Meet PoLTE, a Dallas-based startup that desires to make location-tracking extra environment friendly. Because of PoLTE’s software program resolution, logistics and cargo firms can rather more simply track packages and items. The startup is collaborating in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF.
If you need to use a related machine to track a package deal, you presently want a few issues — a approach to decide the situation of the package deal, and a approach to transmit this info over the air. Probably the most simple method of doing it’s by using a GPS chipset mixed with a mobile chipset.
Methods-on-chip have made this simpler as they often combine a number of modules. You will get a GPS signal and wi-fi capabilities in the identical chip. Whereas GPS is insanely correct, it additionally requires a ton of battery simply to place a tool on a map. That’s why devices usually triangulate your place using Wi-Fi mixed with a database of Wi-Fi networks and their positions.
And but, using GPS or Wi-Fi in addition to an LTE modem doesn’t work if you need to track a container over a number of weeks or months. Sooner or later, your machine will run out of battery. Or you’ll must spend a small fortune to purchase a ton of trackers with large batteries.
PoLTE has developed a software program resolution that lets you flip knowledge from the cell modem into location info. It really works with present modems and solely requires a software program replace. The corporate has been working with Riot Micro for example.
Behind the scene PoLTE’s magic occurs on their servers. IoT devices don’t must do any of the computing. They only must ship a tiny pattern of LTE indicators and PoLTE can work out the situation from their servers. Prospects can then get this knowledge using an API.
It solely takes 300 bytes of information to get location info with precision of lower than a couple of meters. You don’t want a robust CPU, Wi-Fi, GPS or Bluetooth.
“We offer 80 percent cost reduction on IoT devices together with longer battery life,” CEO Ed Chao informed me.
On the enterprise facet, PoLTE is using a software-as-a-service mannequin. You will get began at no cost if you don’t want numerous API calls. You then begin paying relying on the dimensions of your fleet of devices and the variety of location requests.
It doesn’t actually matter if the corporate finds a very good enterprise alternative. PoLTE is a low-level expertise firm at coronary heart. Its resolution is attention-grabbing by itself and will assist larger firms which are searching for an environment friendly location-tracking resolution.