Ericsson, Sony Mobile and Altair demo LTE-M eHealth

February 15, 2018 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Ericsson, Sony Mobile and Altair demo LTE-M eHealth
Altair Semiconductor is collaborating with Ericsson and Sony Mobile to demonstrate a LTE-M/Cat-M1 connected eHealth concept for diabetes monitoring – based on the Sony Mobile cloud-based service, wearable prototype powered by the ALT1210 chipset from Altair and Ericsson's commercial Massive IoT network.

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.

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