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Sierra Wireless Overcomes Last Major Technical Hurdle for 5G IoT Solutions with Live 5G mmWave Data Call

The same is true today for the newest IoT connectivity technology set to transform the economy –5G.

While 5G has been a dominant topic in the IoT space for some time, the actual rollout of IoT products and applications using 5G is still largely ahead of us. To enable these new products and applications, we have been working to develop and commercialize new modulesrouters and other 5G IoT solutions. In fact, we have already passed several milestones on the path towards offering customers a complete set of 5G IoT solutions:

Completing Our First 5G mmWave Data Call

In November 2019, we completed our first 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) data call, using our AirPrime EM9190 module. The 5G mmWave data call was completed at Qualcomm’s protocol lab in San Diego, using test equipment from Keysight. Building on the success of July’s successful Sub-6 5G data transmission, this data call showed that the EM9190 will support mmWave data transmissions, which operate between 20 GHz and 300 GHz. mmWave will enable the deployment of new IoT and other applications that require not only much faster data rates than 4G, but also ultra-high reliability, very low latency, and extremely fast handoffs.

The 5G mmWave New Radio (NR) data call was conducted in Non-Standalone (NSA) mode, using LTE band 5 and 5G NR mmWave band n260. 5G NR’s NSA mode first establishes a 4G LTE connection and then adds additional 5G NR bearer channels for increased throughput.

5G NR NSA mode does not provide as high a level of performance as a 5G NR Standalone (SA) mode (which does not establish a 4G LTE connection). However, 5G NR NSA mode will be prevalent over the coming years as Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) built out their 5G NR networks to support SA data connectivity.

Conducting Our First 5G mmWave Data Call over Verizon’s 5G Network

In February 2020, we completed a 5G mmWave data call over Verizon’s public 5G mmWave network, using Verizon’s Ericsson RAN infrastructure and our EM9190 module at Verizon’s testing facility in New Jersey. The 5G NR NSA mode call was made using LTE band 5 and 5G NR mmWave band n260.

In addition to showing that the EM9190 works on the 5G network of one of the leading MNOs in the world, this successful data transmission sets the stage for Verizon’s future certification of the Sierra Wireless EM9190 module, as well as new IoT products that use this module to connect to Verizon’s 5G mmWave network.

Partnering with Mobile Network Operators, Certification Bodies and Customers on 5G

In addition to passing these milestones, we are engaged in many other testing, certification, and customer integration activities, keeping us on track to announce commercial availability of new 5G IoT solutions in the third quarter of 2020.  Examples of these activities include:

  • Sierra Wireless has been testing its EM9190 module with MNOs other than Verizon in North America, Asia, and Europe, to ensure it will also work on these MNOs’ 5G networks. For example, testing of the EM9190 module has already started at AT&T AVL, AT&T’s vendor lab. These MNOs indicate there is high demand in for 5G products, with the greatest demand for 5G NR Sub-6 GHz products.
  • A first pass at module testing has also been completed with the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and PTCRB certification bodies.
  • In addition to testing, Sierra Wireless is actively working with MNOs, infrastructure providers, and Qualcomm to implement DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) in our EM9190 module, to ensure this feature is available with the module’s launch. With DSS, MNOs can dynamically allocate some of their 4G LTE spectrum to 5G, helping them expand their 5G coverage.
  • We have worked with more than 20 launch customers to integrate the EM9190 module into their platforms, and then complete successful modem bring-ups on these platforms. All of these platforms use PCIe as the interface between the modem and the host platform. For 5G mmWave applications in particular, PCIe delivers higher data transmission speeds, more stability, and a more reliable signal than USB.

A Module Designed for a 5G Connected Economy

Designed to connect to networks around the world, the EM9190 is a 5G IoT module that Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other companies can trust to provide them with fast, low-latency, reliable 5G NR Sub-6 Ghz and mmWave performance.

In addition to supporting 5G NR mmWave in both NSA and SA mode, the Sierra Wireless’s EM9190 module also supports Sub-6 GHz connections in both of these modes. The module is backward compatible with 4G LTE networks, and includes a multi-constellation GNSS receiver, eSIM, and high-speed USB 3.1 and PCIe 3.0 interfaces.

Sierra Wireless’s 5G leadership goes beyond module performance and functionality. Realizing that 5G will send more data across networks, and bring exponentially more devices online, Sierra Wireless has made security one of the foundations of its 5G strategy. Our strategy includes a multi-pronged approach to defense, with multiple security layers that protect the integrity of our modules and other solutions.

