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By Rich Handley

Polte, GeoTraq Offer Mobile IoT Asset Trackers

Polte, a provider of cloud location over cellular (C-LoC) technology, and GeoTraq, a mobile Internet of Things (IoT) module manufacturer and connectivity provider, have announced a collaboration to embed Polte's location technologies into two GeoTraq NB-IoT/LTE-M modules: the Tracker-Module GT-TM100 and the Sensor-Module GT-SM100.

The C-LoC location solution enables GeoTraq to eliminate the need for GPS and GNSS radios by leveraging globally available mobile IoT (NB-IoT and LTE-M) networks. In addition to providing wide-area outdoor coverage ranging from rural to dense urban, the company reports, Polte's location solution enables accurate tracking indoors, even when objects are inside vehicles or shipping containers.

The Tracker-Module GT-TM100 is designed for low-cost asset tracking and other location-based intelligent use cases. The module's small form factor (16 millimeters by 12 millimeters) allows it to be incorporated into most battery-powered machines, tools or other products to provide intelligent insights. The GT-SM100 includes an eSIM and connectors for the attachment of antennas, batteries and sensors, including temperature, flow, pressure, humidity, motion and acceleration. It transmits small packets of data for scheduled reports or trigger-based event alerts, which GeoTraq expects will be configured using its WebTraq portal, and will be integrated with a customer's choice of IoT platforms for visualization.

"We see a huge market opportunity for low-cost, battery powered IoT asset trackers across many industry verticals from shipping & transportation to manufacturing to tracking everyday objects," said Ed Chao, Polte's CEO, in a prepared statement. "We are at the very beginning of what is possible with Mobile IoT. Polte's positioning technologies together with GeoTraq's innovative Mobile IoT modules deliver on the promise of the Internet of Things. The most common everyday objects will now be able to connect at an extremely low cost with very low power."

"We have been working with Polte for over a year and they have a superior technology for adding location services to our small, low-cost line of Mobile IoT modules," said Pierre Parent, GeoTraq's general manager, in the prepared statement. "We believe that the business world has not fully grasped the changes that are occurring in the tracking industry and the advancements that positioning on the LTE radio channel will provide.

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