Telit has introduced the RE866A1-EU, its LoRaWAN protocol, Bluetooth low energy (BLE) IoT combo module. With the addition of LoRaWAN technology, BLE and Wi-Fi to NB-IoT, Cat M and to other cellular standards, the company continues to offer the industry’s broadest portfolio of wireless modules that feature a common form factor. Telit’s pin-compatible modules enable integrators to design devices that can be deployed with different variants, leveraging the technology that is best suited to each individual deployment area or use case, both in business and technical terms.
The company has also has joined the LoRa Alliance, which is an open, non-profit association of over 450 members in the IoT ecosystem. It was initiated by industry leaders with the mission to standardize low power wide area networks (LPWANs) being deployed around the world to enable IoT, machine-to-machine (M2M), smart city and industrial applications. As an alliance member, Telit will collaborate to enhance the LoRaWAN protocol, by sharing knowledge and experience to guarantee interoperability among operators in one open, global standard.
We are very pleased to have Telit in the Alliance. As one of the leading solution enablers and longest standing players in the IoT space, Telit brings experience and technology that can help meet the needs of the rapidly growing LPWAN market, said LoRa Alliance Chairman, Geoff Mulligan.
The new module is fully compliant with the latest LoRaWAN standard. It is an ideal solution for public or private networks, smart metering, remote sensing, industrial automation/monitoring and control, wireless alarm and security systems, agriculture, asset tracking, street lighting and smart city applications.
Enabling IoT solutions from end to end is part of the Telit brand promise. That includes maintaining a strong portfolio of low power modules that is fully aligned with market trends and free of gaps in relevant technologies, said Ronen Ben-Hamou, Telits EVP of Products and Solutions. With the new RE866, a customer can re-use a device and application designed for cellular to create new business opportunities by simply dropping our LoRaWAN protocol module in it, potentially creating a new product, serving a previously unaddressed market or developing a new business model. And the same goes, of course, for our Wi-Fi, and the emerging new LTE Cat NB and Cat M modules.
The RE866 combo module supports both the unlicensed LPWAN LoRaWAN standard and Bluetooth Low Energy with NFC capabilities inside the 863-931 MHz band. It offers a long range LoRaWAN radio link as well as different BLE peripheral and central roles. With full over-the-air capabilities, the module can stay current with standards evolution through remote firmware installation and upgrading. It is a natural gateway between BLE sensor devices connected to the module, sending data to a LoRaWAN protocol network. The RE866 is pin compatible with the NE866 (LTE Cat NB) module allowing customers to move from licensed to an unlicensed standard quickly and at little or no cost.