Sequans, moving up in the LTE for IoT world, has also moved up at Mobile World Congress and was in an all-new booth in hall 5, having outgrown its previous space. Sequans’ new 72 square meter booth was designed to display a wide array of LTE devices—both IoT and broadband—to conduct live LTE-M demos, and to host hundreds of guests in three private meeting rooms on the second level. All three meeting rooms were booked solid throughout the four days of the show while we held more than 200 meetings with customers, potential customers, analysts, and partners. IoT continues to be one the hottest topics at MWC.
GSMA Mobile IoT Summit
To kick things off, CEO Georges Karam delivered a keynote speech at GSMA’s 6th Mobile IoT Summit, held at the NH Collection Hotel in Barcelona. The event drew more than 500 attendees, the largest audience so far, showing the growing influence of mobile IoT in the industry and also in the wider ecosystem. Georges’ presentation focused on the advances in LTE-M and NB-IoT chip technology and the event provided the perfect stage to highlight how these advances are driving the growth of LTE in the IoT, where Sequans’ voice rings with authority.
The keynotes were followed by a panel discussion of operators from Telefonica, Vodafone, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, and China Mobile. And then there were presentations of real-world customer deployments given by the CEOs of Accent Systems, Intellinium, and Nimbelink. Nimbelink CEO Scott Schwalbe highlighted Sequans’ Monarch technology as the enabler of Nimbelink’s IoT asset tracker and Skywire LTE-M modem.
Wrapping up the summit was a panel discussion on the future of mobile IoT with panelists from Sierra Wireless, Nokia IoT, u-Blox, and Ericsson. In what has become one of the “must-attend” events at MWC, the summit did not disappoint. The 7th Mobile IoT Summit will be held at MWC Shanghai, June 28.
FierceWireless interviewed Georges Karam and asked him about Sequans’ strategy in introducing Monarch SiP and Monarch N. Click the button below to watch the video.
On the Networking Floor
Sercomm Featured Four Devices Powered by Sequans’ Monarch
Live LTE-M Demos in Sequans Booth
One of the highlights in our booth was a demonstration of an LTE-M button connected live to the LTE-M network and showing how it could be used to order goods online—in our example, espresso pods. The demo showed the low power consumption of the button while it remains asleep or idle for most of the time, consuming power only when it is called into action at the time the button is pressed to initiate a product order.
The display showed the power consumed by the button through the various stages of the ordering process: 1) when the button is pressed, causing it to wake up and connect to the Amazon cloud; 2) when the order is being transmitted; and 3) when the button goes back to sleep and remains asleep in PSM (power saving mode) until the next time the button is pressed. The ultra low power consumption enables the button to last for 10,000 clicks on small AAA batteries.
A live demo of Nimbelink’s asset tracker was also conducted. Using the live LTE-M network, the Nimbelink device tracked Nimbelink’s CEO, Scott Schwalbe, as he moved around the show floor. We all agreed that having trackers in the pockets of all of us at next year’s MWC will be of great benefit!
Introduction of Monarch SiP and Monarch N
We introduced two new products at Mobile World Congress this year: 1) Monarch SiP, which integrates Sequans’ Monarch chip with Skyworks’ RF front end, and which we announced jointly with Skyworks; and 2) Monarch N, which is an NB-IoT only version of Monarch, designed and optimized for ultra low power, low speed applications.
Monarch SiP combines the industry leading technologies of Sequans and Skyworks in an ultra small single package, all in one solution that is the smallest in the industry, making it ideal for wearables and other space constrained IoT devices. According to Georges Karam, “We have created one of the most critically-important LTE for IoT engines available in the world today.”
Monarch N is designed and optimized for pure NB-IoT operation to enable massive IoT deployment. It is a single chip LTE Cat NB1/NB2 platform, compliant with 3GPP release 14/15. It was created to offer customers the most highly optimized solution for ultra low speed applications such as industrial sensors and utility meters. According to Chris Schmidt, executive director of device technology at Verizon, “Monarch N is an ideal solution for Verizon’s Guard band deployment plan where our aim is to provide customers with low-cost options…”
New LTE for IoT Devices on Display
In our large display case, we had several new Monarch-powered IoT devices, including an IoT tracker and button device from Sercomm, new IoT trackers from Gemtek, Nimbelink, and Wisol, and the Bailong Telematics LTE-M On-Board-Unit of Remo Wireless. We also had the new LTE-enabled Wagz dog collar that proved to be a point of interest as many visitors nodded in agreement as they recognized how useful the collar could be to keep track of their own dogs, no matter where they roam.