Quectel, Qualcomm and Microsoft Partnership to Speed Up IoT Solutions

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Quectel Wireless Solutions, the leading global supplier of cellular and GNSS modules, announced that it is collaborating with Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies to integrate its new LPWA module BG95 with Microsoft’s Azure Device SDK to provide direct and secure connections to Azure IoT Hub, and to offer full support for Azure device management capabilities.

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The BG95 is the industry’s first cellular module, based on the cutting-edge Qualcomm 9205 LTE modem, to be integrated with Microsoft’s Azure Device SDK. As a result, customers can easily connect their BG95 devices to the Microsoft Azure cloud where they can build, manage, and deploy IoT solutions at scale, significantly accelerating time to market, says a press release.

Targeting global markets, the BG95 module is a cost-optimized, highly-integrated variant supporting Cat M1, Cat NB2, EGPRS and integrated GNSS. The module complies with 3GPP Release 14 and delivers improved capabilities in power consumption, data rates and hardware-based security.

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By integrating RAM/flash, an ARM Cortex A7 processor supporting ThreadX, the BG95 is engineered to reduce power consumption significantly in idle mode. By doing this the BG95 has the potential to support decade-plus battery life, which is critical for IoT devices serving long life spans, such as asset trackers, smart meters, smart city sensors, home security and wearable trackers.

Additionally, Azure IoT is built for security. It simplifies the complexity of IoT security solutions with built-in protection at each stage of deployment (including cloud services and devices) and minimizes security weaknesses wherever they exist. Leveraging Azure IoT security features, Quectel BG95 will offer IoT devices end-to-end security capability in order to prevent potential risks.

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Quectel is the leading global supplier of cellular and GNSS modules, with a broad product portfolio covering the most recent wireless technologies of 5G, LTE/LTE-A, NB-IoT/LTE-M, UMTS/HSPA(+), GSM/GPRS and GNSS. Quectel is able to provide one-stop services for IoT cellular modules. Its products have been widely applied in IoT/M2M fields including smart payment, telematics and transport, smart energy, smart cities, security, wireless gateways, industry, healthcare, agriculture, and environment monitoring.