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Positioning tech for industrial and automotive applications

Positioning tech for industrial and automotive applications
Global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, u‑blox, has announced the u-blox F9 technology platform, delivering high precision positioning solutions for mass market industrial and automotive applications. The platform combines multi-band Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology with dead reckoning, high precision algorithms, and compatibility with a variety of GNSS correction data services to achieve precision down to the centimetre level.
22nd February 2018

Advancing NB‑IoT

Advancing NB‑IoT
The first operators to roll out a commercial Narrowband IoT (NB‑IoT or LTE Cat NB1) network in the US, are u‑blox and T-Mobile US who have partnered up for the project. The multi‑mode SARA‑R410M‑02B is now certified for use on T‑Mobile’s network. A NB‑IoT only variant, the SARA‑N410‑02B, will also be available.
9th February 2018

Subsidised NB-IoT module available on China Telecom platform

Subsidised NB-IoT module available on China Telecom platform
Global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, u‑blox, has announced that its SARA-N201 NB-IoT module is now available on China Telecom Tianyigou purchasing platform. Customers who purchase modules there are eligible to receive a per-unit subsidy of RMB 20. SARA-N201 comes fully certified for operation on China Telecom’s NB-IoT network and is in mass production.
6th February 2018


Bringing cellular connectivity to a professional IoT platform

Bringing cellular connectivity to a professional IoT platform
u‑blox has announced that its SARA cellular module series will provide wireless connectivity for a new end-to-end platform for Industry 4.0. With the platform, developed by Italian-based Iomote, businesses will be able to easily connect existing machines to the cloud to increase efficiency and augment their service offering. Iomote will present its new solution in a series of workshops that started in the Microsoft House in Milan this month.
25th January 2018

NB-IoT multimode module with quad band 2G fallback

NB-IoT multimode module with quad band 2G fallback
An LTE Cat M1, NB-IoT, and quad band 2G (EGPRS) module with worldwide coverage has been announced by u-blox. Measuring 16x26mm, u-blox claims that the SARA-R412M module is the world's smallest to provide both LTE and quad band EGPRS support in a single design. The flexibility extends further with dynamic system selection as Cat M1, NB-IoT, and EGPRS in single mode or as a preferred connection that does not require a module reboot to switch between modes.
23rd January 2018

Global positioning in every new wearable, whatever its size

Global positioning in every new wearable, whatever its size
Delivering the right combination of power and performance in GNSS receivers demands an innovative and adaptive approach to signal acquisition, satellite tracking and position decoding. By: Florian Bousquet, Market Development Manager, Product Center Positioning, u-blox.
22nd January 2018

Arm’s Security Manifesto helps but developers need to act now

Arm’s Security Manifesto helps but developers need to act now
The Security Manifesto and accompanying Digital Social Contract are an industry‑wide call to action from Arm’s CEO at the recent Arm TechCon, but developers have to act now, using available tools and pushing back to get security right. Arm’s CEO Simon Segars implanted security at the forefront of everyone’s mind at the recent Arm TechCon event in Santa Clara, California.
18th December 2017

Extending battery life and value for wearable GPS trackers

Extending battery life and value for wearable GPS trackers
When you hear the word GPS tracker, what do you think? A small, wearable device used to track people, pets and animals, which have made life easier for parents, pet owners, wildlife researchers, farmers, and businesses alike. By providing real‑time positioning information, parents can keep an eye on their kids from afar, farmers can easily keep track of their livestock, and businesses can monitor lone workers in the field.
5th December 2017

NB-IoT modules approved for use in China

NB-IoT modules approved for use in China
  u-blox has announced that its SARA-N2 NB-IoT modules have now successfully completed AVL certification with China Telecom and validation with China Unicom. This includes the SARA-N200 (900MHz) and SARA-N201 (850MHz) product variants, which were both designed to meet China market requirements.
21st November 2017

Smartwatches – the all‑in‑one wearable

Smartwatches – the all‑in‑one wearable
The word ‘smart’ now is everywhere and relates to everything. Take the trusted watch for example. From the Apple Watch, to the Samsung Gear and Huawei 2, more and more smartwatches are popping up every day on people’s wrists. What started as a simple luxurious fashion accessory is becoming increasingly respected as a useful wearable.
20th November 2017

