KCS Releases Low-Cost Track/Trace GNSS+ Module

Dordrecht, Netherlands–based KCS BV has extended its TraceME product line with a low-budget track-and-trace module based on the company’s LoRa technology.
 
The TM-900/N1C1 module is the latest development in KCS’s TraceME GPS track-and-trace product line. The product is targeted for tracking and tracing a variety of objects, including livestock, and for personal use.
 

Dordrecht, Netherlands–based KCS BV has extended its TraceME product line with a low-budget track-and-trace module based on the company’s LoRa technology.
 
The TM-900/N1C1 module is the latest development in KCS’s TraceME GPS track-and-trace product line. The product is targeted for tracking and tracing a variety of objects, including livestock, and for personal use.
 
The full version module comes equipped with various technologies for to achieve traceability (e.g., GPS/GLONASS, LoRa, Bluetooth LE, ANT/ANT+, and proprietary RF), which can all be combined depending on the application. Compared to traditional track-and-trace modules, the TM-900/N1C1 omits GPRS/SMS, thereby eliminating traditional national telecom operational costs.
 
The combined LoRa and 2.4GHz RF technology offers tracing of the module over a wide area, up to 15–20 kilometers. The rough tracing from 20 kilometers down to 300 meters is accomplished by LoRa, while the short-range tracing is done the the proprietary RF technique, which provides indoor and outdoor tracing with an accuracy up to 1.5 meter, according to the company.
 
Multiple on-board sensors (temperature, humidity, and acceleration) and buzzer, LEDs, I/O-functionality, and pushbutton operation support integration of the TM-900/N1C1 into a variety of custom specific (machine-to-machine) applications (e.g., Internet of Things and smart wearable electronics).
 
With a minimal size of 49.6 x 15 millimeters, weight of 3.4 grams, a battery lifespan of more than 10 years, and solar-powered functionality, the module offers a wide range of OEM integration possibilities. Optionally, the module can be ordered in a robust lightweight keyfob housing.

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