Mobile World Congress Americas 2017 Recap
September 28, 2017

Sequans at Mobile World Congress Americas – Monarch LIVE!

The subject of LTE for IoT was top of mind at Mobile World Congress in San Francisco and we at Sequans were thrilled to talk with the constant stream of visitors to our booth about our progress and show off new Sequans-powered LTE for IoT devices. Our Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT Platform was operating live in a demo of a new IoT tracker product and new Monarch-powered devices were announced and on display in our display case that was overflowing with new devices.

Meet CLOE — Connecting and Locating Objects Everywhere

Sequans conducted a live demo of CLOE, a new IoT tracker solution combining the technologies of Sequans and ST Microelectronics that made its debut at Mobile World Congress Americas.

CLOE is nimble, quick, and so efficient that she makes connecting IoT objects delightfully easy. CLOE integrates Sequans’ market-leading LTE-M chip, Monarch, with ST’s market-leading GNSS chip, Teseo III, for an IoT tracker platform like no other. With capabilities including the ultra low power consumption of Sequans’ Monarch and the industry-leading GNSS accuracy and fastest time-to-first-fix of ST’s Teseo III, CLOE enables the development of ultra reliable and accurate IoT trackers while simplifying their development.

CLOE reduces time to market significantly and allows device makers to address the full range of vertical markets, including logistics, consumer electronics, and automotive. It is a turnkey cellular tracker solution for OEMs and ODMs anywhere in the world.


GSMA’s Mobile IoT Summit

At GSMA’s 5th Mobile IoT Summit, held in conjunction with Mobile World Congress Americas, CEO Georges Karam delivered a keynote presentation to a packed house where he described the latest developments in LTE for IoT chip technology embodied in Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT Platform.

He explained how Monarch was purpose-built for IoT and how the new technologies are enabling the IoT to grow from connecting millions of objects to billions of objects in what will soon become the massive IoT. For example, the advanced technologies of Monarch enable rock bottom power consumption of 1 uA (an industry leading achievement), fast and adaptive boot, wake-up and sleep times, and dynamic power management for smart use of idle, eDRX, and PSM. All of this together enables the ultra long battery life required for the most in-demand IoT applications: wearables, trackers, and meters.

Karam also discussed how easy it is to integrate Monarch in new IoT devices because Monarch enables a single hardware design to be used anywhere in the world, is at the heart of pre-certified modules now available from Sequans’ stellar list of module partners, provides native support of Cloud services, and is at the heart of application-specific platforms, such as the CLOE IoT tracker platform, and Sequans’ Monarch SX Platform for wearables.

New Monarch-based IoT Tracker Devices From Leading Manufacturers Sercomm, Wisol, and Nimbelink Debut

Among the many new LTE for IoT devices powered by Sequans and on display in Sequans’ booth at Mobile World Congress were three new ones from Sercomm, Wisol and Nimbelink. All three of these have introduced IoT trackers based on Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT Platform.

Sercomm has introduced SavTrack, a GPS-equipped personal tracker in a compact design that easily fits in a bag or a pocket. SavTrack can be used to track people, pets, and assets and includes a unique “SOS” button that when pressed instantly reports a user’s location, making it an ideal solution for youth/senior safety. Wisol has introduced the uWhere IoT tracker that combines Monarch with Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, and an accelerometer for tracking assets, logistics, and people. Nimbelink has introduced the Nimbelink LTE Cat M1 asset tracker for tracking and managing remote assets in a solution that can be configured by OEMs to optimize supply chains or mitigate loss of assets.


New Automotive Trackers from Geotab and Positioning Universal Debut on US Networks

Asset trackers in general and automotive trackers in particular are taking off as new vehicle tracking solutions launch on US networks.

Powered by Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 (10 Mbps DL and 5 Mbps UL), Geotab has introduced the GO8 Telematics Device, and Positioning Universal (PUI) has introduced the FJ1000 Series LTE Automotive Tracker. Geotab’s GO8 is an open-platform telematics solution for fleet management that was unveiled at Mobile World Congress and is now offered as part of a major US operator’s fleet management product offerings.

The GO8 plugs into a vehicle’s OBDII port and delivers a comprehensive set of telematics features including GPS, g-force monitoring, accurate engine diagnostics, accident detection and notification, near real-time vehicle data, fast GPS acquisition time, auto-calibrating accelerometer performance, and end-to-end security.


PUI’s new automotive tracker is a power-efficient LTE and GPS wireless modem that transmits important GPS data, such as status information, ignition events, and trip activity with trip locations provided for up to 5-second locations for precise route lines. Status information is reported for heartbeats, boot events, GPS status, acceleration events and more. The new PUI tracker includes an optional backup battery system that enables the device to continue active tracking for up to 36 hours, even when disconnected from power.


New Spartan GoCam Video Camera Introduced

Sequans announced that its Colibri LTE Cat 4 Platform provides the LTE connectivity for the new Spartan GoCam now available for the major US wireless networks.

LTE-connected wireless surveillance camera for use in numerous markets, including residential, wildlife, commercial, utilities, and research. The Spartan GoCam sends motion or timer-triggered images to a user’s phone, tablet or computer in real time via the Spartan GoCam web portal and mobile application.

Users can view images immediately in real time. Cameras can be controlled by advanced two-way communication via the web or mobile app (Android or iOS), putting users in control of all their cameras while receiving and viewing images anytime, anywhere. Spartan GoCam features all-in-one design and standalone installation and is powered by AA batteries or portal DC power.

Achievements in LTE for IoT

AT&T Certifies Sequans US130Q LTE Cat 1 Module
One of Sequans’ LTE for IoT modules, the US130Q, supporting AT&T LTE bands 2, 4, and 12, has been certified to operate on the LTE network of AT&T. The US130Q achieved technical acceptance from AT&T’s Network Ready Lab in early September. The module is based on Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform that was ADAPT-verified by AT&T last year.

Monarch-powered WNC module now part of AT&T’s IoT Accelerator Program

Watch the Video:
Georges Karam interviewed by RCR Wireless News

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