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U-Blox module helps with covert asset tracking

Steve Rogerson
August 23, 2016



A miniature GNSS receiver from Swiss company U-Blox has been optimised for covert asset tracking. The small form factor EVA-M8Q delivers acquisition and tracking sensitivity for applications with small antennas.
 
The device is TCXO-based and optimised to provide acquisition and tracking sensitivity, making it suitable for use with small antennas either in covert applications such as asset tracking and stolen vehicle recovery, or in portable devices.
 
“The key differentiator of the EVA-M8Q to the other cost effective EVA variants is the sensitivity,” said Stéphane Vincent, product strategy director at U-Blox. “This, along with the accuracy provided by concurrent reception of three GNSS constellations, enables an end-system and its antennas to be easily hidden within a vehicle or other high-value asset that need to be tracked.”
 
The ease of manufacturing offered by the QFN-like package suits requirements for medium to high volume production. While the integrated module allows OEMs to achieve a faster time to market.
 
Devices in the series are said to be the smallest GNSS modules featuring GPS, Beidou, Galileo and Glonass reception. Three out of the four GNSS constellations can be received concurrently, which improves positioning accuracy. The series also features anti-spoofing and anti-jamming technology to provide security and integrity protection.
 
Samples are available now and the modules will be in full production before the end of the year.
 
With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, U-Blox also has offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.