Ossia and Xirgo partner on asset tracking
January 8, 2019
US companies Ossia and Xirgo Technologies are partnering to build wireless power into Xirgo's IoT asset tracking devices using Cota Real Wireless Power. The companies plan to launch a pilot early this year in the distribution centres of a global retailer, in coordination with a tier-one wireless carrier.
The companies expect to commercialise the jointly developed product to the mass market later in the year.
California-based Xirgo Technologies provides application-specific wireless IoT products to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Its IoT products are in the realms of yard management, telematics, fleet management, heavy equipment, asset tracking and other IoT applications. It delivers custom products and a product line that is sold through direct and indirect channels.
"We are excited to partner with Xirgo Technologies because of their commitment to always bring the most innovative technologies to their customers, which include many of the largest and most sophisticated companies and agencies in the world," said Preston Woo, vice president at Washington-based Ossia. “Together we will be able to deliver an innovative and highly differentiated solution that uniquely meets customer needs, at scale.”
Ossia is the creator of Cota Real Wireless Power, power that's delivered over the air, at a distance, without the need for plugs, pads or line of sight. The Cota receiver chip is small and can be integrated into IoT devices. The transmitter can be installed in buildings, homes or vehicles as a standalone product or integrated into existing infrastructure or devices.
Cota technology is suitable for powering thousands of IoT tracking devices in a dynamic distribution centre. Ossia provides access to its Cota technology by way of licensing, joint developments, joint ventures, alliances, and other types of partnership agreements.
"We constantly hear from our customers about the practical issues of replacing or keeping the batteries charged for their IoT devices," said William Hurst, vice president at Xirgo Technologies. “Without a doubt, this issue is limiting broader IoT deployment across the board. Ossia's Cota technology is a game changer that solves a critical pain point for our customers.”