Qualcomm, China Mobile and Mobike to trial LTE IoT multimode
The trial will use China Mobile’s 2G/4G multimode network and Mobike’s smart lock, which is supported by the Qualcomm Technologies’ modem for IoT apps
Qualcomm’s subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies announced plans to start the first eMTC/NB-IoT/GSM (LTE Cat M1/NB1 and E-GPRS) multimode field trials in China.
The U.S firm said that the trials will be carried out with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) and China’s smart bike sharing company, Mobike.
The field trials’ plans contemplate the use of China Mobile’s 2G/4G multimode network and Mobike’s smart lock, which is supported by the Qualcomm Technologies’ global multimode LTE modem for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The LTE connectivity and integrated GNSS position-location capability in the LTE modem is designed to help Mobike customers accurately identify an available bike, accelerate the unlock process of the smart lock and assist with real-time management, Qualcomm sad.
In addition, Qualcomm’s global multimode LTE modem together with the firm’s low-power Bluetooth solution is planned to be used in the smart Mobike Preferred Location (sMPL) platform to support sub-meter level positioning, helping Mobike monitor the real-time location and overall status of its bikes including quantity, position, and traffic information from different regions. The platform is also designed to provide operations personnel with precise instructions for the delivery, scheduling, operation and maintenance of the bikes.
“China Mobile Research Institute has been actively boosting the development of IoT and exploring new IoT business opportunities,” said Madam Huang Yuhong, General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute.
“This planned field trials with Qualcomm Technologies and Mobike will further expand the applications for LTE IoT (eMTC/NB-IoT) in areas such as smart bike sharing and smart travel. We will conduct cross-industry integration and innovation to boost ubiquitous IoT solutions and the smart IoT life by jointly working with the China Mobile 5G Joint Innovation Center, and taking full advantage of China Mobile’s vast GSM network and technology leadership in eMTC/NB-IoT,” Huang added.
“Through this cooperation with China Mobile Research Institute and Mobike on the first multimode eMTC/NB-IoT field trial in China, we can showcase a highly connected and efficient system for a new IoT application such as Mobike’s bike sharing platform,” said Way-Shing Lee, VP of technology at Qualcomm Technologies.
Qualcomm also said that Cat M1 and NB1/GSM multimode will enable IoT platforms such as Mobike to develop IoT products that can work in a diverse set of operator deployments worldwide.