LTE IoT BLOG

May 13, 2019

Getting up to Speed on 450MHz

By Igor Tovberg, Director of Product Marketing   450MHz is a frequency with a rich history that continues to revolutionize the world of cellular connectivity. Buzz around its latest implementation, with CAT-M and NB-IoT, comes...
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Mar 18, 2019

MWC19 Takeaways: Forget the 5G hype, IoT is already here!

By Dima Feldman, Director, Head of Product Management   This year, the Altair team once again headed off to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. With more than 100,000 attendees from almost 200 countries, and over...
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Jan 28, 2019

IoT takeaways from CES: 2019 will be the year for Low Power Cellular IoT

By: Ilan Reingold, VP Business Development and Marketing The dust has finally settled following a fantastic CES 2019, and it’s time to reflect. Back-to-back meetings for four days straight may have been exhausting, but it...
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Nov 29, 2018

Why Cellular is the Only Option for IoT Wearables

The IoT wearable device market has grown tremendously over the last six years, from just $750 million in 2012 to almost $6 billion today. Following their rollout out last year, LTE-M and NB-IoT networks have...
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Sep 06, 2018

With LTE-M and NB-IoT You’re Already on the Path to 5G

This week, Altair is pleased to share a guest blog post by Gus Vos, Chief Engineer, Technology Standards for Sierra Wireless. With recent demonstrations of 5G having taken place as recently as the Olympic Winter Games and Superbowl LII, interest...
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Aug 14, 2018

Opportunity Knocks for Chipset Providers as China Rethinks Cellular IoT Strategy

When the new generation of Cat-M1 (LTE-M) and NB-IoT networks began rolling out, there was considerable speculation as to which markets would push forward each technology. The two largest U.S. carriers decided to prioritize Cat-M1...
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Jul 23, 2018

How to Design Low Power IoT Applications Part 1: KPIs and Low Power Techniques

In our latest webinar How to Design Low-Power IoT Applications, Dima Feldman, Altair’s Head of Product Management, takes us through the steps necessary for designing and deploying low-powered IoT applications. In this first part of...
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Jun 18, 2018

Q&A with Mehul Udani on Murata, Altair, LTE IoT Chipsets, and Cellular IoT

In February, Murata Electronics, a global leader in enabling embedded modules, announced it was teaming with Altair to develop its first cellular IoT solutions. Three months on, we caught up with Mehul Udani, Murata’s Director...
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Jun 12, 2018

450 MHz – Unsung Hero of Cellular IoT

In the general clamor surrounding cellular IoT connectivity, it’s easy to overlook some of those key components that may not receive the attention they deserve. One example is the 450 MHz spectrum, currently utilized for...
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May 24, 2018

Designing Low Power IoT Applications? Ask the Experts Part 2: LPWA Technology Features and Data Management

Did you read our first blog, summarizing the questions and answers around Low Power IoT applications? In the second installment, we summarize additional answers from Altair’s Director of Product Management Dima Feldman, together with Bryan...
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May 11, 2018

Designing Low Power IoT Applications? Ask the Experts Part 1: 5G LPWA and Low Power Modes

Altair Semiconductor was once again delighted to team up with Sierra Wireless for a second webinar focusing on low-powered LTE-M and NB-IoT applications. In this episode – LPWA Expert Panel: Answering Your Questions on Designing...
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Apr 08, 2018

Industry Experts Answer Your Questions About LPWA Solutions

This week, Altair is pleased to share a guest blog post by Gus Vos, Chief Engineer, Technology Standards for Sierra Wireless. Our recent webinar, Designing Low-Power Applications for LTE-M and NB-IoT LPWA Networks, sparked a flood...
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Mar 27, 2018

Cellular IoT Vehicle Telematics is the Only Option

With the continued rollout of new LTE-M and NB-IoT networks, increasingly more vertical industries are recognizing and adopting cellular IoT as the most viable solution for IoT connectivity. This is especially true for the aftermarket...
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Mar 07, 2018

MWC Reflections: Cellular IoT, 5G and a Changing Industry

After months of planning, the Altair/Sony team was thrilled to head to Barcelona for the world’s largest mobile event. This year, Mobile World Congress included 107,000 visitors from 205 countries and territories. More than 2,400...
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Feb 20, 2018

Thoughts from the Field: an interview with Brendan Schaffer, Director of Business Development at Sony Semiconductor

Brendan Schaffer, Director of Business Development at Sony Semiconductor, has been with Altair for over seven years. In that time, he has seen the company evolve from a young broadband LTE startup into an internationally...
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Jan 29, 2018

Cellular LPWA Technologies Move IoT Vision Closer to Reality

The vision of smart connected IoT devices is quickly becoming a reality.  The promise of billions of devices, deployed in any location and seamlessly interacting, is now enabled by the latest generation of cellular LPWA...
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Jan 18, 2018

