Sierra Wireless, Landis+Gyr , Altair work with Telstra to launch new IoT era

Telstra, Sierra Wireless, Landis+Gyr and Altair have achieved a milestone in accelerating the Internet of Things (IoT), the companies said.

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.

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.

Telstra is a telecommunications and information services company. We offer a full range of services and compete in all telecommunications markets in Australia, operating the largest mobile and Wi-Fi networks.

Altair Semiconductor, a Sony company is a provider of LTE chipsets.

Landis+Gyr provides smart metering, energy management solutions, and related services, with presence in 30 countries headquartered in Zug, Switzerland focused on metering and other technologies which deal with management of energy.

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.