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Micron Announces New Geo-Fencing Feature for Monitoring

May 5th, 2017
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BOCA RATON, Fla., May 5, 2017 — Micron Electronics LLC, a leading global supplier of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, announced today a new addition to its suite of tracking devices, expanding customers’ ability to wirelessly monitor fleets, equipment and personnel for a more comprehensive view.  Micron has released this addition in devices such as the Prime AT Plus 3G, Prime AT Plus 2G, Prime One, Prime ATC and our Prime Bolts.

Geo-fencing is a feature in a software program that uses the global positioning system (“GPS”) or radio frequency identification (“RFID”) to define virtual boundaries of a real-life geographical area.  Allowing an administrator to set up triggers so when a device enters (or exits) the defined boundaries, an alert is issued.  Historically, this system of monitoring and tracking works off a combination of GPS, cellular data and Wi-Fi data.  Geo-fencing has now moved towards passive geo-fencing that works in the background, always being on, and having low-power consumption.  This could be done by using other forms of data on a platform.

A standard geo-fence use case works by generating your GPS location, which is then compared by the server or the device to the geo-fencing setting, then sending a final report.  This option sends two reports and has one check from all devices.  Another use case of geo-fencing is generating your GPS location, sent to a server which checks the location, then generates an alert.  This second option sends one report and has one check from the device.

Micron devices apply geo-fencing differently, our devices do not use RFID.  We have adapted geo-fencing in the devices to have the ability of send alerts more frequently so the customer can monitor their devices.  With this change, there is no need for the original fix, uses passive geo-fencing – gets a fix without reporting to the server.  This saves battery because it is changed to one report instead of two reports sent from all devices.  This separates geo-fencing from being tied to a GPS fixed report.

There are advantages of using geo-fencing such as the ability to use it for child location services, which notify parents if the child leaves the predefined area.  Employers can monitor employees working in special locations or for those who do field work.  An employee can also log their attendance using this system.  Another advantage is having the ability to use geo-fencing in a security strategy model giving security to wireless local area networks, for sending location specific notifications to customers on their mobile smartphone devices, when they enter in the pre-designated zone.

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