Gemalto develops new 4G module for “industrial sector”

M2M player Gemalto has released a new module supporting 4G connectivity and suitable for use across a range of vertical sectors, including the healthcare industry.

The module maker has already developed products specifically for the automotive market but says it is expanding LTE connectivity to the “industrial sector” with its new PLS8 solution.

M2M player Gemalto has released a new module supporting 4G connectivity and suitable for use across a range of vertical sectors, including the healthcare industry.

The module maker has already developed products specifically for the automotive market but says it is expanding LTE connectivity to the “industrial sector” with its new PLS8 solution.

According to a statement from Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the PLS8 can be integrated in “the smallest M2M solutions”, meaning it can be used in a variety of settings and devices, from home security video monitoring systems to m-health pedometers.

The module could also be used with what Gemalto calls “paradigm-shifting” wearable technologies, such as smart clothing and wristband-communicating objects – many of which are being used to support healthcare applications.

The PLS8 is based on the latest long-life chipset from Qualcomm Technologies (San Diego, CA, USA), says Gemalto, and will support 4G communications on a range of different frequencies.

“Over the next few years, the industrial sector is expecting to see steady double-digit growth for connected machines,” said Andreas Haegele, head of the Cinterion M2M product portfolio at Gemalto. “Coupled with the increasing availability of LTE networks globally, this irreversible secular trend is creating new opportunities for Gemalto to expand the M2M technology for the Internet of Things market.”