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Qianxun SI partners with u‑blox

Qianxun SI partners with u‑blox to bring mass market high precision positioning solutions to China

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The partnership between Qianxun SI and u‑blox is driven by growing needs for reliable and affordable high precision positioning for asset tracking and automotive applications.

Thalwil, Switzerland – May 09, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, and Qianxun Spatial Intelligence Inc. (Qianxun SI), a world‑leading high precision positioning service provider, have announced that they are joining forces to deliver high precision positioning solutions to the Chinese market. By coordinating their product offerings, they seek to meet growing demand for increased positioning accuracy for mass market applications. Some of the areas driving up demand for high precision positioning services in China are IoT tracking devices such as those used on shared bikes, as well as automotive, UAV, and robotic vehicle applications.

u‑blox is bringing to the partnership its market‑leading high precision GNSS receivers. Its recently announced u‑blox F9 multi‑band positioning platform uses integrated Real Time Kinematic (RTK) technology to process the high precision positioning correction data provided by Qianxun SI, delivering down to centimeter‑level positioning accuracy for wide‑ranging applications. It enables even faster and more robust performance by leveraging a greater variety of GNSS signals.

Two major advancements have enabled sub‑meter‑level positioning accuracy for mass market applications. The first is modern GNSS correction services that constantly monitor GNSS signals to determine positioning errors caused, for example, by atmospheric distortions, and wirelessly transmit correction data to compensate for these errors to millions of GNSS devices. The second is a new generation of small, power‑efficient, and affordable GNSS receivers that are able to use the correction data to achieve such high levels of accuracy.

Qianxun SI, a world‑leading high precision positioning service provider, has already laid the groundwork for the large‑scale expansion of high precision positioning in the IoT era. Based on the BeiDou Satellite System, which is compatible with GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Qianxun SI’s high precision positioning service is built on the nationwide “ONE Network,” composed of more than 2,000 Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS), and utilizes powerful proprietary algorithms. It offers vehicles and other applications a range of 24‑7 high precision positioning services in most regions of the country. By the end of 2018, Qianxun SI’s dynamic centimeter‑level service will cover the entire mainland of China.

“We are delighted to cooperate with u‑blox to provide users with high precision positioning solutions that are user friendly and affordable. I believe our high precision positioning technology is a key enabler of IoT development, and the cooperation with u‑blox will accelerate the go‑to‑market process of the technology in an extensive range of industrial and automotive market applications,” said Jinpei Chen, CEO of Qianxun SI.

“This collaboration is a genuine win‑win for all involved in that it allows us to develop high precision solutions that will foster innovation across markets. Partnering with China’s leading GNSS correction service provider allows u‑blox customers to bring cutting edge applications to the China market in the shortest possible time,” says Thomas Seiler, CEO of 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, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

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u‑blox media contact:
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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 or info_cn@u-blox.com
https://www.u‑blox.com

About Qianxun SI
Qianxun SI – a world‑leading positioning service company – is capable of providing dynamic centimeter‑level and static millimeter‑level positioning services, constituting an important part of the infrastructure in the IoT era. It was jointly founded by China North Industries Group Corp. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in August 2015. Based on the basic positioning data of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (compatible with GPS, GLONASS, Galileo), Qianxun SI uses over 2,000 ground enhancement stations throughout China, and applies its self‑developed positioning algorithms as well as big data processing via Internet technology, to provide precise‑positioning and extended services for users across the country.

For more information, please visit our website at www.qxwz.com

Qianxun SI media contact: 
Jiang Yan
E‑Mail: yan.jiang@wz-inc.com
Tel.: +86‑13917571542

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SARA-R410M-02B Cellular Module by u-blox AG

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The SARA-R410M-02B module from u-blox is a compact LTE Cat M1/NB1 and EGPRS module that can be used Globally. It supports up to 16 LTE bands making it a great solution for Global coverage. The module has flexible mode selection for LTE Cat M1, LTE Cat NB1 and EGPRS.

The SARA-R410M-02B also has notable software-based configuration advantages within a single version of firmware. LTE bands can be enabled or disabled based on changing criteria such as the establishment of roaming agreements among operators. The flexibility extends further through system selection of the radio access technology (RAT) as either a single or preferred connection. The approved operator profiles for AT&T, Verizon, and Telstra are all included as pre-existing and selectable within software. The module has regulatory certification approvals in Taiwan (NCC) and EMEA (RED) broadening the global commercial reach.

