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u-blox provides concurrent GNSS technology to timing synchronization system

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Accuracy, reliability and affordability make the LEA‑M8T the right choice.

Thalwil, Switzerland – October 10, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced that its LEA‑M8T concurrent GNSS timing module is now being used by V3Novus, a provider of a high quality electronic components and embedded system designs based in India, in its latest Precision Synchronization System with built‑in NTP Server.

Aimed at the Telecom, Railway and Military application space to provide traceable time stamps for data transported over packet networks, the Time Synchronization System also features a precision Rubidium oscillator to supplement the signal received by the u‑blox LEA‑M8T module. This gives operators greater confidence in the NTP (Network Time Protocol) server’s output under all conditions.

More digital traffic now crosses more carriers’ networks and passes through more manufacturers’ equipment to reach the end‑users. As a result, the demand for phase and time synchronization is evolving.

“As networks migrate from traditional TDM technology to packet switched networks, to accommodate higher amounts of data, V3Novus continues to innovate its time synchronization systems,” says Andrew Miles, Senior Principal Engineer, Product Center Positioning at u‑blox. “While standards groups introduce updates and propose new metrics to address packet‑based synchronization techniques, the latest offering from V3Novus successfully integrates these developments in time, frequency and phase generation, transfer and consumption.”

The telecommunications infrastructure relies on accurate time stamping for many applications, including VoIP switches/gateways, media servers, SNMP, SS7 and IP traffic monitoring systems, as well as IPTV STBs and gateways.

“We chose to partner with u‑blox for our latest precise Time Synchronization System because the LEA‑M8T module provides the high degree of time accuracy we needed in this application,” explains Hemanth Kumar  HD, Director Business Development, V3Novus. “We have always found u‑blox modules to provide the best combination of reliability and affordability.”

The LEA‑M8T concurrent GNSS module provides market leading acquisition and tracking sensitivity by supporting the GPS/QZSS, BeiDou, GLONASS and Galileo satellite systems. It integrates the same timing integrity measures found in all u‑blox timing products, which includes Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) and continuous phase uncertainty estimation.

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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u‑blox contact:

Natacha Seitz, PR Manager, u‑blox

Phone: + 41 44 722 7388

E‑mail: natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

About V3Novus:

V3Novus one of the leading Value added Semiconductor distributor with an in house design capabilities, offering solutions to Industrial Automation, IOT, Telecom, Railways and Military Applications. V3Novus has partnered with leading Companies in India and Overseas on their custom design needs to help them on fast Time to Market keeping our suppliers product in mind.

(www.v3novus.com)

V3Novus contact:

V3Novus Pvt Ltd

Phone: 09880150656

E‑mail: hemanth.hd@v3novus.com

u-blox launches NINA-B3, its full-featured Bluetooth 5 module

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Thalwil, Switzerland – October 3, 2017 –  u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, is announcing the launch of its full Bluetooth 5 compliant NINA‑B3 wireless MCU (microcontroller unit) module. Featuring Bluetooth low energy long range connectivity, high data transfer rates and supporting Bluetooth mesh and 802.15.4, NINA‑B3 caters to applications in smart buildings, smart cities, and the Industry 4.0, including smart lighting systems, industrial sensor networks, asset tracking solutions, and building automation systems.

“We’re very excited to present u‑blox’s solution to bring, for the first time, Bluetooth technology to applications that require long range connectivity and high data rates,” says Pelle Svensson, Market Development Manager, Product Center Short Range Radio at u‑blox.“ Based on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52840 chip, the u‑blox NINA‑B3 Bluetooth low energy module stands out for the attention given to streamlining product development.

The full Bluetooth 5 NINA‑B3 module is available in two flavors. The first variant, NINA‑B31, comes pre‑flashed with u‑blox’s Connectivity Software, the most feature‑rich and easy‑to‑use on the market. For product developers, eliminating the need for embedded programming means smoother, hassle‑free integration and accelerated time‑to‑market. And u‑blox’s proprietary secure boot ensures that security needs are met, even for the most critical industrial and medical applications.