5 CES 2018 Takeaways: What’s next for LTE-M and NB-IoT Use Cases?

Every year, CES gets bigger and crazier. Navigating 11 Vegas venues, 2.6 million square feet (241,548 square meters) of exhibition space with 180,000 people, and dealing with taxi lines and Uber cancellations is not for...
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Dec 18, 2017

CAT-M1 or NB-IoT? The Polls Say, Go for Both

As the adoption of the next generation of cellular IoT networks continues, it seems no one technology will ultimately dominate. The US and Australia have spearheaded the rollout of CAT-M1. This process is motivated by...
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Oct 30, 2017

For the future of IoT, power consumption is still key

When it comes to power consumption in IoT applications, less is decidedly more. Nowhere is this more evident than with the advances of LTE in evolving from a vast power-hungry technology to support the current...
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Aug 31, 2017

I am Apple, Hear Me Roar “LTE for IoT”

When I was growing up, there was a popular commercial on TV. It was an ad for financial services, and the tagline went, “When EF Hutton talks … people listen.” I guess today, and especially...
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Aug 14, 2017

Why Should Cellular IoT Be Different?

For generations, technology adoption has developed in a consistent manner: A product is introduced. Early adopters pay a premium to be first to use it. More of the market sees the value and pays a...
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Jul 31, 2017

An NB-IoT First for North America – But What will it Change?

Last week, and with considerable fanfare, T-Mobile announced completing the trial of North America’s first NB-IoT network. This in contrast to AT&T and Verizon’s strategy for an initial CAT-M1 rollout, to be followed by NB1...
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Jun 29, 2017

The Next Generation of Cellular IoT Networks – Where to Begin?

In the ongoing push to establish the next generation of cellular IoT networks, the remaining key question is: Which technology should be rolled out first – CAT-M1, offering a quicker time-to-market, or CAT-NB1, providing a...
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May 22, 2017

Japan Using Cellular IoT to Lead Way for Mass Smart Metering Deployment

As the Internet of Things continues to advance, the smart metering market is expected to explode. Influenced by rising energy prices, increases of energy theft, demand for more accurate billing and a heightened awareness of...
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Mar 01, 2017

CES 2017 Takeaway: 2017 Will Be the Year of Cellular IoT

If this year’s Consumer Electronics Show is anything to go by, 2017 will be the year of cellular IoT. If there was one thing to take out from CES this year, it’s that, as the...
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Jan 17, 2017

Addressing the Challenges of Industrial IoT with Cellular IoT

With over 12 billion devices currently connected to the internet, and an estimated 50 billion to be connected by 2020, the Internet of Things continues to affect ever-increasing aspects of our personal and professional lives....
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Dec 14, 2016

Predicting the Growth of Cellular IoT

The IoT continues to grow at an ever-increasing rate. Although we are yet to reach the connected world predicted in the smart homes of Back to the Future II or the geo-marketing and autonomous cars...
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Nov 07, 2016

The Future Looks Bright for IoT Healthcare

If recent forecasts are any indication, the Internet of Things is poised to become just what the doctor ordered over the next few years. Doctors and nurses, hospital administrators and medical researchers will be increasingly...
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Oct 25, 2016

Harnessing the Future of Cellular IoT to Spur the Growth of Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Despite all the technological advances being made in the realm of renewable energy infrastructure, the move to push renewable alternatives into the mainstream has been surprisingly slow. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, total...
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Sep 27, 2016

Wearables: Where Do They Go from Here?

Over the past few years, wearable devices have emerged from the fringes of the consumer technology market to become one of the hottest trends today. In the last two years alone, sales of wearable devices...
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Aug 22, 2016

As IoT Goes Mainstream, Focus Turns to Device Security

According to a recent report from Statista, the number of connected devices in use around the world is expected to reach 50.1 billion by the year 2020. In other words, enough to provide every person...
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Aug 08, 2016

What is the Value of IoT Smart City Standardization?

As people increasingly move into urban areas, they bring with them new challenges. City officials face pressure to address issues, including traffic congestion, increased air and water pollution, and energy shortages, all within the constraints...
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Jul 18, 2016

Mobile Gamers Don’t Play Around with their Connectivity

Your hero enters the dungeon, sword drawn. Down the corridor, you spot a dragon with smoke billowing out its nostrils pacing back and forth, preparing to strike. You inch closer, ready to duel — and...
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Jul 11, 2016

How Businesses Can Gain a Competitive Edge with the LTE and the IoT

Today’s businesses are experiencing greater competition than ever before. With the rise of e-commerce and the ease and convenience of travel, the world is a now much smaller place, inviting more businesses to vie for...
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Jun 05, 2016

