IoT tech company Sierra Wireless last week announced that it entered into an agreement with communications equipment provider Sagemcom.Under the agreement, Sagemcom will use Sierra Wireless modules in its smart meters to be deployed by electricity utility Enexis in the Netherlands in 2018.
In a statement, Sierra Wireless said its new HL7690 LTE Cat-1 embedded modules which are part of the company’s AirPrime HL Series product portfolio will be integrated with Sagemcom’s X210 smart meters.
Sagemcom will provide the Dutch energy supplier Enexis over 1.3m smart electric meters using 4G LTE.
Jean-Philippe Sacriste, director of Energy Department at Sagemcom Energy & Telecom, said: “We have long-term experience with Sierra Wireless and have been integrating their modules into many of our smart meter deployments in Europe because they deliver leading-edge cellular technology.”
Jan Willem Janse, director of Smart Meters at Enexis, said: “Sierra Wireless can provide innovative solutions to meet our requirements for a standardized cellular solution including its strong ecosystem knowledge and future-proof transition plan to LPWA networks.”
Sierra Wireless claims its AirPrime HL Series modules are the smallest embedded wireless modules (22 x 23 mm) to be completely interchangeable across 2G, 3G, 4G LTE and future LPWA technologies.
[quote]The HL Series uses the company's new CF3 form factor from Sierra Wireless compatible across product lines and network technologies and will remain fully interchangeable with future versions of the modules.
Dan Schieler, senior vice president, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless, reiterated that by using firm’s AirVantage FOTA cloud-based platform, customers can easily upgrade device firmware over-the-air for millions of deployed devices at a time, "ensuring they stay in service for many years while efficiently managing operating costs”.
Sagemcom smart electric meters
The development comes after Q4 2015's certification of Sagemcom's G3-PLC smart meters communication processor by the G3-PLC Alliance.
In a statement, Sagemcom said that its G3-PLC single and three phase products have passed Cenelec A G3-PLC technology according to ITU G.9903 specification confirming full operation of the communication processor.
The testing done in collaboration with French company Laboratoire des Applications Numeriques (LAN) included interoperability testing to verify compliance of the device’s physical layer with other referenced devices.