The module has a long life, low-maintenance, cost-sensitive, lower-power consumption, and can be used in extended battery life applications such as smart buildings, people and asset tracking, agricultural monitoring, connected health, usage-based insurance, smart cities and smart meters.

Product Details

    • Part Number : SARA-R410M-02B
    • Manufacturer : u-blox AG
    • Description : Single Compact LTE Cat M1/NB1 and EGPRS Modules for Global Coverage

General Parameters

    • Application : Internet of Things
    • Wireless Technology : 4G LTE
    • Region : Global
    • Carrier : Verizon, AT&T, Telstra, GMA
    • Fallback : No
    • GNSS Integrated : Yes
    • GNSS Standard : GPS
    • LTE/4G Category : Cat-M1, NB1
    • IoT : No
    • MIMO : No
    • Antenna : Yes
    • Certification : FCC, ISED, IFETEL, GCF, RCM, CCC, SRRC, NCC, RED, PTCRB, RoHS
    • Security : FOTA
    • Interface : UART, USB 2.0, DDC, GPIO
    • Datarate Download Link : 27.2 to 375 Kbps
    • Datarate Uplink : 62.5 to 375 Kbps
    • Audio : Codec: AMR-WB
    • Votage : 3.3 to 4.3 V
    • Current : 8 mA
    • Power : 18 dBm
    • Size : 16.0 x 26.0 x 2.5 mm
    • Operating Temperature : -40 to 85 Degree C
Drone

High precision positioning will drive the next generation of autonomous vehicles for a smarter, cleaner world.

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From drones to cars, to tractors, our world is shifting to one where machines drive themselves. This new level of automation will make our world safer, cleaner, and more convenient, and it will depend on high precision GNSS positioning.

As the IoT is bringing data from the physical world to the cloud, unmanned vehicles will turn that data into action. Intelligent Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), self‑driving cars, automated farming equipment, and ground vehicles, will use precise positioning to drive the automated world of the future. This market is big and growing – estimated to be worth US$ 30 billion by 2022.

In the air

Unmanned aerial vehicles are transforming our skies, changing how mapping, inspection, and even logistics works. Drones are mapping areas that used to take teams days to survey are being done in hours. UAVs are allowing construction and real estate inspections from a new perspective, and drones may solve the last‑mile delivery problem plaguing the logistics industry.

On the roads

Our cars are getting smarter and more autonomous – but to make the final leap to self‑autonomy more precision is needed. High precision GNSS gives centimeter‑level positioning, ensuring autonomous or semi‑autonomous cars stay in their lanes, and at appropriate distances from other vehicles. Self‑driving shuttles and buses can follow precise routes to deliver passengers from door‑to‑door without manual intervention.

On the ground

Besides self‑driving cars, a whole array of other ground vehicles are becoming autonomous, improving efficiency, safety, and reducing costs. Agricultural equipment such as tractors require precise guidance over fields while plowing, planting, tilling or harvesting. Machines ranging from mining equipment and heavy machinery to lawnmowers all need to be in the right place at the right time to do their job.

High precision GNSS make it happen.

u-blox SARA cellular module provides cellular connectivity for Iomote’s professional IoT platform

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Iomote selected the SARA cellular module series to connect its professional X400 gateway to the cloud.

Iomote

Italian‑based Iomote develops connected solutions for the industrial Internet of Things, offering a programmable and connected gateway, a powerful cloud backend, and a user‑friendly admin dashboard, harnessing the full power of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Use case

Iomote recently launched a new end‑to‑end platform for Industry 4.0 that lets businesses easily connect existing professional machines to the cloud, allowing them to increase their efficiency and augment their service offering. The centerpiece of their platform is their smart, programmable Iomote X400 gateway, which adds cloud connectivity to virtually any industrial application.

Their solution uses the company’s MyMote web dashboard to let IIoT system administrators manage operations such as provisioning, remote software upgrades of devices on the field, system notifications, and many others. It sends telemetry data directly to Microsoft Azure where it is exclusively made available to the customer, with no third parties involved.

