Wireless Connectivity

PoLTE and Riot Micro Collaborate to Enable Ultra-low Power Location Capabilities in IoT Systems

11 January 2018

A collaboration between PoLTE Corporation of Dallas, Tex., and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based Riot Micro will enable ultra-low power LTE internet of things (IoT) solutions with highly accurate location positioning for indoor and outdoor applications. The initiative combines the advantages of Riot Micro’s RM1000 with those of PoLTE’s recently announced Lite-Touch location architecture.

Riot Micro will support PoLTE’s location interface in the RM1000, the industry’s lowest power baseband modem chip for the cellular IoT. Riot Micro’s innovative design approach can cut the power consumption of similar modem chips in half, at price points comparable to short-range wireless systems.

With support for PoLTE’s location interface, on-board modem data can be easily off-loaded to PoLTE cloud servers. From the cloud, PoLTE’s location engine will then accurately calculate location positioning of devices that would otherwise be constrained and hindered by processing power, memory, battery life, costs and size.

Leveraging the existing and ubiquitous LTE network, the combined solution will deliver secure and persistent location of any LTE-enabled mobile device inside or outside structures at a fraction of the cost, size or power consumption. This is a key differentiation compared to GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hybrid location solutions that usually require at least two different technologies for outside and in-building tracking.

Riot Micro designed its baseband modem chip by applying proven design techniques from Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi to LTE to drive down system cost and power. The RM1000 is available now, supplied to OEMs and module manufacturers developing custom solutions.

To contact the author of this article, email shimmelstein@globalspec.com

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