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Ericsson, Sony Mobile, and Altair Announce LTE-M eHealth Demo at MWC

By Ken Briodagh
February 14, 2018

In a recent announcement, Altair Semiconductor, a provider of LTE chipsets, made public a new partnership with Ericsson and Sony Mobile to release a new concept for LTE-M/Cat-M1 powered diabetes monitoring at Mobile World Congress.

The wristband prototype is designed to connect 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 solution and Xperia smartphone application. Altair’s ALT1210 chipset provides the wearable device with LTE-M/Cat-M1 connectivity to the cloud, without dependence on a smartphone for cellular coverage.

“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. “We selected Altair’s ALT1210 chipset as it offers unparalleled low power consumption and cost efficiency, while its reduced size is essential for integration in the wristband form factor.”

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 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, Business Development and Marketing, Altair. “We are excited to be working with market leaders like Sony Mobile and Ericsson to demonstrate the benefits of LTE-M/Cat-M1 connectivity for the health wearables market.”

Ericsson has an e2e Massive IoT network solution, supported by Massive IoT RAN SW features and IoT core network products including Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

“We are committed to developing robust, global Massive IoT solutions that may be deployed on existing LTE networks enabling new capabilities and facilitating the support of new IoT use cases and applications,” said Marie Hogan, Head of Broadband and IoT RAN, Ericsson. “This concept demo using Sony Mobile’s healthcare vision, the capabilities of Altair’s LTE-M/Cat-M1 chipset and Ericsson’s Massive IoT solution, is a great example of how low-cost and power-efficient connectivity can pave the way for a range of industrial and consumer IoT applications.”

The eHealth concept and wristband will be demonstrated at Ericsson’s booth at Mobile World Congress February 26 to March 1 in Barcelona.


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

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