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By Rich Handley

Quuppa Launches Tag Module for Indoor Positioning

Quuppa, a company that supplies indoor positioning technology, has announced the launch of its Quuppa Tag Module, a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) hardware module designed to help tag manufacturers speed precision location solutions to market. Third-party manufacturers can use the module to build a Quuppa-compatible device with precision location capabilities. Its PCB-based form factor allows it to be used in a variety of devices, and the firm's partners are utilizing the system to build Quuppa-locatable keycards, ID badges, bracelets, asset tags and other items.

"There are an infinite number of possible devices that require precision location capabilities," said Kimmo Kalliola, Quuppa's CEO and co-founder, in a prepared statement, "and with those devices come myriad use cases, sensing capabilities, environmental requirements such as waterproof and impact-proof, other radio technologies such as NFC, and passive RFID, form factors, colors and other characteristics."

"No one company can possibly develop all of these," Kalliola said. "The Quuppa Tag Module is a key building block for device manufacturers, providing them the highest level of precision, and allowing them to spend their time and resources to develop the form factor and sensing capabilities that best suit the needs of their use case."

The Quuppa Tag Module has been radio-certified for several markets (CE, FCC, IC, Japan and Korea), allowing device manufacturers to speed their products to market without having to focus on costly and lengthy certification requirements. "The Quuppa Tag Module, with its easy-to-launch testing and radio certifications in place, helped Bitwise develop the smart puck in a very short time," said Mika Hulkki, Bitwise's product manager, in the prepared statement. "The robust design and long battery life of the Quuppa Tag Module was also a key design criteria when choosing to use it for the smart puck development."

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