The second variant, NINA‑B30, gives customers a broader scope of application thanks to Bluetooth mesh and Thread support as well as access to a whole host of wired and wireless interfaces. Its powerful Cortex M4F microcontroller can run advanced applications right on the module, reducing external hardware needs and, ultimately, shrinking end device size and cutting costs.

NINA‑B3 is available with a highly sensitive internal antenna specifically designed for the module’s small form factor, achieving optimal radio range performance even in small end product designs. Pin compatibility with the other u‑blox NINA short‑range communication modules limits design effort for product developers developing multiple device variants, e.g. featuring only Wi‑Fi or Bluetooth connectivity.

Customers can expect to get their hands on first samples by Q1 2018.

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

(www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox contact:

Natacha Seitz, PR Manager, u‑blox

Phone: + 41 44 722 7388

E‑mail: natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

Industry’s lowest power GNSS SiP targeting small battery powered devices

Thalwil, Switzerland – September 11, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced the latest member of its ZOE‑M8 series of ultra‑small GNSS SiPs. The ZOE‑M8B is industry’s most power efficient GNSS System‑in‑Package (SiP) available for small battery powered consumer devices. It combines superior performance with ultra‑low power to deliver an optimized solution for portable and wearable devices targeting the fitness, health monitoring, and personal tracker markets.

Small battery powered devices are defined by their limited size, weight and power, which dictates that any GNSS solution targeting this application space must provide exceptional performance while consuming minimal system resources. The ZOE‑M8B has been designed for this class of ultra‑low‑power applications, where size and power are critical parameters. The ZOE‑M8B consumes 25 mW on average in most environments (including urban), and as little as 12 mW during instantaneous tracking. This is a three‑fold improvement in power efficiency when compared with other variants in the ZOE‑M8 series.

“The ZOE‑M8B SiP offers the best trade‑off between power consumption and location accuracy,” said Uffe Pless, Product Manager Positioning at u‑blox. “This will enable manufacturers to develop entirely new battery powered devices that integrate GNSS functionality, without comprising performance or the user experience.”

This combination of ultra‑low‑power operation and high performance is thanks to u‑blox’s proprietary Super‑E mode of operation, which automatically adjusts the power consumed by the system components based on the external conditions.

The footprint of a design with a chip and individual external components is about 50% larger than the PCB footprint of the ZOE‑M8B. Measuring just 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0 mm, the ZOE‑M8B integrates a GNSS receiver, TCXO, SAW and LNA in a single package, making it easy to add accurate location and positioning functionality to almost any device.

The ZOE‑M8B is the latest addition to the ZOE‑M8 GNSS module family , which consists of the ZOE‑M8G for 1.8 volt powered devices and the ZOE‑M8Q for 3.0 volt devices, both focusing on maximum accuracy.

For more information on ZOE‑M8B, come and see us at the u‑blox booth N.352 (M2M Zone) at MWC Americas, held on 12‑14 September in San Francisco. Or read our latest blog post:https://www.u‑blox.com/en/blog/super‑efficient‑gps‑module‑could‑become‑game‑changer‑fitness‑trackers .

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

(www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox contact:

Natacha Seitz, PR Manager, u‑blox

Phone: + 41 44 722 7388

E‑mail: natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

u-blox certifies world’s smallest quad-band LTE-M module for AT&T’s US and Mexico networks

Thalwil, Switzerland – September 6, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced certification of its SARA‑R410M  module on AT&T’s LTE‑M network to support a broad spectrum of IoT applications, such as utility meters, telematics, asset & vehicle tracking, security systems, building automation, as well as smart lighting solutions and parking sensors.Quad‑band configuration for cross‑border deployment

SARA‑R410M is among the first cellular modules certified to support AT&T’s LTE‑M network. With a quad‑band configuration (B2/B4/B5/B12), it is the only certified module capable of operating on both AT&T’s US LTE‑M network and their Mexico network, which is expected to launch by the end of 2017.

