Ericsson, Sony Mobile and Altair demo LTE-M eHealth

Ericsson, Sony Mobile and Altair demo LTE-M eHealth

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By Wisse Hettinga

The wearable prototype comprises a wristband that connects via Bluetooth to a smart transmitter for Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) provided by Senseonics. The wearable wristband monitors and displays blood sugar levels, activity, sleep and heart rate, alerting the user when glucose levels drop, and is used in conjunction with the Sony cloud system and Xperia smartphone application. ALT1210 chipset from Altair provides the wearable device with LTE-M/Cat-M1 connectivity to the cloud, without dependence on a smartphone for cellular coverage.

The ALT1210 is an LTE Cat-M1 chipset, software upgradeable to single antenna LTE Cat-1, with extremely low power consumption. It is highly integrated with an on-chip PMU, DDR memory and low-power application layer subsystem with a robust security framework for customer-developed applications, enabling designs with just a few external components. The ALT1210 is ideal for a variety of IoT applications such as trackers, wearable devices, sensors and numerous other consumer and industrial IoT devices.

“The wristband prototype is one proof of concept for health services with the potential to significantly improve quality of life,” said Izumi Kawanishi, Director, EVP, Product Business Group, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.

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“The ALT1210 chipset was designed specifically to facilitate the smooth migration from LTE Cat-1 to LTE-M/Cat-M1 networks, providing low-cost and low power LTE connectivity for a range of IoT applications,” said Ilan Reingold, VP of Business Development and Marketing for Altair.

Ericsson has an e2e Massive IoT network system, supported by Massive IoT RAN SW features and IoT core network products including Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

Marie Hogan, Head of Broadband and IoT RAN, Ericsson, said: “We are committed to developing robust, global Massive IoT systems that may be deployed on existing LTE networks enabling new capabilities and facilitating the support of new IoT use cases and applications. This concept demo using Sony Mobile’s healthcare vision, the capabilities of Altair’s LTE-M/Cat-M1 chipset and Ericsson’s Massive IoT network, is a great example of how low-cost and power-efficient connectivity can pave the way for a range of industrial and consumer IoT applications.”

The eHealth concept and wristband will be demonstrated Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.


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