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Industrial Markets: Integration is at the heart of efficiency gains

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In industrial markets, we see such varying applications as manufacturing, processing, instrumentation, energy management, survey monitoring, asset tracking, condition monitoring, remote control and monitoring systems. The u‑blox products are designed and developed for such applications, saving both time and money for improved efficacy and operation. We enable companies just like yours to truly succeed in the digital age, where most of your operations are likely to occur “online.”

Remote monitoring & control

The ability to consistently monitor and control operations in real‑time is of significant benefit to industrial applications, allowing you to gain in speed, accuracy and efficiency. For instance, let’s say you own a remote wind turbine park. Traditionally, you would regularly have to visit the park to monitor the status of a wind turbine. Should you instead embed cellular connectivity, you can remotely monitor the status of each wind turbine and control them individually. This reduces time and money spent on maintenance and allows you to send workers to the location only when they are truly needed. You can also monitor efficiency and production rates via cloud‑based, connected analytics tools.

Asset tracking

For full operational visibility and decision making through the industrial value chain, it is crucial to be able to accurately track assets and personnel. For instance, let’s say you own a warehouse. Imagine the possibilities if you could track a pallet real‑time as it arrived by truck, proceeded on a conveyor belt, to when it was picked up by an unmanned forklift and then put in storage. The asset is tracked from arrival to storage, using indoor short range radio connectivity beacons on its path. Outdoors, the asset is tracked via GNSS technology providing location and time stamps with the data transmitted via cellular connectivity.

Connected tools

With connected tools, operators would only use the data and resources they actually need. For instance, let’s say you own an automotive assembly plant. The operator interacts with the vehicle with tools that are wirelessly connected to the network, receiving and sending data needed only for this particular vehicle. Thereby, you minimize time and resources spent, while making the operator more flexible and efficient at the same time.

Industrial IoT/ Industry 4.0

Truly unique in its ability to provide efficient, flexible, and critical control over operations and information, Industrial IoT (IIoT) allows for the full‑scale connectivity your company needs for its everyday operations. You can track and connect every step of the process, from industrial sensors to transfer of information to control systems and data analysis.
For instance, let’s say you own a plant that operates based on IIoT technology. When a truck arrives with supplies, the truck and its goods are tracked with both position and time. Data from sensors within the truck can be communicated via short range wireless links. Data is sent and received over cellular radio networks to enter goods into the local inventory system as the goods are moved onto the production line. The IIoT ecosystem described is built up by a variety of environmental sensors (temperature, pressure, humidity, etc.) that connect wirelessly to a programmable logic controller (PLC) and then via Ethernet to a SCADA system and control room. The final result is full insight into your entire operations.

u-blox LTE Cat 1 module

Vodafone grants global certification to u-blox LTE Cat 1 module with 2G fallback

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u‑blox’s single and multi‑mode LTE Cat 1 LARA‑R211 module features VoLTE and positioning capability.

Thalwil, Switzerland – July 24, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, today announced that Vodafone certified its multi‑mode LTE Cat 1 LARA‑R211 module with 2G fallback for global usage over its mobile networks.

LARA‑R211 offers data connectivity as well as VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and circuit switched voice service over 2G (CSFB). It is therefore well suited for a variety of mobile and stationary applications that require robust data connectivity and voice service, such as alarm panels, home automation, and asset tracking. The module also provides a 2G fallback, ensuring connectivity and seamless operation in cases where LTE coverage is not yet available.

Thanks to u‑blox’s proprietary cellular positioning technology CellLocate®, LARA‑R211 provides cost‑effective location estimation based on information from surrounding cellular base stations. This location capability enables easy integration of the module for instance in the case of asset tracking applications.

“The u‑blox LARA‑R211 is now part of Vodafone’s global mobile connectivity solution. This certification guarantees seamless operation and interoperability for both data and voice transmission, thereby ensuring that customers receive the best possible service when integrating LARA‑R211 into their devices and running them over Vodafone’s global mobile networks,” said Drazen Drinic, Principal Product Strategy, Product Center Cellular at u‑blox.

“Our aim at Vodafone is to provide the best quality to our end customers while using our network. To ideally ensure this, a central component is the interworking of the module and our network. With our cellular module certification services, we therefore validate modules, such like the u‑blox LARA‑R211, against the global Vodafone network requirements using our test facilities in the Vodafone Innovation Park. In this way both customers on Vodafone and u‑blox side benefit from the service which provides them with the perfect network experience,” said Britta Rudolphi, Head of Technology Innovation & Business Development at Vodafone.

