Digital Matter adds Polte to location engine

  • February 7, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Australian IoT hardware developer Digital Matter has added Texas-based Polte’s C-LoC cloud-location-over-cellular technology to its Location Engine, a cloud-based location solver and data enrichment engine.

Digital Matter’s Yabby Edge and Oyster Edge devices are the first to offer support for Polte via the Location Engine, providing secure, accurate and global location intelligence for massive IoT asset tracking such as in supply chain visibility and high-value pallet and package tracking.

The Edge range is Digital Matter’s LPWAN battery-powered asset tracker for smarter and more affordable indoor and outdoor asset tracking and management. Digital Matter recently launched its Location Engine to support edge device management, making it easier for telematics businesses and system integrators to embed real-time, accurate, global location data into their products. This also allows for seamless partner integrations such as from Polte.

Offered as a location provider option via Location Engine, Polte simply employs ubiquitous 4G and 5G cellular infrastructure signals and cloud computing to enable real-time, universal visibility wherever an asset travels. This allows indoor and outdoor insights via a single cellular chipset, as opposed to requiring an amalgamation of location technologies such as GPS or wifi.

For use cases where Polte alone is not suitable due to the environment or location accuracy requirements, Polte can become a part of a hybrid complementing another location technology.

Featuring cloud-based location solving, Edge devices offload computational complexity from the device to the cloud. Digital Matter partners using the Yabby or Oyster Edge benefit from reduced power consumption and deploy-once battery life in their asset tracking applications. Furthermore, leveraging Polte’s CoreRes capability, users can achieve accuracy superior to Cell ID with often two to three times accuracy improvement, as well as global continuity while roaming.

“As we grow our IoT asset tracking portfolio, it is critical for us to keep pace with innovations in the market and find new ways to offer those benefits to our customers,” said Ken Everett, CEO of Digital Matter. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Polte to enable new and greater volume global use cases, with optimal security, accuracy and battery life.”

Polte CEO Ed Chao added: “Together, we are democratising higher value indoor and outdoor location insights for systems integrators and telematics businesses. We are answering the challenges of traditional, fragmented location technologies by providing the full picture from beginning to end of a pallet’s, package’s or other asset’s journey.”

Digital Matter plans to extend Polte’s massive IoT location technology to other devices in coming months, including integrating Polte’s SuperRes capability for better cellular location accuracy.

With over 20 years of telematics experience and over 500 channel partners across 120 countries, Digital Matter supplies and supports scalable and secure devices for telematics businesses, IoT providers, enterprises and network operators around the world.