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Gemalto to enhance US M2M connectivity with Sprint deal

Iain Morris
September 18, 2014
M2M hardware specialist Gemalto has announced the certification of its latest module on the network of US operator Sprint, claiming this will enhance M2M connectivity across the US market.

The company’s Cinterion PCS3 module is designed to provide greater efficiency in areas including mobile health monitoring, fleet and asset tracking and smart home solutions.

The module has been engineered to work on Sprint’s CDMA 1X Advanced network using 800MHz spectrum.

According to Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands), this means it will be able to provide excellent coverage for hospitals, clinics, in-home usage and remote device applications.

Wireless signals travel further and penetrate buildings more effectively over sub-1GHz spectrum than at higher frequencies.

Gemalto says the hardware will also help to improve environmental sustainability through better energy efficiency.

“Collaborating with Gemalto is a key part of Sprint’s M2M strategy,” said Mohamad Nasser, the director of product, platforms and marketing for Sprint’s emerging solutions group. “Sprint [Overland Park, KS, USA] is committed to supporting the specific data needs of our M2M customers via reduced cost barriers and increased operability.”

“Gemalto’s solution is uniquely compatible with Sprint’s updated network providing superior in-building penetration and increased rural coverage, making it ideal for utility and security applications.”

The US market for M2M services in the areas of fleet management and healthcare has been flourishing this year, and CDMA operators like Sprint and Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) may have been able to secure additional ‘2G’ business following AT&T’s (Dallas, TX, USA) announcement that it will shut down all of its GSM-based 2G systems by 2017.

Both Sprint and Verizon rely on the rival CDMA standard and could appeal to customers still looking for less costly, lower-bandwidth technologies than 4G LTE, which is becoming increasingly popular in the M2M industry.

According to Paul Kobos, the head of M2M sales for Gemalto North America, some 250 million devices are expected to be in the field worldwide by the end of 2014.

“Gemalto’s solution brings a high performance power management system, extending the battery life up to 10 times for compact devices,” said Kobos.
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