LARA‑R211 is available for purchase.

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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8800 Thalwil
Switzerland
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Arduino introduces new boards featuring u‑blox wireless technology

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Thalwil, Switzerland – May 24, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, and Arduino, providers of the world’s leading open‑source hardware and software ecosystem, introduced four new boards to their MKR family, delivering enhanced wireless connectivity options for IoT applications. Previously Arduino adopted u‑blox for their MKR GSM 1400, now one of the most popular boards of the MKR family for its unique characteristics and robustness.

Arduino introduced the MKR family and form factor to address IoT use cases by focusing on a standard blue print including a hardware crypto chip for enhanced security, a LiPo charger for power management, and an ARM Cortex M0 microcontroller. The MKR family offers a wide range of connectivity options, from low power long range to more traditional options, to satisfy the most stringent user requirements for IoT applications.

One of the boards released is the MKR WIFI 1010, a Cortex M0‑based board that provides Wi‑Fi connectivity to IoT projects. With a highly optimized design it integrates the globally certified u‑blox NINA‑W102 stand‑alone multi‑radio module delivering Wi‑Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Featuring an open CPU, the NINA‑W102 allows Arduino to run their own application right on the module, offloading communication tasks from the user‑programmable Arduino CPU and increasing the board’s power efficiency.

Two more new boards incorporate the u‑blox NINA‑W102. The MKR Vidor 4000 is the first‑ever Arduino board featuring an FPGA (field‑programmable gate array) chip coupled with an innovative development environment, which aims to democratize and radically simplify access to the world of FPGAs. The Uno WiFi Rev 2 aims at making it even easier to deploy products that need Wi‑Fi connectivity.

In addition Arduino expanded its cellular offering with the MKR NB 1500, which hosts a u‑blox SARA‑R410M cellular module providing LTE Cat NB1 and LTE‑M cellular connectivity that is pre‑certified for global use. Also equipped with an ARM Cortex M0 microcontroller, the MKR NB 1500 is fully geared towards IoT applications with low demands for bandwidth and data volumes and is optimized for ultra‑low power consumption, enabling highly efficient battery‑powered applications.

The new boards feature industrial grade communication modules with an extended temperature range and superior guaranteed reliability, making them attractive to professional users seeking to develop small volume products or quickly prototype new concepts and ideas.

“In order to grow a full portfolio of connectivity boards for professional IoT use cases, we needed to find a supplier offering a superior quality and easy‑to‑use, globally certified range of modules in line with our brand strategy. Their roadmap and the compatibility between the products offered by u‑blox sealed the deal for us,” says Fabio Violante, CEO of Arduino. “We also liked their approach to the educational market, that is in line with our vision.”

“For us at u‑blox, working with Arduino helps us extend our reach to a broad community of young engineers and tech enthusiasts, who now have an easy and affordable way to access our technology,” says Michael Ammann, Senior Principal Market Development at u­‑blox. “We look forward to further expanding our partnership in the future.”

Purchase the new MKR boards on the Arduino website.

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. Find us on FacebookGoogle+LinkedIn, Twitter @ublox and YouTube

About Arduino
Arduino is the world’s leading open‑source hardware and software ecosystem. The Company offers a range of software tools, hardware platforms and documentation enabling almost anybody to be creative with technology. Arduino is a popular tool for IoT product development as well as one of the most successful tools for STEM/STEAM education. Hundreds of thousands of designers, engineers, students, developers and makers around the world are using Arduino to innovate in music, games, toys, smart homes, farming, autonomous vehicles, and more.

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Kudelski Group and u-blox to collaborate on secure connectivity for consumer, automotive and industrial IoT

Courtesy of u-blox : Kudelski Group and u-blox to collaborate on secure connectivity for consumer, automotive and industrial IoT

CHESEAUX‑SUR‑LAUSANNE, Switzerland and THALWIL, Switzerland, May 22, 2018 – The Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), the world leader in digital security, and u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets, today announced the signing of an MOU to bring premium‑grade security to IoT devices.

Kudelski and u‑blox agreed to collaborate toward integrating the Kudelski IoT Security Suite into multiple u‑blox product lines, thereby providing field‑proven security technologies to empower businesses to sustainably secure their digital transformation, and optional services enabling further business growth.