In addition, we work closely with our customers to ensure they are taking full advantage of our security technologies to protect their products from malicious actors. Pulling from our deep experience developing secure IoT solutions, we also help educate our customers on the best practices for securing their 5G and other IoT products.

Your Partner for 5G Success

Having already passed many milestones on the path to bringing our new 5G solutions to market, we are working closely with our technology and MNO partners, as well as our customers, to rapidly complete all the other activities necessary to fully commercialize these new solutions.

As 5G applications begin rolling out in five successive waves, OEM business decision makers and designers will be able to use the high performance EM9190 module and our other 5G solutions to develop new Enhanced Massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC), Mobile Broadband (eMBB), and Ultra-Reliability and Low Latency Communication (URLLC) applications that transform their businesses. We’re focused on enabling our OEM launch customers to be first to market with certified, reliable 5G solutions for IoT markets.

With high-performance 5G IoT solutions you can depend on, and unparalleled IoT connectivity expertise, Start with Sierra if you are considering how to use 5G and the IoT to unlock value in the connected economy.

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Sierra Wireless IoT solutions allow French TV journalists global connectivity

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Sierra Wireless, the leading IoT solutions provider that combines devices, network and software to unlock value in the connected economy, today announced that its smart IoT connectivity solution is enabling global communications for France Télévisions, the main public broadcaster in France, ensuring global connectivity for its broadcast journalists around the world.

Previously, reporters had to buy local SIM cards in each country in order to broadcast their TV reports. Sierra Wireless’ smart IoT connectivity solution automatically connects to the best available 2G, 3G, or LTE network in a given region, without the need for installing a local SIM card and configuring the equipment. France Télévisions’ cameras and distribution equipment are always “ready to use” to reliably broadcast news reports from wherever news breaks. France Télévisions can also manage its subscriptions in the cloud, using the AirVantage™ Platform.

Cédric Masset, France Télévisions’ head of the projects department for national newsrooms, said: “Reporters previously had to buy and set up the SIM card locally to be able to upload their video reports to France Télévisions systems. Sierra Wireless’ IoT connectivity has exceeded our expectations. It saves our staff a significant amount of time and hassle and provides the capacity for reporters to share news far more rapidly.”

Marc Overton, Chief Solutions Officer, Sierra Wireless, said: “No matter where in the world a newsworthy event is taking place, Sierra Wireless’ smart IoT connectivity ensures France Télévisions reporters are ready to broadcast whenever and wherever they need to.”

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Sierra AirLink RV55 simplifies connectivity for renewable energy and smart city applications.

Compact, Industrial Grade, Low Power LTE Advanced Connectivity.

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The AirLink® RV55 is the industry’s most rugged, compact, LTE-Advanced Pro router.

Simple to install, and easy to manage the RV55 router is designed for connecting critical remote assets, infrastructure, and vehicle fleets. The RV55 is especially well suited for applications in energy, utilities, smart city and public safety. The RV55 provides real-time remote connectivity for SCADA, distribution management systems and metering.

The RV55 high-performance LTE-Advanced Pro connectivity, Wi-Fi and GNSS and location-based applications and dual connectivity for vehicle fleets and mobile workforce. An LTE-M/NB-IoT variant is perfectly suited for hard to reach conditions.

The RV55 supports an extensive range of LTE bands worldwide, and its LTEAdvanced Pro capabilities deliver up to 600 Mbps downlink speeds. The RV55 also supports new unlicensed LTE bands (eg. CBRS) to support dedicated Private LTE service.

Benefits

  • Centrally managed, secure LTE broadband connectivity for both remote, fixed or vehicle applications in harsh environments.

  • Ultra-Low Power consumption ideal for solar or battery powered installations.

  • Connect your field workers and devices with flexible dual Wi-Fi, and ethernet.

  • Reduces complexity in connecting legacy equipment with dual-serial, ethernet, and multi-protocol support.

  • Powerful remote cloud-based or on-premises management solutions.

  • Proven reliability and over 3 million AirLink routers and gateways deployed.

  • Peace of mind-included 3-year warranty, direct 24/7 support, and device management access (1st year 24/7 direct technical support and device managent access included FOC).

