Sequans and GeoTraq Develop a New Line of Cellular LTE Modules for IoT

GeoTraq, a cellular IoT module manufacturer and network operator providing global connectivity wrapped into one simple, all-inclusive, IoT solution, has adopted Sequans’ Monarch LTE-M/NB-IoT Platform for a new series of GeoTraq modules for IoT markets. The new NB-400 series of IoT modules uses non-IP data delivery (NIDD), which GeoTraq believes offers the fastest, most secure, and efficient LTE connectivity, in an ultra-small form factor of 12 x 16 mm that includes connectors for the sensor, battery, and antenna, resulting in the industry’s most comprehensive module for worldwide use. The new GeoTraq modules also include the latest in LTE-based, low power positioning technology, delivering highly accurate indoor and outdoor positioning using only the LTE radio, thereby eliminating the cost and complexity of having to add GNSS or other radios.

The GeoTraq NB-400 series of modules is designed on the same principles as GeoTraq’s G-200 GSM Cell ID module that is efficiently designed with an ultra-small form factor, a price affordable enough to be disposable, battery optimization for 10+ years of battery life, and tier 1 global cellular coverage in 193+ countries. GeoTraq’s patent-pending technology allows for global non-IP data delivery over the control channel, providing the most efficient design, extremely secure data delivery, and speeds 7x faster than SMS.

For the first NB-400 module, GeoTraq is using Sequans Monarch SiP, which is the most highly-optimized LTE-M/NB-IoT chip combined with the universal radio front end of Skyworks. Monarch provides full support for power saving mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) to enable the long battery life needed by many IoT use cases, and it provides the enhanced coverage modes that extend coverage for deep-indoor and remote deployments. For LTE positioning, Monarch incorporates the positioning technology of Polte for accurate, low power indoor and outdoor positioning capability using only the LTE radio. Monarch delivers programmable RF filtering for global band support in a Single-SKU™, and proprietary dynamic power management technology enabling rock bottom low power consumption of 1 micro amp. Monarch is certified by operators worldwide.

GeoTraq expects the modules will be available for testing in Q2 and samples of the first GeoTraq NB-400 module are on display at CES in Sequans’ meeting room.