Gemalto rolls out industry-first M2M module to target industrial Internet of Things

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With a view to target applications in machine to machine (M2M) and industrial Internet of Things (IoT), Gemalto has rolled out the new Cinterion ELS31, a novel LTE Category 1 wireless module to enhance 4G LTE connectivity.

Providing power optimisation and single-mode LTE at speeds of up to 10Mbit/s download and 5Mbit/s uplink, the module is well-suited to IoT applications like metering, tracking and tracing, fleet management and mHealth.

The module can function at operating temperatures from -40°C to 85°C and can facilitate migration to LTE from 2G and 3G devices. Available with Full Type Approval and local network operator certifications, the module is the first among the company’s M2M-optimized LTE products.

Josh Builta, associate director of M2M at IHS, said, “Mobile networks worldwide are rapidly evolving to LTE, but the vast majority of industrial M2M and IoT solutions don’t require high-speed 4G bandwidth for optimal performance. LTE Cat 1 modules however provide performance and features that are optimal for most industrial applications, and deliver a cost-effective way to alleviate customers’ long-term future proofing concerns.”

Gemalto argues that, with M2M connections expected to hit one billion by 2020, the new module will pave the way for ‘massive expansion of the IoT marketplace’. Last month the Amsterdam-based digital security provider announced it had been selected by Tigo, the fastest growing mobile network operator in Colombia, to deliver a suite of M2M solutions in Latin America.

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