Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Altair adds Polte location technology to cellular IoT chipset

Steve Rogerson
October 30, 2019

Israeli chip company Altair Semiconductor has integrated Texas-based Polte's cellular-based location technology into its ALT1250 cellular IoT chipset.
The ALT1250 is a dual-mode Cat-M and NB-IoT device. It is claimed to be the market's smallest and most highly integrated commercially available cellular IoT chipset, with low power consumption, GNSS location positioning, a hardware-based security framework and an RF front-end supporting all commercial LTE bands. Enabling module sizes of less than 100 square millimetres, it suits a range of industrial and commercial IoT applications.
Polte's patented location-as-a-service (LaaS) technology leverages 4G and 5G cellular networks and cloud computing to enable highly accurate location data indoors and outdoors. Business processes, customer self-service automation and better decision-making insights help consumer, commercial and industrial businesses capitalise on location.
Polte's location services platform is an alternative to traditional GPS technology, which leverages 4G and 5G cellular networks and cloud computing to enable highly accurate indoor and outdoor LaaS data. Polte C-LoC cloud location over cellular technology can deliver savings for supply chain, logistics, transportation, manufacturing, automotive, energy, government, healthcare and sharing economy sectors where assets are in motion or widely dispersed.
"With the explosive demand for smaller and low powered IoT devices, Polte's C-LoC technology is a great complement to the integrated GPS and GNSS capabilities of our dual-mode ALT1250 chipset," said Oded Melamed, CEO of Altair Semiconductor. "Location is a key function in numerous IoT applications, such as smart meters, telematics and trackers, where low power and small form factor are crucial. We look forward to the opportunity of working with Polte to offer our customers the best to meet their needs."
Polte CEO Ed Chao added: "Polte is poised to disrupt the location services market. As more and more IoT use cases demand indoor, outdoor and everywhere in between location, Polte's software embedded on Altair's dual mode ALT1250 chipset delivers location services at lower cost, using less battery, more securely. We are excited about the opportunity to bring the power of Polte's location services platform to Altair's leading cellular IoT chipset."
Altair Semiconductor, a Sony subsidiary, provides cellular IoT chipsets. Altair partners with vendors, including Giesecke+Devrient, Here Technologies, Murata, Sierra Wireless and WNC, to provide low-power and cost-efficient modules for a range of industrial and consumer IoT applications such as trackers, smart meters, wearables and vehicle telematics.
Altair's chipsets have been commercially deployed on LTE networks from AT&T, China Mobile, KDDI, Softbank, Verizon and Vodafone.