St. Charles, Illinois â€“ June 14, 2012 â€“ u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in positioning and wireless technology for the machine-to-machine (M2M), automotive and consumer markets, has been named as a technology enabler for their customer, Lat-Lon, who won the Gold Fleet Management Value Chain Award from Connected World magazine. The Value Chain Awards honor the most successful corporate adopters of M2M technology and connected devices, as well as the solution providers that help make their technology adoption a success.
The unique application for which u-bloxâ€™s GPS technology was recognized is a solar-powered GPS tracking unit that attaches magnetically to railcars, trucks, containers and ships. The device, created by Lat-Lon, a Denver-based innovator in monitoring technology, lets freight managers know when a container, car or vessel was loaded, when it left the plant, where it is en-route, when it arrived at the distribution center, when it got to the customer, when the customer unloaded it, and when it was returned. If a problem occurs, an immediate wireless notification is sent out based on event-based alarms via text or email.
The rugged solar tracking unit uses a patented solar powered system to constantly regenerate so thereâ€™s no downtime and no batteries to worry about. Based on uâ€‘bloxâ€™ ultra low-power GPS module technology, the unit provides extremely high sensitivity to GPS signals (down to -162 dBm) while consuming only 36 mW in powersaving mode. The harmony of these systems, ultra low-power GPS module and Lat-Lonâ€™s Smart Control Logic, allows the tracking unit to report as frequently as every 10 minutes when moving, or hourly while standing still.
For more information about u-bloxâ€™ GPS/GNSS receiver modules, visit www.u-blox.com/en/gps-modules.html
For more information about Lat-Lonâ€™s solar tracking unit, visit www.lat-lon.net/gps-products-sensors
u-blox is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of embedded positioning and wireless communication solutions for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, devices, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of GPS modules, chips, and software solutions together with wireless modules and solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Headquartered in Switzerland and with global presence in Europe, Asia and the Americas, u-blox employs over 200 people. Founded in 1997, u-blox is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
Lat-Lon provides wireless GPS tracking and monitoring solutions for mobile assets. Since 1999, Lat-Lon has established itself as an innovator in monitoring technology, business solutions and customer service. Lat-Lon's industry-leading solutions have received three patents with several more patents pending.
Brad Sherrard, VP Sales North America
Phone: +1 (703) 483 3182