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The u-blox Connected Car Node: the fast track to connected vehicle solutions

The u-blox Connected Car Node: the fast track to connected vehicle solutions

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Flexibility, scalability, and a high degree of security make the u‑blox connected car node a future‑proof connectivity solution for telematics applications, infotainment systems, and more!

As data is playing an increasingly important role in our vehicles, wireless connectivity is becoming as vital to cars as tire pressure. Real‑time navigation solutions require Internet connectivity to find the best route to a destination, using live traffic information data. In the event of an accident, emergency call (eCall) services need it to send vital information of the vehicle’s location, its direction of travel, and the number of passengers onboard. Similarly, telematics solutions depend on it to exchange data and commands with cloud‑based systems.

More and more data‑driven services will continue to pop up as cellular networks continue to evolve. Advanced infotainment systems, for example, need high bandwidths to stream HD video to rear‑seat entertainment systems. Autonomous driving often requires uploading data for off‑board processing and learning, as well as a constant stream of navigational data downloads used by the vehicle. Vehicles themselves are becoming Wi‑Fi hotspots serving their users’ devices in addition to other integrated on‑board solutions, such as rear‑seat entertainment. And, as cars become increasingly autonomous, demand for connectivity will continue to accelerate to enable a whole host of new and innovative smart services and increased productivity during the ride.

But it isn’t only about connectivity. These services and applications also need a powerful operating system to run on – a potent CPU (central processing unit) to perform the necessary computations, data routing, and robust security measures to keep hackers at out of the vehicle. And that in a constantly evolving technological and security threat landscape. The amount of manpower and expertise needed to develop, maintain, and update these types of solutions can be a considerable burden on large and small OEM’s and Tier 1’s alike.

Connected car node – on tour.

If you’ve been to one of our exhibition booths in the past months, you may have seen our Secure Connected Car demo, crafted in collaboration with Renesas and Green Hills Software. The demo consists of a remote control model race car that we’ve equipped with a u‑blox TOBY‑L4 cellular‑modem for LTE connectivity, a NEO‑M8 GNSS receiver, and an EMMY‑W1 Wi‑Fi transceiver module. We’ve also integrated the same system into a real truck that we’ve  presented at several trade shows in the US. The u‑blox devices are connected to a Renesas R‑Car H3 SoC board running our uCPU Linux operating system (Yocto) implementing the router functions in addition to hosting a set of applications and telematics services powered by WirelessCar. Set up in access point mode, the EMMY‑W1Wi‑Fi / Bluetooth module lets the vehicle’s users and systems tap into the Internet connectivity for tablets, smartphones, or other devices.

It’s a complete in‑vehicle communication box  – or Telematics Control Unit (TCU) – that provides the connectivity, the software stack, and the security to enable a broad range of connected car solutions, including traditional telematics services.  WirelessCar performs the role of the Telematics Service Provider (TSP) , making it possible to remotely control blinkers, climate control, head and tail lights, lock and unlock doors, check the car’s position, access vehicle data such as the odometer reading and fuel or battery charge level. Also included is a “locate my car” feature for crowded parking lots. All these services and features are available to the user via a smartphone app.

Flexible. Scalable. Secure.

Not every vehicle or OEM has the same needs. That’s why we’ve designed the solution to run either on a standalone TOBY‑L4 module in its smart‑modem configuration with integrated uCPU Linux, or in a host‑based configuration, in which case the Linux software stack can be ported to a CPU/SoC already present in the vehicle. By using the uCPU Linux environment across multiple processors and systems, project time to market, risks, and costs can all be greatly reduced. This lets Tier 1’s focus on delivering features and functions, rather than spending resources on platform integration.

Building our solution largely on open source software – a Linux Yocto OS distribution, GPSD for GNSS data management, and Modem Manager or oFono for modem management in tandem with Network Manager – we are able to ensure the longevity and reliability of our software stack.

Running uCPU Linux as a guest operating system using virtualization, as implemented on the Renesas R‑Car H3 SoC in combination with Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY® Multivisor, allows applications to share a single processor without compromising the performance and security of mission critical tasks and applications. Should, for example, hackers gain access to the infotainment system, the encapsulation and separation of each application using virtualization would ensure that other partitions, such as the one hosting the GNSS high precision navigation engine, are not affected.

