Otii demonstrates 5x battery life improvement in second-generation Massive IoT e-health wearable prototype by Ericsson, Sony Mobile and Altair Semiconductor

September 6, 2018

Lund, Sweden, 6 September 2018 – Qoitech AB is pleased to announce that its Otii solution has been part of a cooperation with Ericsson, Sony Mobile and Altair Semiconductor to deliver over five times longer battery lifetime in a second generation connected wearable prototype for e-health such as diabetes monitoring. The concept is a result of a continuous collaboration of leading mobile technology providers in exploring the Massive IoT ecosystem, looking into simplifying the ecosystem communication and extending the battery life of the devices for better user experience and reliability.

The improved power efficiency relative to the first-generation prototype, is due to two main factors: firstly, the integration of Altair’s ALT1250 dual-mode Cat-M1/NB-IoT ultra-small, ultra-low power chipset into the small form factor wearable device from Sony Mobile. Secondly, the use of LwM2M protocol further reduces average power consumption. LwM2M is a device management protocol designed for managing lightweight and low power devices. LwM2M builds on an efficient secure application layer standard called the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP). The demo shows that CoAP is superior to MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) by allowing at least 20 percent better power performance (depending on the communicated amount of data) and thus increasing battery life in low-power devices.

The demonstration concept uses Sony Mobile’s cloud-based service and is integrated with Ericsson’s IoT accelerator using LwM2M to simplify client-server communication and management for devices and sensor data, resulting in streamlined service enablement and application management that allows for zero-touch massive roll-out of IoT-devices and sensors.

Marie Hogan, Head of Broadband and IoT RAN, Ericsson, said: “A large, global ecosystem of partners is key to cater for different customer needs in IoT. Furthermore, end-to-end capabilities based on standardized solutions are crucial to enable scalable, competitive and efficient IoT services. This second-generation e-health demo with significantly improved power efficiency enabling long battery life on low-power devices is really encouraging for the IoT market. It enables mass adoption of Massive IoT and paves the way for a wide range of industrial and consumer IoT applications.”

“New e-health services based on the latest cellular IoT technologies and cloud solutions are promising for business innovation and enhanced end-customer experience”, said Johan Svenér, VP, Research & Incubation and Business Innovation Europe at Sony Mobile.

“The first generation of this e-health concept was demonstrated at MWC Barcelona in February 2018, and we since then have demonstrated an incredible increase in battery life in this second generation prototype”, said Ilan Reingold, VP of Business Development and Marketing for Altair. “Designing ultra-low-power devices will enable new IoT use cases, and allow vendors to reduce device cost while improving the value to end-customers.”

“We are delighted to be a part of such a worthy demonstration platform with such partners,” said Vanja Samuelsson, Founder of Qoitech. “This concept showcases the importance of addressing energy optimization from more than one angle, especially for applications that potentially help save millions of lives. So being able to verify and assure its ultra-low power credentials is particularly rewarding to us.”

Diabetes monitoring is just one of many applications that can be showcased with the Sony Mobile cloud based services and the wearable prototype used in this demonstration. In combination with Altair’s dual-mode Cat-M1/NB-IoT ALT1250 chipset, which is certified by leading Tier-1 MNOs around the world, it enables diverse use cases as expected of Massive IoT. For each of these use cases, the Otii solution can be used to secure long battery life for the end user.

The Cat-M1/NB-IoT connected e-health concept platform for diabetes monitoring will be demonstrated at Ericsson booth in Hall South Stand S.1724 at MWC Americas (Los Angeles, September 12-14 2018).

About Qoitech:
Qoitech AB is a Sony Group company bringing to market the Otii solution a comprehensive toolkit for energy optimization of devices within IoT, Internet of Things. Otii was envisioned by a team of developers at Sony Mobile Communications, leveraging twenty years’ experience in developing energy optimized devices for the global telecom market. Otii launched in Europe in July 2017, and is one of the new businesses established within the Sony acceleration and incubation program in Europe. Otii is used by a growing number of developers committed to creating energy-efficient and sustainable IoT devices.

About Sony Mobile:
Sony Mobile Communications’ strategy for 2020 outlines an increased focus on 5G smartphones and IoT business. Innovation and new business solutions are continuously evaluated and taken to the market. The Otii solution is delivered by Qoitech AB, wholly owned by Sony Mobile Communications https://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/smart-solutions/

About Altair Semiconductor:
Altair Semiconductor, a subsidiary of Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation, is a leading provider of LTE chipsets. Altair’s portfolio covers the complete spectrum of cellular 4G market needs, from supercharged video-centric applications all the way to ultra-low power, low cost IoT and M2M. Altair has shipped millions of LTE chipsets to date, commercially deployed on the world’s most advanced LTE networks including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Softbank and KT (Korea Telecom). The company’s customer roster includes some of the world’s leading OEMs and ODMs, such as Hewlett-Packard, ASUS, D-Link, WNC, Sierra Wireless and Murata, as well as the majority of Asian ODMs developing LTE products for global markets. For more information, visit https://www.altair-semi.com.
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About Ericsson:
Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business and is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson’s investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world. The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York. www.ericsson.com

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