LTE IoT multimode field trials start in China

May 25, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, plans to commence the first eMTC/NB-IoT/GSM (LTE Cat M1/NB1 and E-GPRS) multimode field trials in China, with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) and China's leading smart bike sharing company, Mobike.

The field trials will make use of China Mobile's 2G/4G multimode network and Mobike's smart lock, supported by the MDM9206 global multimode LTE modem for Internet of Things (IoT) applications from Qualcomm Technologies. The LTE connectivity and integrated GNSS position-location capability in the MDM9206 LTE modem is designed to help Mobike customers accurately identify an available bike, accelerate the unlock process of the smart lock and assist with real-time management – all while providing Mobike with continuous monitoring of the bike's status.

The trial between Qualcomm Technologies, Mobike and CMRI, marks an important step in the effort by leading wireless and consumer services companies to bring the benefits of global multimode LTE for IoT, to millions of users and large number of industrial enterprises.

In addition, the MDM9206 global multimode LTE modem combined with low-power Bluetooth from Qualcomm Technologies is planned to be used in the smart Mobike Preferred Location (sMPL) platform to support sub-meter level positioning, helping Mobike monitor the real-time location and overall status of its bikes including quantity, position, and traffic information from different regions. This platform is also designed to provide operations personnel with smart instructions for the delivery, scheduling, operation and maintenance of the bikes.