Sony Develops an IoT Chip with a Range of 60 Mile

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The chip is integrated with global positioning system (GPS)/global navigation satellite system (GNSS) sensors to get time and position data

Sony has developed an Internet of Things (IoT) chip that can transform the way cars, e-bikes, streetlamps and all such kinds of connected devices transmit information.

According to reports, the CXM1501GR chip, when deployed in any IoT device, will enable it to send data to the low-power wide-area (LPWA) ELTRES network of Sony. The new chip can transmit data up to a range of 60 miles and work in loud urban environments as well as on objects that are moving at high speeds. This will open up a number of new opportunities in security, tracking and monitoring.

Many IoT systems depends on Internet for transferring data to the cloud, either through a wi-fi network with a limited range or through cellular data connection, which is expensive. However, ELTRES LPWA network of Sony harnesses the low-power wireless technology to relay low-bit data over a wide area, with lower power consumption, thus making it possible to connect multiple number of devices.

Suitable for a range of devices

The new chip relays signals in the 920MHz band to the company’s ELTRES network. In addition, it is integrated with global positioning system (GPS)/global navigation satellite system (GNSS) sensors to get time and position data.

It will work in a wide range of IoT devices, aimed at developing different solutions making the most of steady wireless communications over the long distances and while moving at high speeds, thus creating a new market, the company said.

In a use case document, the company mentioned that the technology can be used to help people find each other while tracking at a hill, for tracking wildlife, follow yacht races,  to geolocate ships and monitor bike rentals, as well as tracking various things such as drones, trains and rental cars.

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