“u‑blox’s SARA‑R410M module will enable businesses to use the same hardware in both the United States and Mexico. This way, AT&T will be positioned to facilitate important use cases, such as cross‑border tracking of vehicles and assets,” said Cameron Coursey, vice president, product development, AT&T IoT Solutions.

Future‑proof upgrade path

Measuring only 16 x 26 mm, SARA‑R410M is the world’s smallest quad‑band LTE‑M module available in market today, a distinction that enables designers to keep device sizes to a minimum. At the same time, it allows for form factor compatibility and easy technology transition from u‑blox’s existing 2G and 3G modules.

Patty Felts, Product Manager Cellular at u‑blox stressed: “Future firmware updates can also be supported over‑the‑air with u‑blox’s uFOTA client/server solution that uses LWM2M, a light and compact protocol that is ideal for IoT applications. This ensures longevity of customer platforms for many years to come.”

Low power consumption and robust design

With IoT and M2M devices required to operate for long periods of time on a small battery, the u‑blox SARA‑R410M includes power‑save mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) that together deliver battery life of up to 10 years. And with manufacturing in ISO/TS 16949‑certified production sites and an extended operating temperature range of –40°C to +85°C, it is ideal for industrial applications.

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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u‑blox contact:

Patty Felts, Product Manager Cellular at u‑blox

Phone: +1 858 847 9611

E‑mail: patty.felts@u-blox.com

u-blox enables the world’s first Narrowband IoT based Smart Street Lighting system

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LTE connected luminaires bring smart control to new and existing street lighting systems.

Thalwil, Switzerland – August 31, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced that its SARA‑N2 series of NB‑IoT (LTE Cat NB1) modules is enabling the world’s first Narrowband IoT (NB‑IoT) connected smart street lighting control system from Flashnet in Romania, inteliLIGHT®. A pilot project is already deployed on the OTE (Telekom) network in Patras, Greece.

With hundreds of existing projects deployed worldwide, InteliLIGHT’s smart street lighting remote management solution is a proven concept employing a range of communication protocols. Having identified NB‑IoT as strategically important, InteliLIGHT chose to partner with u‑blox on the development of its FRE 220 NB range of NB‑IoT compatible luminaire controllers.

The new family of controllers can be embedded into most luminaire designs and enables the individual remote control (on/off, dimming) of LED street lights with electronic ballasts up to 400W. The smart control offered extends to monitoring a wide range of electrical parameters, the ability for Over‑The‑Air (OTA) updates and support for autonomous operation.

The NB‑IoT protocol targets IoT applications that have low bandwidth requirements, as such it is ideal for smart lighting. As part of the LTE family of standards, NB‑IoT can be supported within existing LTE infrastructure, offering carrier‑grade reliability and security, as well as excellent penetration and stability. u‑blox’s SARA‑N2 series was the world’s first NB‑IoT module and successfully combines ultra low power consumption with an extended temperature range in a small LGA (Land Grid Array) form factor.

“The connected street lighting industry already uses a wide range of communication protocols,” commented Lorand Mozes, CEO at Flashnet. “We believe the industry is ready to adopt NB‑IoT and thanks to our work with u‑blox we are the first supplier able to offer a robust and fully featured product line‑up. By selecting the SARA‑N2 modules from u blox we have been able to bring our FRE 220NB range of NB‑IoT connected luminaires to market in a very short period of time, to complement our existing range and offer our customers even greater choice.” “Smart cities will be empowered by NB‑IoT,” said Samuele Falcomer, Product Manager Cellular at u‑blox. “Working with InteliLIGHT to help bring the FRE 220NB range of luminaire controllers to market demonstrates that the SARA‑N2 series of modules supports applications across all industries in benefiting from NB‑IoT connectivity.”

