Quectel Wireless Solutions, a global provider of IoT solutions, and Amazon Sidewalk, a secure, low-bandwidth, long-range network for IoT devices, today announced a partnership to bring advanced connectivity solutions to customers.
The Quectel KG100S module and a portfolio of matching antennas will be fully compatible with Amazon Sidewalk, making launching and maintaining connected IoT devices and solutions quicker, easier, and lower cost. It is designed to provide persistent connectivity to devices that are outside of the range of typical home IoT networks.
The KG100S is a low-power, cost-effective module in an LGA form factor which is developed specially to support Amazon Sidewalk applications. The KG100S is equipped with a built-in SX1262 transceiver supporting LoRa® and FSK and a high-performance, energy-friendly Silicon Labs EFR32BG21B microcontroller with a 2.4GHz radio transceiver for Bluetooth® Low Energy 5.1 and 80MHz ARM Cortex-M33 microcontroller core. With a compact profile of 15mm × 15mm × 2.25mm, 96KB of RAM and 1MB Flash, the module has a 3.3V and 1.8V power supply and is suitable for connecting low data rate applications such as sensor networks and smart home devices. Quectel also offers a portfolio of high performing embedded and external antennas to support the Sidewalk designs and devices. By bundling module and antennas, device OEMs can ensure cost-effective devices with fast-time-to-market.
Amazon Sidewalk modules also allow IoT devices to automatically connect and have no cost to transmit messages to Amazon Sidewalk, which removes the need for manual onboarding or set up to establish/maintain a connection. By doing this, Amazon Sidewalk brings connectivity to everyday objects inside and outside the home – kitchen appliances, gas sensors, lawn sprinklers, keys, rubbish bins, pet trackers, streetlights – instantly connected out-of-the-box through Amazon Sidewalk, fulfilling the promise of a connected world.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Amazon Sidewalk to bring advanced IoT connectivity solutions to our customers,” said Norbert Muhrer, President and CSO, Quectel.
“With the combination of Quectel’s expertise in IoT technology and Amazon Sidewalk’s low-bandwidth, long-range network, we are confident that this collaboration will provide customers with the connectivity they need to bring their IoT ideas to life.”
Amazon Sidewalk is a secure and reliable community network that uses participating Amazon Sidewalk Bridges, such as compatible Amazon Echo and Ring devices, to provide cloud connectivity for third-party IoT devices. It enables low-bandwidth and long-range connectivity at home and beyond using Bluetooth® Low Energy for short-distance communication and LoRa® and FSK radio protocols at 900MHz frequencies to cover longer distances.
Amazon Sidewalk’s highly encrypted technology leverages small portions of internet bandwidth from millions of participating Sidewalk Bridges—everyday IoT devices found in communities and organizations around the world—to provide widespread wireless connectivity. A best-in-class developer journey supported from Amazon, one of the world’s leading innovative companies gives developers an unprecedented opportunity to build the intelligent apps, services, and devices needed to create the smart enterprises, homes, neighborhoods, cities and campuses of the future.