“Digital transformation and IoT projects can only achieve their objectives if security is designed from the start, and a long‑term, security lifecycle management approach is taken,” said Jean‑Michel Puiatti, senior vice president of IoT at Kudelski “u‑blox has pioneered positioning, connectivity and short range communications solutions that underpin the connected Internet of Things. By establishing this relationship with them, we will work together to enable business owners to securely drive new business models, features, efficiency and data analytics.”

Integration of Kudelski technology into u‑blox modules will enable premium device protection and security lifecycle management including secure firmware over the air upgrades (FOTA), but also secure communications and application data protection.

“u‑blox provides premium products to its customers and security is no exception,” said Andreas Thiel, u‑blox Co‑Founder and Executive Director Cellular Product Center. “Combining our leading wireless communication technology with Kudelski IoT Security Suite provides our customers with the benefits of both companies’ expertise and experience in dealing with high‑volume, security‑sensitive environments. We consider security as fundamental to the success of our customers’ business and are delighted to have an experienced and proven security partner such as Kudelski when building our security services.”

The Kudelski IoT Security Suite is a comprehensive set of  solutions and services based on 30 years of Kudelski Group innovation in protecting digital TV content on more than 400 million devices, as well as its strong expertise in cybersecurity. It makes IoT security easy to embrace by providing secure control and protection of the key resources of any IoT solution: data, network, device, features, communications and applications. By leveraging state‑of‑the‑art security hardware designed by Swiss engineers and its unique heritage in both pay TV and cybersecurity, Kudelski Group is uniquely positioned to provide companies with design, implementation and long‑term security lifecycle management of their connected business models across a variety of industries.

Swiss born 20 years ago, u‑blox is now a global company well on the way to becoming the leading industry quality supplier of communications and positioning components and solutions for the Internet of Things. As the IoT takes hold across the automotive, industrial and customer markets, the importance of dependable connectivity and location‑awareness is at an all‑time high – and continuing to grow. u‑blox’s comprehensive portfolio of high quality chips and modules therefore help contributing to a more secure and sustainable connected world.

For more information about Kudelski Group IoT Solutions and Services, please visit https://iot.nagra.com.

About the Kudelski Group
The Kudelski Group (SIX: KUD.S) is a world leader in digital security and a provider of end‑to‑end convergent media solutions to the digital entertainment industry, including services and applications requiring access control and rights management to secure the revenue in digital television, internet, mobile and interactive applications. The Group also offers cybersecurity solutions and services focused on helping companies assess risks and vulnerabilities and protect their data and systems. It also supplies integrated solutions to manage access control of people and vehicles to sites and events. The Kudelski Group is headquartered in Cheseaux‑sur‑Lausanne, Switzerland and Phoenix (AZ), USA. For more information, please visit www.nagra.com

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. www.u‑blox.com

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Kudelski Group – IoT Security
Head of Marketing
+41 79 560 43 75
christopher.schouten@nagra.com

Cédric Alber
Kudelski Group
Senior Manager Media Relations
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+1 (415) 962 5005
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Natacha Seitz
u‑blox
PR Manager
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natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

u-blox ZED-F9P

u‑blox announces the first high precision GNSS module based on u‑blox F9 technology

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The u‑blox ZED‑F9P multi‑band receiver delivers centimeter‑level accuracy in seconds.

Thalwil, Switzerland – April 26, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, today announced the ZED‑F9P multi‑band GNSS module with integrated multi‑band Real Time Kinematics (RTK) technology for machine control, ground robotic vehicles, and high precision unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) applications. The ZED‑F9P measures only 22 x 17 x 2.4 mm and uses technology from the recently announced u‑blox F9 platform to deliver robust high‑precision positioning performance in seconds.

The u‑blox ZED‑F9P is the first mass market multi‑band receiver to concurrently use GNSS signals from all four GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou). Combining GNSS signals from multiple frequency bands (L1/L2/L5) and RTK technology lets the ZED‑F9P achieve centimeter‑level accuracy in seconds. And receiving more satellite signals at any given time maximizes the availability of centimeter‑level accuracy even in challenging environments such as in cities.

With its high update rate, the ZED‑F9P is ideal for highly dynamic applications such as UAVs. Featuring on‑chip integration of advanced multi‑band RTK algorithms, it requires no additional hardware or third party RTK libraries. Ready to use on delivery and easy to integrate, it helps product developers quickly bring their ideas to the market.

ZED‑F9P is fully geared to clearing the three main hurdles that have kept centimeter‑level positioning accuracy from breaking into mass market applications: cost, size, and power consumption. Significantly smaller and more energy efficient than existing solutions, and as a cost efficient alternative, the ZED‑F9P will enable new high precision positioning applications for the mass market.

