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Lat-Lon: Compact tracking unit

Lat-Lon has announced the release of the compact tracking unit (CTU). A smaller solar-powered tracking device, the (CTU) product is designed to fit in small spots, even in the grooves of a container or any other non-powered asset. The unit collects data to send from nearly any location to secure servers with multiple points for data access in near real time.

The CTU possesses many of the same capabilities of the larger solar-powered tracking unit (STU) commonly used by shippers around the globe. Both Lat-Lon tracking units incorporate lithium iron phosphate rechargeable cells delivering a long lifecycle product, averaging over 7 years. The solar panels, energy storage and power circuitry are optimized for lower voltage to allow the CTU to operate the GPS module 24/7 under typical conditions for location and speed awareness. And in less than ideal conditions, these developments allow for up to five days of messages with no direct or indirect sunlight, Lat-Lon said.

"We were able to quickly redesign our workhorse STU into a smaller form to meet the needs of one of our rail customers," said Lat-Lon President David Baker. "We realized that the new smaller shape opens up new market opportunities and are excited about its potential."

The compact tracking unit has been designed with the most recent firmware from the solar-powered unit. As with the STU, the CTU will continue Lat-Lon's practice of supporting over-the-air firmware updates to improve performance and add features even after the equipment is deployed, the company said.