Archetype introduces GPS/GSM tracking module

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Archetype Inc. recently introduced its new GPS/GSM tracking module suited for a wide range of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The StarLert ST-1 module was developed to provide a low-cost, reliable GPS tracking solution for the M2M market, according to the company.

Based on the Siemens MC55/56 platform, the StarLert ST-1 uses the host-based GPS/A-GPS Marlin chipset from GlobalLocate, designed to provide location data both indoors and out. The ST-1 contains internal, omni-directional antennas for GPS reception and GSM transmission, as well as an internal battery, in a hardened package measuring just 3.3-by-2.1-by-0.8 inches. An optional internal battery pack can provide several days of untethered tracking, Archetype says.

The ST-1 boasts a powered serial RS232 interface to support bidirectional communication, with external devices for GSM enabling on M2M platforms. Optional extension dongles can support RFID, WiFi, WiMAX, satellite and more than 140,000 third-party sensors. Archetype has incorporated the ST-1 module into its TerraTrace family of Internet-based asset tracking solutions and also will market the module globally through its 38 distribution channels across four continents.

Jason Cooner, president of Birmingham, Ala.-based Archetype, says the modules are expected to be in full production in April to support high-volume orders. Archetype has a strategic relationship with Siemens to market its solutions globally, Cooner says.