The u‑blox connected car node offers a future‑proof link from car to cloud. Designed to enable a smooth transition from today’s 4G LTE cellular networks to the 5G technology of tomorrow, it will ensure that your solutions are always on top, always connected, and always secure.

For more information on u‑blox connected car node solutions, please contact our sales and support network.

u-blox takes continuous lane accurate positioning to challenging urban environments

u-blox takes continuous lane accurate positioning to challenging urban environments

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The ZED‑F9K GNSS and dead reckoning module improves positioning performance tenfold over standard precision technology.  

Thalwil, Switzerland – May 2, 2019 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has announced the u‑blox ZED‑F9K high precision multi‑band GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) module with built‑in inertial sensors. The module combines the latest generation of GNSS receiver technology, signal processing algorithms, and correction services to deliver down to decimeter‑level accuracy within seconds, addressing the evolving needs of ADAS (Advanced Driver‑Assistance Systems) and automated driving markets.

The ZED‑F9K high precision dead reckoning module builds on the u‑blox F9 technology platform. Compatibility with modern GNSS correction services further improves positioning accuracy by compensating ionospheric and other errors. The multi‑band, multi‑constellation RTK (Real Time Kinematics) receiver module receives GNSS signals from all orbiting GNSS constellations. A greater number of visible satellites improves positioning performance in partially obstructed conditions, while increased satellite signal diversity delivers faster convergence times when signals are interrupted.

Inertial sensors integrated into the module constantly monitor changes in the moving vehicle’s trajectory and continue to deliver lane accurate positioning when satellite signals are partially or completely obstructed as is the case when the vehicle is in parking garages, tunnels, urban canyons, or forested areas. When satellite signals become available again, the module combines inertial sensor data with GNSS signals to deliver fast convergence times and high availability of the decimeter‑level solution.

The result of this combination of the latest developments in GNSS technology, correction services, and inertial sensing is a tenfold increase in positioning performance over standard precision solutions.

By robustly providing lane accurate position information, the ZED‑F9K meets the needs of ADAS and autonomous driving applications, as well as head units and advanced navigation systems. The module’s accuracy and low latency also makes it ideal for automotive OEMs and Tier 1s developing V2X (Vehicle‑to‑everything) communication systems. By continuously sharing their location with other traffic participants, these V2X systems contribute to increasing overall road safety and reducing traffic congestion.

“We designed the ZED‑F9K to be a turnkey high precision GNSS solution that caters to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s connected cars,” says Alex Ngi, Product Manager, Product Strategy for Dead Reckoning, u‑blox. “The ZED‑F9K is unique in that it integrates a multitude of technologies, from the GNSS receiver to the inertial measurement unit and relevant dead reckoning algorithms into a single device for which we can ensure performance throughout the customer product development cycle.”

Samples will be available upon request by July 2019.

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

www.u‑blox.com

Produal’s new wireless Proxima mesh solution for building automation harnesses LumenRadio and u-blox technology

Produal’s new wireless Proxima mesh solution for building automation harnesses LumenRadio and u-blox technology

Courtesy of u‑blox : Produal’s new wireless Proxima mesh solution for building automation harnesses LumenRadio and u-blox technology

Thalwil, March 5, 2019 -u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, and LumenRadio, providers of ultra‑reliable wireless solutions, have combined their technologies to enable a new building automation solution. Developed by Produal, based in Finland, the new wireless Proxima room solution leverages wireless mesh technology and NINA‑B1 Bluetooth low energy module to increase flexibility and ease of installation. By offering a gateway to the cloud, it facilitates the development of new cloud‑based building automation solutions. Produal Proxima® combines the u‑blox NINA‑B1 module and LumenRadio’s embedded operating system, MiraOS™.

With the release of wireless Produal Proxima® solution, Produal has taken the next step of building automation measurement and control and taking the lead into the wireless future.

