules, the industry´s first global, dual-mode LPWA cellular modules, are part of T-Mobile´s certification process for NB-IoT. The WP77 provides a dedicated application CPU core running the Linux-based open source LegatoÂ® application framework with an integrated GNSS receiver to enable tracking and location-based services.
The WP series dramatically simplifies development for customers building secure telematics and gateway applications. The low-power modes and a comprehensive set of interfaces for connecting sensors and companion chips, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, are ideal for developing multi-service platforms requiring wide area coverage and optimized power performance. Fully compliant with the 3GPP Release 13 standard, WP77 modules are sampling with lead customers, with general availability in early 2018. For more information, visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/LPWA.
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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. Customers Start with Sierra because 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 1,100 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.