Cavli bundles IoT modules with Orange LTE-M connectivity

  • November 11, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

Cellular IoT module maker Cavli Wireless is bundling IoT modules with LTE-M connectivity from Orange Business Services to provide the building blocks of the IoT value chain to enterprises worldwide.

California-based Cavli’s bundled Hubble99 lets users bypass upfront capex of procuring IoT connectivity modules with a monthly subscription plan, while benefiting from extended battery life for IoT devices with LTE-M.

This paves the way for innovations in smart city projects, healthcare, mobility, asset tracking and Industry 4.0 applications such as critical asset monitoring and fleet management.

Among the first LTE-M-based products developed by Cavli’s customers is a smart watch for industrial workers to broadcast vital announcements and maintain health and safety logs. The range of the Orange LTE-M network also allows Cavli to explore other applications in the fields of real-time asset tracking, smart cars and bikes. Cavli’s LTE-M-based modules – C42QM and C42GM – enable connected devices to run in any location, including underground in a garage or a tunnel.

Through its partnership with Orange, Cavli has access to LTE-M networks in Europe and North America. In the next 12 months, approximately 200,000 devices will be onboarded on its Hubble platform through the Orange LTE-M network, moving freely across regions with seamless connectivity and extended power.

LTE-M is an evolution of the 4G mobile network and is a low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology suitable for IoT applications with low data usage. It offers lower battery consumption and enhanced coverage. It also allows higher data throughput than other LPWA technologies.

“IoT can finally achieve true mobility with LTE-M,” said John Mathew, chief technology architect at Cavli Wireless. “Devices can move unrestricted over a wide range, opening up new application opportunities that would otherwise be impossible using 3G or 4G. LTE-M is the best low power solution for tracking applications, and Orange has been a pioneer in LTE-M across Europe along with the best reach through roaming coverage.”

Orange has been building an LTE-M network supporting IoT and conducting field trials across Europe covering smart utilities, smart cities and facility management. It is among the first operators to deliver IoT roaming for global enterprises and has deployed the LTE-M network through roaming agreements with top tier operators across six countries around the world and an additional 12 countries with ongoing tests.

“LTE-M is the key to making industrial IoT a reality and moving it into 5G,” said Rob Willcock, senior vice president at Orange Business Services. “Together with Cavli Wireless we are pioneering new ways for LTE-M to innovate and push IoT, producing new revenue streams, lower costs and better services all around.”

Orange Business Services is a network-native digital services company and the global enterprise division of the Orange group. It connects, protects and innovates for enterprises around the world to support sustainable business growth.

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with revenues of €42bn in 2019 and 257 million customers worldwide.

Cavli Wireless is a cellular IoT module manufacturer, headquartered in San Jose, California, that combines IoT connectivity and data management into one platform. Cavli designs and manufactures industrial-grade cellular IoT smart modules that improve equipment reliability and expedite development processes for applications such as smart city deployments, industrial automation, logistics and transportation, healthcare, and human safety. All its smart modules are equipped with global cellular connectivity through integrated eSIM functionality.