Current Flashnet pilot projects are underway worldwide to prove the reliability of NB‑IoT technology with plans to turn them into large scale street lighting control implementations. Considering the market potential and the evolution of connected street lighting, Flashnet is expecting to sell a few hundred thousand controllers within 3‑5 years.

For more information on the Greek NB‑IoT smart city pilot:
https://www.telekom.com/en/company/details/first‑greek‑nb‑iot‑smart‑city‑pilot‑introduced‑in‑patras‑491858 

About u‑blox 
Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
(www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox contact: 
Samuele Falcomer, Product Manager Cellular, u‑blox
Phone: + 39 040 2603 775
E‑mail: samuele.falcomer@u-blox.com

About Flashnet 
FLASHNET is a fast paced tech company that integrates the latest IT, energy and telecommunications technologies into hardware and software solutions, creating and implementing intelligent systems for smarter cities and better infrastructure. Founded in 2005, FLASHNET is a leader in intelligent utility management systems, with worldwide operations. Further information available via www.flashnet.ro 

Flashnet contact: 
Marius Popescu, Marketing Manager, Flashnet
E‑mail: marius.popescu@flashnet.ro

Atoll Solutions and u-blox provide easy access to LPWA technologies for Smart Cities in India

Thalwil, Switzerland – August 9, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, and Atoll Solutions Pvt, a leading IoT gateway platform, sensor node and wireless module provider, announce the availability of an IoT starter kit based on LTE Cat M1 and Narrowband IoT (NB‑IoT) modules from u‑blox.
With an extensive Smart City program already announced, India’s infrastructure is moving towards low‑power wide‑area (LPWA) technologies to enable Smart Street Lighting and Smart Metering. The starter kit provides the perfect development platform for nodes and gateways based on LTE Cat M1 and NB‑IoT.

Supporting both the NB‑IoT (LTE Cat NB1) SARA‑N2 and LTE Cat M1/NB1 SARA‑R4 module series from u‑blox, the starter kit will enable the rapid development of IoT solutions, ready for deployment in a Smart Grid. Future development will include complete reference designs incorporating other u‑blox solutions, including Bluetooth Low Energy and GNSS modules.

“Many leading cellular operators in India are already offering LTE Cat M1 and NB‑IoT support, with many more about to follow,” said Rado Sustersic, Product Manager, Product Center Cellular at u‑blox. “This announcement will help accelerate the adoption of low‑power wide‑area (LPWA) technologies for Smart Cities and provide OEMs with the tools they need to get to market quickly.”

“Narrowband LTE has the power to add affordable and reliable connectivity to a wide range of assets, creating truly Smart Cities through Smart Lighting and Smart Metering”, commented Jithu Niruthambath, Founder and CEO of Atoll Solutions Pvt. “We believe this starter kit will enable our customers to build and deploy scalable solutions in the IoT with ease and confidence.”

Visitors to Automation Expo 2017 (9th to 12th August, Bombay Convention and Exhibition Center, Mumbai) will be able to see the Starter Kit in action on the Atoll Solutions stand.

About u‑blox
Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
(www.u‑blox.com/)

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u‑blox contact:
Niyaz Majeed, Business Development Manager, u‑blox
Mobile: +91 9945329985
E‑mail: niyaz.majeed@u-blox.com

About Atoll Solutions
Atoll Solutions offers IoT gateway platforms, sensor nodes and wireless modules that customers can use to build optimized and ready to deploy IoT solutions in industrial, remote monitoring, logistics and automation applications. Atoll Solutions has partnered with industry leaders to bring unique IoT technologies and building blocks to our platforms and solutions allowing OEMs and system integrators to build and scale solutions quickly, easily and securely.
(www.atollsolutions.com)

Atoll Solutions contact:

Atoll Solutions Pvt. Ltd
#229, 2nd Floor, 2A Main, 5th Cross,
New Thippasandra, Bangalore‑560075
India
Phone: +91 8040944502

u-blox receives 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award

u‑blox receives 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award

Thalwil, Switzerland – 26 July, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced today that its LARA‑R3121 has received a 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award from IoT Evolution magazine and IoT Evolution World, the leading magazine and Web site covering IoT technologies.

