The introduction of an IoT module with integrated cellular connectivity is the basis of a, “programme to improve access to cellular connectivity to boost [the] IoT market.”
As part of Orange’s Essentials2020 strategy to diversify and succeed in the field of connected objects, the ‘Live Booster’ programme will deliver a range of modules pre-packaged with cellular connectivity and distributed through a single global distributor to address the current complexity of integrating cellular connectivity facing object makers today.
The programme sees the launch of a new type of module, combining an integrated SIM card with pre-paid data bundle to provide an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution for object makers to benefit from secure and reliable connectivity that cellular technology can provide across wide geographical areas. A range of modules will be launched in 2017 and 2018 that will address various cellular technologies, beginning with 2G and shortly followed by LTE-M.
The Orange and EBV Elektronik partnership, signed by Orange Wholesale France, will combine Orange’s expertise in cellular connectivity and EBV Elektronik’s presence in the electronic market to deliver the first integrated IoT module to the market from the Live Booster programme. The 2G connected module, named Heracles, will provide a simple and cost-effective way to access cellular connectivity across 33 countries in Europe. By pre-integrating the connectivity at the electronic design stage, and making it available through a single distributor, the process is greatly simplified for object makers.
The connected module is also a cost-effective solution for object makers with no recurrent or additional fees. Orange is combining tailored pre-defined 2G data bundles to address a large number of IoT applications. Certified by Orange, the solution will deliver four sizes of ‘off the shelf’ pre-paid data plans, starting at 10 MB to cover objects for the lifetime or long-term usage of their object.
The solution, distributed exclusively by EBV Elektronik in Europe, is available from September 2017 to any manufacturer of connected objects, from start-ups to major companies. With its size of 15.8 x 17.8 x 2.4 mm, the module is suitable for ultra-small designs and suitable for a range of IoT use-cases from automotive, tracking, metering, industrial and wearables, both indoor and outdoor. The complete quad-band GSM/GPRS module also offers a best-in-class low power ‘System on Chip’ (SoC) addressing object makers’ requirements for low-power solutions.