Vodafone NB-IoT certification for ST’s eSIM IoT module

The ST87M01 NB-IoT Rel 15 module combines cellular connectivity and geolocation for wide-ranging IoT and smart industrial applications. Vodafone NB-IoT certification

The ST87M01 module addresses emerging IoT applications such as smart traffic-emergency lights that will be mandatory in Spain by 2026. The new lights supersede the passive emergency triangle, by providing real-time car geolocation to the local traffic-control system in the event of an accident, consistent with the European road safety charter.

ST87M01 Module Offers Reliable and Future-Proof Data Connection for IoT Solutions

The ST87M01 embeds all the functions needed to support this application and pave the way towards safer and interconnected mobility. A selection of protocol stacks is available to handle popular IoT use cases, including IPv6, TCP/UDP, CoAP/LWM2M, MQTT, HTTP/HTTPS and TLS/DTLS and the module is designed to support both standardized 3GPP AT commands, along with ST enhanced AT commands.

“Completing our test program with Vodafone assures our customers of a reliable and future-proof data connection for their IoT solutions that leverage this module’s novel and power-efficient features,” said Domenico Arrigo, General Manager, Industrial and Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics. “Also, being entirely conceived, designed, and industrialized by ST ensures high product quality and security with supply independence and longevity.”

Sven Sobe, Senior Expert IoT Innovation & Certification at Vodafone, added, “ST’s ST87M01 module has demonstrated flawless connectivity with our NB-IoT global infrastructure and offers an excellent option to connect to our network anywhere in Europe.”

The ST87M01 has also been recently certified by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) which promotes interoperability of mobile and IoT products. The module complies with 3GPP Release 15 and provides extended multi-regional LTE coverage.

STMicroelectronics and Vodafone Partner to Offer Reliable and Future-Proof Data Connection for Smart Metering

The NB-IoT certifications for the ST87M01 also come at the right time for design-in to new electric, water and gas smart-metering roll-outs planned worldwide. In particular, the module represents a very effective solution for deployment in the new Indian smart metering infrastructure, which is estimated to reach 250 million units in the next five years.

The module integrates the ST4SIM embedded SIM (eSIM), certified to the GSMA eSA (Security Assurance) certification. The ST4SIM also includes a certified embedded secure element (eSE). The complete circuitry is contained in a 10.6mm x 12.8mm LGA package.

Low energy consumption features maximize the runtime of battery-powered applications and the integrated native GNSS receiver ensures optimized power-savings features while operating during NB-IoT sleep time slots.

The ST87M01 integrates with other components from ST’s portfolio such as MEMS intelligent actuators and sensors, interfaces, and other connectivity to address many more IoT applications that need precise geolocation. These include tracking devices for pets and personal possessions, industrial asset tracking, and sensors for use throughout smart infrastructure, smart agriculture, and others.

The ST87M01 is sampling now to major customers worldwide.


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