Produal Proxima®builds on wireless mesh sensors that communicate over LumenRadio’s MiraOS™, capable of robustly connecting hundreds of wireless nodes – sensors, actuators, gateways. The self‑healing network is designed to continue to perform when individual nodes fail, and can easily be adapted when building layouts change. Multi‑hop technology ensures that signals are transmitted across the entire network, guaranteeing coverage regardless of a building’s architecture.

LumenRadio’s patented Cognitive Coexistence technology ensures that communication is carried out on the least crowded and most optimal frequencies at any given time, increasing the reliability of the solution. FOTA (firmware‑over‑the‑air) updates via the u‑blox NINA‑B1 module ensure that all nodes in the network always run the latest firmware, future‑proofing and securing the entire solution.

The fact that LumenRadio’s flexible MiraOS™can be adapted to any radio hardware on any frequency band gave Produal the flexibility to choose hardware optimized to their application. Produal opted to use the u‑blox NINA module for wireless communication, convinced by its high performance, cost‑efficiency, and small footprint. It is a stand‑alone Bluetooth low energy module with a powerful Arm® Cortex®-M4 microcontroller unit. Thanks to the module’s state‑of‑the‑art power performance, the wireless nodes have a battery life of over eight years, limiting maintenance to a minimum.

“Produal’s offering is a perfect example of how our NINA module family enables size and power‑optimization and highly reliable wireless‑mesh based solutions with hassle‑free firmware‑over‑the‑air updates,” says Stefan Berggren, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Short Range Radio Product Center at u‑blox.

”Building automation is a no‑nonsense business – things have to work. That’s where our ultra‑reliable mesh comes into play, efficiently connecting devices in the hundreds and thousands throughout buildings. We give Produal the performance they need today, while future‑proofing their offer for whatever tomorrow will bring,” concludes Peter Lindkvist, Sales Director at LumenRadio.

“Wireless functionality is undoubtedly one of the fastest growing trends everywhere. With the new wireless Proxima platform, Produal creates reliability for wireless building automation thanks to this future‑proof and secure solution. Dedicated wireless applications can be built, commissioned and updated easily,” states Francesco Fausti, Director, product management and export sales at Produal.

The wireless Produal Proxima® solution is showcased at ISH – the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water in Frankfurt, March 11‑15 both by LumenRadio and Produal.

LumenRadio: Hall 10.3, B53

Produal: Hall 10.3, B69

 

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 LumenRadio

LumenRadio is a wireless connectivity company based in Gothenburg. They develop, market and sell a low‑power and ultra‑reliable embedded operating system for wireless IoT‑applications based on their patented FPCC (Future‑Proof Cognitive Coexistence) technologies. From high‑profile professional lighting to heavy‑duty industrial equipment, LumenRadio has a solution that works in environments where others fail.

www.lumenradio.com

 

About Produal

Produal is your reliable partner for high‑quality building automation measurement and control. Our 100 experts work locally and passionately with you to help provide excellent BA projects and services, and to design and manufacture proven BA solutions efficiently. Our 30 years of expertise can be seen in tens of thousands of buildings around the world.

www.produal.com

 

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

LumenRadio contact:
Peter Lindkvist
Sales Director
Phone +46 738 39 32 22
Peter.lindkvist@lumenradio.com

Produal contact:
Antti Salli
Product manager, transmitters and wireless products
Phone +358 10 219 9155
antti.salli@produal.com

u-blox expands Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity software with high performance script solution

u-blox expands Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity software with high performance script solution

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u-connectScript, part of the u‑connect software series, enables easy and interactive development of embedded applications.

Thalwil, Switzerland – February 14, 2019 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has announced that it is expanding its connectivity software offering. In addition to the established u‑connectXpress, previously known as u‑blox connectivity software, the offering now also includes u‑connectScript. The extended software series differentiates the company’s offering by further simplifying wireless Bluetooth and Wi‑Fi device development, enabling embedded script applications in the module while reducing complexity and cutting time to market.

