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Telit’s Latest Autonomous Navigation IoT Module Relies on Internal Sensors to Provide Class-leading Dead Reckoning Accuracy

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced commercial availability of the SL869-3DR, a GNSS Telitmodulefor global use which leverages information from internal gyros, accelerometers and a barometric pressuresensor to perform dead reckoning (DR)navigation for application areas liketrack& traceand in-vehicle systems. The module delivers accurate position data either directly from its multi-constellation receiver or from a fully autonomousDR system, requiring no connections to external devices or components other than an antenna for satellite signal reception and power. The module allows integrators to design zero-installation, in-vehiclenavigation and tracking devices for fleets and other commercial or consumer applications that operate simply perched on the dashboard; connected only to vehicle power.

The SL869-3DR is a flash-memory based module capable of tracking three constellations simultaneously. The module integrates an array ofmicro electromechanical systems(MEMS) designed to provide it seven degrees of freedom (DOF). The innovative design of the internal sensor array in conjunction with the Telit MEMS-only Dead Reckoning(MoDR™)software and intellectual property,deliver the host deviceunparalleled portable, turn-key DR performance. The Telit MoDR™ solution ensures that reliable position, velocity and time (PVT)information is constantly available to the host application even when GNSS coverage is compromised, without the need for connection to the vehicle for wheel-ticks for speed or reverse-gear data. Its standard footprint lets navigation and tracking system integrators reuse existing device designs,eliminatingcomplexity from external sensors and other apparatus, getting to market quickly with updated designsor productinnovation.

“A significant number of the millions of commercial vehicles and fleets on the roads todayare still operating with no or unreliable navigation systems because installation costs to connect the device to vehicle sensors aretoo high and require very specialized skills,” said Felix Marchal, Executive Vice President of GNSS and Short Range Wireless. “With the SL869-3DR we overcome that barrier because it enables devicesthat you simply connect to vehicle power and go. Up until now, ‘power-and-go’ navigation systems have largely relied on open-sky visibility, which is not typically where most commercial fleets operate. They are moving through tunnels, urban canyons and other environments where these systems cannot produce a position solution. Reliable MEMS-only dead reckoning, or MoDR™ as we call it, relies on very complex mathematical modeling and expert design of the sensor array.Developers must therefore, thoroughly scrutinize performance of the differentproducts in the market. I am delighted that the SL869-3DR has outperformed competing products in its class across a wide range of test cases.”

The SL869-3DR is designed to support GPS, QZSS, GLONASS, Beidou and is Galileo ready. Telit MoDR™ technology boosts position accuracy in areas with adverse satellite reception conditions like urban canyons, overhead foliage, tunnels and parking garages. It integrates an embeddedarray of sensors including accelerometers, gyroscopes and a barometer (pressure sensor). An antenna ON, antenna sense (open / short circuit) feature, allows the host application to inform the user of problems with the connection to the external antenna. An additional LNAdelivers better sensitivity in harsh environments, better enabling devices with integrated antennas. The module also features fast calibration and is pin-to-pin compatible with the SL869, SL869-V3 andSL869-ADR.

Watch a video where performance the autonomousSL869-3DR MoDR™ is compared with the SL869-ADR automotive navigation module connected to vehicle sensors (wheel ticks and reverse signal)here. Download aSL869-3DR module image here.

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