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Advanced Tracking: The Future of Asset Management

Updated: Sep 4


Asset tracker by Onivart Labs


Introduction

The technological realm is in a constant state of flux, with asset tracking being no exception. The transition from 2G to UWB solutions marks a monumental shift, ensuring real-time tracking coupled with precision, reliability, and efficiency. This article offers a technical deep dive into the modules, emphasizing their specifications and how Onivart Labs has successfully executed projects based on these modules.


Quectel MC60 2G: The Versatile Asset Tracker


The Quectel MC60 is a 2G module that seamlessly integrates GSM/GPRS and GNSS functionalities.

  • Frequency Bands: Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz

  • GNSS: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou/Compass, Galileo, QZSS

  • Data Transmission: GPRS multi-slot class 12, EDGE multi-slot class 12

  • Power Consumption: Optimized for minimal power usage, ideal for battery-driven devices.

  • Costing: Offers a cost-effective solution given its multifaceted capabilities.

  • Size: Its compact design ensures hassle-free integration.

  • Feasibility of Use: With advanced features, it's a top pick for developers.

Quectel EC200U 4G: High-Speed Connectivity Asset Tracking


The Quectel EC200U 4G module is tailored for applications necessitating high-speed internet.

  • LTE Category: Supports LTE Cat 4 with data rates up to 150Mbps.

  • Frequency Bands: B1/B3/B5/B8/B20

  • Power Consumption: Efficient power management for extended battery life.

  • Costing: Competitively priced given its high-speed capabilities.

  • Size: Sleek design without adding bulk.

  • Feasibility of Use: Perfect for streaming, real-time tracking, and data-intensive tasks.

Qorvo® DWM3001C UWB: Precision Tracking


The Qorvo® DWM3001C UWB module is renowned for its ultra-wideband capabilities.

  • UWB Channels: Supports channels 5 (6.5 GHz) and 9 (8 GHz).

  • Interoperability: Compatible with the Apple U1 chip.

  • Power Consumption: Tailored for battery applications, ensuring longevity.

  • Costing: A premium module given its state-of-the-art features.

  • Size: Compact design despite its advanced functionalities.

  • Feasibility of Use: Suitable for asset tracking to healthcare staff & patient location.

Nordic nRF52840 BLE: Multiprotocol SoC


The Nordic nRF52840 BLE module supports Bluetooth 5.4, NFC, Thread, and Zigbee.

  • CPU: 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M4 with floating point unit at 64 MHz.

  • Memory: 1 MB Flash and 256 KB RAM.

  • Protocols: Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, Zigbee, 802.15.4, ANT, and 2.4 GHz proprietary stacks.

  • Power Consumption: Known for low energy consumption.

  • Costing: Balanced price given its multifunctional capabilities.

  • Size: Compact and integration-friendly.

  • Feasibility of Use: Ranges from wearables to smart home devices.

Nordic nRF9160 NBIOT: Cellular IoT Solution


The Nordic nRF9160 NBIOT is a low-power SiP with an integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and GNSS.

  • LTE Bands: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B12, B13, B14, B17, B18, B19, B20, B25, B26, B28, and B66.

  • GNSS: Integrated GNSS receiver.

  • Security: Arm TrustZone technology and Arm CryptoCell for enhanced security.

  • Power Consumption: Designed for minimal energy consumption.

  • Costing: Competitive pricing with advanced cellular IoT capabilities.

  • Size: Sleek design packed with features.

  • Feasibility of Use: From real-time location systems to wireless sensor networks.


FAQs

1. What advantages do advanced asset trackers bring to the table? They offer real-time tracking, high precision, and efficiency, ensuring assets are always traceable.


2. How do UWB solutions stand out from traditional tracking methods? UWB solutions provide higher precision, pinpointing an asset's exact location, unlike traditional methods.


3. Are these modules universally compatible? While versatile, it's crucial to select a module that aligns with the device or application's specific needs.


Conclusion

Asset tracking has undergone a transformation with modules like Quectel MC60 2G, Quectel EC200U 4G, Qorvo® DWM3001C UWB, and Nordic nRF52840 BLE. These modules, with their distinct features, present solutions that are efficient and cost-effective. With technology's relentless evolution, the future of asset tracking is promising, with boundless opportunities awaiting.


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