Altair, Ericsson and Sony to show eHealth Concept

19 February, 2018

The wearable wristband monitors and displays blood sugar levels based on Altair's LTE-M/Cat-M1 chipset, Sony Mobile cloud-based service, and Ericsson's commercial Massive IoT network solution

Altair Semiconductor from Hod Hasharon, Israel

Altair Semiconductor from Hod Hasharon, Israel,  leading provider of LTE chipsets, announced a collaboration with Ericsson and Sony Mobile to demonstrate a new concept for LTE-M/Cat-M1 powered diabetes monitoring at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The wristband prototype connects via Bluetooth to a smart transmitter for Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) provided by Senseonics.

The wearable wristband monitors and displays blood sugar levels, activity, sleep and heart rate, alerting the user when glucose levels drop, and is used in conjunction with the Sony cloud solution and Xperia smartphone application. Altair’s ALT1210 chipset provides the wearable device with LTE-M/Cat-M1 connectivity to the cloud, without dependence on a smartphone for cellular coverage. “The wristband prototype is a proof of concept for health services with the potential to significantly improve quality of life,” said Izumi Kawanishi, Director of Product Business Group at Sony Mobile Communications. “Altair’s chipset provides unparalleled low power consumption and cost efficiency, while its reduced size is essential for wristband form factor.”

ALT1210 is an LTE Cat-M1 chipset: LTE-M provides low-cost LTE for massive Machine-Type Communications (MTC) and the Internet of Things (IoT) with substantially enhanced coverage compared to normal LTE devices. It lets to connect IoT and M2M devices with medium data rate requirements (375 kb/s) and enables longer battery lifecycles and greater in‑building range, as compared to standard cellular technologies such as 2G, 3G or LTE Cat 1.

Sony concept for SmartBand 2 Wrist Strap
Sony concept for SmartBand 2 Wrist Strap

The Altair’s chipset comes with software upgradeable to single antenna LTE Cat-1. It is highly integrated with an on-chip PMU, DDR memory and low-power application layer subsystem with a robust security framework. It was developed mainly for IoT applications such as trackers, wearable devices, sensors and other consumer and industrial IoT devices.

“The ALT1210 chipset was designed specifically to facilitate the smooth migration from LTE Cat-1 to LTE-M/Cat-M1 networks, providing low-cost and low power LTE connectivity for a range of IoT applications,” said Ilan Reingold, VP of Business Development and Marketing for Altair. Ericsson has an e2e Massive IoT network solution, supported by Massive IoT RAN SW features and IoT core network products including Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

Marie Hogan, Head of Broadband and IoT RAN, Ericsson, said: “This concept demo using Sony Mobile’s healthcare vision, the Altair’s LTE-M/Cat-M1 chipset and Ericsson’s Massive IoT solution, is a great example of how low-cost and power-efficient connectivity can pave the way for industrial and consumer IoT applications.”

The eHealth concept and wristband will be demonstrated at Ericsson’s booth: Hall 2, Stand 2O60 at Mobile World Congress from February 26 to March 1 in Barcelona. Altair will be meeting customers and partners at Altair meeting rooms in Hall 2, Stands 2B2Ex and 2B4Ex.

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