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RFID-style fleet tracking solution ‘10x cheaper’ than current GPS alternatives

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 12:25am
ECN Europe

AgoraBee has developed what it claims is the world’s lowest cost global fleet tracking solution using Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF24L01+ 2.4GHz transceivers. Agorabee says the RFID-style tags can run for up to five years from a coin cell at a solution cost that AgoraBee claims is 10x lower than traditional GPS-based alternatives.

Picture: Agorabee/Nordic Semiconductor

The ChisFleet solution employs Nordic nRF24L01+-based RF ID tags mounted on, for example, a cargo trailer, pallets, or boxes, that continuously communicate ‘I’m here’ status info (typically once every 10 seconds) with a truck-side mounted control receiver to monitor the presence of all tags. The control receiver is powered by the truck battery and has a built-in GSM/GPRS module that automatically tags GPS position to inventory data that is then sent via GPRS to a remote application server on the Internet.

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