Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) and Pebblebee, innovative trackables company known for its Bluetooth connected personal trackers, have introduced the first Pebblebee tracker connected by LTE — the Pebblebee Found — powered by Sequans´ industry-leading Monarch LTE-M chip, the companies said.
Pebblebee Found with LTE-M is always connected, allowing tracking anywhere, but it uniquely tracks only when needed, enabling ultra-long battery life up to 12 months.
In addition to always on LTE-M technology, Pebblebee Found includes Bluetooth for short range connectivity. This enables Pebblebee Found to track and buzz a sound alarm attached to items close by with Bluetooth and then use robust LTE for items farther away. Pebblebee Found comes with a rechargeable battery and can be used to track people, pets, and valuables of any kind.
The unique capability of Pebblebee Found to activate the LTE network only when it´s needed, enables Pebblebee Found to perform its tracking functions in the most efficient way possible, thus extending the battery life far beyond the usual—up to 12 months. Pebblebee Found also includes an accelerometer for motion tracking, an exclusive Homing™ button, and provides left-behind and last-known-location notifications.
According to ABI Research, cellular low-power wide-area networks running on LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies will account for three-quarters of the installed base of asset trackers in 2023.
Pebblebee Found is based on Sequans Monarch SiP, which is and all-in-one solution that combines Sequans´ Monarch chip with the universal radio front end of Skyworks Solutions. 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.
Headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, Pebblebee designs and develops location trackers for a variety of consumers and businesses. From connecting people with their loved ones, pets, and valuables, to helping companies better manage their assets and inventory, Pebblebee offers solutions that are iconic and innovative. Pebblebee was founded in 2013 by former Boeing engineers with a team of experts from Google, Apple, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, GE, and HBO. Pebblebee has shipped more than a million units via major retailers, including Costco. For more information, visit https://pebblebee.com.
Sequans Communications is a provider of single-mode LTE chips and modules for the Internet of Things (IoT) and a wide range of broadband data devices. Founded in 2003, Sequans has developed and delivered seven generations of LTE technology and its chips are certified and shipping in networks around the world. Visit Sequans online at www.sequans.com.