Robust reliability and technological flexibility

Ensuring continuous connectivity, even outside urban centers where cellular coverage can be weak, was paramount for their application, as professional IoT solutions require robust real‑time, bi‑directional connectivity to cloud. In these types of applications, cellular connectivity is the only option because the end users, businesses, are increasingly reluctant to open the connectivity to their local network.

Technological flexibility was also key, allowing Iomote to tailor solutions specifically to the each customer’s cellular network environment, enabling them to connect to existing 2G, 3G, or 4G networks, and keep the door open to upgrading to LTE low speed or NB‑IoT networks when they roll out.

The u‑blox SARA solution

Iomote found its solution in the u‑blox SARA cellular module series, which offered both reliable connectivity and a high degree of flexibility in terms of the cellular technologies used. Their X400 gateway is built, in particular, around SARA‑G350, a 3G cellular module, and SARA‑U201, a 3G cellular module with 2G fallback, two automotive grade variants that are certified for use in explosive environments.

“We tested our X400 in remote areas where the cellular signal was very weak and unstable, and the overall performance was robust thanks to the u‑blox SARA cellular modules it uses,” says Claudio Carnevali, CEO of Iomote. “Form factor and pin‑to‑pin compatibility between 2G, 3G, and 4G variants of the SARA cellular module mean that customers have the possibility to choose their cellular communication technology. We really benefit from the possibility of tailoring the technology each customer’s needs,” he says. “In the end, regardless of the cellular technology used, our customers can rely on the u‑blox module to send messages flawlessly to the cloud.”

Future‑proofing designs

The most recent addition to the u‑blox SARA cellular module family, the SARA‑R412M LTE Cat M1 module with quad‑band 2G fallback is designed to help smoothen the transition toward low‑power wide‑area LTE cellular networks for industrial applications as they roll out.

u-blox announces easy-to-use dual-mode Bluetooth module

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Ultra‑compact NINA‑B2 Bluetooth stand‑alone module features strong security for the Industrial IoT

Thalwil, Switzerland – April 17, 2018 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, has announced the new NINA‑B2 dual‑mode Bluetooth® 4.2 stand‑alone module, enabling industrial IoT applications thanks to its built‑in secure boot and wide temperature ranges. Pre‑flashed with u‑blox connectivity software which supports many common use cases such as Beacon, GATT client, GATT server, and serial port, NINA‑B2 is configured easily using AT commands over UART, without requiring deep knowledge of the Bluetooth protocol.  Already tested and certified globally, it also reduces development costs and speeds time to market.

NINA‑B2’s built‑in secure boot guarantees that the software is authenticated by u‑blox and has therefore not been tampered with. This provides a secure operating environment for the Bluetooth module.

“As the IoT progresses and Bluetooth is a key wireless technology, security and backwards‑compatibility remain key challenges,” says Stefan Berggren, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Product Center Short Range Radio at u‑blox. “NINA‑B2 provides top‑grade security through its unique secure boot operating environment. As it is equipped with dual‑mode Bluetooth capability, it can simultaneously manage Bluetooth low energy and Bluetooth BR/EDR connections, making it ideal to connect to legacy devices.”

NINA‑B2 is very compact, at 10 x 10.6 x 2.2mm (without antenna) and 10 x 14 x 3.8mm (with antenna). Most of the Bluetooth modules at this scale are single‑mode Bluetooth low energy or Bluetooth BR/EDR devices. NINA‑B2’s size makes it an easy fit in any IoT device. It is also pin‑compatible with the u‑blox NINA family, allowing it to be easily swapped in or out with other NINA modules, with their different radio technologies such as Bluetooth low energy and Wi‑Fi.

Apart from industrial automation such as machine control devices, industrial terminals and products for remote control, possible applications also include wireless‑connected and configurable equipment, point of sale, telematics, and health devices.

NINA‑B2 should go into production in summer 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

LARA-R3 LTE Cat 1 with module & chipset from u-blox

LARA-R3 LTE Cat 1 with module & chipset from u-blox

Courtesy of u-blox : LARA-R3 LTE Cat 1 with module & chipset from u-blox

Meet LARA-R3, a revolutionary LTE modem where both the module and the chipset are from u-blox. LARA-R3 gives you perfect integration. And it is specifically designed for tough machine-to-machine applications! LARA-R3 is focused on machine type communication with built-in features like power saving mode, signaling optimization and congestion control. After a power outage, many devices start transmitting data simultaneously. The LARA-R3 signaling optimizations reduce the information flow and its congestion control eliminates overcrowding the network.

