Qualcomm and Alibaba Demonstrate Cellular-Connected IoT Devices in China

Qualcomm Technologies and Alibaba have ported Alibaba Cloud Link One to run on the Qualcomm MDM9206 global multi-mode LTE IoT modem. Alibaba's Cloud IoT services are striving to create a future where everything is connected by providing an integrated and secure IoT infrastructure platform for its ecosystem partners based on cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence and cloud integration.

This effort showcases how, by pre-integrating the Alibaba Cloud Link One on to the MDM9206 modem, module manufacturers and IoT developers can quickly develop and deploy solutions that connect with the Alibaba Cloud using LTE IoT connectivity and client software running directly on the LTE system-on-chip (SoC). Tight and cost-effective integration between edge devices and the cloud, exemplified by this demonstration, helps address a vast array of the existing and emerging LTE IoT use cases, including smart transportation (e.g. bike sharing), smart cities, as well as industrial IoT applications in areas such as smart grid, smart metering (e.g. electricity, gas, water), asset tracking and more.

The MDM9206 LTE IoT modem is purpose-built to support global multimode capabilities, supporting both eMTC (Cat M1) and NB-IoT (Cat NB-1), as well as 2G/E-GPRS, and enables the development of cost-efficient, low-power devices with multi-year battery life and greater coverage for the next-generation of IoT services as compared to traditional LTE connectivity. The MDM9206 LTE IoT modem features robust application processing capabilities with an integrated ARM Cortex A7 CPU up to 1.3 GHz and support for a variety of peripheral interfaces. All such capabilities are exposed through a comprehensive and flexible, and yet simple, set of Qualcomm Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) providing an open development environment for Alibaba Cloud Link One. The APIs also provide access to key peripherals, GNSS/location and modem capabilities to applications running on the A7 processor.

To date, nearly 60 designs are using Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 LTE IoT modem with global multimode support for LTE categories M1 and NB1. For more information, click here.

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