Next Generation IoT Chipset Supports Both Sigfox and Cellular Standards

Sigfox and GCT Semiconductor have announced the launch of their hybrid ecosystem at Sigfox Connect which took place on October 25, 2018. Since the introduction of the first hybrid (cellular and Sigfox) solution for the Internet of Things (IoT) in September 2017, Sigfox and GCT have grown their hybrid connectivity ecosystem to include module makers, device manufacturers, and SIM card vendors. Through the addition of these ecosystem partners, Sigfox and GCT are propelling the commercialization and adoption of IoT-enabled applications across industries.

GCT’s GDM7243i chip supports two complementary connectivity modes: cellular and Sigfox. The chip, which has passed LTE-M1 certification with large tier 1 operators, enables ultra-long battery life through Sigfox and high throughput cellular connectivity. By connecting IoT devices to the Sigfox network during typical operation and switching to cellular networks on demand, the hybrid solution accelerates the promise of IoT while ensuring connectivity now.

GDM7243i - based tracking devices operate on the Sigfox network for location tracking but switch to the cellular network for live asset recovery in case of a geofence breach. Hybrid devices can connect to the Sigfox wireless IoT network and operate in low-power mode to send and receive notifications-only. The Sigfox network can also provide backup connectivity to hybrid devices in case of cellular network coverage limitations, congestion, breakdown or jamming of security or alarm systems. Hybrid devices enhance device security by providing the ability to globally locate and deactivate stolen phones and provide emergency alert and beacon capabilities.

As the hybrid IoT ecosystem expands, GCT’s dual-mode semiconductor is poised to power an even wider variety of IoT applications. These applications include trackers, wearables, smart cars and sensors for utility meters.

The hybrid IoT ecosystem today includes:

  • Module makers such as KZTech and Asia Telco (ATEL)
  • Hybrid tracking solutions from Antekco Systems
  • Global roaming multi-IMSI SIM card vendors like Pod Group

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