“The new ZED‑F9P GNSS receiver builds on the success of our NEO‑M8P high precision GNSS module, but takes performance to another level by leveraging all the available GNSS signals,” says Mårten Ström, Senior Principal Product Management, Product Center Positioning at u‑blox. “By making robust and affordable high precision positioning technology more accessible, we hope to fuel innovation and enable a new generation of high precision GNSS navigation applications.”

Engineering samples will be available from end of July 2018.

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
PR Manager
Mobile +41 76 436 0788
natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

u‑blox AG
Zürcherstrasse 68
8800 Thalwil
Switzerland
Phone +41 44 722 74 44
Fax +41 44 722 74 47
info@u-blox.com
www.u‑blox.com

u-blox announces smallest industrial Bluetooth 5 module

u-blox announces smallest industrial Bluetooth 5 module

Read full article on u-blox website here: u-blox announces smallest industrial Bluetooth 5 module

Ultra‑compact and designed for tough environments, ANNA‑B1 is fully tailored to applications for the Industrial Internet of Things.

ANNA‑B1

Thalwil, Switzerland – March 13, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning technologies, has announced the new ANNA‑B1 Bluetooth 5 module for industrial applications. Its ultra‑compact module design and industrial operating temperature range make it ideal for wide‑ranging applications in size‑constrained designs requiring high speed Bluetooth connectivity. ANNA‑B1 comes certified for select markets off the shelf.

Essentially, the new ANNA‑B1 is a miniaturized variant of the meanwhile well‑established u‑blox NINA‑B1 Bluetooth low energy module, packed as a System‑in‑Package (SiP) design into a tiny 6.5 by 6.5 millimeter footprint, just 1.2 millimeters thin.

ANNA‑B1 includes an Arm® Cortex®-M4 microcontroller unit with a floating point unit, flash and RAM. The open CPU option provides full access to the module’s microcontroller so that custom applications can be embedded into the module. Alternatively, product developers can speed up time to market by leveraging the full force of pre‑flashed u‑blox connectivity software. Fully tested and verified, and supporting many IoT applications, u‑blox connectivity software includes a GATT client and server for connectivity attributes, Serial Port Service, simultaneous peripheral and central role, and NFC technology for easy pairing to other Bluetooth low energy devices. ANNA‑B1 has a built in antenna, but also allows for external antenna designs.

Typical applications for the ANNA‑B1 Bluetooth module are small devices such as power tools, industrial and medical sensor products, wearables, and point of sale devices that require Bluetooth 5 connectivity, either individually or as part of a mesh network. Medical and sports wearables and telematics aftermarket products including insurance boxes will benefit from the ANNA‑B1’s small footprint.

“With the addition of ANNA‑B1 to our product portfolio, we are pleased to offer product designers an extended palette of products that they can chose from to meet their specific needs,” says Len Albertsson, Principal Product Manager, Product Strategy Short Range Radio at u‑blox. “In an industry where reductions in size and weight often come at the expense of product features, we’re very excited by how well our new ANNA‑B1 module ranks alongside the NINA‑B1 module.”

Engineering samples of the ANNA‑B1 will be available in Q2 2018.

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 contact:
Natacha Seitz
PR Manager
Mobile +41 76 436 0788
natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

u‑blox AG
Zürcherstrasse 68
8800 Thalwil
Switzerland
Phone +41 44 722 74 44
Fax +41 44 722 74 47
info@u-blox.com
www.u‑blox.com

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Aerosense develops surveying solution with drone using u-blox high performance positioning technology

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Thalwil, Switzerland – March 8, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced today that Japan‑based Aerosense Inc. has commercialized its AEROBO® Marker solution for drone surveying using the u‑blox NEO‑M8T timing module. Conceived to compute absolute time to within 20 nanoseconds using incoming GNSS signals, the NEO‑M8T lets users access RAW GNSS data output, making it attractive for positioning applications that rely on post‑processing GNSS data to enhance location accuracy.

Aerosense’s surveying solution is designed to reduce the time spent surveying construction sites. By combining ground markers equipped with a GNSS receiver with surveying drones and cloud‑based data processing, they have converted huge workloads into a user friendly application for anyone.

The surveying operation on the site involves setting up ground markers fitted with u‑blox NEO‑M8T high performance GNSS receivers. The smart ground markers send the GNSS data they receive to the cloud, where it is post‑processed using a static surveying algorithm to achieve high accuracy.

