Polte, Deutsche Telekom to drive massive IoT location technology

April 15, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Polte, Deutsche Telekom to drive massive IoT location technology
Polte has completed successful initial field trials and will now work with Deutsche Telekom to commence committed customer pilots across Europe.

Polte, innovator of Cloud Location over Cellular (C-LoC) technology, is collaborating with Deutsche Telekom (DT) to run large-scale customer pilots of the Polte Location API. DT aims to use Polte's patented technology to boost cellular positioning accuracy and enhance international user experiences with asset tracking. The project is currently in its commercial validation phase, piloting with several prominent DT IoT customers requiring universal asset visibility.

Polte is the leader in 4G/5G cellular location, providing the most accurate and secure indoor to outdoor location insights for connected devices globally. The company creates global visibility with significantly more accuracy than Cell ID, simply leveraging existing cellular networks and cloud computing. With a simple API, customers can eliminate the expense and complexity of additional hardware, access points, or beacon deployments. Taking a disruptive approach and offloading computational complexity from "edge to cloud," This both stretches the battery life of connected cellular devices while safeguarding the privacy of location data. 

DT had previously announced the addition of Polte as a partner to its IoT Solution Optimizer ecosystem, designed for companies that want to cost-effectively deploy reliable, battery-powered mobile IoT systems, from asset tracking to smart city services.

Customer pilots are projected to begin on Cat-M (LTE-M) and NB-IoT networks in Germany in April 2021, with a phased approach across Europe. Time to commercialization will be dependent on the results of this commercial validation phase.

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