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Nanotron unveils location-aware radio modules, swarm API

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Nanotron? API? radio module? M2M?

Nanotron has uncovered its latest swarm API version 2 that promises to deliver significant extensions by directly supporting the ability to extract precise individual positions from a completely mobile swarm of radio devices in real-time. It enables users for the first time to write their own location engine based on time of flight ranging, also known as collaborative location, added the company.

For machine to machine (M2M) applications, the latest API version provides both text-based and binary host interface formats, extended control of general purpose I/O pins and an wireless extension for remote configuration and management of the swarm bee low energy (LE) modules allowing fully autonomous wireless configuration without the need for a local host controller.

Swarm bee LE radio modules together with the swarm API promise to create the ideal platform for tags and location-aware wireless sensors. By using both products, customers obtain all the necessary functionality for a stand-alone solution. If required extra application intelligence might be added through a host controller deployed along with the swarm bee LE module.

Swarm bee LE is an autonomous swarm radio module with very low energy consumption. Nanotron uses its proven Chirp radio technology for this device. Chirp radios provide robust and reliable radio links required in industrial applications. The company's patented SDS-TWR ranging method allows for concurrent communication and positioning without infrastructure. The swarm bee LE device combines accurate and precise location information with 3D acceleration sensing in a low-cost wireless module. The module supports collaborative location required for collision avoidance solutions (CAS) and high-throughput positioning needed for tracking.

- Jean-Pierre Joosting
??EE Times Europe





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