Ticatag, a location-based IoT company has released new GPS trackers at MWC 2018. The products extend their Tifiz line and are called Xpress ($99), XtrackR ($129) and Xtrack ($199), the three are GPS tracking boxes used to know where vehicles and assets are.

Most people are familiar with the vehicle tracking concept because it is rather obvious to fight against theft and to manage fleets. However, assets tracking is something that is gaining traction in construction and similar areas of work. For example, workers could leave tools in an area, and another team could locate them quickly. The same is true for a huge farming work environment where things can be left somewhere in a rather large area.

The battery life is one of the devices strong point. They can last anywhere between 3-5 months (Xpress, Xtrack R) to 3 years (Xtrack). The devices also have a programmable button that can be setup for emergency situations but also to trigger other tasks (like updating a position), depending on the needs.

This one can run for up to 3 years, under average usage

All devices work on the SIGFOX wireless network designed and operated by the same-name company to carry IoT devices data (more information about Sigfox). It uses a proprietary technology and radio frequencies that make it easier to pass through solid objects while needed little electrical power at the same time.

This is possible because IoT devices typically require very little bandwidth, and send extremely small amounts of data. We are talking about hundreds of Kilobytes (KB). Unsurprisingly, they all require some form of subscription to work on the wireless network.

It is possible to consult the historical data through an iOS or Android app. The same app also provides functionalities that exploit the location data such as geofencing alerts.

TiFiz Express

  • 100 x 15,8 x 48 mm, ~40g
  • IP40 rating (some dust protection, not water resistant)
  • No SIM required
  • 2-3 months battery life (typical usage)

TiFiz XtrackR

  • 100 x 17 x 51 mm, ~40g
  • IK10 shock resistance rating: 20 joules impact. (like a 5 kg mass dropped from 400 mm).
  • IP67 rating: dust-proof, water immersion resistance for a limited time and depth
  • Extreme temperature support: -20C to +85C
  • 2-3 months battery life (typical usage)

TiFiz Xtrack

  • 100 x 30 x 51 mm, ~70g
  • IK10 shock resistance rating: 20 joules impact. (like a 5 kg mass dropped from 400 mm).
  • IP67 rating: dust-proof, water immersion resistance for a limited time and depth
  • Extreme temperature support: -20C to +85C
  • ~5 meters (~yards) accuracy with no motion. ~10m while moving

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