“We developed the u‑connect software series to let product developers focus on their main application. Pre‑flashed at delivery, u‑connect manages the wireless connectivity behind the scenes”, says Joakim Ryden, Senior Product Manager for wireless IoT modules, Product Center Short Range Radio, at u‑blox. “Scripting support further increases development efficiency and expands the reach of wireless technology to companies that are new to the Internet of Things,” he says.

u‑connectXpress, the first pillar of the u‑connect series for more than 15 years, has grown into the most extensive software tool for integrating Wi‑Fi and Bluetooth connectivity into devices. Comprising over 130 standard and u‑blox‑specific AT commands, u‑connectXpress lets developers configure device connectivity without having to write and test complex code.

u‑connectScript, the second pillar of the u‑connect series, is the new offering aimed at further speeding up embedded device development. It is based on the JavaScript programming language, widely adopted and with a short learning curve. u‑connectScript uses simple syntax to allow device developers to quickly embed Bluetooth applications right onto the module without requiring extensive experience in embedded systems programming. Developers write their applications using u‑blox’ integrated development environment (IDE) or any other text editor of their choice.

Power efficient

u‑connectScript leverages the unique concept of u‑connect streams to efficiently manage data flows between wireless and physical interfaces. This ensures power consumption and performance of the resulting application to remain on par with traditionally developed embedded applications, contrary to other script solutions available in the market.

Secure by design

Security is fundamental to all professional applications and is handled behind the scenes when using any member of the u‑connect software series. Secure Boot ensures that devices only boot up in the presence of original certified software. u‑connect further ensures a high level of link and data security with support for Wi‑Fi enterprise security (e.g. EAP‑TLS), IP end‑to‑end security (e.g. TLS) and LE secure connections for Bluetooth.

Compatibility across products

Applications developed for u‑connectXpress or u‑connectScript can be re‑used across the entire product line and are forward compatible with new product generations.

Broad market appeal

u‑connect and u‑blox stand‑alone modules cater to a broad range of IoT applications such as smart buildings, smart cities, smart industry, including smart lighting systems, industrial sensor networks, asset tracking solutions, and building automation systems. Within these verticals, u‑connect facilitates Bluetooth‑based solutions for cable replacement, configuration and control of equipment using handheld devices, advanced Wi‑Fi connectivity and multi‑radio gateway applications.

u‑connectXpress is available across the u‑blox Short Range product portfolio. u‑connectScript will be available on selected product variants, starting with the NINA‑B3module.

Learn more by watching the videos on u‑connectXpress and u‑connectScript.

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 FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter @ublox and YouTube

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

MATRIX Industries pioneering no-charge GNSS smartwatch has u-blox and TransSiP PI technology under the lid

MATRIX Industries’ pioneering no-charge GNSS smartwatch has u-blox and TransSiP PI technology under the lid

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Powered by sunlight and body heat, the PowerWatch 2 is the first location tracking smartwatch you never need to charge. 

Thalwil, Switzerland – February 12, 2019–u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, TransSiP inc, world leader in Power Integrity and MATRIX Industries, leaders in thermoelectric innovation, are announcing the PowerWatch 2, the world’s first GPS smartwatch that you never need to recharge. The smartwatch features the ultra‑small, ultra‑low power u‑blox ZOE‑M8B GNSS receiver to track position, in addition to calories burned, activity level, and sleep, making it an ideal companion for runners, hikers, and swimmers. All this is enabled by TransSiP PI technology which ensures energy harvested is used at maximum efficiency and provides crystal clean power enabling optimum performance.

The PowerWatch 2 is the first GPS smartwatch to offer a 100 percent charge‑free experience. It does away with cables and external batteries by continually topping up its battery using thermoelectric energy generated from body heat as well as solar energy.The watch also excels at the other things smartwatches do, connecting to your smartphone and displaying notifications on your wrist, and tracking activities and visualizing them using dedicated iOS and Android apps, as well as with popular third party health and fitness platforms.

The ZOE‑M8B and TransSiP PI: a winning combination
The PowerWatch 2 delivers location tracking using the low‑power u‑blox ZOE‑M8B GNSS receiver module that consumes as low as 12 mW. Packaged as a (System‑in‑Package), the 4.5 x 4.5 x1.0 mm module helps achieve the watch’s comparatively low 16‑millimeter thickness. And concurrent reception of up to three GNSS constellations means that it delivers high accuracy positioning in challenging situations such as urban or dense forest environments and when swimming.

