Sequans backs Nestwave IP for IoT tracking

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By Nick Flaherty

French IP developer Nestwave is working with Sequans Communications to add GNSS positioning to the Sequans Monarch 2 LTE-M/NB-IoT platform.

Integrated into the Sequans Monarch 2 GM02SP module, the Nestwave GNSS IP provides IoT designers with more accurate positioning with low power consumption without the need for an external positioning chipset. The IP implements a GNSS receiver using the chip’s existing radio and computing capabilities.

This makes the Sequans platform suitable for a wide variety of intermittent, power-limited tracking use cases including personal trackers, parcel and pallet location, fleet trackers as well as car, bike and scooter location and theft recovery.

Cosmo Connected has already adopted the Monarch 2 GM02SP solution to reduce the cost and power consumption of its tracker products.

“Accuracy, power, size and cost are fundamental aspects of tracker design. By deploying the Sequans Monarch 2 with Nestwave’s integrated GNSS technology we can address all of these issues to provide our customers with cost-effective, high-performance and future-proof tracking solutions,” said Armin Batouméni, CTO of Cosmo Connected.

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Nestwave IP has been integrated into a variety of chip architectures and on various DSP/CPU cores. In combination with Nestwave cloud services, this IP enables a very short time-to-first-fix, which allows for much lower power consumption in tracking use cases, without compromising on sensitivity or accuracy.

The company’s technology roadmap includes the addition of 5G/4G cellular-based hybrid location functionality and solutions that will improve the accuracy of indoor tracking.

“Nestwave’s technology provides the smallest, most power efficient, and lowest component count solutions for IoT geolocation,” said Ambroise Popper, CEO of Nestwave. “Our strategic partnership with Sequans addresses the challenge of integrating accurate geolocation into compact, often battery-powered, low-cost IoT nodes and allows Sequans customers to benefit from higher performing, lower cost tracking solutions.”

“Leveraging Nestwave’s innovative technology to provide low-power GNSS on Monarch 2 widens its capabilities and makes many types of IoT tracker use cases more affordable because there is no need for additional positioning chips or modules,” said Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans.

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