Die Schlagzahl der Consumer Produkte nimmt zu. Neu: zTrack Mini

Gerhard Peter

Initiator of "TTN Community Berlin"

Posted on 25-02-2017

Hallo community,
wie zu erwarten, erscheinen veritable Consumer Produkte in immer kürzeren Intervallen auf dem Markt. Heute bin ich auf ein Produkt aus Ungarn aufmerksam geworden, dessen Preis aufhorchen lässt. zTrack Mini heisst das Teil. Es handelt sich dabei um einen GPS Tracker, natürlich mit LoRaWAN Datenübertragung. Accelerometer, Temperatur-Sensor und eine gewisse programmierbare Grundintelligenz sind von Haus aus eingebaut. Ich bin mir sicher, dass er bald in Berlin aktiv sein wird :). Bericht folgt.

Mehr darüber findet sich auf der Website des Herstellers/Vertreibers:

http://www.zane.hu/en/webshop/ztrack-mini-2/

zTrack Mini is a LoRa GPS tracker for tracking various assets and the living with a rechargeable battery.

Operation of zTrack Mini

All zTrack trackers have an accelerometer and a temperature meter inside. The accelerometer chip is able to detect if the unit is moving. If no movement is detected, the tracker sends packets to the gateway every 60 minutes by default (this period can be set from 5 minutes to 1 day). When movement is detected, the tracker changes the sending period to 2 minutes (This value can be set from 2 minutes to 60 minutes). If the GPS is able to locate the device, the position and the battery voltage will be sent in every communication attempt. If the GPS receives no coordinates, the module will only send a keep alive message that contains only the battery level and temperature. Both the GPS and the accelerometer can be turned off via the zTrack application.

Battery Lifecycle:

zTrack Mini has 250mAh built in Li-po battery. This energy is enough to send 1000 messages with GPS coordinates. The tracker has a built-in accelerometer to detect movement, so the device uses the GPS only if motion is detected. The sending frequency is adjustable by the user from the zTrack application. In case of typical usage (2 hours of motion per day with 5 minutes sending frequency) zTrack Mini can work for up to 4 weeks with one single charge. Charging is done via uUSB cable and it typically takes 1 hour to fully charge the device.