Next generation mobile network for IoT devices

Next generation mobile network for IoT devices

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By eeNews Europe

With the increasing number of connected devices and the need for ubiquitous data transmission, devices manufacturers are faced with very few options that fit their constraints in terms of cost, device size, battery life, and reliable connectivity.

The Open Garden Network makes it easy for devices to seamlessly access other devices and the Internet via secure peer-to-peer connections. Devices automatically detect nearby enabled smartphones or tablets via Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) and can pass data through them securely until the proper destination or recipient are reached. No pairing or configuration are required on the device owner’s part. To enable access to the network, device manufacturers use a simple digital access key, available from Open Garden and its partners.

TrackR is the first device to leverage this new technology. TrackR is a small, coin-sized device that attaches to valuable items such as keys, wallet, luggage, bike, and more. Using the TrackR app for iPhone and Android, one can locate lost items in seconds. When an item goes missing, the device broadcasts a wireless signal. When another TrackR app user comes within 100ft of the lost item, their phone sends a message to TrackR’s server with the updated GPS location of the item, and then the owner receives a GPS update of where the item is located.

With the Open Garden Network, TrackR users will also receive GPS updates when users of Open Garden’s apps or partners’ apps or devices come within the range. The system is completely secure and anonymous, the "finder" never knows they found anything.

"With the 250,000 devices in the market, TrackR is one of the most successful IoT devices to date. IoT devices require connectivity and simplicity. Because the Open Garden Network is 100% software based, it scales infinitely and the costs are extremely low," said Micha Benoliel, Open Garden’s CEO and co-founder. "Open Garden’s technology also enables operators to generate additional revenues while embracing the IoT revolution."

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