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Lat-Lon LLC: 4G LTE Category-1 technology on tracking units

Lat-Lon's compact tracking unit, which collects data to send to secure servers.
Photo Credit — Lat-Lon LLC

Lat-Lon LLC this week announced that 4G LTE Category-1 (Cat-1) with 3G rollback capabilities are available in the Compact Tracking Unit and Solar Tracking Unit. The product is an "ideal solution" for companies looking to upgrade their equipment from older 2G and 3G networks, Lat-Lon officials said in a press release.

In addition, Cat-1 doesn't require the maximum 300 Mb/second that 4G LTE can deliver. Throttling the data speed to 10Mb/second offers the advantage of a reduced module size and decreased power consumption at lower cost. Cat-1 technology has recently been deployed by major LTE service providers, including AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

"Staying current with modem technology is always a challenge with [Internet of Things] applications," said Lat-Lon President Dave Baker. "With our choice of LTE-Cat-1 with 3G rollback, we future-proof our product line without sacrificing the network coverage footprint. An added benefit of Cat-1 is lower power consumption, which increases overall capabilities of our solar-powered products."

Through wireless GPS monitoring technology, Lat-Lon solutions provide real-time information such as pictures, location, impact detection, speed, temperature and more for multiple types of assets. The new 4G LTE Cat-1 modem with 3G rollback will enhance reporting frequency due to lower power draw while simultaneously adding years to the product lifetime before new technology is adapted, according to Lat-Lon.