Altair Semiconductor showcases Application of LTE CAT-M/NB-IoT Solution

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Altair Semiconductor showcases Application of LTE CAT-M/NB-IoT Solution

Altair Semiconductor, provider of cellular IoT chipsets, announced that the ALT1250 dual mode LTE CAT-M/NB-IoT solution chipset can now operate on the 450 MHz spectrum. The Chipset is powering the Asiatelco LM66 IoT module, which provides LTE connectivity for connected devices, and has been developed to provide agricultural solutions for large-scale farming in Brazil.

Operating on the 450 MHz LTE spectrum and utilizing Ericsson’s LTE eNBs, the IoT chipset enables agricultural companies using smart sensors and connected tractors applications to optimize their farming practice by using location tracking, driver behavior monitoring, and fuel consumption optimization.

Altair is looking to revolutionize cellular IoT connectivity across Brazil. The solution was field tested and demonstrated the potential of 450 MHz’s frequency reach in agriculture use cases. It will certainly enable an exciting range of transformative applications in rural areas,

said Paulo Bernardocki, Head of Solutions Radio, Ericsson LATAM South.
The chipset ALT1250 is currently the only available CAT-M and NB-IoT solution trialed to run on 450 MHz. It is highly integrated and has a very long battery life. It supports Global LTE bands within a single hardware design (LTE CAT-M/NB-IoT solution). Position tracking is possible through satellite and cellular positioning. The LM66 modules are capable of connecting and delivering data over the LTE450 network as well.

There’s a global trend resulting in a significant amount of 450 MHz spectrum being re-allocated for new use cases on LTE450 networks, as legacy 2G and 3G networks are being retired,

said Igor Tovberg, Altair’s Director of Product Marketing.

450 MHz is ideal for agricultural IoT applications, providing superior network coverage essential for the wide and often remote farming locations that exist in Brazil.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Altair

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