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Abeeway and Murata Release Ultra-Low-Power Multi-Technology 1WL Geolocation Module with LoRaWAN®

Designed as an ideal platform for multifunctional IoT asset tracking, the Abeeway module is co-developed and manufactured by Murata, and integrates leading-edge technology from Semtech and STMicroelectronics

Press Release – Paris, France – June 15th, 2022

Abeeway, a market leader in low power combined indoor and outdoor geolocation, and a subsidiary of Actility, a global Network Server solutions provider utilizing the LoRaWAN® standard, announces the launch of the 1WL Abeeway-Murata Geolocation Module  (Part Number: LBEU5ZZ1WL), a multi-technology fused low power wide area network (LPWAN) location solution, offering ultra-low power design for long battery life, superior sensitivity and high flexibility to build customized low-cost tracking devices, suited for Internet of Things (IoT) asset tracking applications for both indoor and outdoor environments, such as asset recovery, traceability, inventory management, theft prevention, amongst many more.

This unique module is made possible thanks to Abeeway’s collaboration with 3 major providers. The module leverages the extended benefits of the latest LoRa Edge™ platform from Semtech Corporation, a leading global supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, and of the STM32WB microcontroller from STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications.

The module hardware is designed and manufactured by Murata Manufacturing, a global leader in the design and supply of multi-functional, high-density modules, is already in the LoRaWAN module market with over 2.5 million units sold. Thus, Abeeway also benefits from Murata’s experience in high density integration and high-volume production with no compromise on quality.

The 1WL Abeeway-Murata Geolocation Module is available for sampling with a full-featured Discovery Kit on ThingPark Market. a leading IoT B2B marketplace and will be available in production quantities in September 2022. Contact Actility local Sales for early access. 

Simple, comprehensive, and cutting-edge. An ideal basis for your IoT tracking devices.

Designed to be multifunctional, the Abeeway-Murata Geolocation Module is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Example use cases span across several asset tracking needs from locating shared scooters in urban centers, theft protection, tool monitoring on construction sites, to productivity and safety solutions such as visitor tracking, guard tour monitoring, social distancing policies or even monitored evacuations. Moreover, consumer applications include pet tracking, children monitoring during outdoor school events, and elderly safety.

The 1WL Abeeway-Murata Geolocation Module integrates LoRaWAN connectivity, the communication technology that has become the de-facto standard for battery powered connected IoT for both indoor and outdoor applications over public and private networks.

Here are the features and benefits making the Abeeway-Murata Geolocation Module the ideal foundation for any LPWAN tracking device:

  • An optimized arrangement of multi-technology radio frequency (RF) engines for indoor and outdoor positioning and a high-performance multi-constellation GNSS receiver (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and Galileo) and support for patented ultra-low-power GPS (LP GPS) mode.
  • A full power optimized FreeRTOS, drivers and LoRaWAN stack allowing engineers to focus on the application code for each use case, reducing time-to-market and production costs, through use of less complex PCBs, reduced certification risks and budget, as well as testing time and cost for mass production.
  • Small design, compact form factor SiP (System in Package) and wide operating range (-25°C to 85°C), combined with the ability to use high performance GPS, low-power GPS, Wi-Fi Sniffing, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beaconing and scanning, and location capability via LoRaWAN.
  • On-board Bluetooth® LE (Bluetooth SIG certification is underway) 5.2 connectivity for easy short-range communication with phone applications and other devices, allowing BLE specific use cases such as contact tracing or monitoring of tools equipped with BLE tags.

The Semtech LR1110 chip is designed to comply with the physical layer requirements of the LoRaWAN specification. The LR1110 is an ultra-low power platform that integrates a long range LoRa® transceiver, multi-constellation GNSS scanner, and passive Wi-Fi MAC address scanner targeting geolocation applications. This long-range transceiver supports LoRa and Gaussian Frequency Shift Keying (GFSK) modulations for LPWAN. The LR1110 is highly configurable to meet different application requirements that utilize the global LoRaWAN standard or proprietary protocols. 

