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UFind Galaxy- 5 Year Battery Life

COMPACT LONG-LIFE BATTERY-POWERED GPS ASSET TRACKING

The Galaxy  is a compact, rugged GPS tracking device that has been designed for tracking containers, trailers, skip bins, and other assets where super-long battery life is required without sacrificing the frequency of updates and performance. The IP67 rated housing is rugged and UV stable, so the Galaxy can be mounted on assets that are exposed to rain, dust and marine conditions. By utilising the latest technology, the Galaxy can operate in ultra-low power modes, and with an incredible battery life of up to 5 years the Galaxy Cellular can be attached to assets and tracked without needing to change batteries. The Galaxy has built-in antennas for GPS reception and for cellular communication, a 3D accelerometer, a high-performance GPS that can track both GPS and GLONASS satellites simultaneously and flash memory for storing non-volatile information. The Galaxy Cellular device is available in different versions to cater for different networks around the globe. The Galaxy Cellular uses 3 x AA 1.5V “off the shelf” Lithium batteries. These are generally available at retail outlets from manufacturers like Energizer. Industrial 1.5V Lithium AA batteries are also available at bulk pricing. The Lithium batteries have excellent performance and capacity, and allow the Galaxy Cellular to be used in extreme temperatures and climatic conditions that other tracking devices simply cannot operate in.

  • Powered by 3 x 1.5V AA Lithium batteries (off the shelf)
  • IP67 Rugged weather-proof housing
  • Up to 4 years asset location on 2G or 3G network (once daily)
  • Small, compact and easy to install and conceal
  • Configure Over the Air (OTA)

Product Description

 

 

HARDWARE FEATURES


Low-profile IP67 rugged housing

The housing screws together for easy assembly, and has 2 convenient mounting tabs. It also has ‘strap slots’ allowing the Galaxy  to be cable tied or metal strapped to an asset. It is low-profile making it easier to mount in the corrugation on containers or concealed on the underside of a trailer, for example.

Dimensions: 137 x W 72 x H 30mm


Batteries

AA size:
The Galaxy uses 3 x “AA” size 1.5V Lithium batteries which provide a balance between size and capacity

Off-the-shelf Lithium:
The Galaxy  Cellular must be fitted with off-the-shelf 1.5V Lithium batteries. These are readily available from retail outlets, for example Energizer Ultimate Lithium.

Sleep Current:
10uA (micro amps)


Battery Life with Adaptive-Tracking

The Galaxy can be set to use Adaptive-Tracking technology where the accelerometer and GPS data are used to intelligently work out if it is moving and to send frequent updates, and to scale the update rate down to once per day if the asset is stationary – to preserve battery life.

5 years @ one position per day (at 25°C).


Operating Temperature

-20°C to +60°C

For operation in extreme temperatures, the Galaxy must be fitted with Lithium batteries. Batteries are affected by temperature extremes and typical performance is dependent on temperature.


High sensitivity GPS

  • Supports concurrent GPS and GLONASS
  • 72 channel high sensitivity receiver
  • -167dBm industry leading tracking performance
  • Optimal hot-start performance.
  • AssistNow Offline aiding data for fast time-to-first-fix and performance in urban canyon environments

GLONASS

The Galaxy  uses both the GPS and GLONASS positioning systems simultaneously. This allows the device to use twice the number of satellites to get a position fix – making it faster and more accurate.


Low Noise GPS Amplifier (LNA)

GPS signals are boosted by a special low-noise amplifier (LNA). This allows the Galaxy  to operate where normal units will fail to receive GPS signal – like in a container stack!


Cellular Communications

The Galaxy Cellular can be manufactured for specific markets around the world depending on their modem requirements:

2G Modem:
Quad Band GSM/GPRS Class 10
850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G Modem – AU/EU:
850 / 900 / 2100
AU / EMEA / APAC / Latin America

3G Modem – NA:
850 / 1900 / AWS
North America (AT&T)

LTE-CAT1, CATM and NB-IOT currently in development.


Certifications

CE, FCC, PTCRB, Canada, RCM, ICASA


Internal Antenna

Internal GPS and Cellular RF antennas tuned by the RF laboratories to ensure optimal performance.


3 Axis Accelerometer

The 3-axis accelerometer allows the Galaxy  to ‘sleep’ in an ultra-low power state yet still wakeup when movement occurs.

Future firmware versions will allow for harsh G-force detection (like assets being dropped or involved in accidents)


Flash Memory

The Galaxy  has enough flash to store over 25,000 data records, and will record information even when out of cellular coverage.

The flash memory is also used to store firmware updates, GPS aiding data, parameters and other important information.


FIRMWARE SMARTS


OTA Configuration

The Galaxy can be remotely configured and updated OTA (over the air). Device management is performed from Ufind  OEM Server device management platform.


Recovery Mode

The Galaxy can be remotely switched into Recovery Mode which switches the device to into “Live Tracking” mode – so that you can get your asset back!


Auto-APN

Auto-APN allows the Galaxy to analyse the SIM card and select the correct APN details from a list that is pre-loaded in the device’s firmware. This means that the Oyster can be shipped world-wide without requiring specialist setup for SIMs.


Text Message Setup

The Galaxy can also be sent text messages to setup the APN, and other details.


AssistNow Offline

The Galaxy will track successfully where other devices just give up.

This fantastic technology allows the GPS to predict which satellites are in orbit above it and to dramatically reduce the time-to-first-fix of the GPS, and the overall performance of the GPS, especially in ‘urban canyon’ or forested environments


G-Force Events

A future firmware version will allow for harsh G-force detection (like assets being dropped or involved in accidents) and report these to the server.

DEVICE MANAGEMENT – OEM SERVER


All Ufind devices are fully managed Over-The-Air (OTA) via our OEM Server web interface. The OEM Server seamlessly manages:

  • Device firmware – firmware updates can be done remotely
  • Network (administrator) parameters relating to critical communications
  • System parameters, including GPS parameters, IO configuration, logging options and general device behaviour settings
  • GPS AssistNow Offline aiding data files
  • Remote debugging of devices, including being able to trace data, view detailed debug message logs, and view a live trace of the server debug messages
  • Remote disconnect and reboot of devices
  • Driver list downloads to devices – this allows for the Driver Identification on the device to check if the RFID tag / username / PIN is valid, and for specific drivers to be allowed to drive / operate particular vehicles, for example based on licences or permits.
  • Geo-fence syncing with the devices – this allows the device to do advanced in-cab alerting and monitoring such as geo-fence arrival and departure, speed limit alerting, dangerous intersection warnings, turn on warning lights inside a geo-fence, and disable communications inside intrinsically safe zones such as gas plants.
  • Provides a command and message queueing platform to the devices and is incorporated into the remote management and debugging applications