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Digital Matter, a leader in IoT solutions, has unveiled the Remora3, a groundbreaking cellular IoT asset tracker poised to transform asset monitoring across industries. This innovative device boasts cutting-edge features that set a new standard for asset tracking.

Advanced Tracking Capabilities: The Remora3 is equipped with a highly precise 3-axis accelerometer, enabling accurate movement detection, high-G event tracking, tip detection, and rotation counting. It also includes a recovery mode for real-time tracking of stolen or missing assets.

Rugged and Waterproof Design: Housed in an IP68- and IK07-rated waterproof casing, the Remora3 is engineered to withstand the harshest work environments. Its robust construction ensures reliability in challenging conditions, making it an ideal choice for asset tracking.

Efficient Power Management: Designed with efficiency in mind, the Remora3 excels in power conservation. When assets are stationary, it seamlessly enters sleep mode to conserve battery life, ensuring uninterrupted tracking when needed.

Enhanced Location Accuracy: Utilizing the Nordic nRF9160 low-power System-in-Package (SiP) with integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and GNSS, the Remora3 leverages high-precision, low-power GNSS technologies like GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and QZSS for precise location accuracy and faster fixes.

Near Real-Time Tracking: What sets the Remora3 apart is its capability for ‘second-by-second’ near real-time tracking. This feature enables extended reporting requirements, including highly accurate speed reporting and monitoring run hours and odometers on mobile assets.

Diverse Use Cases: The Remora3 caters to various applications, including proximity tags, temperature and humidity monitoring, ultrasonic range sensing, and more. For instance, it’s ideal for cold chain monitoring and monitoring the load/unload status of trolleys at airports.

Exceptional Battery Life: Powered by two D Cell Lithium Thionyl Chloride (LTC) batteries optimized for extreme temperature operation, the Remora3 offers extended battery life. It can perform movement-based tracking for over 10 years or up to two years for the most demanding tracking needs, thanks to the ultra-low power characteristics of the nRF9160 SiP.

Bluetooth Integration: Additionally, the Remora3 can function as a Bluetooth® 5.2 gateway, facilitating integration with third-party Bluetooth sensors for asset management and sensor monitoring.

Remote Configuration: Digital Matter provides a user-friendly online configuration management platform, ‘Device Manager,’ allowing users to remotely adjust device settings such as reporting intervals, firmware updates, and GPS settings.

Digital Matter CEO Ken Everett expressed confidence that the Remora3’s exceptional battery life and advanced tracking capabilities would make it the longest-lasting asset tracker in the market.

In conclusion, the Remora3 redefines asset tracking with its rugged design, advanced tracking features, and extended battery life. Its versatility and efficiency make it a game-changer in asset monitoring across diverse industries. With this innovation, Digital Matter continues to push the boundaries of IoT solutions, providing businesses with the tools they need to thrive in an increasingly connected world.

What is System-in-Package

A System-in-Package (SiP) is an integrated circuit (IC) packaging technology that incorporates multiple discrete functions or chips into a single package. It goes beyond traditional chip packaging, which typically encapsulates a single semiconductor die, by combining various components such as microcontrollers, sensors, memory, power management, and more into a compact and cohesive package.

SiPs offer several advantages:

Size and Space Efficiency: SiPs save space on a printed circuit board (PCB) by integrating multiple components into one package, reducing the overall footprint of the electronic device.

Power Efficiency: The integration of components in close proximity can lead to shorter interconnections, reducing power consumption and improving signal integrity.

Performance: SiPs are designed for specific applications, optimizing performance for their intended use cases.

Reduced PCB Complexity: Fewer components mean simpler PCB designs, which can reduce manufacturing costs and improve reliability.

Faster Time-to-Market: SiPs can speed up product development by providing pre-integrated solutions, allowing engineers to focus on higher-level design aspects.

Higher Integration: SiPs can include a wide range of components, from microcontrollers and wireless communication modules to sensors and power management circuits.

The Nordic nRF9160 SiP mentioned in the provided text is an example of an SiP that combines a microcontroller, LTE-M/NB-IoT modem, and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) functionality into a single package. This integration simplifies the design of IoT devices and reduces their power consumption, making them suitable for various applications, including asset tracking as described in the article.

What is magnetic tamper detection

Magnetic tamper detection is a security feature or mechanism designed to detect and respond to unauthorized access or tampering attempts using magnets or magnetic interference. This technology is often employed in various applications, including security systems, electronic devices, and asset tracking, to protect against physical tampering or intrusion.

Here’s how magnetic tamper detection typically works:

Magnetic Sensors: Magnetic tamper detection systems utilize magnetic sensors or switches that can detect changes in the magnetic field around a protected object or device.

Baseline Magnetic Field: Initially, the system establishes a baseline or reference magnetic field signature for the protected area or device. This baseline represents the normal, expected magnetic conditions when there is no tampering.

Tampering Detection: If someone attempts to tamper with the protected object by using magnets or magnetic interference, this can disrupt or alter the magnetic field in the vicinity of the sensors.

Alert or Response: When a significant change in the magnetic field is detected, the system triggers an alert or response mechanism. This response can vary depending on the application and security requirements. It may include sounding an alarm, sending a notification, or initiating other security measures.

Common applications of magnetic tamper detection include:

Security Systems: Magnetic tamper detection is often used in security alarm systems for doors, windows, and enclosures. If an intruder tries to bypass or tamper with these entry points using magnets, the system can detect the intrusion.

Electronic Devices: Some electronic devices, especially those with sensitive components or data, use magnetic tamper detection to safeguard against unauthorized access. For instance, if someone tries to open a secure electronic enclosure, the tampering attempt can be detected.

Asset Tracking: In asset tracking applications, such as the one described in the provided text, magnetic tamper detection can be crucial. It helps ensure the integrity of the tracking device and alerts the system if someone tries to remove or manipulate the device.

Overall, magnetic tamper detection is an essential security feature that adds an extra layer of protection against physical tampering or unauthorized access in various contexts. It provides peace of mind by helping to maintain the security and integrity of protected assets or systems.

Michal Pukala
Electronics and Telecommunications engineer with Electro-energetics Master degree graduation. Lightning designer experienced engineer. Currently working in IT industry.