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By Rich Handley

Sierra Wireless IoT Modules Certified in Japan and United States

Sierra Wireless, a provider of integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that its AirPrime HL78 LTE-M/NB-IoT embedded wireless modules are certified to operate on both KDDI's LTE-M network in Japan and AT&T's LTE-M network in the United States. As a growing list of operators deploy LTE-M and NB-IoT networks around the world, these are the first of many certifications for the HL78 modules, the company reports.

"Sierra Wireless' modules provide exceptional low-power performance that will dramatically extend battery life and enable many new applications on KDDI's LTE-M network," said Hiroyuki Kimura, the deputy general manager of KDDI's IoT Business Development Division, in a prepared statement. "We're pleased to work with Sierra Wireless and Altair to certify the HL78 modules."

"These certifications pave the way for our LPWA customers to support large-scale IoT deployments in smart energy, tracking, industrial asset management, home security, patient monitoring, wearables and any other application requiring low power and extended coverage," said Dan Schieler, Sierra Wireless's senior VP and general manager of OEM solutions, in the prepared statement. "As an original contributor to the formation of the LPWA standards, we're excited to see the transformation that LTE-M and NB-IoT networks will bring to IoT applications around the globe."

Advantages of LTE-M and NB-IoT compared to traditional cellular connectivity options, the company reports, include a longer battery life targeting up to 10 years; greater coverage for IoT devices underground and deep inside buildings; and reduced module and deployment cost. Sierra Wireless's HL78 embedded modules use the ALT1250 radio baseband chipset from strategic partner Altair Semiconductor .

"The strength of our ongoing partnership with Sierra Wireless helped us to rapidly integrate and certify our ALT1250 chipset into the compact HL78 modules," said Ilan Reingold, Altair Semiconductor's VP of business development and marketing, in the prepared statement. "The comprehensive market-leading efficiency of the HL78 modules will be the catalyst for a new generation of IoT applications."

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