The u‑blox LARA‑R3121 module comprises a single mode LTE Category 1 modem and a GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) positioning engine specifically designed for IoT and M2M devices. LTE modem, GNSS and module technology were all developed in‑house at u‑blox. The versatile LARA‑R3121 is ideal for IoT applications including smart utility metering, connected health and patient monitoring, smart buildings, security and video surveillance, smart payment and POS systems, as well as wearable devices, such as action cameras.

“We are delighted to receive this award that highlights u‑blox’s commitment to develop innovative solutions for the IoT market,” explained Andreas Thiel, u‑blox Co‑Founder and Executive VP, Cellular Products & IC Design. “LARA‑R3121 is the only cellular module comprising a LTE Cat 1 modem and a GNSS engine, with complete module hardware and software all developed by a single supplier. With our focus on the IoT market, we bring an ‘IoT first’ approach to silicon design.”

“The solutions selected for the IoT Evolution Product of Year Award reflect the diverse range of innovation driving the machine to machine market today. It is my honor to congratulate u‑blox for their innovative work and superior contribution to the rapidly evolving IoT industry,” said Carl Ford, CEO of Crossfire Media, a co‑publisher of IoT Evolution.

“It is my pleasure to recognize LARA‑R3121, an innovative solution that earned u‑blox the 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “I look forward to seeing more innovation from u‑blox in the future.”

The winners of the 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award will be published in the next issue of IoT Evolution magazine.

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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u‑blox contact 
Natacha Seitz, Senior PR Professional, u‑blox

Phone: +41 44 722 73 88

E‑mail: natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

About Crossfire Media

Crossfire Media is an integrated marketing company with a core focus on future trends in technology. We service communities of interest with conferences, tradeshows, webinars and newsletters. Crossfire Media has a partnership with Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) to produce events and websites related to disruptive technologies. Crossfire Media is a division of Crossfire Consulting, a full service Information Technology company based in New York.

About TMC

TMC is a global, integrated media company that supports clients’ goals by building communities in print, online, and face to face. TMC publishes multiple magazines including Cloud ComputingIoT EvolutionCustomer, and Internet Telephony. TMCnet is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMC produces a variety of trade events, including ITEXPO, the world’s leading business technology event, as well as industry events: Asterisk World; AstriCon; ChannelVision (CVx) Expo; DevCon5 – HTML5 & Mobile App Developer Conference; IoT Evolution Conference & Expo; Real Time on the Web Conference and more. Visit TMC Events for additional information.

For more information about TMC, visit www.tmcnet.com.

TMC Contact

Stephanie Thompson

Manager
203‑852‑6800, ext. 139
sthompson@tmcnet.com

u-blox runs NB-IoT lab and field trials in Brazil with Huawei, Vivo, CAS Tecnologia and PinMyPet

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Thalwil, Switzerland – July 14, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced that it is partnering with key players of the IoT ecosystem, Huawei, Vivo, CAS Tecnologia and PinMyPet running lab and field tests inside new Narrowband IoT (NB‑IoT or Cat NB1) networks in Brazil. The first tests are ongoing since Q1 2017 and initially focused on metering and tracking applications.

These trials reflect u‑blox’s focus to meet pent‑up demand for low power wide area (LPWA) connectivity, as delivered by NB1 technology, standardized by 3GPP in June 2016.The benefits of NB1 over other cellular radio technologies include lower device complexity, ultra‑low power operation, and support for more than 50,000 devices per single cellular cell. As it uses a licensed spectrum‑based network, it also offers greater security and high robustness from interference. NB1 is therefore ideal for IoT and M2M applications requiring extremely low power consumption and better coverage even in shielded areas.

“We are excited to partner with u‑blox to help our mutual customers migrate to the new, low‑power and low‑cost Narrowband IoT technology that also offers excellent coverage,” says the Vivo IoT Senior Manager, Eduardo Takeshi.