Satellite based positioning is typically the most power‑hungry process on a sports watch. Providing highly efficient conversion of harvested energy into a very quiet supply of DC power, TransSiP PI enhances the ability of the ZOE‑M8B GNSS receiver module incorporating u‑blox Super‑E technology, to strike an ideal balance between power and performance.Working on a tight power budget, the watch supports 30 minutes of continuous GNSS tracking per day, with unused time accumulating in the watch’s battery pack, e.g., powering two hours of location tracking every four days.

“We put a lot of effort into tailoring the ZOE‑M8B to the needs of small battery powered applications. We couldn’t have wished for a better product to showcase our ZOE‑M8B’s potential for wearables than the PowerWatch 2,” says Florian Bousquet, Principal Product Manager in Standard Precision GNSS at u‑blox.

Douglas Tham, CTO of MATRIX Industries added: “TransSiP PI makes it possible to deliver high performance and high efficiency simultaneously by reducing system noise, eliminating time spent re‑acquiring data, and minimizing the need for additional processing. This means power savings across‑the‑board and enables applications which can be powered solely by energy harvesting.”

“Not only were size, cost and power constrained in developing the PowerWatch 2, we also had to make sure that it met the high performance demands that athletes expect,” says Akram Boukai, CEO and Co‑founder of MATRIX Industries. “The combination of TransSiP PI and the ZOE‑M8B solved all of these pain points for us, enabling the watch to quickly lock in on its position even in weak signal environments.”

Backers of the project on Indiegogo are expected to receive their orders in June, 2019.

Watch the video:

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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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

About TransSiP

An Irvine, CA startup, TransSiP has a growing portfolio of technologies supporting the power integrity needs of remote, mobile, and wearable low power systems and devices. TransSiP PI is a suite of solutions which provide exceptional efficiency and stability, resulting in dramatically reduced power demands as compute‑intensive processes resolve faster and less power is lost in energy conversion. Simplifying design and providing broadband DC bias noise management, TransSiP PI enables our customers to develop solutions rapidly and cost‑effectively which stand out from the competition in performance and autonomy.

TransSiP media contact:
Nick Pearne
Market Development
Mobile +44 7850 242 056
nick.pearne@transsip.com

TransSiP, Inc.
2 Venture, Suite 470
Irvine, CA 92618 USA
Phone +1 949 200‑6220
info@transsip.com
www.transsip.com

u-blox and MBC develop the world’s first fully integrated L1/L2 RTK solution

u-blox and MBC develop the world’s first fully integrated L1/L2 RTK solution for centimeter-level positioning applications

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MBC’s MRP‑2000 positioning solution integrates the u‑blox ZED‑F9P high precision GNSS module.

Thalwil, Switzerland – December 11, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has announced the results of its collaboration with Korean broadcast media company MBC. With assistance from u‑blox, MBC has launched an ultra‑compact L1/L2 real time kinematic (RTK) multi‑band device, the MBC MRP‑2000, featuring a u‑blox ZED‑F9P high precision GNSS module. The solution is the first to offer the Korean market a GNSS RTK receiver and wireless access to a GNSS correction service in a single box.

To achieve centimeter‑level position accuracy, high precision GNSS receivers combine multi‑band satellite signal reception and GNSS correction data. In addition to mitigating positioning errors incurred as the satellite signals cross the ionosphere, multi‑band reception significantly speeds up the time it takes the receiver to determine its location. The ZED‑F9P process GNSS correction data, received via a wireless data connection, using integrated RTK algorithms. For uninterrupted centimeter‑level accuracy, it requires constant data access over the air.

Weighing just 50 g, the compact and extremely low power MRP‑2000 provides centimeter‑level positioning accuracy for a wide range of portable and mobile applications such as autonomous vehicles, drones, and survey equipment. It comes with a subscription to MBC’s RTK correction service, delivered nationwide using digital media broadcasting (DMB) networks, with LTE fallback.

The u‑blox ZED‑F9P GNSS receiver featured in the MRP‑2000 keeps the cost, size, and power consumption of the solution low. With advanced multi‑band RTK algorithms integrated on the chip, MBC was able to enable centimeter‑level positioning with no additional hardware or third party RTK libraries, cutting the time it took to bring the solution to market.

