Alcatel-Lucent and Sequans to power IoT prototyping platform for Orange
Alcatel-Lucent has teamed up with 4G chipmaker Sequans Communications to provide the ‘4G kit for IoT’ for Orange’s IoT prototyping platform.
Launched yesterday, the prototyping platform from Orange is designed to stimulate interest in 4G connectivity from the IoT market, and the solution from Alcatel and Sequans allegedly stands as a principal building block for its development.
The ‘4G kit for IoT’ will be powered by Sequans’ LTE chipset and technical implementation from Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm, Bell Labs.
“Bringing together operators, infrastructure and device manufacturers, start-ups and ‘tinkerers’, this project has illustrated Alcatel-Lucent’s engagement in Open Innovation, which will lead the acceleration of IoT devices using 4G technology,” said Jean-Luc Beylat, president of Bell Labs France.
“By making LTE technology accessible to innovation communities, we can trigger a change in the way services are designed. With unprecedented access to cloud services, connected objects can create a new ecosystem of distributed advanced services that will shape the future cloud and 5G.”
200 kits will be tested by communities working on IoT projects. It will allow developers to make use of cloud services and mobility to design next-generation IoT devices, and take full advantage of scalable resources such as remote computing and storage.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Alcatel-Lucent on this important initiative. We are committed to making LTE efficient and cost-effective for IoT and M2M devices and our IoT-optimised LTE chipsets demonstrate this,” said Georges Karam, CEO at Sequans.
“We are very excited about the potential of Orange’s 4G Kit for IoT to spur the development of many new IoT devices.”