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u-blox Accelerates the Development of Low Power Location Trackers

By Ken Briodagh September 17, 2018

u-blox, a provider of positioning and wireless communication technologies, recently introduced its toolset comprising the u-track software and the C030-R410M application board. The toolset is a rapid-prototyping platform that is designed to help product designers test and optimize the position accuracy and power consumption of wireless location tracking applications that use LTE-M and NB-IoT cellular networks, in addition to Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology. The toolset targets product engineers working on battery powered applications such as sport, people and asset trackers.

An increasing number of battery powered consumer and industrial products feature integrated GNSS receivers. These products include virtual reality headsets, smart watches, and devices to track elderly people, containers or parcels. With the ongoing roll-out of low power wide area cellular networks (LPWAN) such as LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies around the world and the extremely low power consumption they enable, the range of use cases for wireless location trackers is expected to expand further.

"With today's technology, product designers can now include optimized battery life in their applications," says Florian Bousquet, Product Manager, Product Center Positioning, u-blox. "We developed this toolset to give customers a quick and easy way to test the accuracy and the power consumption of their product ideas using the latest generation of our technology," he says. "In many cases, they can replicate their applications and start testing the performance of different device configurations in under 15 minutes."

The u-track software runs from embedded firmware on the new u-blox C030-R410M application board. The board, specifically designed to rapidly prototype applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), includes an ultra-small, low power u-blox ZOE-M8B GNSS receiver and a size-optimized SARA-R410M LTE-M/NB-IoT cellular communication module.


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

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