LARA-R3’s 10 Mbps data capacity enables dual HD video streaming. It’s energy efficient, robust and secure for M2M/IoT. LARA-R3 combines industry-leading u-blox 8 GNSS technology along with u-blox CellLocate, to give you accurate and reliable positioning data outdoors as well as indoors. Innovative LTE communication and positioning technology offers the perfect combination for asset tracking and vehicle tracking, as well as industrial automation, monitoring and control. LARA-R3 offers superior safety and operational reliability, crucial for any IoT application. It provides end-to-end trusted domain security, protecting against possible security threats. LARA-R3 is unique in the market. We have LTE and GNSS technology in one module from a single supplier, u-blox. This also guarantees long-term product availability and a single point of contact in support cases. LARA-R3 – designed for M2M/ IoT! u-blox @ the core. Learn more at https://www.u-blox.com/en/product/lara-r3121-module

LTE Cat 1 module based on u-blox LTE chipset with built-in GPS receiver

Connectivity, positioning, and timing solution: all in one module

  • Supports 3GPP Rel. 12 Power Saving Mode for long battery life
  • Provides position data and timing, indoors and outdoors
  • Features end‑to‑end trusted domain security
  • Provides signal optimization and congestion control
  • Enables easy migration from other u‑blox module form factors and technologies

The LARA-R3121 LTE Cat 1 module is a pioneer, as the only module designed from the ground up for IoT applications. At its core is the UBX-R3 chipset, u-blox’s own cellular modem with silicon-integrated GPS receiver. The UBX-R3 platform provides a wide range of features for secure and robust operation, such as secure boot, transport layer security, embedded FOTA client for secure software updates over the air, jamming and spoofing 1 detection, and an integrated security agent for monitoring and detecting security threats 1.

Based on u-blox’s innovative software-defined modem engine, LARA-R3121 offers advanced 3GPP features, such as Rel. 12 Power Saving Mode for long battery life, Extended Access Barring (EAB) feature for signaling optimization/ congestion control, and QoS enhancement for mission critical applications. Thanks to the integration of a u-blox 8 GPS receiver directly in the UBX-R3 chipset, LARA-R3 cost-effectively provides highly reliable and accurate positioning data both indoors and outdoors. In addition, LARA-R3121 offers practical hybrid positioning, in which GPS position is enhanced with u-blox CellLocate® location data. Uniquely, it also provides a robust and accurate timing reference, which is obtained from available GPS or LTE base stations, allowing simple and cost efficient implementation of timing solutions.

The LARA-R3121 comes in a compact LGA package with several interfaces and a fully embedded IP stack, making it easy to integrate in size-restricted designs and suitable for a wide range of medium data rate applications. LARA-R3121 modules are perfectly suited for use in industrial IoT applications, including asset/vehicle tracking, smart meter gateways, mobile digital signage, connected health applications, and low latency applications such as point-of-sale systems. Its data rate enables bi-directional video streaming, as necessary for security and video surveillance.

The LARA form factor enables straightforward migration from u-blox SARA (2G and 3G) and TOBY (LTE) modules, maximizing reuse of previous hardware investments. And USB drivers and RIL software for Linux, Android and Microsoft are available free of charge, optimizing time-to-market and product cost.

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Bluetooth 5 & Bluetooth

Bluetooth 5 & Bluetooth mesh by u-blox

Courtesy of u-blox : Bluetooth 5 & Bluetooth mesh

Bluetooth is a short range wireless technology that operates in the unlicensed Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) 2.4 GHz radio frequency band. Bluetooth 5 includes three major enhancements to Bluetooth low energy: increased data rate (2 x the speed), extended range (4 x the distance) and enhanced advertising capability. Bluetooth mesh enables many‑to‑many Bluetooth low energy networking solutions. In this story, you follow the operations of an office manager today and then see the benefits that Bluetooth 5 and Bluetooth mesh brings him. Learn more at https://www.u-blox.com/bluetooth

Bluetooth 5

The latest version of the specification, Bluetooth 5, includes three major enhancements to Bluetooth low energy: increased data rate (2 x the speed), extended range (4 x the distance) and enhanced advertising capability. Two of these features will come with a software upgrade and one (extended range) requires new hardware.