“We chose u‑blox because of the quality of its products and excellent technical support,” said Marcos Buson, Director, PinMyPet. “The SARA‑N2 NB1 module delivers the reliable, low power, and optimized LTE cellular connectivity necessary to our pet tracking device.”

“The low power consumption of u‑blox SARA‑N2 and improved coverage of NB‑IoT networks in Brazil will bring important benefits to our solutions,” said Welson Regis Jacometti, CEO at CAS Tecnologia, a technology leader in smart metering in Latin America.

Keeping 2G network is not efficient use for the increasing number of IoT devices. NB‑IoT is the natural evolutionary step for wireless operators, hardware manufacturers, and end customers,” says Ricardo Adulis at SmartCore, the representative of u‑blox in Brazil. Embedded in the test device is the u‑blox SARA‑N2 NB‑IoT module, the world’s first cellular NB‑IoT module compliant to the 3GPP Release 13, Narrowband IoT (LTE Cat NB1) standard. Designed for use in applications such as smart buildings and cities, utilities metering, white goods, asset tracking, and agricultural and environmental monitoring, the module will operate for 10+years from a single‑cell primary battery. Its 16 mm x 26 mm LGA form factor, using u‑blox nested architecture, facilitates simple upgrades from u‑blox GSM, HSPA or CDMA modules and ensures future‑proof, seamless mechanical scalability across technologies.

“Allowing for easy migration across 2G, 3G and 4G, cellular modules from u‑blox support a comprehensive set of communication protocols with minimal signalling overhead to conserve power,” added Suresh Ram, President u‑blox America. “We are working with our partners and customers to introduce products with our modules where longevity of operation and reachability in poor propagation conditions are mission critical.”

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

(www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox contact 
Suresh Ram, President, u‑blox America

Business: +1 703 429 3262

E‑mail: suresh.ram@u-blox.com

u‑blox announces world’s smallest LTE Cat M1/NB1 multimode module with global support for IoT and M2M applications

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SARA‑R410M‑02B is among the industry’s first multimode Cat M1 and NB1 solutions and includes software‑based global band configurability in a single hardware design

Thalwil, Switzerland – July 10, 2017 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, today announced the SARA‑R410M‑02B, a configurable LTE Cat M1/NB1 multi‑mode module with worldwide coverage. It is the industry’s smallest module available in the market today, measuring just 16 x 26 mm, to offer both LTE Cat M1 and Cat NB1 in a single hardware package, as well as software‑based configurability for all deployed bands. The SARA‑R410M‑02B multi‑mode global module supports ultra‑low power consumption and cost‑optimized solutions making it ideal for the development of LPWA IoT applications.

Single hardware for global use
SARA‑R410M‑02B allows customers to use a single hardware version globally. This provides enormous efficiencies in logistics and SKU management. Customers can easily respond to changes in business or market conditions, since supported frequencies and operator configuration decisions can now be made at “zero hour” or even later in the field.  The flexibility extends further with the ability to select modes dynamically between Cat M1and Cat NB1 as either single or preferred connection.

“The innovations included in the u‑blox SARA‑R410M‑02B provide customers with the potential to dramatically expand market reach, to differentiate their products and maximize their return‑on‑investment using this single, versatile, global solution,” said Patty Felts, Principal Product Manager, Cellular at u‑blox.  “SARA‑R410M‑02B provides new and inventive ways to broaden horizons and to realize economies of scale that simply were not possible or feasible until now.  It is an exciting advance in u‑blox’s leadership position in cellular IoT connectivity.”

Future proof
Critical firmware updates can be delivered with u‑blox proprietary uFOTA (firmware over the air) client/server solution that uses LWM2M, a light and compact protocol that is ideal for IoT applications. This enables customers to continue using the same hardware for future enhancements to features, functionalities or operator certifications, making it well‑suited for crucial applications running on devices that may be deployed in the field over long periods of time.

