Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Quectel collaborates with Microsoft and Qualcomm

Steve Rogerson
March 10, 2020



Quectel Wireless, a Chinese supplier of cellular and GNSS modules, is collaborating with Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies to integrate its BG95 LPWA module with Microsoft's Azure Device SDK to provide direct and secure connections to the Azure IoT Hub and offer full support for Azure device management capabilities.
 
The BG95 is a cellular module, based on the Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem, to be integrated with Microsoft's Azure Device SDK. As a result, users can connect their BG95 devices to the Microsoft Azure cloud where they can build, manage and deploy IoT services at scale, accelerating time to market.
 
Targeting global markets, the module supports Cat M1, Cat NB2, EGPRS and integrated GNSS. The module complies with 3GPP release 14 and is said to have improved capabilities in power consumption, data rates and hardware-based security.
 
By integrating RAM, flash and an Arm Cortex A7 processor supporting Thread X, the module is engineered to reduce power consumption in idle mode. By doing this, it has the potential to support decade-plus battery life, which is critical for IoT devices serving long life spans, such as asset trackers, smart meters, smart city sensors, home security and wearable trackers.
 
Additionally, Azure IoT is built for security. It simplifies the complexity of IoT security with built-in protection at each stage of deployment including cloud services and devices, and reduces security weaknesses. Leveraging Azure IoT security features, the Quectel BG95 can provide IoT devices with end-to-end security capability.
 
As an IoT technology developer and cellular module supplier, Quectel can provide one-stop services for IoT cellular modules. Its products have been widely applied in IoT and M2M fields including smart payment, telematics and transport, smart energy, smart cities, security, wireless gateways, industry, healthcare, agriculture, and environment monitoring.