The recently introduced Bluetooth mesh enables many‑to‑many Bluetooth low energy networking solutions. Bluetooth mesh is available as a software update to Bluetooth low energy and can be used with any of the Bluetooth low energy versions 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 and 5.0.

Mesh extends the coverage area significantly, even further than Bluetooth 5, because Bluetooth nodes can forward messages acting as relays in a cooperative network.

Bluetooth 5 and Bluetooth mesh open up completely new applications for Bluetooth. Industrial sensor networks, building automation, street lighting, environmental monitoring, and many other applications will require only a single host node to collect, control and manage the data and the mesh network.

Overview of Bluetooth versions and their features:

Version/
extension
Features Description
Bluetooth 4.1
BR/EDR Secure Connections Provides 128‑bit AES encryption strength
Dual Mode Topology Enables a device to act as a Bluetooth dual‑mode hub and Bluetooth low energy peripheral at the same time
L2CAP Dedicated Channels Enables IPv6 over Bluetooth low energy
Bluetooth 4.2 Internet protocol support profile (IPSP) A Bluetooth low energy sensor can access the Internet through a gateway device
LE Privacy 1.2 Keeps Bluetooth low energy devices from being tracked
LE Secure Connections Provides 128‑bit AES encryption strength for Bluetooth low energy
LE Data Length Extension Increases data throughput up to 2.5x
Bluetooth 5 2 Mbps LE Extends the data rates supported by Bluetooth low energy up to 2 Mbps, thus doubling the speed
LE Long Range Extends the range supported by Bluetooth low energy devices to four times the range
LE Advertising Extension Support for longer advertisement messages for more feature rich Bluetooth beacons and for future IPv6 based mesh
Bluetooth mesh LE Topography Extension Mesh networking significantly extends the area covered by a cooperative Bluetooth low energy network

 

Further products

NINA-B3 module

NINA-B3 series

Stand-alone Bluetooth 5 low energy modules
NINA-B1 module

NINA-B1 series

Stand-alone Bluetooth low energy modules with NFC
ODIN-W2 module

ODIN-W2 series

Stand-alone IoT gateway modules with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

OBS421 series

Stand-alone dual-mode Bluetooth modules
JODY-W1 module

JODY-W1 series

Host-based multiradio modules with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
EMMY-W1 module

EMMY-W1 series

Host-based multiradio modules with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
ELLA-W1 module

ELLA-W1 series

Host-based multiradio modules with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Connected vehicles: the biggest revolution on our roads since the invention of the automobile.

Courtesy of u-blox : Connected vehicles

We’re helping make tomorrow’s cars, buses, and trucks safer, more efficient, and more reliable than ever before. Come with us on this ground-breaking journey.

Connected and semi‑autonomous vehicles are already on our streets. 23.2 million vehicles with secure connected technology are forecast to ship in 2020. This isn’t sci‑fi: this is now. And it’s just the beginning.

By 2025, there will be more than 400 million vehicles with adaptive cruise control, 7.7 million truck platoons, and a worldwide market for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) worth nearly $220 billion.

None of this would be possible without state‑of‑the‑art positioning systems, tightly integrated with exceptionally robust vehicle‑to‑everything (V2X) communication systems.

Read on to discover how this technology is making journeys safer, more efficient, and more reliable.

Connected traffic

Advanced V2X communication systems are bringing truly revolutionary changes to our roads.

Centralized systems will use live data to direct drivers away from congested areas, minimizing journey times. Trucks, buses, and other vehicles will link together and drive as platoons, saving fuel and optimizing traffic flow.

Fleet managers and car manufacturers will use V2X capabilities to collect and analyze data from their vehicles, enabling them to spot potential problems before they affect safety or reliability.

And once you’ve got V2X communication, just imagine how you could use augmented reality, passenger entertainment systems, and more to transform future journeys.

Ever more autonomous vehicles

Vehicle autonomy is also progressing rapidly. Cars that park themselves are already here, and tests of fully autonomous vehicles are well underway.

Once again, it’s V2X communication, combined with lane‑level location sensors, that is paving the way towards this safer, more reliable future on our roads.