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Sierra Wireless helps make UK communities safer with Emergency Services Network-certified vehicle routers

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Public safety agencies can now deploy Sierra Wireless’ AirLink MG90 to connect vehicle fleets on the UK’s Emergency Services Network
Sierra Wireless, the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that its AirLink® MG90 High-Performance Multi-Network Vehicle Router is certified and approved for use on the UK’s Emergency Services Network (ESN).
The ESN is a dedicated network for emergency services that will serve potentially up to 300,000 individuals and connect up to 50,000 vehicles. The network provides secure and resilient mobile broadband data for routine and mission-critical emergency services use and will be the future platform for communications in the emergency services. Customers for the ESN include police, fire and rescue and ambulance services. Emergency services will benefit from improved voice and data communications and priority network use.

Tom Mueller, Vice President, Product Line Management, Sierra Wireless, said: “For 25 years, Sierra Wireless has worked closely with emergency services and first responders to ensure they have the tools they need to keep communities safe. With the AirLink MG90, agencies in the UK now have a secure, high-performance, ESN-certified solution that they can rely on for effective emergency response.”

The AirLink MG90 is a high-performance LTE-Advanced Pro vehicle multi-networking platform, designed to provide secure, always-on connectivity for mission-critical applications. The MG90 selects the best available network and supports dual LTE-Advanced Pro, dual concurrent gigabit Wi-Fi and gigabit Ethernet, with extensions to Land Mobile Radio (LMR) and satellite systems. Purpose-built for vehicle power environments, the MG90 is optimized to withstand extreme transient surges and temperatures. Paired with the AirLink Connection Manager, the Sierra Wireless mobile-optimized VPN server, and the AirLink Mobility Manager, Sierra Wireless’ network and device management system, the MG90 delivers an end-to-end certified solution ideal for emergency services. Sierra Wireless provides a complete service, from securing the data over the internet to remotely managing the device and providing a consolidated view of an entire fleet through vehicle location, driver behavior, vehicle telematics and more.

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Sierra Wireless Launch AirLink 55 LTE-A Router For Utility Grid Applications

Sierra Wireless AirLink RV55 LTE-A Pro cellular router connects utility grid infrastructure and mobile workforces for more efficient grid operations and rapid response to service outages.

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Sierra Wireless announces the AirLink® RV55 LTE-Advanced Pro router to simplify and lower the cost of connecting critical remote assets, infrastructure and mobile workforces in utility, energy, smart city and public safety applications.

AirLink RV55 is the industry’s most compact and rugged LTE-A Pro router for SCADA, distribution management systems and service vehicle fleets.

Utilities are deploying cellular IoT solutions like AirLink RV55 to modernize grid operations by connecting aging equipment and infrastructure in order to meet customers’ service expectations and increase adoption of new distributed energy sources. AirLink RV55 combines high-speed, reliable LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi, serial and ethernet interfaces, allowing utilities to gather real-time data from infrastructure and connect mobile workforces to improve operational efficiency, rapidly identify issues and restore service outages.

Carol Johnston, VP Product Marketing, Clevest Solutions, said:
“Efficiently connecting mobile workforces, their vehicles and dispatch resources is critical to quickly finding and resolving service outages. Sierra Wireless’ AirLink RV55 provides the secure, reliable, always-on connectivity that utilities need to efficiently dispatch work orders to the closest qualified worker and manage their field service teams leveraging Mobile Workforce Management software to keep critical operations running smoothly.”

Jesus Gonzalez, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit, Critical Communications, said:
“As electric utilities modernize with cellular IoT, the cost and complexity of adding connectivity to aging infrastructure equipment is a significant challenge, especially if the equipment doesn’t have connectivity built in or is deployed in a harsh or remote environment. Cellular LTE routers with a compact, rugged form factor, and flexible interfaces make it easy to connect critical distribution automation equipment like cap-bank controllers, sectionalizers and reclosers to help monitor and respond quickly to changes in the utility grid.”

Tom Mueller, VP, Products, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless, said:

“Utility, energy and industrial companies continue to rely on cellular IoT to efficiently connect and operate their infrastructure. The AirLink RV55, with device management and 24/7 direct support included at zero cost for the first year, provides IT teams with peace of mind knowing they can securely connect and manage both their fixed and mobile networks with a single reliable solution.”

AirLink RV55 is part of Sierra Wireless’ AirLink Performance Series of routers and gateways. It is available in an LTE-A Pro variant with dual-serial, ethernet, GNSS and an optional dual-Wi-Fi interface. LTE-A Pro supports 6x faster downlink (up to 600Mbps) and 3x faster upload (up to 150Mbps) speeds compared to previous LTE versions (RV50). RV55 supports CBRS bands that do not require spectrum licenses and allow utilities to build and operate their own LTE networks.

