Telematics solutions provider Geotab is leveraging Altair Semiconductor’s CAT-1 chipset in an engagement with AT&T (News - Alert), the companies revealed yesterday.
“Low data rate LTE technology is perfectly suited for our telematics applications,” said Geotab (News - Alert) CEO Neil Cawse. “Altair's chipset addresses the low power consumption requirement while providing a highly cost effective, yet future-proof solution for our telematics products that are designed to last seven to 10 years, or in some cases the entire vehicle lifecycle.”
Altair Semiconductor (News - Alert) announced its LTE-only chipsets back in 2015. It said these chipsets are a better match for a variety of business and consumer IoT applications than other long-range connectivity options because they are affordable, feature-rich, and designed from scratch with IoT use cases in mind.
The system-level security features available in the Altair modules are above and beyond those detailed in the LTE (News - Alert) specifications. Altair also offers more comprehensive power management than is defined in LTE Category 0 to allow for maximum sleep time and to allow for wake time exactly when it’s needed. That allows IoT applications based on Altair technology to run up to 10 years on a single battery.
Business use cases Altair addresses with its new modules include Industrial Internet applications involving data collection from, and control of, devices like generators, HVAC devices, and surveillance cameras; M2M commerce applications, including automatic teller machines, point of sale terminals, and vending machines; smart metering for electricity, gas, and water in the utilities industry; smart city applications including digital signage, parking meters, parking space management, and traffic light control; and vehicle telematics, including telemetry from the car, stolen vehicle recovery, and usage-based insurance.
Altair has shipped millions of LTE chipsets to date. They are commercially deployed on LTE networks run by such companies as AT&T, KT (News - Alert), Softbank, and Verizon Wireless. OEMs and ODMs including Gemtek, Sierra Wireless, Telit, and WNC are also Altair partners.