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Maximizing Your Productivity

Are you maximizing your productivity?

How often do you feel like you could squeeze more out of your work day? If you’re like me, then it’s a probably pretty often. We are always trying to find the right tool or technique to help with organization or procrastination. As a result, people realize they aren’t machines. We can’t always download some magical app and instantly become the most efficient workhorse of all time. It takes a little time, patience and a desire to learn. The people who desire to become better are the people who come out on top. 

How we can help

Lat-Lon has the tools to improve your quality of life and increase your productivity. Our easy to learn software combined with the top of the line rugged hardware will in fact make your day more productive. Spend less time worrying if your cargo is going to get somewhere, and more time on developing way to make it get there faster. 

How data made my life easier

As a marketer, the technology that changed my life, and my perspective on productivity was google analytics. In a field where most of my work is to create content and to make things look nice; traffic statistics and click rates are sometimes far from the mind. When I truly learned how to interpret the data and the correlation it had to my workflow, my life became exponentially more productive. It wasn’t about reinventing the wheel every time something failed, it’s about finding what works, and how to maximize the output.

How big data can help you

Here at Lat-Lon we strive to make our customers lives easier. Our products are designed to give you all the necessary data to maximize your productivity. Imagine that you’re a rail fleet manager who can’t understand why some lines never seem to get out of a yard on time. How do you find out where your assets are without calling a yard and hoping to find an answer? With our user-friendly Web-based software, you can easily see exactly where your train is, how long it has been sitting, and a whole lot more with our customizable sensors.

"But I already have fleet management software"

We love that! It means you are well on your way to maximizing your asset potential. Our products can easily report to your current software and give you the data to push your assets to where they need to be.


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Smaller Unit, More Messages for Less

Lat-Lon is changing the cost and size of the tracking market, while offering more messages.  The new Micro Tracking Unit (MTU) is the smallest solar powered unit designed by Lat-Lon, measuring less than 4”x 4”x 2.5”.  The MTU eliminates the costly cellular data plan within typical telematics units.   The MTU transmits data via LoRa to a paired Gateway within a range of up to one mile or stores messages for later transmission.

LoRa, a proprietary radio modulation technology, offers low power, low cost, long range wireless technology specifically designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Data is communicated to a network of Gateways that are connected to the Internet.  This is known as a Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN).  Communication is secure and bi-directional using frequency hopping and variable data rates.  LoRa is considered a compliment to M2M technology best used for low power operations.

A LoRa Micro Tracking Unit (MTU) repackages the circuitry of the larger Solar Tracking Unit (STU) into a smaller, more focused, footprint.  It is intended for low-cost asset location applications such as construction equipment at a job site, tracking railcars within a yard, or creating delivery vehicle trips reports.  The Solar-Powered MTU is designed to collect solar energy from every sun angle.  It essentially receives a “fresh set of batteries” daily via direct or indirect sunlight, allowing for frequent messages without shortening the unit lifespan.

LoRa communications has the benefits of no data costs between the MTUs and the back haul gateway and will suffer no cellular protocol sunsets such as 2G, 3G etc.  Your LoRa fleet, once purchased, will operate indefinitely.  Reports, summaries and graphs of the data are available through Lat-Lon’s powerful website.  Other data delivery options are available as needed.

“LoRa vastly expands the market for GPS tracking and data collection by removing the recurring costs normally associated with such services.  Now, GPS tracking is a one-time capital acquisition instead of an operating expense.”  Notes Lat-Lon President David Baker.

Lat-Lon is a member of the LoRa alliance to help promote understanding and consistency for success in IoT and M2M applications.  While not stepping away from traditionally real-time cellular tracking technology, Lat-Lon is pursuing additional options for lower operating cost for real-time yard operations and non-real-time data logging when out of Gateway range.  Learn more at: https://www.lora-alliance.org/

About Lat-Lon: Lat-Lon, LLC was founded in 1999 in Denver, Colorado provides wireless GPS tracking and monitoring solutions for mobile or stationary assets.  Lat-Lon’s key products include a solar-powered GPS monitoring system (STU) for railcars and trailers and a locomotive monitoring unit (LMU) that allows fleet managers to know the condition and location of their assets at any given time.  For further information contact Lat-Lon at 877-300-6566 or visit www.lat-lon.com  Lat-Lon is owned by BSM Technologies Inc. (Toronto, ON) Stock Symbol: TSE:GPS.  For more information, please visit http://www.bsmtechnologies.com

 

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Lat-Lon Reduces the Cost of IoT

August 1st, 2017 Denver, CO: Lat-Lon announces that it has eliminated the monthly cellular service charge on its new version of Solar Tracking Unit.  Lat-Lon has replaced the standard cellular modem with a LoRa data modem.  The LoRa data modem can off load the data collected during a trip to a Gateway for no charge.

