Quectel Wireless Solutions, a global supplier of Internet of Things (IoT) modules, announced on Monday the release of MC90, a quad-band GSM/GPRS/GNSS/Wi-Fi module. The new module supports hybrid positioning technologies including GNSS, Cell ID and Wi-Fi aided positioning, and enables position tracking in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Quectel MC90 integrates multi-GNSS systems, including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS, which greatly improves the positioning accuracy and ensures that the module can track position even in areas with weak satellite signals, according to the company. This makes MC90 especially suitable for urban areas with high-rise buildings and complex environments.
For blind spots of satellite coverage, the module adopts Wi-Fi hotspot positioning technology to effectively address indoor positioning demands in scenarios such as factories, schools, shopping malls, hospitals and nursing homes.
In addition, MC90 integrates multi-aiding positioning technologies to offer customers with optimized GNSS performance. It supports EPO technology which provides predicted Extended Prediction Orbit to speed up TTFF without the need of any extra server. Based on EPO data, QuecFastFix Online function further reduces TTFF in cold start, while the EASY technology enables a very fast first fix when there is not enough satellite information. Moreover, the GLP (GNSS Low Power) power saving mode is designed to ensure great positioning accuracy with ultra-low power consumption. The built-in LNA provides the module with improved RF sensitivity and strong acquisition/tracking performances even in weak signal areas.
Based on MTK’s MT2503 platform, MC90 features compact design, low power consumption and supports dual SIM single standby function. The module also provides a rich set of Internet protocols such as TCP, UDP, MQTT, PPP, FTP, HTTP and SSL, and supports audio, Que cFOTA and OpenCPU.
MC90 is described as an ideal choice for a wide range of IoT applications, including bicycle sharing, student ID card, vehicle tracker, wearable device, pet tracker, asset tracker and driving recorder.
The company says engineering samples of Quectel MC90 are now available.