Making it safe and secure

With people’s lives at stake, this newly connected automotive world needs to be completely secure at every level, from the individual components up to the full ecosystem. Are the V2X communication links correctly locked down? Is the data protected against manipulation? And can the systems react quickly and reliably enough in emergencies?

The products and design assistance you need

u‑blox offers the cutting‑edge communication and location‑sensing components alongside the experience and design expertise you need to create safe and efficient automotive systems for tomorrow’s roads.

Imagine a city that’s more sustainable, safer, and cheaper to maintain. Welcome to the smart city.

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The places we live are changing. Underpinned by the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), we’re creating connected cities that are cleaner, more efficient, and more secure. Are you ready to be part of the revolution?

Technology is already transforming our cities. By 2020, there will be more than a billion smart energy meters in use. There will also be 50 million smart street lights, and close to a million smart bins.

And smart equals savings. Smart transport systems can save cities $800 billion per year. And that’s just the start.

At the heart of the smart city is its network of sensors and controllers. Using state‑of‑the‑art wireless communication, positioning, and timing technologies, these enable us to create safer and more sustainable places to live, work, and visit.

Read on to discover how smart technology could transform your city.

More sustainable cities

Smart cities are environmentally sustainable. They take full advantage of clean energy and keep electricity and fuel usage to a minimum. Emissions are low, while waste is minimized.

Making this possible are pioneering initiatives such as smart street lighting, optimized waste‑collection routes, and smart parking systems that guide drivers straight to available spaces, reducing their search times and traffic.

Lower ongoing costs

Smart cities are also financially sustainable. Low energy usage means lower bills. Remote asset monitoring combines with artificial intelligence to reduce asset wear and tear and cut maintenance costs by allocating resources and repair schedules in clever ways.

Over‑the‑air software and security updates mean assets have longer lifespans and less need for human intervention.

Safer cities

Smart cities are also safer because they use innovative techniques to cut crime and reduce accidents. Responsive lighting, improved surveillance, and intelligent monitoring make the public realm safer today and enable planners to make further improvements based on real insights.

Securing your smart city

As you connect up your sensitive infrastructure, securing it becomes ever‑more important. It also becomes more challenging, with so many components in play.

u-blox eCall / ERA-GLONASS

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Automated emergency response systems

eCall and ERA‑GLONASS are a European, respectively Russian initiative to combine mobile communications and satellite positioning to provide rapid assistance to motorists in the event of a collision.

The systems, the first based on GPS the latter on GLONASS, monitor in‑vehicle sensors for such events as airbag deployment to automatically transmit location details and summon assistance via emergency cellular service. The motivation for both systems is the reduction of the consequences of road accidents in Europe and Russia.

When activated, the in‑vehicle systems automatically initiate an emergency call carrying both voice and data (including location data) directly to the nearest Public Safety Answering Point to determine whether rescue services should be dispatched to the known position.

The core functionality of both systems is an embedded computer that continuously monitors crash sensors and satellite positioning receiver in order to initiate an automated data and full duplex voice call via a dedicated wireless modem (e.g. GSM, UMTS) in case of an emergency condition. In‑band modem capability, the ability to transmit data over the voice channel, is a key requirement for both systems. The goal is to equip all cars in the EU and Russia with dedicated hardware either as firstmount unit in new cars, or installed in pre‑existing vehicles (after market devices).
With the imminent deployment of ERA‑GLONASS and eCall, development of in‑vehicle terminals is in full swing. The correct choice of components has a large affect on time‑to‑market. Important factors to consider are the supplier’s know‑how and ability to support design‑in requirements of GPS/GLONASS and GSM/UMTS subsystems, comprehensive software support, certification of the wireless modem, forward compatibility with future technologies, as well as the ability to deliver high‑quality automotive‑grade components in high‑volume. u‑blox provides wireless and GPS/GLONASS receiver components for both eCall and ERA‑GLONASS that meet these criteria. For more details about u‑blox’ solutions and test enviroment for eCall and ERA‑GLONASS, contact u‑blox.

Additional reading:
Whitepaper: “European eCall will deploy in 2015” (English PDFKorean PDF)
2‑page flyer: eCall / ERA‑GLONASS: u‑blox’ emergency response solutions
Application Note: eCall / ERA GLONASS implementation in u‑blox wireless modules
Whitepaper: u‑blox’ comprehensive approach to multi‑GNSS positioning