LoRa is an acronym for Long Range Radio.  LoRa is a proprietary radio modulation technology.  It is a low power, low cost, long range wireless technology specifically designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Data is communicated to a network of Gateways that are connected to the Internet.  This is known as a Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN).

LPWAN differs from a wireless WAN in that the LPWAN requires less power and has a low bit rate, ideal for small packet transmission of “things.”  LPWAN can be used to create a private network rather than “leasing” an existing network via modems with monthly/annual operating costs.  Communication is secure and bi-directional using frequency hopping and variable data rates.  LoRa is considered a compliment to M2M technology best used for low power operations.

The new LoRa Solar Tracking Unit (LoRa-STU) has all of the capabilities of its cellular based product including, but not limited to, impact detection and temperature monitoring.  With the LoRa-STU, fleet owners can significantly lower operating cost.  The same robust Lat-Lon website is used to review data, graphs, and photos.

“LoRa vastly expands the market for GPS tracking and data collection by removing the recurring costs normally associated with such services.  Now, GPS tracking is a one-time capital acquisition instead of an operating expense.”  Notes Lat-Lon President David Baker.

Lat-Lon has joined the LoRa alliance to help promote understanding and consistency for success in IoT and M2M applications.  While not stepping away from traditionally real-time cellular tracking technology, Lat-Lon is pursuing additional options for lower operating cost for real-time yard operations and non-real-time data logging when out of Gateway range.  Learn more at: https://www.lora-alliance.org/

About Lat-Lon: Lat-Lon, LLC was founded in 1999 in Denver, Colorado provides wireless GPS tracking and monitoring solutions for mobile or stationary assets.  Lat-Lon’s key products include a solar-powered GPS monitoring system (STU) for railcars and trailers and a locomotive monitoring unit (LMU) that allows fleet managers to know the condition and location of their assets at any given time.  For further information contact Lat-Lon at 877-300-6566 or visit www.lat-lon.com  Lat-Lon is owned by BSM Technologies Inc. (Toronto, ON) Stock Symbol: TSE:GPS.  For more information, please visit http://www.bsmwireless.com

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Compact Tracking Unit

February 29th, 2016 Denver, CO: Lat-Lon announces a new product, the Compact Tracking Unit. A new smaller Solar-Powered Tracking Device, the Compact Tracking Unit (CTU) product is designed to fit in small spots, even in the grooves of a container or any other non-powered asset. The unit collects data, GPS and from additional optional sensors, to send from nearly any location, worldwide to secure servers with multiple points for data access in near real-time.

The Compact Tracking Unit possesses many of the same capabilities of the larger Solar-Powered Tracking Unit (STU) commonly used by shippers around the globe. Both Lat-Lon tracking units incorporate lithium iron phosphate rechargeable cells delivering a long lifecycle product, averaging over 7 years, but with reports as frequent as every 10 minutes when moving. The solar panels, energy storage and power circuitry are optimized for lower voltage allowing the CTU to operate the GPS module 24/7 under typical conditions for location and speed awareness. And in less than ideal conditions, these developments allow for up to five days of messages with no direct or indirect sunlight.

“We were able to quickly redesign our workhorse STU into a smaller form to meet the needs of one of our rail customers.  We realized that the new smaller shape opens up new market opportunities and are excited about its potential.”  Notes Lat-Lon President David Baker

The Compact Tracking Unit has been designed with the most recent firmware from Solar-Powered Tracking Unit (STU) with over 15 years of success. As with the STU, the Compact Tracking Unit will continue Lat-Lon’s practice of supporting over the air firmware updates to improve performance and add features even after the equipment is deployed. With a secure website, desktop and mobile apps for Android and iOS, or direct software integration options, monitoring a fleet continues to get easier.

About Lat-Lon: Lat-Lon, LLC was founded in 1999 in Denver, Colorado provides wireless GPS tracking and monitoring solutions for mobile. Lat-Lon’s key products include a locomotive monitoring unit (LMU) and a solar-powered GPS monitoring system (STU) for railcars and trailers that allows fleet managers to know the condition and location of their assets at any given time. For further information contact Lat-Lon at 877-300-6566 or visit www.lat-lon.com Lat-Lon is owned by BSM Technologies Inc. (Toronto, ON) Stock Symbol: TSX-V:GPS. For more information, please visit http://www.bsmwireless.com

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