Sierra Wireless has announced that it will supply CAT-M1 modules embedded in Landis+Gyr smart meters, making them what it says will be the first CAT-M1 devices to be deployed on Telstra’s CAT-M1 network.
No details of the trial have been announced, such as where it will be conducted and the electricity utility involved. However when Ericsson announced earlier today that it had upgraded Telstra’s network to CAT-M1 it said trials were underway in Melbourne and in Tasmania, the latter for an agricultural application.
Landis+Gyr is suppling the smart meters for the trial with CAT-M1 functionality provided by Sierra Wireless’ AirPrime HL7749 CAt-M1 modules, based on the Altair ALT-1210 LTE chipset.
Landis+Gyr CEO for Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, Adrian Clark, said the Sierra Wireless modules had made it easy for the company to convert its smart meters from 3G to CAT-M1, allowing the company to take part in early trials and get to market quickly with solutions that take advantage of CAT-M1 network features.
Dan Schieler, senior vice president and general manager, embedded solutions at Sierra Wireless, said: Our HL7749 Cat-M1 module provides another CF3 form factor option for our customers operating their devices on Telstra’s network, allowing them to quickly and cost-effectively migrate their connected IoT products or services from 2G, 3G, or 4G to CAT-M1.”