Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

GeoTraq uses Polte technology in asset tracking modules

Steve Rogerson
May 21, 2019



GeoTraq, a Las Vegas-based mobile IoT module manufacturer and connectivity provider, is embedding Polte’s location technologies into two NB-IoT and LTE-M modules for asset tracking applications.
 
Texas-based Polte's C-LoC location technology lets GeoTraq eliminate the need for GPS and GNSS radios by leveraging globally available NB-IoT and LTE-M networks. As well as providing wide-area outdoor coverage from rural to dense urban, the location technology enables accurate tracking indoors, even when objects are inside vehicles or in shipping containers.
 
The cloud-based secure from chip-to-cloud software is said to enable unprecedented reach for locating things wherever they are.
 
"We see a huge market opportunity for low-cost, battery powered IoT asset trackers across many industry verticals from shipping and transportation to manufacturing to tracking everyday objects,” said Polte CEO Ed Chao. “We are at the very beginning of what is possible with mobile IoT. Polte's positioning technologies together with GeoTraq's innovative mobile IoT modules deliver on the promise of the internet of things. The most common everyday objects will now be able to connect at an extremely low cost with very low power."
 
GeoTraq's GT-TM100 tracker module is designed for low-cost asset tracking and other location-based intelligent use cases. The module's 16 by 12mm form factor allows it to be incorporated into almost any existing or new battery powered machine, tool or product to provide intelligent insights.
 
The GT-SM100 sensor module includes an eSIM and connectors for attachment of antennas, batteries, and sensors, including temperature, flow, pressure, humidity, motion and acceleration. The module operates by transmitting small packets of data for scheduled reports or trigger-based event alerts, which GeoTraq expects will be configured using its WebTraq portal and integrated to the user's choice of IoT platforms for visualisation.
 
"We have been working with Polte for over a year and they have a superior technology for adding location services to our small, low-cost line of mobile IoT modules,” said GeoTraq general manager Pierre Parent. “We believe the business world has not fully grasped the changes that are occurring in the tracking industry and the advancements that positioning on the LTE radio channel will provide. Historical tracking uses GPS, which adds $3 to $4 in extra component costs and produces a significant drain on the battery life. If your goal is to build a disposable tracking tag for less than $10 to monitor critical materials and packages while they are in the mail, GPS is a non-starter. It's too bulky, expensive, and probably won't work indoors. Polte resolves these problems for us, allowing GeoTraq to produce a low-cost module with enhanced location positioning technology."
 
Headquartered in Dallas, Polte specialises in cloud location over cellular (C-LoC) technology. Leveraging 4G and 5G signals, its cloud-based platform powers IoT devices with real-time location determination as they move between indoor and outdoor environments.
 
A subsidiary of Appliance Recycling Centers of America, GeoTraq offers asset tracking and remote monitoring through mobile IoT modules with global connectivity. The modules transmit data for scheduled reports or trigger-based event alerts.