Onsemi has launched a low power asset tag based on real time location technology from Quuppa in Finland.
The RSL10 Asset Tag has a battery life of up to five years by using the RSL10 Bluetooth 5 radio SoC and the Quuppa protocol for indoor real time tracking.
The tag also includes a 3-axis accelerometer and environmental sensors for pressure and temperature to provide valuable data and insights into an asset’s environment, condition and orientation. Each sensor is powered through a dedicated MOSFET load switch, controlled by the RSL10.
This design enables the overall system power consumption to be controlled on a per-sensor basis, which decreases the total power used. Additional features of the platform include a low-cost antenna, matching circuit optimized for Bluetooth Low Energy transmissions, a multi-purpose dome switch and a 10-pin debugger that can be removed depending on the needs of the application.
Quuppa was established in September 2012 by the team responsible for the development of the High Accuracy Indoor Positioning (HAIP) at the Nokia Research Centre in Espoo, Finland using the Angle-of-Arrival method.
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"The next generation of RSL10-powered Bluetooth LE tags will allow Quuppa partners to leverage highly accurate, sensor-enriched positioning data with unprecedented battery lifetime. This enables use-cases that haven’t been possible before due to the high cost of ownership,” said Santtu Pulli, Senior Customer Manager at Quuppa. “Real-time asset visibility and related productivity optimization will become a key competitive advantage for companies in manufacturing, warehousing and logistics domains.
The onsemi RSL10 was recently selected for use in an indoor localization beacon designed to track and monitor hospital equipment and provide actionable insight to healthcare providers. Blyott, an IoT provider chose beacons from Tatwah based on the RSL10 for the low power and the ability of the IP67 tags to meet the stringent sterilization requirements.
“onsemi provided us with an ideal hardware platform to develop Bluetooth-based RTLS solutions,” said Gery Pollett, CEO and co-founder of Blyott, “The RSL10 allowed us to meet the challenging needs of the healthcare industry. We were particularly impressed by the energy efficiency of the RSL10 radio.”
The RSL10 Asset Tag is available with a comprehensive suite of development tools that include multi-protocol wireless support for Bluetooth® Low-Energy connectivity and the Quuppa Intelligent Locating System Real Time Localization Services (RTLS). Onsemi has developed a custom application on the evaluation board that demonstrates the ultra-low-power features and capabilities of the platform in an asset tracking use-case.
The RSL10 Asset Tag is available now
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