“By integrating our ZED‑F9P, a mass market RTK receiver, with Korea’s low cost DMB connectivity channel to offer automotive and industrial applications access to a nationwide correction service, MBC was able to dramatically reduce the cost of ownership of centimeter‑level positioning technology,” says KS Son, Country Manager, u‑blox Korea.

“Collaborating with u‑blox helped us develop the MRP‑2000, the first fully integrated positioning solution that can use RTK data from the DMB network as the primary source of location correction information, only switching to the LTE network in areas of poor DMB reception,” says Seung‑Ho Lee, Director of Spatial Information Business, MBC. “This gives the user an extremely high connectivity coverage delivering centimeter- level performance across the entire South Korea peninsula,” he adds.

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:
KS Son
Country Manager, u‑blox Korea
Phone +82 2 542 0861
info_kr@u-blox.com  

About MBC

MBC is a public broadcaster whose largest shareholder is public organization Foundation for Broadcast Culture while it operates on advertising. MBC is the No. 1 broadcast network in Korea in terms of reliability, popularity and influence.

Established in 1961, MBC has been contributing to the development of the media industry, covering 98% of percent of the nation with a network of 16 regional stations and 8 subsidiaries. Today, it’s a multimedia group with 1 terrestrial TV channel, 3 radio channels, 5 cable channels, 5 satellite channels and 4 DMB channels. MBC provides useful information and entertains the viewers through its channels, while focusing on the core value of delivering customer satisfaction based on fairness, reliability, creativity and professionalism with the goal of becoming one of the most competitive media groups in the 21st century.​

MBC contact:
Seung‑Ho Lee
Director of Spatial Information Business, MBC
Phone +82 2 789 1646
victorlee@mbc.co.kr

http://zooom.kr

u-blox partners with Arvento

u-blox partners with Arvento to develop multi-purpose people and asset tracker

Courtesy of u-blox : partners with Arvento to develop multi-purpose people and asset tracker

Treyki Mini relies on u‑blox positioning and wireless communication technologies.

Thalwil, Switzerland – December 4, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has announced a successful partnership with Arvento Mobile Systems, a Turkey‑based top leading fleet telematics company, to develop a compact people and asset tracking device with a long battery life. The Arvento Treyki Mini has eight operating modes, including special settings for tracking kids (with Geofencing), senior citizens (with an integrated fall sensor), and for use in sports, racing, and asset management. It can also be used as an emergency beacon.

The tracker has an onboard positioning receiver, and reports its location using an internal GSM/GRPS modem. It can operate for up to 7 days from its 900mAh LiPo rechargeable battery before it needs to be recharged.

The Treyki Mini relies on the u‑blox ZOE‑M8Q concurrent multi‑GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) module to discover its location. This System in Package (SiP) offering is just 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.0mm, and provides high accuracy thanks to its ability to receive 72 channels simultaneously, from up to three different GNSS constellations. It also offers reliable positioning in challenging environments because it has a sensitivity of –167 dBm and is energy- efficient. Communications for the Treyki Mini are provided by the u‑blox SARA‑G340 dual‑band GSM/GPRS module, whose very low standby power of less than 0.90mA helps extend its battery life. This module also supports firmware‑over‑the‑air (FOTA) updates, enabling Arvento to continue to refine the Treyki Mini after production.

“The Treyki Mini is the result of a very close collaboration between Arvento and u‑blox to optimize its size and power consumption. We expect that the strong sense of partnership that evolved between our two companies during the development of the Treyki Mini will lead to further collaboration in the future, especially when it comes to telematics system solutions,” says Özer Hıncal, General Manager, Arvento.