Automotive grade GNSS module suitable for car-roof antennae

Automotive grade GNSS module suitable for car-roof antennae
Global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, u‑blox, has announced its automotive grade MAX‑M8Q‑01A GNSS module. Measuring 9.7x10.1x2.5mm, the company claims that it is the smallest automotive grade GNSS module on the market to offer an operating temperature range from -40 to 105°C. The automotive grade MAX-M8Q is u-blox's third automotive grade GNSS module to date, alongside the NEO-M8Q-01A and NEO-M8L-03A modules, further enlarging the automotive positioning product offer.
7th November 2017

The path to high GNSS accuracy

The path to high GNSS accuracy
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers are used in many applications and were first developed in the 20th century, mainly to help military personnel. Location awareness soon meant that many civilian applications started to use GNSS - from automobiles and heavy equipment, to cyclists and hikers. As Thomas Nigg, Head of Product Strategy Position, u-blox explains, we are on the brink of a new era of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).
6th November 2017

Industry 4.0 modem uses LTE Cat M1 cellular technology

Industry 4.0 modem uses LTE Cat M1 cellular technology
Global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, u‑blox, has announced that ercogener, the industrial modems provider, has developed its first Industry 4.0 modem using u‑blox LTE Cat M1 cellular technology. The modem – which is supposedly the first to provide LTE Cat M1 cellular connectivity in EMEA – is designed to meet the requirements of the recently announced Orange LTE Cat M1 network, which will be launched across Europe in 2018.
31st October 2017

Connected sportswear and u-blox

Connected sportswear and u-blox
It’s not quite a natural combination bringing together electronics and sportswear. First of all the materials are very different, you have hard, rigid and fragile electronics compared to the soft, flexible, robust and washable textiles. However, bringing the two together opens up a world of new possibilities and innovations, as a team of Fashion Design students from Shih Chien University, Taiwan found out when they recently attended a ten day workshop on electronic sportswear.
30th October 2017

How cellular technology is transforming home security

How cellular technology is transforming home security
As conventional anti‑intrusion technologies are giving way to a new generation of advanced smart home ecosystems, it is safe to say the residential security and hybrid home automation market is currently in a state of transformation. ABI predicts a growth rate of almost 500% in this emerging market between 2016 and 2020.
19th October 2017

Fitness tracker game changer lies within efficient GPS module

Fitness tracker game changer lies within efficient GPS module
Back in 2012, we were introduced to the Nike+ FuelBand, which proved to have the appeal of wrist‑based activity tracking, and now ever since the category has exploded. Nowadays, a whole industry has emerged around this market, led by brands like Fitbit and Xiaomi. Whereas early fitness trackers could get by on simple activity monitoring using a basic accelerometer, nowadays the market is much more competitive. 
17th October 2017

Concurrent GNSS timing module chosen for synchronisation system

Concurrent GNSS timing module chosen for synchronisation system
  Global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, u-blox, announced that its LEA-M8T concurrent GNSS timing module is now being used by V3Novus, a provider of a high quality electronic components and embedded system designs based in India, in its latest Precision Synchronisation System with built-in NTP Server.
10th October 2017

The challenge with today’s Bluetooth trackers

The challenge with today’s Bluetooth trackers
If you’ve ever lost your keys, wallet, or mobile phone, you probably know that terrible feeling that comes with losing something important. A mixture of fear, regret, and helplessness – most of us have experienced it and will do anything to prevent it from happening again. Guest blog by Florian Bousquet.
4th October 2017

Full-featured Bluetooth 5 module for smart city applications

Full-featured Bluetooth 5 module for smart city applications
Global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, u‑blox, has announced the launch of its full Bluetooth 5 compliant NINA-B3 wireless MCU module. Featuring Bluetooth low energy long range connectivity, high data transfer rates and supporting Bluetooth mesh and 802.15.4, NINA‑B3 caters to applications in smart buildings, smart cities, and the Industry 4.0, including smart lighting systems, industrial sensor networks, asset tracking solutions, and building automation systems.
3rd October 2017

Power efficient GNSS SiP targets small battery powered devices

Power efficient GNSS SiP targets small battery powered devices
Global provider of wireless and positioning modules and chips, u‑blox, has announced the latest member of its ZOE‑M8 series of ultra-small GNSS SiPs. The company claims that the ZOE‑M8B is industry’s most power efficient GNSS System‑in‑Package (SiP) available for small battery powered consumer devices. It combines performance with ultra-low power to deliver an optimised solution for portable and wearable devices targeting the fitness, health monitoring, and personal tracker markets.
13th September 2017


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