Another benefit of SARA‑R410M‑02B is the hardware readiness for future support of voice functionality via VoLTE over Cat M1, which can be used for applications requiring a level of human interaction, as is the case for security applications such as alarm panels.  Thanks to u‑blox nested design, migration to SARA‑R4 Series from other u‑blox 2G, 3G and 4G modules is made easy.

Low power consumption and extended range
SARA‑R410M‑02B provides an extended temperature range of -40 to +85°C, and supports Power Save Mode (PSM) and Extended Discontinuous Reception (e‑DRX), which can extend battery lifetime up to 10 years.

3GPP Coverage Enhancement permits the module’s connectivity to reach deeper into buildings and basements, and even underground when compared to other air interface technologies such as GSM or Cat 1.

The SARA‑R4 Series covers applications in many areas, such as gas / water / electricity metering, city street lighting, building automation, HVAC, industrial monitoring and control, telematics, insurance, asset & vehicle tracking, security systems, alarm panels, outpatient monitoring and many consumer wearables.

Product samples are available on request.

About u‑blox
Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
(www.u‑blox.com)
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u‑blox contact:

Patty Felts, Product Manager Cellular at u‑blox

Phone: +1 858 847 9611

E‑mail: patty.felts@u-blox.com

u-blox at the core of barrier free technology

Courtesy of u-blox

u‑blox cellular module is embedded in WHILL KK.’s new revolutionary personal mobility WHILL Model C wheelchair

Thalwil, Switzerland and Tokyo, Japan – June 27, 2017 – WHILL KK., a Japanese company specialized in innovative products for the mobility industry, has launched a new revolutionary wheelchair for personal mobility featuring cloud connectivity based on a 3G cellular module from u‑blox (SIX: UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips.

The next‑generation WHILL Model C embodies the next generation of power wheelchairs for enhanced mobility. It is a personal electric vehicle that combines a sleek design with the latest innovative functionalities, enabling users to live an active lifestyle. Sturdy and compact with two powerful electric motors and patented front Omni‑wheels, it maneuvers equally well indoors and outdoors.

The u‑blox 3G cellular module embedded in WHILL Model C features worldwide UMTS/HSPA and GPRS/EDGE coverage with a small footprint also enabling easy and cost‑effective bolting‑on of a u‑blox GNSS receiver such as the MAX‑7C.

“WHILL believes in providing “Fun and Smart Transportation for Everybody”, and develops personal mobility devices that excel in design, comfort, safety and the latest technologies. u‑blox’s state‑of‑the‑art, but also affordable, cellular technologies were just what we needed,” says Nishiki Hinohara, Electrical Engineer at WHILL KK.

“We are very proud of being featured in the WHILL Model C wheelchair. The collaboration with WHILL KK. should help us strengthen our position in the Japanese market as a key player for healthcare applications where numerous complementary technologies are necessary,” explains Tesshu Naka, Country Manager of u‑blox Japan.

As WHILL KK is looking into autonomous driving for people with disabilities, u‑blox plans to contribute with wireless positioning and connectivity technology

More information on the WHILL Model C can be found here (in Japanese).

About ublox
Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
(www.u‑blox.com)

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u‑blox contact:
Tesshu Naka, Country Manager, u‑blox Japan
Phone: +81 03 5775 3850
E‑mail: tesshu.naka@u-blox.com

About WHILL KK.
Since its founding in 2012, WHILL’s mission is to transform today’s antiquated power wheelchair and scooter experiences into a new kind of empowering device, an Intelligent personal mobility. WHILL is reinventing the personal mobility industry with an Intelligent Personal EV that focuses on an approachable and aesthetically pleasing powered vehicle that boosts confidence and pushes the boundaries of personal transportation. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in Tokyo and Taiwan, WHILL is focused on enabling everyone to explore the world in comfort and style.
(www.whill.us)

WHILL KK. contact:
WHILL K.K. PR
Office JP: +81-(0)45‑633‑1471
E‑mail: info@whill.jp