Positioning Universal, Sequans join to provide LTE for IoT GPS tracker devices for automotive applications


Sequans Communications and Positioning Universal (PUI), IoT device maker and platform company, announced Tuesday a partnership to bring new IoT and GPS tracking devices to market, the first of which is an automotive tracker, now available for customers using US LTE networks.

The PUI FJ1000 Series Automotive LTE Tracker features LTE connectivity and GPS, and is based on Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 chipset. The series delivers a portable LTE and GPS wireless modem which reports location information via the LTE cellular network with configurable intervals. It has an input which can be used to detect ignition, and an output which can be used to control a starter interrupt device.

PUI’s FJ1000 Series LTE Automotive Tracker is a power-efficient LTE and GPS wireless modem that transmits important GPS data, such as status information, ignition events, and trip activity via the always on and everywhere available LTE nationwide network. Trip locations are provided for up to 5-second locations for precise route lines, and status information is reported for heartbeats, boot events, GPS status, acceleration-based events.

The tracker operates on standard automotive 12V and 24V electrical systems and includes advanced power management and an optional backup battery system that enables the device to continue active tracking for up to 36 hours, even when disconnected from power.

PUI is using Sequans VZ120Q and US130Q modules that support LTE bands 2, 4, 12, and 13 and are based on Sequans Calliope LTE Platform, an-IoT-optimized chipset solution designed specifically for LTE Cat 1 applications needing up to 10 Mbps of throughput, providing great application flexibility for PUI’s automotive tracker. Calliope comprises baseband and RF, an integrated IoT applications processor running Sequans’ carrier-proven LTE protocol stack, an IMS client, and a comprehensive software package for over-the-air device management and packet routing.

“Tracker devices are the quintessential IoT application and automotive trackers are in especially high demand,” said Mark Wells, CEO of Positioning Universal. “We are very pleased to introduce our new FJ1000 series LTE tracker to the market and to collaborate with Sequans, the leader in LTE for IoT chips, to make it happen.”

“PUI’s new automotive tracker combines essential features for vehicle telematics and fleet management customers to take full advantage of GPS and LTE-enabled tracking,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “We are very pleased to collaborate with PUI to bring this valuable new automotive tracker to market.”

Sequans Communications announced its initial Huawei module based on Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT platform is now available.  The new module, Huawei ME309-562, is designed to support M2M and IoT applications in the North American market.  The ME309-562 is a module to come to market pursuant to the agreement executed by Huawei and Sequans and announced in February that Huawei would build a family of modules based on Sequans’ Monarch platform.

Huawei’s ME309-562 LTE Cat M1 module supports LTE bands 2, 4, 12, and 13 and numerous interfaces, including LGA (120 pin), UART, SIM, LED JTAG, power supply and antenna.  It includes an embedded UDP/TCP/FTP/HTTP stack and proprietary FOTA.

The module is based on Sequans’ Monarch platform, the world’s first and most highly-optimized LTE-M (Cat M1) and NB-IoT (Cat NB1) chip that is purpose-built for narrowband IoT applications, including sensors, wearables, and other low data, low power M2M and IoT devices.

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