Developed by multiple award-winning Swedish industrial IoT startup, H&D Wireless, the ‘Griffin Enterprise Positioning Services’ (GEPS®) real-time location system is a turnkey ‘application-as-a-service’ solution that employs both Bluetooth and cellular IoT wireless technology from Nordic Semiconductor and targets the latest ‘Industry 4.0’ applications
“And in manufacturing, while the typical percentage margins are much lower at around 2 or 3% in terms of raw material savings, for larger companies that can translate into cost savings of billions of dollars a year.”
Key target industries for the GEPS platform include logistics (e.g. asset and fleet management), construction (e.g. tools, people, and equipment), and manufacturing industries (e.g. sub-assemblies).
At just 10 x 16 x 1mm in size, the nRF9160 includes everything a cellular connection and IoT application needs beyond requiring just an external battery, SIM, and antenna. To achieve this ultra-high integration Nordic partnered with Qorvo to make a ‘System-in-Package’ (SiP) that more closely resembles an integrated chip than a module. The SiP includes a powerful application processor (Arm Cortex M-33), GPS support, standard microcontroller peripherals, and enough chip-integrated memory to execute IoT applications with edge computing. Yet this is not achieved by sacrificing on-air performance: the nRF91 is capable of delivering class-leading output power (+23 dBm) and sensitivity – vital for its GPS functionality
Nordic’s nRF52840 multiprotocol SoC is Nordic’s most advanced ultra low power wireless solution. The SoC supports complex Bluetooth LE and other low-power wireless applications that were previously not possible with a single-chip solution. The nRF52840 is Bluetooth 5-, Thread 1.1-, and Zigbee PRO (R21) and Green Power proxy specification-certified and its Dynamic Multiprotocol feature uniquely supports concurrent wireless connectivity of the protocols. The SoC combines the Arm processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio. The chip supports all the features of Bluetooth 5 (including 4x the range or 2x the raw data bandwidth (2Mbps) compared with Bluetooth 4.2). Designed to address the inherent security challenges brought by the IoT, the nRF52840 SoC incorporates the Arm CryptoCell-310 cryptographic accelerator, offering best-in-class security.
“Industrial IoT – or IIoT – is still in its infancy,” comments Geir Langeland, Nordic Semiconductor's Director of Sales & Marketing. “But what we are seeing now is real IIoT solutions that are capable of solving real problems by boosting operational efficiencies and driving down costs. That’s a pretty compelling combination and one that we expect to see more and more companies in the industrial sector adopt.”