The dual-core, multi- wireless-protocol STM32WB55 microcontroller (MCU) from STMicroelectronics offers an innovative architecture of two totally independent MCU cores. One of the cores is optimized for real-time execution of radio-related software, and together, they enable flexible resource use and power management. to deliver a better user experience at optimal BoM cost. The STM32WB offers a wide range of digital serial interfaces and GPIOs to support a full range of applications. The wireless MCU series provides digital and analog peripherals suitable for applications requiring an extended battery, long operating life, and complex functions, with integrated Bluetooth 5.2 LE (Low Energy) transceiver and high-speed USB.

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“The new Geolocation module allows designers to develop products that meet the most demanding requirements, especially in areas such as asset tracking, and other IoT applications. This exciting collaboration greatly simplifies the development of new tracking devices using LoRaWAN and offers customers faster time to market by minimizing BOM size, cost and complexity.

said Akira Sasaki, General Manager – Connectivity Module Marketing, Murata.

“Our key objective was to minimize time to market for device manufacturers embracing LoRaWAN for all kinds of applications requiring indoor-outdoor location. The 1WL geolocation module encapsulates all high-density and high-complexity parts, requiring only a low complexity PCB and user code to develop any target use case, and reducing production test time to a minimum. The combination of Semtech’s LR1110 and a full multi-constellation GNSS means designers can have both ultra-low power and accuracy. ST’s industry leading STM32 wireless microcontroller brings the power of the familiar Mbed tooling and is pre-integrated with a state-of-the-art LoRaWAN(r) implementation, including the stack as well as advanced features like multicast firmware update over the air and delta update compression.”

says Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility

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“Abeeway’s utilization of Semtech’s LoRa Edge platform for its latest geolocation module marks a prime example of how asset tracking can be further streamlined and less cost-prohibitive for a variety of use cases. The featured LoRaWAN connectivity only strengthens the usefulness and value of the solution, ensuring connectivity at a long range while using low power.

said Marc Pégulu, vice president of IoT product marketing and strategy for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group.

“To accelerate asset-tracker deployment, industrial solutions must offer innovation while accelerating time-to-market. Form factor, power consumption, and security features are key differentiators among the many different existing options, and we’ve collaborated with Abeeway, Semtech, and Murata on this development to deliver an unparalleled user and developer experience.”

said Hakim Jaafar, STM32 Wireless MCUs Marketing Director, STMicroelectronics.

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About MuRata

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata’s website at https://www.murata.com/en-eu

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About Abeeway

Abeeway is the market leader in low-power indoor & outdoor fused geolocation and a provider of disruptive IoT tracking solutions worldwide. Abeeway offers the most energy-efficient, reliable and flexible geolocation solutions using unique tracking devices and a smart multi-technology location system optimized for long-range and low-power consumption leveraging LoRaWAN connectivity. Abeeway devices are available on ThingPark Market .  Abeeway is a member of the LoRa Alliance™ and an Actility Group company.

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About Semtech’s LoRa® Platform

Semtech’s LoRa device-to-Cloud platform is a globally adopted long range, low power solution for IoT applications, enabling the rapid development and deployment of ultra-low power, cost efficient and long range IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. Semtech’s LoRa technology provides the communication layer for the LoRaWAN® standard, which has been ratified by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and maintained by the LoRa Alliance®, an open IoT alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) applications that has been used to deploy IoT networks in over 170 countries. Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance. To learn more about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa site.

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About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading global supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for infrastructure, high-end consumer and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit http://www.semtech.com.

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About Actility   

Actility is a world leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark™ platform and network technology to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. The vast majority of nationwide LoRaWAN® network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of companies trust ThingPark™ all over the world. Through its subsidiary Abeeway, Actility also providespatented ultra-low power tracking solutions. ThingPark Market offers the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and applications to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.  

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