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)

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

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

About Arvento

Arvento Mobile Systems specializes in designing, developing and manufacturing fleet telematics systems and IoT solutions. Arvento is one of the leading fleet telematics companies offering wide range of technology products and solutions, worldwide. Today, Arvento has more than 76.000 clients and its technology and products are being used in more than 832.000 vehicles in three continents. (www.arvento.com)

Arvento contact:
Burcu Yilmaz
Corporate and Marketing Communications Manager
Ankara, Turkey
Phone +90 312 2650595
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u‑blox collaborates with ERM to launch a vehicle tracking device

u‑blox collaborates with ERM to launch a vehicle tracking device with a built-in Wi‑Fi hotspot

Courtesy of u-blox : ERM to launch a vehicle tracking device with a built-in Wi‑Fi hotspot

Thalwil, Switzerland – November 8, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, is pleased to announce the StarLink TrackerWi‑Fi, an advanced vehicle tracking device produced by ERM Advanced Telematics, a provider of device‑based telematics solutions. The device combines u‑blox GNSS, 4G and Wi‑Fi Technology eliminating the need to equip vehicles with a separate mobile Wi‑Fi hotspot. The StartLink TrackerWi‑Fi has wide‑ranging solutions for applications in connected car, telematics and vehicle diagnostic, fleet management, vehicle security, usage‑based insurance, and rental and leasing service companies.

“We saw an opportunity to provide more values to our customers by adding Wi‑Fi hot spot functionality to our StarLink Tracker, our leading telematics product, but knew that we had to be quick to stay ahead of the game,” says Kfir Lavi, Senior Vice President of ERM Advanced Telematics. “Our partners are always at the top of our priorities, and we are working to adapt our offerings to the market demands and the changing needs of their customers. Working with u‑blox as the provider of the positioning and wireless communication technology helped us move from concept to commercialization in under six months and provide our partners with an advanced product in a short time.”

The Internet of Things (IoT) and connected car initiatives are transforming vehicular fleet management, providing rental car companies and transportation and logistics firms with tools to track vehicles, preemptively detect and diagnose disturbances from a distance, and monitor the behavior of their drivers in real‑time. ERM already has over 1.8 million vehicle fleet tracking devices deployed on roads world‑wide.

As onboard Wi‑Fi becomes increasingly wide‑spread, many companies are fitting vehicles with Wi‑Fi hotspots to offer drivers and passengers Internet access. With its integrated Wi‑Fi hotspot, ERM’s StarLink TrackerWi‑Fi makes it easier by letting users tap into the cellular 4G connectivity it draws on to transfer telematics data back to the fleet manager. Not only does this make it possible to send real‑time telematics data to the driver’s smart device or onboard infotainment system, it also reduces the number of SIM cards needed from one per device to one per vehicle.

Sourcing the GNSS tracking, cellular 4G LTE, and Wi‑Fi technology from u‑blox played a key role in achieving the device’s fast time‑to‑market. By using u‑blox’s pre‑tested positioning and communications modules with integrated software, the manufacturer was able to cut the time needed for production and development by several months.

“This successful collaboration demonstrates that we have evolved from a provider of individual technologies, namely GNSS positioning, cellular 4G connectivity, or short range radio communication, to a provider of solutions that bundle these technologies,” says Thomas Seiler, CEO of u‑blox. “We are seeing increased demand for such bundled solutions and are convinced that the close integration of our technology portfolio offers our customers the unique ability to jump‑start even challenging projects on extremely short notice.”

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, u‑blox
Phone: + 41 44 722 7388
E‑mail: natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

About ERM Advanced Telematics
ERM Advanced Telematics is an international automotive technology vendor, whose technologies and products are installed in more than 5 million vehicles worldwide. The company’s solutions are based on a range of wireless technologies, including all available cellular communications, RF, Bluetooth and Wi‑Fi. ERM offers a wide range of modular solutions that improve the protection, management, and diagnostics of vehicles, vehicle fleets, and valuable assets, reducing operating costs for both the service provider and the end customer.

(www.ermtelematics.com)

ERM Advanced Telematics contact:
Shir Guy
Public Relations, ERM Advanced Telematics
Phone: + 972 3 941 3313
E‑mail: shir@ermtelematics.com

Connected padlock featuring u‑blox technology

Connected padlock featuring u‑blox technology protects and tracks goods in transit

Courtesy of u-blox : Connected padlock featuring u‑blox technology

The heavy‑duty i‑Lock offers customizable access, real‑time tracking, and tamper alerts for industrial applications.

