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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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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)

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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
burcu.yilmaz@arvento.com

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

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 M8 GNSS

LynQ’s network-free location tracker featuring u‑blox M8 GNSS receiver goes into pre-sale

Courtesy of u-blox : LynQ’s network-free location tracker featuring u‑blox M8 GNSS receiver goes into pre-sale

The easy‑to‑use device helps groups stick together indoors, outdoors, anywhere.  

Thalwil, Switzerland – September 20, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, announced their collaboration with USA‑based LynQ on a tracking device that lets groups of users locate each other. LynQ, which surpassed its fundraising target on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, raising over US$ 1.5million, is now on pre‑sale. Featured in the device is the u‑blox CAM‑M8Q GNSS receiver. It is a GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou positioning module with an embedded antenna. With its slim size of 9.6 x 14 x 1.95 mm, it is easy to integrate it into handheld devices.

LynQ’s crowdfunding success shows the extent to which the company’s founders uncovered an unmet demand on the market. While smartphone‑based solutions to locate friends and family, for instance in a crowd, abound, they are limited by the availability of mobile network reception. The location tracker developed by LynQ gets by without cellphones, networks, apps, or monthly fees. By simply syncing up the devices before heading out, group members can find each other within an up to five‑mile radius and link up again.

The first generation of the weather‑proof tracker uses long‑range, low power radio frequencies to connect devices. Up to 12 people can join a group, split up, and use the only button on the clip‑on device to toggle through the group members and find out in which direction and how far away each one is. LynQ’s location tracker helps friends regroup outdoors or at crowded events, parents keep an eye on their children, and caregivers watch over the safety of people with special needs, elderly family members, or loved ones suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Dependability is central to the LynQ’s location tracker, which has been field‑tested on numerous continents and in most topographies and use cases. “We found the u‑blox CAM‑M8Q to be the best solution for us to achieve the requirements our use cases demand,” says Drew Lauter, Chief Operating Officer at LynQ. “We’re extremely price sensitive, yet we need a highly dependable GPS module. u‑blox worked closely with us to deliver that.”

For u‑blox, accompanying LynQ in the development of its product has been an exciting adventure, says Suresh Ram, President of u‑blox America. “We’re thrilled to see how well their idea has been received by the public and look forward to our continued collaboration in the future.”

To learn more, 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.

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u‑blox contact:
Natacha Seitz
PR Manager
Tel +41 44 722 73 88
natacha.seitz@u-blox.com

About LynQ
Founded in October of 2014, Lynq is an alumnus of HAX, the world’s first and largest hardware startup accelerator based in Brooklyn, New York.

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LynQ contact:
Drew Lauter
Chief Operating Officer
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Industrial Markets

Industrial Markets: Integration is at the heart of efficiency gains

Courtesy of u-blox : Industrial Markets

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

Courtesy of u-blox : LTE Cat 1 module with 2G fallback

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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