The IoT is Helping Homeland Security in Crime Prevention

We’ve seen it in the movies hundreds of times: The authorities are hot on the trail of a dangerous suspect, chasing him through city streets until the perpetrator shakes the tail by disappearing into a...
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May 23, 2016

The IoT is Poised to Become a Tour de Force at the Tour de France

For over 100 years the Tour de France has been the apex of accomplishment for the world’s greatest cyclists. But at the 103rd annual race this July, a new contestant is poised to fundamentally revolutionize...
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May 05, 2016

Keeping Cool This Summer with LTE and the IoT, Part 2: Sports Wearables

Summer is just around the corner and with it all the pleasures of the season. However, along with those long balmy days comes high heat and accompanying health concerns. Weather forecasters are already anticipating another...
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Apr 25, 2016

Surf’s Up! Keeping Cool This Summer with 4G LTE and the IoT: Part 1

It’s time to dust off those grills, break out the shorts and put the air conditioners back in the windows — summer is coming. In addition to the backyard barbeques, outdoor activities and longer days,...
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Apr 04, 2016

The IoT is Stepping Up to the Plate in Major League Baseball

The Major League Baseball (MLB) season is underway for another year of spectacular home runs, diving outfield grabs and plays at the plate. Yet there are many parts of the national pastime that we could...
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Mar 29, 2016

Solving Water Quality Quandaries with LTE

Following recent developments in Flint, Michigan, it is no surprise that the issue of monitoring the quality of public water supplies has found itself under the microscope. In 2014, the city transferred its water supply...
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Feb 11, 2016

Busting Crime with the IoT

Would-be criminals, beware: the IoT has come to the aid of security and surveillance technology to ensure that your unlawful schemes will not succeed. Thanks to the now ubiquitous reach of cost-efficient, long-range 4G LTE...
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Jan 14, 2016

LTE: The Key Ingredient for Successfully Actualizing Virtual Reality Products

If this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is any indication, 2016 will be the year that virtual reality (VR) finally makes its way into the mainstream. The show, which took place last week in Las...
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Nov 26, 2015

The IoT Is Getting Its Own Network – and Guess What, it’s LTE

Verizon’s recent announcement that it plans to build a 4G LTE network specifically for IoT-connected devices is more than warranted. Not least because adding more small low-data-using devices to its existing network is not cost-effective....
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Nov 18, 2015

“Let Me Entertain You” – with a little help from the IoT

According to eMarketer, there are currently 1.9 billion smartphone users in the world. That means there is now a whole lot of data passing through the Internet, from smartphone access to social media platforms and...
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Nov 03, 2015

LTE: The New Standard for the IoT

According to Gartner, 25 billion devices will be connected to the IoT by the year 2020. The advent of connected technology, on both a large and small scale, is creating an increasing demand for stronger...
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Oct 27, 2015

Improving Car Insurance with LTE and the IoT

In 2008, the number of internet-connected devices surpassed the number of people on this earth, according to tech giant Cisco. As this trend gains momentum, it will continue to transform our lives, from wearable devices...
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Oct 14, 2015

Solving Traffic Problems with LTE Chipsets

It’s a situation that we’re all familiar with: not-so-patiently navigating the morning rush-hour traffic, only to be held up at a traffic light — even though there’s no traffic at all crossing our path. Not...
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Oct 06, 2015

Improving Law Enforcement with LTE and the IoT

Police officers are on the front lines every day, protecting and serving their communities. For this reason, they are well-equipped with an array of gadgets to assist them in fulfilling their duties. Beyond the traditional...
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Aug 11, 2015

Are We There Yet? No, and it Doesn’t Matter

“Are we there yet?” No four words can better sum-up the impatience and frustration of a family road trip. This is made even more frustrating by the knowledge that the child asking this question is...
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Jul 01, 2015

Global LTE by the Numbers

As you have probably noticed by now, we discuss LTE quite frequently on the Altair blog. And sure, as a maker of innovative, low price, low power LTE chipset solutions, we have a vested interest...
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Jul 06, 2015

The IoT Makes Sci-Fi Technology Possible

Growing up as children in the ’70s and ’80s, “The Jetsons” sci-fi cartoon program embodied our vision of how the future would be, and it was nothing less than exhilarating. Now with the arrival of...
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Jun 15, 2015

What Wearables Can Do for Child Safety

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: You turn around for one minute in the grocery store or airport and when you look back your child is no longer in sight. Adrenaline makes your heart race as...
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Jun 10, 2015

Smart Liquor? Johnnie Walker Embraces the IoT

Just when you thought the Internet of Things (IoT) couldn’t get any cooler, it has found its way into the world of fine liquor. Yes, the IoT is now being paired with Johnnie Walker’s premium...
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