Thalwil, Switzerland – October 10, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, announced their collaboration with India‑based Play Inc. on a connected GPS padlock for industrial applications. The lock, which doubles as a location tracker, features a u‑blox M8 GNSS receiver, MAX‑M8Q, and uses the u‑blox CellLocate® service to extend positioning to indoor locations. u‑blox Bluetooth low energy with NINA‑B112, and 2G, 3G and 4G u‑blox cellular communication modules, including some that are ATEX certified, enable communication between users and the lock.

In many industrial settings, locks are an unwelcome bottleneck. They typically require the physical presence of a person with a key to open them, they need to be checked periodically for signs of tampering, and when they are forced open, owners typically find out too late.

Play Inc’s i‑Lock combines physical toughness and wireless technology to address these challenges. Offering a variety of access methods, including physical keys and keyless approaches using remote GPRS and SMS passwords as well as Bluetooth low energy or cloud‑based communication via mobile device apps, the i‑Lock lets plant managers or other customers flexibly grant authorization to access the goods that are under lock. And in the event that the padlock is forcefully opened, they are immediately alerted via a server or, optionally, SMS.

In addition to securing mobile and stationary goods, the lock’s GNSS receiver lets users track goods in transit. The i‑Lock supports a variety of tracking modes to optimize power consumption for increased autonomy. Location‑awareness further enables geofence restricted applications, in which the i‑Lock can only be open if it is within predefined geographical bounds, e.g. a petroleum filling station.

The robust security lock was designed to endure both physical attempts of tampering and cyberattacks. Its fiberglass reinforced enclosure withstands temperatures from -20 to +80 degrees Celsius. The lock features Super Admin, Admin, and User access levels, 128 bit AES encryption, user‑configurable passwords, and a secure protocol to ensure data‑transmission accuracy.

The i‑Lock will be presented at The IoT Solutions Congress Barcelona on October 16‑18, 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
Tel +41 44 722 73 88
natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

u‑blox SARA‑N410

u‑blox SARA‑N410 module enables a wide range of IoT applications

Courtesy of u-blox : u-blox module certified on T-Mobile US’s new NB-IoT network

u‑blox’s LTE Cat NB1 SARA‑N410 module enables a wide range of IoT applications.

Thalwil, Switzerland – October 2, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a leading global provider of positioning and wireless communication technologies, today announced that T‑Mobile US has certified its LTE Cat NB1 SARA‑N410 module to run on its new NB‑IoT network, the first NB‑IoT network to launch in the US.

At an ultra compact 16 x 26 mm, SARA‑N410 supports ultra low power consumption, making it ideal for cost optimized long‑term solutions required by many IoT applications. Those include utilities such as gas, water and electricity metering, smart cities for instance with street lighting, parking sensors and waste management, smart buildings with building automation, HVAC and access control, as well as industrial monitoring and control.

Critical firmware updates can be delivered securely with u‑blox proprietary uFOTA (firmware over the air) client/server solution that uses LWM2M, a light and compact protocol ideal for IoT applications. This enables customers to maintain the hardware over the full lifetime of the product for future enhancements to features and functionalities, especially in the case of crucial applications running on devices deployed over long periods of time. SARA‑N410 also supports non‑IP data delivery, a more efficient way of transmitting data for throughput‑constrained low power wide area (LPWA) technologies.

SARA‑N410’s nested design provides easy migration between u‑blox 2G, 3G and 4G modules, while enabling future‑proof, seamless mechanical scalability across technologies. With a temperature range of -40 to +85°C, the module 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 even underground when compared to other air interface technologies such as GSM or Cat 1.

“The u‑blox SARA‑N410 is now certified for T‑Mobile’s new NB‑IoT network and thereby enhances u‑blox’s position as a leader in Narrowband IoT, a globally recognized standard with extended coverage and low power consumption,” said Patty Felts, Principal Product Manager, Product Center Cellular at u‑blox.

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

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u‑blox contact:
Patty Felts
Principal Product Manager, Product Center Cellular at u‑blox
Phone +1 858 847 9611
patty.felts@u-blox.com

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