Providing geolocation for every IoT device

Wouldn’t it be nice to have geolocation as a native service on any type of connected device? Wouldn’t it be even better if there were a solution with up to ten-times the extended battery life of existing cellular solutions. How about allowing customers to pay for their geolocation services only when needed? The future of geolocation has arrived, writes Marc Pégulu, the vice president of IoT device product marketing and strategy for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group

Track and trace IoT device

Geolocation is frequently used in track and trace asset management applications with a mobility aspect. This segment, however, remains penalised by a lack of low-power and costeffective solutions, resulting in a low volume of adoption. It is difficult and expensive to scale deployments of conventional GPS trackers that require batteries to be replaced several times per year, especially if there are thousands in the field.

Installation and maintenance

Geolocation applications for fixed assets

When deploying IoT, it is easy to make mistakes. For instance, during installation or maintenance of your IoT devices, every device must be logged for its location. The manual registration process when installing sensors in a building, for example, is subject to human error. If you don’t have the location correct, the data you receive from the device is meaningless.

Data analytics

Diversity of information, such as rich geolocation data, enables smarter analytics with artificial intelligence (AI) engines. This helps organisations optimise operational processes and verify authenticity of a device and its data. If the location does not match the registered location in your database, then it means something is wrong or there is a potential for fraud.

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