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Omni-ID Offers New Product Family With BLE, LoRaWAN

The first two Sense active IoT products to be launched help users locate assets and inventory in large industrial settings—across wide areas such as an outdoor yard, an oil and gas site or a factory—while active sensor tags will be released later this year.
By Claire Swedberg

Omni-ID provides the sensor and transmission hardware built into its Sense devices, with the exception of the BLE and LoRa radios. The company partners with solution providers or can supply the technology directly to end users. The Locate products are being released first, the company reports, since they are likely to be adopted by businesses in the industrial market Omni-ID already serves. On the other hand, Sense Condition will reach a wider audience—the device could be used to track everything from bridge integrity (by detecting strain) to preventative maintenance (for tracking and cold chain applications).

The Condition Monitoring family will feature three new products: Sense Condition Temperature, Sense Condition Alert and Sense Condition Distance. The first will leverage passive UHF RFID to transmit captured temperature data without requiring a battery, while the other two are battery-powered and employ LoRa with a long read range requiring less infrastructure deployment.

All active Sense products are designed to have a long battery life, according to the company—typically, up to five years. The products that use LoRa transmission will be able to transmit a signal up to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) away in flat open spaces, the company reports, and between 3 and 4 kilometers (1.9 and 2.5 miles) in an urban environment. If GPS and accelerometer features are included, the location accuracy is about 3 to 5 meters (1.9 to 3.1 miles).

"These are complementary technologies to our core UHF RFID products," Kington states. "BLE and LPWAN have the opportunity to further solve tough problems in the same way we have with passive UHF. I see this as broadening of our offering to the market."

Axzon is currently developing a sensor-based chip that will be built into the Condition Temperature device. "Were excited to be part of their portfolio of products," says Shahriar Rohksaz, Axzon's CEO. "We will work closely together to launch our passive sensing product into their system." The Locate Kinetic measures 95.2 millimeters (3.7 inches) in length and 34.2 millimeters (1.3 inches) in width, with a height of 21 millimeters (0.8 inch). The Locate Position is larger, measuring 114.5 millimeters (4.5 inches) in length by 58.3 millimeters (2.3 inches) in width and 24.3 millimeters (1 inch) in height.

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