Highly accurate long range LoRa-based asset tracking technology demo

13-03-2023 | Murata | Test & Measurement

Murata will have its latest product innovations on display at Embedded World. Among the demonstrations that visitors to the company's stand will be able to see is a sophisticated asset tracking system, which previews the new Type 2DT LoRa module.

The demonstration offers all the tracking information rendered on a simple-to-access HMI. Through it, the user can be continuously updated on the exact positioning of valuable items. This will be pivotal in multiple contexts – including logistics/warehousing, freight shipments, industrial sites and hospitals.

The compact module, with a 9.98mm x 8.7mm footprint, combines all the necessary functionality for location-based services of this kind. Accordingly, it is straightforward for engineering teams to integrate directly into their designs, with projects being achieved in particularly shorter timeframes and keeping to budget limitations.

Complementing its passive and RF elements employed in the module is Semtech's LoRa Edge LR1110 transceiver IC. It functions within the 150MHz to 930MHz frequency range and delivers up to 22dBm high power transmit path, thereby allowing strong signal integrity over an expansive transmission range. Thanks the Semtech's technology, the module has WiFi passive scanning and GNSS signal scanning elements. These features ensured location accuracy regardless of the indoor or outdoor situation. The module's low power capabilities optimise it for battery-driven applications such as asset tracking.

"The expense of asset loss, either through theft or workflow errors, can have a huge impact on organisations' operational effectiveness. In addition, it can do irrevocable damage to their bottom line," states Shohei Kawanaka, product manager at Murata. "By implementing a high-performance asset tracking system, such losses can be prevented. Our demo illustrates all the key aspects of cutting-edge asset tracking, providing customers with complete visibility so that they can quickly respond to changing situations."

The company will display a full range of modules to support the emerging standard Matter that changes how users interconnect to IoT devices. Also, visitors will see how the company's UWB modules enable engineers to use AoA and ToF for precise distance ranging; and the company's radar and asset tracking demonstrations in action.

Embedded World, 14th-16th March – Hall 4A, Stand 4A-645.

By Seb Springall