Link Labs aims to be among the first to enable a whole new class of Internet of Things products by using the Verizon Network
Link Labs is developing a Cat M1 sensor suite planned for later this year for telecoms firm Verizon’s LTE network. The low-power, wide-area network technologies innovator will integrate chipmaker Sequans Monarch chipset into both OEM systems and a fully integrated sensor suite.
Link Labs LTE-M1 sensor suite will offer an open source hardware and software platform to accelerate solution development and lower costs for manufacturers and solution providers.
The sensor suite is based on Link Labs software which makes utilising the low power features of LTE-M1 easy to implement out of the box. The solution also makes use of the Verizon Thingspace platform for device provisioning and management.
The new suite is a set of around a dozen highly integrated sensor and controller devices ready for use on the Verizon LTE network right out of the box. Link Labs claims with the suite customers can pilot LTE-M1 based solutions in under a day, instead of the months traditionally needed to build new connected devices.
“We are pleased to see Link Labs bringing a solution to market that will demonstrate just how profoundly disruptive this new technology is,” said Chris Schmidt, executive director device technology at Verizon. “LTE Cat M1 technology addresses the battery life, coverage and cost challenges posed by many IoT use cases and we expect it will be a game changer for the industry.”
“Link Labs is proud to be among the first to enable a whole new class of Internet of Things products by using the Verizon Network,” added Brian Ray, founder of Link Labs. “Verizon and Sequans have been incredibly supportive of our efforts to remove the cellular gateway from IoT use cases. It is truly amazing to see a battery-powered device with LTE connectivity that can last for more than five years for certain use cases on a small battery.”
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