Cardholder-sized personal safety device combines u-blox cellular and GNSS technologies

LONEworkr is designed to monitor lone and remote workers, using u‑blox technologies

Thalwil, Switzerland and Penrith, Australia – July 7, 2016 – MCM Electronics Pty Ltd., an Australian company specializing in the security alarm industry, has announced the launch of a new personal safety device, developed in collaboration with u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips. LONEworkr, a people tracker and SOS device in a card holder format, is designed to track lone and isolated workers in order to locate them in the event of an emergency.

“We needed to offer a reliable and stable personal emergency location device to our customers, to allow for monitoring of isolated workers. u‑blox, with its unique combination of cellular and GNSS positioning technology, and the quality, performance and robustness of its products, was the right choice,” explains James Neville, Director of MCM Electronics.

Very light (75g) and ultra‑compact (96 x 71 x 14.4 mm), LONEworkr combines a 3.75G GSM modem solution providing up to six‑band HSPA+ and quad‑band GSM/EDGE data transmission with a concurrent reception of GPS/QZSS, GLONASS and BeiDou. It can send an alarm and its location to a Monitoring Center (MC), which will then call the device to verify the alarm and escalate whether the emergency is genuine.

“It was very exciting to collaborate with MCM Electronics, as we at u‑blox are committed to support our customers by combining technologies for easy‑to‑use solutions,” explains Pietro Sbisa, Business Development Manager, u‑blox Australia & New Zealand. “The u‑blox professional grade modules embedded in LONEworkr follow the u‑blox “nested design” philosophy: to maintain form factor and software continuity. This enables customers to easily upgrade their products with each new generation of u‑blox wireless modules, without having to change the PCB designs. In this case it can simplify a possible later transition to an LTE modem. The easy migration between u‑blox products contributes to a maximized investment, simplified logistics and drastically reduced time‑to‑market,” he adds.

The u‑blox LISA‑U200 UMTS/HSPA cellular module and the CAM‑M8Q M8 concurrent GNSS antenna module are currently embedded in LONEWorkr. Migration to LTE technology and the addition of short range radio capabilities are planned.

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning semiconductors and modules for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. Our 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
Pietro Sbisa’, Business Development Manager, u‑blox Australia & New Zealand

Phone: +61 2 8448 2016

Mobile: +61 (0) 4978 27441


About MCM Electronics Pty Ltd.

Founded in 1985, MCM Electronics is the market leader in the field of IP, Ethernet and GPRS dual path communications for alarm systems, manufacturing a range of panels and adapters. It recently released a new range of tracking and location systems. MCM has been a member of A.S.I.A.L (Australian Security Industry Association Limited) for many years and is an industry representative on the many Australian Standards.  MCM products are designed to meet AS2201 and have been tested and certified to meet the requirements of the A.C.M.A. (

MCM Electronics contact

James Neville, Director, MCM Electronics Pty Ltd.

Phone:   + 61 2 4721 8067

Mobile: +61 (0) 4122 68858


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