Quectel Adds Polte’s Massive IoT Location to LPWA

  • December 21, 2021
  • William Payne

IoT module supplier Quectel Wireless has added support for Polte’s Cloud Location over Cellular (C-LoC) tech to its LPWA module portfolio. Quectel will incorporate Polte’s SuperRes capability into all BG77x and BG95x modules, to offer global location for indoor and outdoor positioning.

The integration will provide Quectel customers with Polte features including: heightened security through offloading computational complexity to the cloud via Polte’s patented, edge-to-cloud architecture; greater than 10x more accurate cellular positioning capability over competitive cellular solutions for Massive IoT asset tracking; global positioning indoors and outdoors, regardless of mobile network operator, without a requirement for additional infrastructure deployment; and power efficiency and cost savings compared with location technologies such as GPS, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.

The Quectel BG770, BG950 and BG951 are compact LPWA modules that support LTE Cat M1, LTE Cat NB2 and integrated GNSS. All three modules are compliant with 3GPP Rel-14 specification and provide maximum data rates of 588 kbps downlink and 1119 kbps uplink. The BG770 has an SMT form factor of 14.9 mm × 12.9 mm × 1.9 mm while the Quectel BG950 and BG951 modules have an SMT form factor of 23.6 mm × 19.9 mm × 2.2 mm. All three modules feature ultra-low power consumption, achieving up to 70% reduction in power saving mode (PSM) leakage and 85% reduction in extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) current consumption compared to their predecessors. 

Taking advantage of 4G/5G cellular infrastructure and cloud computing, Polte enables Massive IoT asset trackers. Together, Polte and Quectel extend universal asset visibility to assets such as parcels or pallets in the supply chain as they are transported between trucks and distributed to retail destinations.

“We are dedicated to continued innovation and enhancing what is possible with asset tracking for our customers,” said Quectel VP of Products Neset Yalcinkaya. “With Polte’s technology, our customers will now have access to industry-leading accuracy for both indoor and outdoor insights globally, without sacrificing on power, cost or security. We look forward to supporting Polte’s SuperRes capability and helping tracking customers build a smarter world.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Quectel to bring our Massive IoT location technology to their customers,” Polte CEO Ed Chao said. “The concept of universal asset visibility should be simple. With an increasingly challenged global supply chain, transportation and logistics managers need visibility into their most critical assets at all stages of their journey to truly reap the benefits of connected devices, including improved operational efficiency and proactive decision making. With this new partnership, we are helping make ‘everywhere’ location intelligence the standard for enterprise solutions.”