Sequans & Orion Together Develop First Orion LTE-enabled Wearable

Sequans & Orion Labs, under their strategic partnership to build wearable devices, have released the first LTE-enabled Orion smart walkie-talkie, called Orion Sync.

Orion Labs and Sequans have been collaborating over the last 18 months to integrate Sequans’ LTE for IoT chips into Orion’s unique push-to-talk IoT wearables. The partnership was established to support Orion Labs’ strategy of developing wearable devices that can provide voice communications to other devices, people and bots, without the need to tether to a cell phone. The first Orion Sync device to become available, and announced today by Orion, is based on Sequans Calliope LTE Cat 1 technology, with the next devices to be based on Sequans Monarch LTE-M technology.

Orion Sync is a compact device, measuring only 103mm x 66mm x 27mm that clips on to a wearer’s clothing or slips into a pocket. It includes LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS radios and an integrated antenna. It features a prominent push-to-talk button and additional buttons for EMR and action. Orion Sync also includes headphone and USB ports, an OLED display, a speaker with mute button, and a 12-hour battery.

Orion is using Sequans’ Calliope and Monarch LTE Platforms, members of Sequans’ Streamlite LTE family of products for the IoT. Calliope is optimized specifically for LTE Cat 1 applications needing up to 10 Mbps of throughput, and Monarch is optimized for LTE-M and NB-IoT applications. Orion Sync was showcased at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 in Los Angeles earlier this month.