At Mobile World Congress, TRAQUEUR, a leading French player in the field of advanced telematics, introduced NANO, which it claims is the first autonomous mobile beacon for the protection of property and objects (not electronically connected - track and trace). It has been designed to optimise the potential of the SIGFOX M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) network.
After several years of development, TRAQUEUR said NANO is a key technological breakthrough and one that opens up the perspective of new track and trace markets.
Named NANO owing to its compactness, which has decisive advantages for installation and concealment, NANO uses multiple location technologies (radio and GPS) to ensure foolproof tracking, indoor as well as outdoor. With this combination of location techniques and a battery life of several years, NANO has new and unique features on the market for securing and tracking property and objects.
In June 2014, TRAQUEUR formed a strategic technical partnership with SIGFOX, the sole operator of a dedicated, global cellular network for the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine communications.
TRAQUEUR, a forerunner in after-theft asset recovery solutions and the only operator in France to master UHF, VHF, GSM and GPS technologies to offer customers unmatched solutions for vehicle and equipment security, has formed a strategic partnership with SIGFOX to develop a new generation of mobile tracking beacons called NANO.
NANO displays functionalities of UHF direction finding, providing the ability to locate buried and hidden objects (indoor underground geo-location). It also has a high-sensitivity GPS module and an integrated antenna to transmit its position via the SIGFOX network when the beacon moves (outdoor geo-location).
NANO is extremely small (smaller than a pack of cigarettes) and has a battery life of three to five years (internal battery without any external connection), depending on how it is configured and used. NANO has also been designed to be extremely easy to install.
In addition to its electronic autonomy, the high-sensitivity radio and GPS antennas integrated into the beacon itself give outstanding performances whatever the installation location, according to TRAQUEUR.
Responding to growing global demand for monitoring and securing sensitive goods and merchandise (any size and not electronically powered), NANO's roaming features open up prospects for international marketing. The development of NANO has received support from BPI Ile-de-France (Paris region).
"Certified SIGFOX Ready and provided with mixed UHF/GPS technology, the NANO beacon means that we can offer the widest range of technology solutions of the Track & Trace type on the market and can address new segments including merchandise and logistics, for example. We are also accelerating our international development through distribution partnerships in every country with a SIGFOX network infrastructure", said Marc Verdet, CEO of TRAQUEUR, who added: "NANO and our partnership with SIGFOX allow us to again get one jump ahead in terms of innovation in the Track & Trace market."
Stuart Lodge, Executive Vice President Global Sales at SIGFOX, pointed out: "The development of this new beacon by TRAQUEUR, based on our network, is extremely innovative and shows the limitless scope for innovation that SIGFOX technology allows.
“This technology gives by far the longest battery life on the market, a decisive advantage for applications such as the location of property. The solution developed by TRAQUEUR, because it is very demanding, confirms the legitimacy of our technology wherever the SIGFOX network is deployed.”