Accurate GNSS positioning for low-power IoT tracking

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Nestwave, a supplier of low-power geolocation technology for the IoT, has announced that its technology has been selected by Sequans to add GNSS positioning to its Monarch 2 LTE-M/NB-IoT platform.

Integrated into the Sequans Monarch 2 GM02SP module, the Nestwave GNSS solution provide more accurate positioning with ultra-low power consumption while reducing component count, cost and size by removing the need for an external positioning chipset.

Sequans platform is intended for a wide variety of intermittent, power-limited tracking use cases including personal trackers, parcel and pallet location, fleet trackers as well as car, bike and scooter location and theft recovery.

Nestwave’s technology will allow geolocation to be added to existing IoT chipsets by implementing a GNSS receiver using the chip’s existing radio and computing capabilities. This eliminates the need for an external GNSS chipset and product redesign.

“Nestwave’s technology provides the smallest, most power efficient, and lowest component count solutions for IoT geolocation,” commented Nestwave CEO Ambroise Popper: “Our strategic partnership with Sequans addresses the challenge of integrating accurate geolocation into compact, often battery-powered, low-cost IoT nodes and allows Sequans customers to benefit from higher performing, lower cost tracking solutions.”

Discussing the addition of low-power GNSS positioning to the Monarch 2 platform, Georges Karam, Sequans CEO said, “Leveraging Nestwave’s innovative technology to provide low-power GNSS on Monarch 2 widens its capabilities and makes many types of IoT tracker use cases more affordable because there is no need for additional positioning chips or modules."

Nestwave IP has been integrated into a variety of chip architectures and on various state-of-the-art DSP/CPU cores. In combination with Nestwave cloud services, this IP enables a very short time-to-first-fix, which allows for much lower power consumption in tracking use cases, without compromising on sensitivity or accuracy.

The company’s technology roadmap includes the addition of 5G/4G cellular-based hybrid location functionality and solutions that will help to further improve the accuracy of indoor tracking.