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Major companies join AT&T LTE-M IoT pilot

The company says it will be offering low-power wide-area solutions to more end points than ever before

The San Francisco LTE-M IoT pilot kicks off in November
The San Francisco LTE-M IoT pilot kicks off in November

Technology providers involved include Altair, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Sierra Wireless and u-blox

Participants in the pilot include major consumer brands such as PepsiCo and Samsung

Major consumer brands and technology providers such as PepsiCo, Samsung, Qualcomm and Ericsson are among those companies which will be helping AT&T demonstrate the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) in its San Francisco pilot.


AT&T is working with technology leaders to pilot a LTE-M network in the San Francisco market starting in November. It wants to demonstrate how new LTE-M[1] technology will bring the Internet of Things to a new generation of devices and markets. The San Francisco pilot begins in November and it plans to launch the technology across its commercial LTE network in 2017.


AT&T claims it will offer the very latest LTE technology, providing low-power wide-area solutions to more end points than ever before. Key features expected from the LTE-M are: lower costs for modules that connect IoT devices to the LTE network; longer battery life, up to 10 years for certain enabled IoT devices; better coverage for IoT devices underground and deep inside buildings.


Technology providers involved in the pilot will include Altair, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Sierra Wireless, u-blox, Wistron NeWeb Corp and Xirgo Technologies.


"We have pulled together players from across the ecosystem to pilot solutions for a myriad of industries and applications," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. "LTE-M will provide a unique combination of enhanced coverage and longer battery life with carrier-grade security. It’s part of our strategy to offer the widest range of IoT network options to our customers."


IoT solutions demonstrated will range from smart utility meters, asset monitoring, vending machines, alarm systems, fleet, heavy equipment, mHealth and wearables. Participants in the pilot will include the following:


  • Badger Meter, which will analyse how the LTE-M network may be used to enhance communications for smart water devices;
  • CalAmp, which will explore how the LTE-M network can help companies more efficiently manage their connected vehicles and assets;
  • Capstone Metering, which will demonstrate how LTE-M can improve smart cities sensor technologies. It will look to increase battery life and improve connectivity and sensor monitoring for underground smart water meters;
  • PepsiCo, which will examine and test ways that sensors can improve the in-store experience with smart vending solutions for the thousands of PepsiCo products consumers love and enjoy
  • Samsung, which will evaluate an LTE-M-based solution to enhance performance for consumer solutions. This may include wearables or other consumer devices.


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