NetModule and u-blox in automotive telematics partnership

November 18, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
NetModule and u-blox in automotive telematics partnership
The NG800 automotive gateway platform from NetModule combines LTE Cat 4 cellular communication, Bluetooth low energy short range radio, and GNSS positioning with dead reckoning.

Swiss company, u-blox and NetModule have announced the development of modular, multifunctional automotive gateways for telematics applications. The NG800 automotive gateway platform from NetModule, available for various products, features the u blox TOBY-L2 cellular module, the u-blox NEO-M8L GNSS receiver, and in some products the u blox JODY-W1 Wi-Fi module.

As advanced telematics grows its footprint in commercial automotive applications, demands on the reliability and robustness of the cloud connectivity are on the rise. NetModule designed its NG800 automotive IoT gateway to offer robust communication between a vehicle’s onboard electronics and connected cloud based applications enabling a broad spectrum of automotive use cases, including e-mobility monitoring, fleet management, and remote vehicle diagnostics.

To meet customer-specific requirements with bespoke systems, NetModule has adopted an innovative modular platform approach comprising software, electronic, and mechanical modules. This platform allows to manufacture a broad range of product variants at a moderate investment, even in small quantities. In addition, the NG800 gateway received in 2019 the highly appreciated Red Dot Design Award in the category Product Design.

“The key components in the NG800 are sourced from u-blox,” says Benjamin Amsler, Director Engineering at NetModule. NetModule provides the management software, connection monitoring etc., on top, while the remote management of eUICC SIM profiles have been implemented in close cooperation with u-blox.

“The globally certified TOBY-L2 cellular modem offers global connectivity, while the NEO-M8L GNSS receiver with dead reckoning offers robust positioning, even in typically challenging environments.”


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