PARIS, France --- October 21, 2021 –-Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) and startup qastle have LTE-enabled qastle’s new Smart Alarm™ Controller, which allows a DIY homeowner to upgrade their wired alarm system to a smart wired alarm system---using all their existing wired sensors and devices---by simply replacing the existing alarm system control panel with the qastle Smart Alarm Controller. For the cellular connection, the qastle Smart Alarm Controller uses the Sequans' Monarch Go LTE-M/NB-IoT modem component that provides an instant connection to cellular IoT networks. Monarch Go is an all-in-one connectivity solution, including the modem, optimized antenna, and Verizon SIM, and it comes pre-certified by Verizon.
"Cellular connectivity was a requirement for our Smart Alarm from the beginning but our engineering backgrounds did not include cellular hardware, software or certification expertise, so we weren't sure exactly how we'd deliver this when we started," said Sean Maddox, co-founder, qastle. "We were thrilled when we discovered Sequans' Monarch Go. We brought it into the lab and quickly confirmed it as a complete, all-in-one solution that enabled us to instantly connect our Smart Alarm to the cellular data network by simply connecting Monarch Go to our controller.”
Kelly Duerr, co-founder at qastle added: “Monarch Go comes complete with everything needed for connectivity including an already tuned and optimized antenna and a Verizon SIM. Monarch Go lives up to its promises and made connecting our Smart Alarm to the cellular network entirely simple and fast, saving us from months of design and certification effort and enabling us to focus our efforts on other areas of product development.”
“The qastle Smart Alarm provides real value to homeowners and is an ideal residential security solution,” said Didier Dutronc, EVP of Sequans’ massive IoT business unit. “With the Smart Alarm, homeowners don’t have to replace their existing wired alarm system with an expensive wireless system but instead can quickly upgrade to a full-featured system that seamlessly integrates with the rest of their smart home ecosystem. qastle is exactly who we built Monarch Go to serve, and we are pleased that it enabled them to get their Smart Alarm Controller to market fast.”
qastle Smart Alarm Controller Product Description
The qastle Smart Alarm Controller supports all low voltage wired sensors and devices and, together with the qastle app for iOS and Android, provides full user control and visibility from anywhere in the world, smart home integration, automation and robust security system features, including:
Monarch Go is based on Sequans Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT chip that provides full support for power saving mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) to enable long battery life. Monarch provides enhanced coverage modes, including a +23 dBm power amplifier, that extend coverage for deep-indoor and remote deployments. For LTE positioning, in addition to the optional GNSS, Monarch Go incorporates the positioning technology of Polte for low power, indoor and outdoor positioning capability using the LTE radio alone. Monarch delivers programmable RF filtering for global band support in a Single-SKU™, and proprietary dynamic power management technology, enabling rock bottom power consumption of 1 micro amp. Monarch is certified by operators around the world. www.sequans.com.
Monarch Go Product Description
Monarch Go is a comprehensive modem component certified by Verizon as an end-device and offered with a Verizon data plan. Highlights:
The new qastle Smart Alarm Controller will be on display at Sequans booth, #1736, at Mobile World Congress Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 26-28. Monarch Go is available through world-leading solutions provider, Avnet.
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