Telit Will Apply RX Networks Satellite Free Positioning for its M2M Modules this Year

By Michael Guta March 04, 2013

One of the most important features in implementing machine-to-machine (M2M) modules is having an accurate location technology. If the module is not accurately located when it detects a problem, it defeats the purpose of installing it.

While the GPS and GLONASS satellite systems provide accurate information, there are scenarios in which they could fail to provide the information they’re designed to deliver. As a global enabler of comprehensive M2M solutions, Telit ensures that its modules around the world always have a positioning platform up and running.

By partnering with Rx Networks, Inc., it will be able to access a global database of 220 million access points and 40 million cell-IDs.

Using Rx Networks’ XYBRID RT service, Telit is establishing a new positioning facility branded platform called m2mLOCATE. The new solution will give its customers a tool that can provide a position for boundary situations, indoors, outdoors and even underground. In mission-critical applications where the monitoring of a facility cannot have down time or the device doesn’t have a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) apparatus, a position can be accessed using Wi-Fi or cellular signals.

“We are pleased to be working with Telit, an innovative and leading global M2M module supplier. As machines are increasingly becoming connected, a scalable and integrated approach to location enablement helps ensure all M2M markets and use-cases are addressed. By offering m2mLOCATE, Telit is extending location enablement to markets previously unserviceable, whether due to costs or limited GNSS coverage,” said Guylain Roy-MacHabée, CEO at Rx Networks.

The new m2mLOC ATE will be available for Telit’s GE864, GE865, GL865-Dual and Quad, as well as the GC864-Quad V2 family of modules. The company is considering applying an extension of Wi-Fi and/or GNSS as part of the service. This will allow customers to add solutions XYBRID RT provides as part of a full suite of products from Rx Networks.

Telit modules equipped with GNSS will be incorporated with GPStream PGPS (extended ephemeris for GPS and GLONASS) in the future.

“Many of our customers only require city-block level accuracy for positioning. Since a cellular transceiver is already on the module, m2mLOCATE can enable location support without the added cost of the GNSS apparatus. Customers who require finer accuracy can add GNSS support to their device and benefit from m2mLOCATE’s ability to enhance GNSS performance in difficult conditions,” said Dominikus Hierl, chief marketing officer at Telit Wireless Solutions.

The XYBRID RT is a real-time positioning service which responds to mobile devices that make position requests over HTTP to the XYBRID RT server. The server then uses multiple assets, including location Assisted-GPS, and/or Assisted-GLONASS, Cell-ID and Wi-Fi to pinpoint a position.

Locations can be determined with consistency within two to five seconds by converging GNSS-level accuracy.

Edited by Braden Becker

IoTevolutionworld Contributing Writer

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