Telit module helps IoT users handle continued 2G growth
November 8, 2018
Telit has announced an IoT module with GSM and GPRS, multi-constellation satellite positioning and Bluetooth functionality, all in a 270mm2 form factor.
The GE310-GNSS can help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system integrators in application areas such as asset management, utilities and telematics meet demand for low-cost, highly compact devices without trade-offs in performance, reliability and functionality, particularly in regional markets such as Europe where 2G is forecast to remain in strong growth in number of IoT connections for many years.
The module is packaged in an LGA 94-round-pad format. It is designed to meet the demand in Europe, Latin America and other regional markets for compact devices such as health and wellness monitors, smart residential and commercial thermostats, commercial fleets, and IoT connected grid equipment for smart utilities.
With support for Europe's Galileo as well as other satellite positioning constellations, the module is suitable for IoT applications that require location awareness throughout Europe and the rest of the world. The module's Bluetooth 4.0 capability makes it easier for OEMs to add connectivity to proximal area network devices.
The module is part of the Italian company's future-proofing promise, which helps its customers leverage 2G's low cost and gapless European coverage immediately while retaining control of when they switch to a compatible 4G module in the Telit family line. This line includes multiple roadmap paths to upgrade to 4G and later to 5G based on the user’s business strategies and specific market conditions.
Market watcher ABI Research estimated that 2G cellular IoT connections would continue to grow in Europe from 100 million in 2018, reaching a peak of 148 million connected devices in 2022 before slowly dropping to about 89 million in 2026.
"The GE310-GNSS is the newest in our line up of updated 2G modules for markets like Europe and Latin America which still show a sustained pull for over half a decade," said Yossi Moscovitz, president of products and services at Telit. "This svelte module combines proven, reliable 2G connectivity with the latest satellite positioning and Bluetooth technologies, all backed by Telit's decades-enduring migration-support programme. Telit has helped thousands of customers through cellular generational transitions and is now helping 2G customers in Europe, Latin America and other regions develop business-enhancing roadmaps to 4G and 5G."