The new device will enable Momentum to enter new markets, where a GPS tracking device is a requirement.  -  Photo: Momentum IoT

The new device will enable Momentum to enter new markets, where a GPS tracking device is a requirement.

Photo: Momentum IoT

Momentum IoT announced it is launching a new GPS telematics device which works without external power for more than six months after a single charge, according to the company's press announcement.

The device between NB-IoT and LTE Cat-M based on cloud-based, software-defined business logic, leveraging a dual-mode module from Telit's ME310G1 product family.

The ME310G1 delivers low power consumption in a small footprint and enables IoT device deployments and creates new IoT-enabled business models. The ME310G1 addresses connectivity and battery life concerns for OEMs, integrator,s and device designers looking to increase the number of data points they can collect from their operations and customers via IoT devices.

Momentum is launching the device this month. It will enable Momentum to enter new markets, where a GPS tracking device is a requirement. These include garbage and storage bins, portable toilets, roll-off containers, message-boards, coolers, and other equipment typically stationed in non-powered, remote places for extended periods.

Momentum's Eagle 1 device also detects movement with a built-in accelerometer. Using movement and signals from the GPS to determine vehicle trip starts and stops, the device can go into hibernation mode during periods when the vehicle is not in use. This further reduces power consumption.

Additionally, NB-IoT enables additional power savings by letting Momentum more granularly manage the dialogue between the device and towers.

"NB IoT gives you more fidelity and control in low connectivity scenarios," said Dr. Steve Durana, Momentum's VP of Engineering. "By leveraging the elegant software-enabled switching between NB-IoT and LTE-M in the Telit module, we're able to deliver a longer-life non-powered device to thousands of fleet customers."

Dr. Durana noted that one of the barriers to widespread adoption of NB-IoT has been the extra development and certification cost.

"We're working hard to make it easier for product developers to leverage the power of NB-IoT in their products," said Dennis Kelly, SVP Sales Americas at Telit. "Momentum IoT is at the forefront of development with our dual-mode NB-IoT/ LTE-M modules. We're proud to partner with them."

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