AEROBO’s solution can transform high‑resolution drone images into a survey‑accurate map by using the absolute geographic coordinates of specific points on the surveyed terrain. Images gathered by overflying the terrain with the drones are combined to create centimeter‑precise outputs, including orthomap views, 3D models, and point clouds.

The challenge that engineers at Aerosense faced while developing their solution was achieving sufficiently high position accuracy. “We found a robust solution to the accuracy challenge by using the u‑blox NEO‑M8T high performance positioning module,” says Mr. Satoru Shimizu, Project Leader of AEROBO Marker, Technology Development Dept. at Aerosense Inc.

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. (www.u‑blox.com)

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About Aerosense Inc.
Aerosense Inc. is a joint venture company between Sony Corporation and ZMP Inc. It is making full use of Sony’s technologies in camera, sensors and communication networks along with ZMP’s robot technology and business experience. We provide an automated industrial drone solution. In particular the field of Survey, We offer all cloud platforms to handle drone, and GPS built‑in marker. So it is possible to operate with high accuracy and safe. We also have unique technologies such as Tethered drone or VTOL drone.
(www.aerosense.co.jp)

u‑blox contact: 
Natacha Seitz
PR Manager
Mobile +41 76 436 0788
natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

u‑blox AG
Zürcherstrasse 68
8800 Thalwil Switzerland
Phone +41 44 722 74 44
Fax +41 44 722 74 47
info@u-blox.com
www.u‑blox.com

Tomorrow’s industry will be connected. u-blox is making it happen.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is driving a new industrial revolution – and it’s already transforming industry. Smart technology is making operations more responsive, cost-effective, and sustainable. Are you ready to ride the wave of the connected, optimized, digital industry?

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is forecast to add more than $14 trillion to the global economy by 2030. The number of industrial robots shipped in 2025 is expected to exceed one million. And already, more than a third of manufacturers are reaping the benefits of smart sensors.

For your business, these trends offer completely new opportunities to enhance efficiency and save time and money.

To unleash the full power of the IIoT, you need state‑of‑the‑art connectivity, positioning, and timing technology. This blend combines to ensure that your operators and your smart monitoring and control systems are presented with the right data at the right time so that they can make the right decisions.

The five hallmarks of smart, connected industries

  1. Connectivity and remote control – Smart industries centrally monitor and control assets in real time, optimizing performance, and maximizing efficiency.
  2. Mobility – Smart industry operators have their finger on the pulse wherever they are – even outside the control room, where smart tools deliver context‑aware insights.
  3. Optimization and flexibility – Smart industries use rich data to optimize operations and spot potential problems before they happen, while more mobile equipment provides enormous flexibility.
  4. Traceability – Connected industries bring whole new levels of traceability by knowing exactly where things are, where they’ve been, and how they’re performing.
  5. Sustainability – Connected industries use their rich insights and smart control capabilities to make optimal use of resources and minimize waste.

The criticality of security

Whether you’re operating critical infrastructure, a high‑precision manufacturing unit, or any other industrial facility, you’ve got to get your digital security right.

As you connect up your operations, security becomes simultaneously more important and more complex because there’s so much more to think about.

Have you locked down each element, from its boot sequence to its API? Can your system deal with spoofing or jamming attempts? Is your data secure and tamper‑proof at every stage of its journey between your equipment and your remote control and monitoring software?

u‑blox will help you get this right

u-blox announces u-blox F9 robust and versatile high precision positioning technology for industrial and automotive applications

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Thalwil, Switzerland – February 22, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, has announced the u‑blox F9 technology platform, delivering high precision positioning solutions for mass market industrial and automotive applications. The platform combines multi‑band Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology with dead reckoning, high precision algorithms, and compatibility with a variety of GNSS correction data services to achieve precision down to the centimeter level. u‑blox F9 paves the way for the next generation of high precision navigation, augmented reality, and unmanned vehicles.

“High precision is the next frontier in positioning for mass markets, with countless applications in need of a robust and scalable high precision positioning solution. u‑blox F9 provides the hardware and integrated software components to address these needs,” says Daniel Ammann, Executive Director Positioning Product Development, Product Center Positioning at u‑blox.