An LTE-M/NB-IoT (up to 300kbps downlink) variant is also available for enhanced coverage. RV55 retains the same ultra-low power consumption of the RV50/50X making it ideal for solar- or battery-powered installations.

Pricing & Availability

AirLink RV55 models range from £456 for the LTE-M/NB-IoT variant to £610 for the LTE-A Pro variant with Wi-Fi. LTE-A Pro routers will start sampling in March 2019, with commercial availability beginning in April 2019. LTE-M/NB-IoT samples will be available in May, with commercial availability in June 2019.

Every AirLink RV55 purchase comes with peace-of-mind protection—the first year of AirLink Complete, including device management, 24/7 direct technical support and 3-year warranty—is included at no additional charge.

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Sierra Wireless solar powered satellite asset tracking service enables reliable disaster response

 Sierra Wireless’ managed asset tracking service uses Globalstar’s SmartOne Solar device to provide satellite connectivity when cellular service is unavailable, enabling emergency response agencies to connect, track and manage thousands of relief assets when it matters most

Sierra Wireless, the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the company has added solar power to its satellite-enabled asset tracking managed service, which allows agencies to connect, track and manage thousands of relief assets and respond to emergencies more effectively. The company is using Globalstar, Inc.’s (NYSE American: GSAT) SmartOne Solar device to extend battery power and provide reliable satellite connectivity to ensure devices remain online and available when it matters most.

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Following a natural disaster, like a hurricane or forest fire, it’s imperative that assets such as emergency equipment, temporary trailers for housing, and food and clean water supplies be deployed quickly to the right locations. When power and cellular networks are out of service, Sierra Wireless’ managed satellite asset tracking service with Globalstar’s SmartOne Solar device provides the reliability that agencies need to accurately deploy resources. Globalstar’s solar-powered device can run for up to 10 years on battery power, ensuring that agencies stay connected to assets in-motion.

“With Sierra Wireless’ managed asset tracking service, our customers can track high-value assets that are critical to effective, life-saving disaster responses,” said Marc Overton, Senior Vice President and General Manager, IoT Services, Sierra Wireless. “When cellular service is unavailable, satellite asset tracking gives agencies insight into the status of mission-critical aid. Our service provides the reliable, secure connectivity needed to track and control assets sent into disaster zones.”

Using Sierra Wireless’ managed asset tracking service, with mapping and management software designed specifically for mission-critical situations, government agencies can monitor assets in chaotic environments and ensure that emergency responders get the tools they need to save lives and limit damage. The managed service combines the SmartOne Solar device with software and resilient network connectivity to provide an off-the-shelf, market-ready service. Instead of spending time searching for vendors and building their own solution, Sierra Wireless helps customers deploy quickly with low up-front costs.

The solution also features Bluetooth capabilities, which make it easier to update the device remotely in the field, saving time and money. Loss prevention features include geofencing, GPS location data and theft recovery modes, all of which improve visibility of expensive equipment and supplies while in remote locations around the world.

“Government agencies and organizations need dependable, up-to-date information to make informed decisions, especially when lost or delayed emergency response assets can mean endangering lives or spending tens of thousands of dollars replacing lost equipment,” said David Kagan, CEO, Globalstar. “The affordable SmartOne Solar device delivers dependable, low-latency, high-quality connectivity when it’s needed most, whether you’re tracking emergency supplies or crisis support vehicles.”

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Atlas Copco selects Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT solution to transform industrial compressor business

  FX30 Programmable IoT Gateway with Legato® open source Linux software and AirVantage® IoT platform enable Atlas Copco to rapidly develop and deploy Industrial IoT applications globally

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Sierra Wireless,  the leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that Atlas Copco, a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, has selected Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT solution to transform its industrial compressor business.

Atlas Copco is expanding its customer service capabilities by deploying IoT applications at the network edge. The machine data collected allows Atlas Copco to provide preventive maintenance, which gives local service teams the ability to deliver the right spare part at the right time for faster fault resolution, saving costs associated with breakdowns and production loss. It also empowers its customers to manage energy usage efficiently and further increases product reliability.

Atlas Copco chose Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, comprised of FX30 programmable IoT gateways and the Legato® open source Linux platform tightly integrated with AirVantage®, to quickly develop, deploy and scale its SmartBox solution as a worldwide IoT service focused on customer success.

