Ultra-low-power module for battery-powered IoT asset tracking

20-06-2022 | Murata | Subs & Systems

Murata has developed and manufactured the Abeeway-Murata Geolocation Module (LBEU5ZZ1WL) co-developed with Abeeway. The LPWAN location modules are created to maximise battery life, with excellent sensitivity and high flexibility, IoT tracking devices. Ideal for indoor and outdoor environments, applications comprise asset recovery, traceability, inventory management, and theft prevention.

“The new Geolocation module allows designers to develop products that meet the most demanding requirements, especially in areas such as asset tracking and other IoT applications, said Akira Sasaki, general manager – Connectivity Module Marketing, Murata. “This exciting collaboration greatly simplifies the development of new LoRaWAN tracking devices and offers customers faster time to market by minimising BOM size, TCO and complexity.”

The modules integrate LoRaWAN connectivity, the communication technology that has become the de-facto standard for connectivity over public and private networks. As well as a dual-core, multi-protocol wireless microcontroller, the modules comprise a high-performance multi-constellation GNSS receiver (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo) and support a patented ultra-low-power LP mode.

On-board Bluetooth LE 5.2 connectivity provides for easy short-range communication with smartphone apps and other devices in applications such as contact tracing or monitoring BLE tagged equipment. With full power-optimised FreeRTOS, drivers and LoRaWAN stack, these multi-technology modules enable engineers to focus on the application while optimising time-to-market and cost using less complex PCBs.

“The key requirement is to minimise time to market for device manufacturers embracing LoRaWAN for industrial or consumer applications. The new geolocation module by Abeeway brings a market-ready reference for anyone wanting to develop a customised tracking device. The implementation of Semtech’s latest transceiver and ST’s industry-leading STM32 wireless microcontrollers allows the usage of necessary security features and device management solutions for LoRaWAN deployment,” said Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility.

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