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Nanotron's Transceiver Enables ISO Compliant Real Time Locating Systems

(PresseBox) (Berlin, ) The International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) have recently published the new standard for Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS), ISO/IEC 24730-5:2010. The standard is based on Nanotron Technologies' Chirp Spread Spectrum (CSS) technology, which offers decisive benefits such as accurate location, reliable twoway data communication, and low power consumption.

Nanotron Technologies' transceiver nanoLOC fulfills the specifications for the CSS air interface of ISO/IEC 24730-5 and enables compliant systems.

ISO/IEC 24730 defines air interface protocols and an application programming interface (API) for realtime locating systems (RTLS). The ISO/IEC work group that is responsible for defining standards for Real Time Locating Systems has recently published its standard 24730-5.

ISO/IEC 24730-5:2010 defines an air interface protocol that utilizes Chirp Spread Spectrum (CSS) at frequencies from 2.4 GHz to 2.483 GHz. This protocol supports bidirectional communication and twoway ranging between readers and tags of an RTLS. The mandatory default mode ensures interoperability between tags and infrastructure from various manufacturers, while the availability of several options offers flexibility to the developer of the infrastructure to adapt the behavior of the overall system to the specific application needs.

The air interface protocol, which is defined by ISO, contains three layers: PHY, MAC, and Tag Application Layer.

Nanotron Technologies has been actively engaged in the ISO/IEC work group (JTC1/SC31 WG5) since 2006 and will continue to work on the standardization of leading edge RTLS technologies. Based on this, Nanotron's transceiver nanoLOC fulfills the specifications of the CSS air interface of ISO 24730-5. All mandatory PHY and MAC features are implemented in the hardware. The Tag Application Layer as the third layer is typically implemented in software.

Nanotron is committed to open industry standards and offers total solutions encompassing chips, RF modules, networking software, development tools, and custom project support.

Nanotron's CEO Dr. Jens Albers says: "The new application standard is a further milestone on our roadmap to satisfying the market demand for suitable RTLS solutions. Key customers and partners worldwide are working on Chirpbased products. A standardcompliant solution will help increase our logistics market share for tracking valuable assets and people."

Nanotron Technologies GmbH

Nanotron Technologies is a leader and innovator in the design, manufacturing, and sales of worldclass wireless products for manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare applications. These products include integrated circuits, modules, and board level subsystems based on its patented Chirp transmission system. Chirp technology guarantees high robustness and ultralow energy consumption. Nanotron's Chirp technology is part of the IEEE 802.15.4a standard for wireless PANs. The company's key product, nanoLOC, works in the licensefree ISM band at 2.4 GHz, and was developed for the booming RTLS, sensor networking and industrial control markets. Nanotron Technologies was founded in 1991 and is an active member of IEEE, ISO, EPC-Global and the ZigBee alliance. The company is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.