“The Internet of Things is transforming businesses across all industries worldwide, and Atlas Copco is a leading innovator,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “With Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, Atlas Copco was able to increase its industrial machine intelligence, productivity and efficiency by deploying custom applications at the edge, leveraging data to develop new business models.”

Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution provides data collection and delivery, device management, embedded application lifecycle management and best-in-class interoperability, allowing Atlas Copco to securely and reliably push business data from their connected assets to their enterprise systems. Edge processing applications were developed in a secure sandbox using the Legato open source Linux platform.

The FX30 programmable IoT gateway is the industry’s smallest, most flexible and rugged programmable cellular gateway. Customers can accelerate time to market by up to three years using the FX30, compared to building their own “point” solution with a basic cloud management platform and embedded software stack developed in-house. It provides a pre-certified, integrated embedded platform to connect any machine to any IoT application or cloud, with Legato open source Linux-based programmability and 2G, 3G and LTE connectivity to manage any type of machine. It supports Sierra Wireless’ multi-operator Smart SIM, which delivers best-in-class coverage and superior data service quality. Future releases will also support the GSMA eUICC specification for remote provisioning, allowing subscriptions to be remotely updated over-the-air. Entire fleets of FX30s can be monitored, managed and controlled remotely through AirVantage.

Offering unparalleled flexibility for many different applications, the FX30 programmable IoT gateway is available in both Ethernet and Serial variants, and it supports an IoT Connector to enable hardware extensions to interface with an unlimited range of sensors and wired and wireless networks. It offers best-in-class low power consumption, consuming less than 1W in idle mode and 2mW in ultra-low power mode, making it ideal for solar and battery-powered applications. Security features include support for the Lightweight M2M protocol and pre-shared key encryption.

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Sierra Wireless supports the new Google Cloud IoT Core to simplify the adoption of IoT solutions in the enterprise

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Google Cloud Leverages Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT expertise to help more customers realize the value of connected devices

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), a leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced support for Google Cloud IoT Core, a fully managed service that allows users to easily and securely connect and manage devices at global scale.


Cloud IoT Core, together with other Google Cloud services, such as Pub/Sub, Dataflow, Bigtable, BigQuery, and Data Studio, provide a complete solution for collecting, processing, analyzing, and visualizing IoT data in real time to support improved operational efficiency.

Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, which includes embedded wireless modules, gateways, and cloud and connectivity services, links businesses to their operational data. The solution provides intelligence at the edge, secured device provisioning and managed services, such as device monitoring and software updates. Sierra Wireless has been working with Google since 2015 to enable Pub/Sub integration of its AirVantage® IoT Platform with Google Cloud services. Now, with support for Google Cloud IoT Core, Sierra Wireless customers have more options to access the entire Google ecosystem out of the box.

Key features of the new Cloud IoT Core solution:

  • End-to-end security – Enable end-to-end security using certificate-based authentication and TLS; devices running Android Things or ones supporting the Cloud IoT Core security requirements can deliver full stack security.
  • Out-of-box data Insights – Use downstream analytic systems by integrating with Google Big Data Analytics and ML services.
  • Serverless infrastructure: Scale instantly without limits using horizontal scaling on Google’s serverless platform.
  • Role-level data control – Apply IAM roles to devices to control access to devices and data.
  • Automatic device deployment – Use REST APIs to automatically manage the registration, deployment and operation of devices at scale.


“Real-time, reliable and actionable processing of information is a complex but critical element of IoT,” said Philippe Guillemette, CTO, Sierra Wireless. “Sierra Wireless’ experience in helping customers deploy more than one hundred million cloud-connected edge devices coupled with Google’s Cloud IoT Core dramatically reduces this complexity for businesses of any size.” 

“Cloud IoT Core was designed to simplify digital transformation by helping customers to leverage Google Cloud’s data analytics and machine learning capabilities and act on insights, in real time, from operational data that was previously inaccessible,” said Adam Massey, Director, Strategic Technology Partners at Google Cloud. “By working with industry leaders like Sierra Wireless, we are expanding the surface of innovation to help more customers realize the value of connected devices for their businesses.”

For more information about Sierra Wireless device-to-cloud solutions, visit http://www.sierrawireless.com.

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Smart Sensors and Wireless Connectivity Can Provide a World-Class Waste Management Service

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During the holiday season, or just on busy weekends, you’ve probably gone out for a walk only to be met with overflowing trash bins. It does nothing for the ambiance. Streets marked by litter and noxious smells detract from quality of life and give a poor impression to tourists (to say nothing of the associated health hazards).

