World’s Smallest Penta-band HSPA+ Module Enables Connectivity for AirLoom Personal Tracking Device with No Service Contracts
Raleigh, NC – March 13, 2012 – Telit Wireless Solutions, a global leader in the field of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, announces that its HE910, the world’s smallest pentaband HSPA+ M2M module, enables connectivity in the AirLoom personal tracker from WH Electronics Inc. A tiny, flexible tracking device equipped with cellular and GPS capabilities, the AirLoom extends M2M adoption to the masses as a low-cost solution for monitoring people, pets, personal belongings and commercial assets with a pay-as-you-go data service model.
Also functioning as an emergency panic button, the ultra-portable AirLoom can be applied anywhere by anyone. Telit and AirLoom make it easy to track anyone from Alzheimer’s patients to children walking to school, and anything from a car to inventory in transit.
"We faced the design challenge of selecting hardware that offered high functionality and minimal battery drain," said Waldek Hupa, president of WH Electronics Inc. "By embedding the Telit HE910 module in our AirLoom, we are able to deliver a power-efficient, reliable and accurate tracking device that consumers and commercial adopters can leverage for a wide range of remote monitoring solutions."
Measuring just 7cm by 4 cm by 1cm, the AirLoom benefits from the HE910’s compact form factor and can be quickly and easily attached to any person or asset. The device’s USB plug enables charging and allows owners to customize device settings, alerts and parameters, such as the geofencing radius. Through an online portal, users are able to set transmission intervals and monitor wireless credit usage, instead of contracted ongoing service, to minimize data usage and control cost.
"Often, the most expensive element of an M2M application over time is the data transmission service, which can present an obstacle for widespread adoption of the technology," said Mike Ueland, senior vice president and general manager of Telit Wireless Solutions North America. "The AirLoom tracker is a prime example of an affordable hardware solution coupled with an equally cost-effective service model, allowing anyone to watch over and protect their loved ones and belongings."
Telit’s HE910 module is part of the xE910 family, with all regional and network variants featuring a 28.2 x 28.2 x 2.2mm LGA package and providing an ultra-low profile in the integrated solution. This saves space and weight, reducing costs in high-volume applications and in portable devices. In 3G mode, the HE910 supports all five existing frequency bands: 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz and offers ubiquitous 2G coverage with quad band GPRS and EDGE class 33, facilitating global application deployments.