High precision positioning

Centimeter‑level accuracy by combining RTK technology and u blox GNSS expertise

High precision positioning can be achieved by combining Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), such as GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou, with Real Time Kinematics (RTK) technology. RTK is a technique that uses the receiver’s measurements of the phase of the satellite signal’s carrier wave. These measurements combined with corrections from a local or virtual base station allow the receiver to solve carrier ambiguities and provide centimeter level accurate position information to the end user, typically a moving device referred to as the rover.

The demand for scalable high precision technology is growing rapidly, as evident in the automotive world with next generation HUD and V2X applications, and in robotics with applications such as UAVs and robotic lawnmowers.

However, due to the complexity, size, power, and cost restrictions, existing high precision solutions have been unable to meet the demands of these markets.

Building on the success of our NEO M8P high precision GNSS module series and drawing on our extensive experience in GNSS positioning technologies, including dead reckoning, multi‑band, Real Time Kinematics, and GNSS correction services, we’ve created the u‑blox F9 platform. The platform delivers the next level of scalable GNSS high precision technology, which will pave the path for new navigation applications such as augmented reality and unmanned vehicle navigation.

u‑blox_F9

The u‑blox F9 platform will underpin the next wave of u‑blox positioning modules targeting mass market industrial and automotive applications. It uses GNSS signals in multiple frequency bands (L1/L2/L5) to correct positioning errors caused by the ionosphere and deliver fast time to first fix (Fast TTFF). Its ability to receive signals from all GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou) further improves performance by increasing the number of satellites that are visible at any given time. Stand‑alone u‑blox F9 solutions robustly achieve meter‑level accuracy.

To achieve centimeter‑level accuracy, u‑blox F9 offers optional on‑chip Real Time Kinematic (RTK) technology. In addition to offering an open interface to legacy GNSS correction service providers, it supports the main GNSS correction services, taking RTK high precision positioning to mass markets for the first time.

Optimized for low power consumption, the u‑blox F9 platform sets a high standard for security with built‑in jamming and spoofing detection systems that protect against intentional and unintentional interference. Dead reckoning technology based on inertial sensors extends high precision performance to otherwise challenging urban environments.

Automotive applications of the technology include lane level navigation for head‑up displays and vehicular infotainment systems as well as for vehicle‑to‑everything (V2X) communication, a prerequisite for highly automated and fully autonomous vehicles.

In the industrial realm, u‑blox F9 will enable mass adoption of commercial unmanned vehicle applications including drones and ground vehicles such as heavy trucks or robotic lawnmowers.

The u‑blox F9 platform’s technology benefits will be showcased at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany from February 27 – March 1 at Booth #3‑139. Product samples will be available in the course of 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

Products

NEO-M8P
u-blox M8 high precision GNSS modules

Wireless+positioning

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By offering embedded semiconductors, software, services, support and reference designs that support combined wireless and GPS/GNSS applications, u‑blox delivers complete solutions for a wide new range of location based services that capitalize on the converged technologies.

u‑blox’ wireless/positioning solutions

Because of the exciting and numerous applications for converged wireless and positioning technologies running on portable devices, u‑blox has implemented special features in its family of cellular modules to ease the design effort required for the integration of wireless with GPS.

For example, combining a LEON or SARA GSM/GPRS module with a u‑blox  GPS receiver allows designers to have full access to the GPS receiver directly via the modem: it relays control messages to the GPS receiver via a simple 2‑wire I2C interface. This means a 2nd interface, is not necessary: fully control of the GPS receiver is achieved with AT commands via the modem. The result is simple and cost effective GSM/GPS integration, making optimal use of PCB space.Embedded A‑GPS client

Another key advantage of u‑blox modem modules is that they contain an embedded AssistNow A‑GPS client supporting both online and offline Assisted GPS. The combined GSM/GPS solution with AssistNow client results in numerous benefits:

  • Better GPS performance in weak GPS signal conditions such as urban canyons
  • Significantly faster Time‑to‑First‑Fix (seconds, not minutes)
  • No resources required from the application’s microcontroller
  • No software integration effort on the host microcontroller required
  • Assisted GPS client firmware is embedded in LEON GSM/GPRS modems

Conclusion

The marriage of wireless technologies such as GSM and UMTS with GPS has an exciting future, enabling new and compelling mass‑market services for businesses, shopping, tourism, public and private transportation, social networking and entertainment, as well as for logistics, fleet management and emergency services.

Most importantly, these converged services offer clear value propositions and revenue models to allow all players in the ecosystem, end‑users, device and end‑product manufacturers and service providers, to benefit.

“The Promising Marriage of Wireless and GPS Technologies” (PDF)