U-Blox modem shines on Dot solar tracker

  • August 10, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

Austrian sensing and telecoms company Dot Telematik & Systemtechnik’s solar-powered X-Rayl solar pointer logistics tracker uses the U-Blox Lara-R211 LTE Cat 1 modem with GSM fallback and positioning capability.
The Lara-R2 cellular module and Sam-M8Q GNSS receiver in the tracker transmit and receive data concurrently, improving performance with no interference.
Dot provides telematics products for logistics and develops intelligent, maintenance-free and robust products and services. It specialises in solar-powered telematics trackers.
The X-Rayl solar pointer never needs its batteries changed. Designed for container and cargo tracking, with a focus on rail transport, the telematics box was designed to withstand harsh handling, while providing a robust asset-to-cloud data link to transmit telematics and other sensor data, reporting temperature measurements, movement and door openings in real time.
Seeking a modem capable of working in the challenging environment to which its telematics trackers are exposed, Dot was also interested in reducing the number of suppliers on which its product relied.
“We were impressed with the quality and reliability of U-Blox’s Sam-M8Q GNSS receiver,” said Philipp Tarter, CEO of Dot. “After evaluating the Lara-R211 LTE Cat 1 modem with 2G fallback, we decided to source our tracker’s cellular modem from U-Blox as well. U-Blox has proven to be a highly reliable partner, delivering high quality that adds value to our products.”
With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, U-Blox is has offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.
“We’re very pleased that Dot chose to design our Lara-R211 LTE Cat 1 modem into the latest edition of their solar tracker,” said Drazen Drinic, principal of cellular product strategy at U-Blox. “The telematics market is one of our key markets and we are proud to be part of such highly competitive cargo tracking.”