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Connected Padlock Featuring u‑blox Technology Protects and Tracks Goods in Transit

The heavy‑duty i‑Lock offers customizable access, real‑time tracking, and tamper alerts for industrial applications.

ublox announces strategic partnership with Indiabased Play Inc. on a connected GPS padlock for industrial applications.

The lock, which doubles as a location tracker touts to feature an ublox M8 GNSS receiver, MAXM8Q, and uses the ublox CellLocate service to extend positioning to indoor locations.

ublox Bluetooth low energy with NINAB112, and 2G, 3G and 4G ublox cellular communication modules, including some that are ATEX certified, enable communication between users and the lock.

In many industrial settings, locks are an unwelcome bottleneck. They typically require the physical presence of a person with a key to open them, they need to be checked periodically for signs of tampering, and when they are forced open, owners typically find out too late.

Play Inc’s iLock combines physical toughness and wireless technology to address these challenges. Offering a variety of access methods, including physical keys and keyless approaches using remote GPRS and SMS passwords as well as Bluetooth low energy or cloudbased communication via mobile device apps, the iLock lets plant managers or other customers flexibly grant authorization to access the goods that are under lock. And in the event that the padlock is forcefully opened, they are immediately alerted via a server or, optionally, SMS. 

In addition to securing mobile and stationary goods, the lock’s GNSS receiver lets users track goods in transit.

The iLock supports a variety of tracking modes to optimize power consumption for increased autonomy. Locationawareness further enables geofence restricted applications, in which the iLock can only be open if it is within predefined geographical bounds, e.g. a petroleum filling station.

The robust security lock was designed to endure both physical attempts of tampering and cyber attacks. Its fiberglass reinforced enclosure withstands temperatures from -20 to +80 degrees Celsius. The lock features Super Admin, Admin, and User access levels, 128 bit AES encryption, userconfigurable passwords, and a secure protocol to ensure datatransmission accuracy.

The i‑Lock will be presented at The IoT Solutions Congress Barcelona on October 16‑18, 2018.


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