It’s an obligation for municipalities and authorities to ensure litter-free streets, of course, but balancing that necessity against increasingly squeezed budgets isn’t easy. Even wealthy cities are struggling to provide basic services, and a large town will typically spend about $15 million per year on waste collection. Ensuring an efficient waste management strategy can result in significant cost reduction—but many cities are left frustrated as they grapple with how to improve efficiency.

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Waste and recycling are typically collected using fixed routes and schedules, without taking into account whether bins are actually full. This can leave trash brimming over in popular commercial locations, with cities incurring additional costs since collection teams must make emergency visits to these areas, even as they waste time at low-volume sites that don’t need attention but are on the scheduled route.

Smart bin sensors and mobile connectivity offer a new way of monitoring collection sites. Sensors can be fitted to any container in a matter of seconds, allowing cities to closely monitor fill data. This monitoring is usually performed by ultrasonic technology that can automatically detect different surfaces and waste types. The collected data is then transmitted wirelessly to the cloud, where it can be used by waste management companies to not only monitor when containers need emptying but also to provide insight into popular locations and usage patterns.

This system essentially allows waste management administrators to create demand-based collection routes, increasing or decreasing collection during weekends or busy seasonal periods, for example, or altering fee scales according to usage. Some sensors can even measure internal temperatures, meaning that garbage bins approaching critical levels can be attended to.

Sensor Technology for a Smart City
Bin sensors are sometimes equipped with SIM cards, which means that they can use existing telecommunications networks to communicate with waste management companies. New sensors connected via low-power wide area technology offer a long-term, cost-effective solution.

In short, IoT sensors provide a better option for cities looking to maintain sustainable, connected growth. And despite being non-mission-critical, data from these devices is still collected in near-real-time. Drivers can receive information directly on a tablet or smart device and alter routes on the fly. So, for example, instead of visiting four bins—two of which are 90 percent full, and two of which are only 20 percent full—as would be the case on a traditional route, an optimized route would only require a visit to the two full bins. This cuts the collection route by 50 percent, resulting in significant savings in terms of fuel and driver hours.

Short-term and Long-term Benefits

Smart waste management based on this technology has reduced direct costs by up to 50 percent, and some city projects have seen a total cost reduction of up to 80 percent, including significant savings on fuel, driver hours, and equipment wear and tear, not to mention lower exhaust emissions, a reduced carbon footprint, and a cleaner, healthier environment for citizens. As each sensor is equipped with GPS tracking, the exact location of every container is always known as well, preventing lost and stolen bins, which can add up to a significant annual cost for municipalities.

Nor does it end there. Over time, data can be analyzed further, providing a benchmark for:

  • Predictive forecasting;
  • Fill level trends and history;
  • Insight into weights and volumes of trash over specified time periods; and
  • Seasonal fluctuations.

In the future, technologies may become even smarter by, say, recognizing different types of trash, thus predicting the value of recyclables at each location, or even using social media to broadcast their status, allowing citizens to choose which locations they will use when recycling.

For municipalities moving towards smart city status, such intelligent monitoring can transform waste management policies, not only reducing monetary costs and strain on time and resources, but creating a world-class environment for citizens and visitors alike.

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Sierra Wireless acquires GNSS embedded module assets of GlobalTop Technology

Acquisition expands Sierra Wireless’ embedded solutions for markets including high-value asset tracking, telematics, drones and automotive

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Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), a leading provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of GlobalTop Technology’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) embedded module business for total cash consideration of approximately $3.2 million, subject to working capital adjustments.

GlobalTop’s GNSS embedded module portfolio will become part of the Sierra Wireless OEM Solutions product line, and the GNSS staff from GlobalTop will join Sierra Wireless. GlobalTop’s GNSS products generated approximately $5.0 million U.S. in revenue during the last 12 months, and the business is approximately breakeven.
“With a wide array of modules and established sales channels, as well as a proven engineering team, we believe that the GlobalTop GNSS business is an important addition to Sierra Wireless,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, OEM Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “Building on our portfolio of Cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth modules, we will have additional products to offer to our customers in markets where positioning data is critical, including high-value asset tracking, telematics, drones and automotive.”

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower organizations to innovate in the connected world. Customers start with Sierra because we offer the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 1,000 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

Connect with Sierra Wireless on the IoT Blog at http://www.sierrawireless.com/iot-blog, on Twitter at @SierraWireless, on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sierra-wireless and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/SierraWireless.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions, channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words “plan”, “expect”, “believe”, and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized.

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