PARIS, France and SAN FRANCISCO, California – September 12, 2018 – LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) and Orion Labs, a leader in communication technology dedicated to connecting people and services through the power of voice, today announced that their strategic partnership to build Orion wearables based on LTE has resulted in the commercial availability of the first LTE-enabled Orion smart walkie-talkie, Orion Sync™.
Orion Labs and Sequans have been collaborating over the last 18 months to integrate Sequans’ LTE for IoT chips into Orion’s unique push-to-talk IoT wearables. The partnership was established to support Orion Labs’ strategy of developing wearable devices that can provide voice communications to other devices, people and bots, without the need to tether to a cell phone. The first Orion Sync device to become available, and announced today by Orion, is based on Sequans Calliope LTE Cat 1 technology, with the next devices to be based on Sequans Monarch LTE-M technology.
“Orion Sync is one of the most exciting new LTE for IoT wearables available in the market today,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “As a smart walkie-talkie, it is in a category all by itself, with simple, yet extremely useful push-to-talk capabilities that bring real value to enterprises and small businesses that need instant access to their team members. Now enabled with ultra-reliable, everywhere-available LTE, Orion Sync will no doubt become an indispensable IoT wearable to many enterprises.”
“Our partnership with Sequans, who provides the world’s most highly optimized LTE for IoT chips, has yielded a powerful and reliable IoT wearable with unlimited range that will improve the efficiency and productivity of our customers in many industries,” said Jesse Robbins, Orion Labs CEO. “We are very excited and proud to introduce Orion Sync with Sequans inside.”
Orion Sync™ Product Description
Orion Sync is a compact device, measuring only 103mm x 66mm x 27mm that clips on to a wearer’s clothing or slips into a pocket. It includes LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS radios and an integrated antenna. It features a prominent push-to-talk button and additional buttons for EMR and action. Orion Sync also includes headphone and USB ports, an OLED display, a speaker with mute button, and a 12-hour battery.
Orion is using Sequans’ Calliope and Monarch LTE Platforms, members of Sequans’ StreamliteLTE family of products for the IoT. Calliope is optimized specifically for LTE Cat 1 applications needing up to 10 Mbps of throughput, and Monarch is optimized for LTE-M and NB-IoT applications.
See Orion Sync demonstrations at Mobile World Congress Americas today through Friday, September 14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Visit Orion Labs in the South Hall at stand S.2659; or visit Sequans in the South Hall at stand S.3146.
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About Orion Labs
Orion Labs is a San Francisco company dedicated to connecting people through seamless voice communication. Orion Labs’ core belief is that you should be able to communicate with people who aren’t by your side, without yelling or getting distracted by your phone, giving you more time and ability to focus on the moments and people around you. The Orion Labs experience connects people in conversation across any distance as though they were in the same room. Orion Labs was founded by cloud infrastructure pioneers Jesse Robbins and Greg Albrecht. To learn more, visit www.orionlabs.io.
About Sequans Communications
Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) is a leading provider of single-mode 4G LTE semiconductor solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) and a wide range of broadband data devices. Founded in 2003, Sequans has developed and delivered seven generations of 4G technology and its chips are certified and shipping in 4G networks around the world. Today, Sequans offers two LTE product lines: StreamrichLTE™, optimized for feature-rich mobile computing and home/portable router devices, and StreamliteLTE™, optimized for M2M devices and other connected devices for the IoT. Sequans is based in Paris, France with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. Visit Sequans online at www.sequans.com; www.facebook.com/sequans; www.twitter.com/sequans