Environmental Asset Tracker Combines Cellular IoT and Bluetooth with a Five-Year Battery Life

January 23, 2020 Tiera Oliver

Nordic Semiconductor announces that Norwegian asset tracking specialist, Meshtech, is employing both a Nordic multi-mode LTE-M/NB-IoT nRF9160 System-in-Package (SiP) and Nordic nRF52811 Bluetooth System-on-Chip (SoC) in environmental asset tracker to combine cellular IoT and Bluetooth wireless technologies with a five-year battery life (road mapped to 10 on the same tracker hardware).

Employing an ultra simple, ready-to-deploy design, the Meshtech Cloud Tracker continuously monitors the location and environmental condition of perishable goods, auto-provisions new trackers, auto-updates its firmware over-the-air, and leaves end customers with nothing more to do than simply select a cloud service provider to display collected location and sensor data for their particular application

In operation the Meshtech Cloud Tracker can not only continuously monitor environmental parameters such as temperature, but also whether a consignment has been dropped, tilted or folded, the location of individual shipping items (e.g. trolleys, pallets or boxes) within a consignment, the order in which they were loaded and unloaded, and the geographical location of the entire consignment anywhere in the world.


The Meshtech Cloud Tracker is designed for commercial and industrial perishable goods applications and is supplied in a ruggedized 113 x 110 x 19 mm package that weighs 194g, and features an in-built Hall Effect magnetic sensor, temperature sensor, and 3-axis accelerometer. The Cloud Tracker is powered by six internal 3.6V AA batteries and includes all necessary antennas (LTE and Bluetooth LE) and a pre-installed embedded SIM (eSIM) card that can operate globally.

The use of a Nordic nRF52811 SoC not only provides the Meshtech Cloud Tracker with the ability to communicate with other Bluetooth devices and specialist sensors, but also full native compatibility with other ultra-low-power wireless technologies such as Thread and Zigbee if required.

The multimode Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 SiP has an integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and is certified for global cellular IoT applications. It has a dedicated 64 MHz Arm Cortex-M33 processor application processor, 1 MB Flash and 256 KB RAM memory, integrated RF front end, and is supplied in a compact 10 x 16 x 1 mm package. A range of analog and digital peripherals are also included, plus automated power and clock management, Arm TrustZone for execution, and Arm CryptoCell 310 for application layer security.

For more information, please visit: https://www.nordicsemi.com/

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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