Andromeda Tracker

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  • 2022

  • Product

Designed By:

  • LX
  • Myriota (Antenna Design)

Commissioned By:

LX

Designed In:

Australia

Andromeda is an industry defining, battery powered tracker that uses hybrid connectivity between the LTE-M network and a direct-to-satellite fallback. It is enabling accurate, reliable tracking of assets and goods across a supply chain, even in areas with no cellular connectivity. This is next generation tracking, realised now.


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  • If a company or individual is using a tracker to monitor a static asset or goods/vehicles in transit, the device resolves and uploads its geolocation using a cellular network, typically LTE-M. Across the globe, and particularly in a country like Australia, there are large swathes of land with no cellular connection, creating dark spots for tracking. Whilst built-in GPS tracking systems can solve this to a degree, they are expensive and power hungry, requiring an external power source. Similarly these systems will only provide an overview location of the vehicle they are embedded in, not the goods within it.

  • The challenge for Andromeda was to create a compact device that could be fitted to a variety of containers and provide geolocation reporting even in areas with no cellular coverage. Andromeda needed to be small enough to fit to a pallet, as well as power efficient. Andromeda answers the challenge of cellular ‘dark spots’ across a supply chain where other trackers cannot perform, through its connection to the Myriota network of low orbit nanosatellites. When connection LTE-M is available, Andromeda uses this to transmit location, but where it is unavailable, it can upload location via direct-to-satellite communication during a pass.

  • Andromeda has the ability to change the shipping and logistics industry. It can help reduce loss of goods by providing tracking not only for the vehicle itself but for individual containers. Andromeda’s efficient power use and hybrid connectivity means it can last for years in the field, enabling it to be offered at a price point that is accessible even to smaller companies or for personal use. By providing reliable, accurate location reporting, even in areas with no coverage, Andromeda is helping drive increased efficiency, accountability and safety across a supply chain or for any vehicle in transit.

  • Andromeda was designed with the end user in mind. It is easily mounted through rivet or cables to most assets and can be commissioned in minutes through the QR code onto the Incyt App. Incyt have designed the Andromeda device from the electronic hardware through to the industrial design and reporting software, so graphs, dashboards and widgets were developed to be as intuitive as possible. All of this makes the Andromeda device a world class IoT tracker that anyone can use, straight out of the box. The device has been designed to be accessible to technical and non-technical users alike, with a price point that enables SMEs and personal users to utilise Andromeda for their tracking requirements. It is built to last in rugged environments, with an operating temperature range of -20ºC to +80ºC and a case rating of IP67/IK07. With once daily reporting, the industrial grade battery will allow for up to 4.5 years of operation. Finally Andromeda was designed with global usage in mind, accessing multi band/region LTE-M networks and has BLE5, WiFi and GPS capability as well as the Myriota global satellite network. The integrated satellite antenna makes deployment easy and provides robustness in rugged installation environments.