ISP Wireless Nation has launched an asset tracking service based on a small device with GPS receiver that communicates over Thinxtra’s Sigfox network, being rolled out around New Zealand.
The device, the Fox Tracker, is a rebranded version of the Oyster tracker developed by Australian technology company Digital Matter in conjunction with Thinxtra, the Sigfox licensed operator for Australia and New Zealand.
Wireless Nation says its Fox Tracker can operate for three to four years off three AA batteries. It has an inbuilt accelerometer so if it is not moving, it reduces how often it transmits its location, thus saving battery.
Wireless Nation marketing manager, Miro Sudzum, said the palm sized tracker could be “put into anything from shipping containers to vehicles, farm equipment to tramping packs.”
Sudzum said: "All you do is attach or place the device and you have instant real-time tracking of your most valuable assets for an absolute fraction of the cost of traditional methods.”
The basic Fox Tracker costs $249 with the initial $120 12 month subscription. The Fox Tracker Pro costs $359, with the first $199 subscription.
In addition to the basic features the Fox Tracker Pro enables the user to be notified if the device moves outside a predetermined area. They can also view its location on Google Maps, check battery voltage and see historical location data.