Mobile Devices debuts LTE Cat M1, open operating system based OBD dongle

Mobile Devices, provider of telematics technology, unveiled this week new carrier certification for its LTE Cat M1 OBD Dongle that runs on the company’s platform. This full-featured software stack is based on Morpheus 3.4, a proven, secured and high performance operating system for telematics applications.

The platform includes CloudConnect gateway for easy device management, OTA and remote programming, and secured integration into third party servers. This product completes the range of OBD dongles designed by Mobile Devices which includes cellular technologies such as 2G, 3G and LTE Cat 4, all certified across Europe and Northern America.

It also offers a variety of options such as a WIFI Hotspot with Cat 4 variants, Bluetooth, 3D gyroscope, Magnetometer, Dual CAN or Internal battery.

Morpheus’ 5,000+ APIs enable extremely fast development and integration of any services onto the dongle. This is crucial for all types of Telematics Service Providers (TSPs) or large end-customers, such as car makers or insurance companies wanting to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy services or even roadside assistance based on a Telematics ‘smartbox’.

This extensive choice of variants gives Mobile Devices customers the ability to cover all targeted segments of the Telematics space from ultra low-end to very high-end, and’s latest Multistack agent provides extended Vehicle Data Reading Capabilities to all of them.

Widely regarded as a game-changer, Category M1 (or Cat M1) refers to sensors and devices requiring lower throughput, extended battery life (for some use cases) and better power efficiency than current IoT solutions.

Verizon was first to launch its Internet of Things network in March 2017, both Verizon and AT&T completed their deployment in the middle of last year, and these two big operators both currently operate nationwide IoT networks.

In terms of connectivity, the IoT market is a crowded space comprising a range of standardized and proprietary technologies. Verizon and AT&T both pinned their first major push into IoT networks leveraging their existing LTE footprints, ‘turning on’ nationwide IoT networks that cover a much greater population and geography than proprietary LPWAN offerings like LoRa or Sigfox, which require new hardware to be deployed by network providers.

In other regions, KPN (Netherlands), KDDI (Japan), NTT DOCOMO (Japan), Orange (EMEA), Telefónica (Europe), Telstra (Australia), and TELUS (Canada) all confirmed that their Cat M1 deployments are also well on their way.

“This is really exciting times, we now cover all cellular technologies with one single software platform around the world. This new device strengthens our existing offering, and ensures our customers can deploy rapidly the most sophisticated Telematics applications addressing all possible segments,” said Aaron Solomon, founder & CEO of Mobile Devices. “At a time when Data Monetisation becomes central to many Telematics projects, the ability to use our software platform on such a wide range of products gives our customers a clear competitive advantage.”  


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