2020

02.03.2020 – u-blox Holding AG

u-blox AG: u-blox UBX-R5 becomes first IoT chipset certified by GCF

02.03.2020 / 09:00

Press Release


u-blox UBX-R5 becomes first IoT chipset certified by GCF


The u-blox UBX-R5 LTE-M/NB-IoT chipset offers unprecedented wireless
technology integration with built-in end-to-end security, making it ideal
for mission-critical or long life-cycle IoT applications.

Thalwil, Switzerland - March 2, 2020 - u-blox (SIX:UBXN, OTC:UBLXF), a
global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication
technologies, today announced certification by the Global Certification
Forum (GCF) of the UBX-R5, u-blox's proprietary multi-band LTE-M/NB-IoT
chipset featuring end-to-end device security, data security, and access
control management. It is the first IoT chipset to be certified under GCF's
IoT chipset program. Launched in January this year, the program is designed
to certify IoT chipsets covering NB-IoT and LTE-M to allow the IoT ecosystem
to easily integrate and embed certified chipsets into modules and devices.

"GCF's IoT chipset certification initiative was launched earlier this year
and we're extremely pleased to have u-blox achieve the first certification
so soon for its UBX-R5 Cat-M1 chipset," said Lars Nielsen, CEO at Global
Certification Forum. "We anticipate that many more IoT chipsets will come
through the programme this year, offering confidence and reliability for the
IoT industry with industry-recognised compliance to 3GPP standards."

"We are delighted that GCF has recognized the quality of our UBX-R5
LTE-M/NB-IoT chipset that sets a new benchmark for IoT connectivity, while
paving the way for robust secure communication from the chip all the way to
the cloud," says Andreas Thiel, Head of Product Centers at u-blox.

The u-blox UBX-R5 is a 5G-ready cellular chipset for low power wide area
(LPWA) mission-critical or long life-cycle IoT applications such as smart
metering, telematics, tracking, security systems, building automation, as
well as smart lighting solutions and connected health. With mobile network
operators announcing their plans to roll out 5G networks, 5G readiness is
becoming a key factor in selecting cellular communication modules. LTE-M and
NB-IoT are forward-compatible with 5G networks, and, by implementing key
LTE-M and NB-IoT features from 3GPP Release 14, UBX-R5 offers customers a
smooth transition towards 5G via software upgrades to already deployed
devices.

UBX-R5 also offers unmatched built-in end-to-end security thanks to a
hardware-based root of trust (RoT) integrated in a discrete secure element
compliant with EAL5+ High common criteria certification, which makes it
ideally suited to protect sensitive assets and communications.


About u-blox

u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global provider of leading positioning and wireless
communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer
markets. Their solutions let people, vehicles, and machines determine their
precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range
networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and a growing ecosystem
of product supporting data services, u-blox is uniquely positioned to
empower its customers to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of
Things, quickly and cost-effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil,
Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia,
and the USA.

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u‑blox media contact:

Natacha Seitz
Senior Manager PR and Content Marketing
Mobile +41 76 436 0788
natacha.seitz@u-blox.com


About GCF
Global Certification Forum was founded in 1999 and today has 335+ members.
GCF defines the certification requirements for the mobile and IoT industry
through collaboration with key global organisations and independent
standardisation committees. Members from major operators, device and IoT
manufacturers and the test industry work with their partners to provide
device-network interoperability, reduction in testing costs and accelerated
time to market. The GCF certification ecosystem evolves at pace to
anticipate global market trends and deliver a range of certification
programmes including 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, IoT, oneM2M, Module, C-IoT chipset,
C-V2X, eSIM (RSP), industry 4.0 and MCPTT services.

Follow GCF: @GCF_certified

Editorial contact:
Andrea Barnard
Publitek
+44 (0) 208 1445870
andrea.barnard@publitek.com


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Key word(s): Research/Technology

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