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Navigating the Future: LTE-M Connectivity in Marine Aids to Navigation

In the world of maritime aids to navigation, where precision and reliability are the key, we are setting a new standard. LTE-M connectivity is now seamlessly integrated into our Sabik product range, transforming the technological landscape of the marine navigation industry. 

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Unveiling LTE-M Technology: A Brief Overview

LTE-M, or Long-Term Evolution for Machines. LTE-M is a specialized wireless communication technology tailored for the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

LTE-M is used extensively across a spectrum of IoT applications, including asset tracking, smart meters, environmental monitoring, healthcare devices, and, in our case, enhancing the capabilities of products like our lanterns. Its low power consumption, expansive coverage, and reliability make it an excellent choice for connecting and monitoring remote devices and equipment.


From 2G to LTE-M: Navigational Advancements

The transition from 2G to LTE-M marks a groundbreaking advancement in technology, introducing notable improvements. LTE-M offers an extended signal range from the base station, up to doubling that of 2G, ensuring broader coverage and heightened connectivity. Paired with the transition from GPS to GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) *, we can significantly enhance satellite position accuracy and signal strength, delivering even more precise navigation data. On average, LTE-M consumes about 100 times less energy than 2G, making it a highly efficient choice for battery-powered devices and extending their operational life.

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LTE-M's backward compatibility with 2G ensures a seamless transition for existing systems and provides a future proof solution – as its name, Long-Term Evolution for Machines, suggests.

* The transition from GPS to GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) signifies a shift from relying solely on the Global Positioning System (GPS) for satellite-based navigation to utilizing a broader network of satellite constellations, including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou. This transition enhances navigation accuracy and reliability by tapping into multiple satellite systems, providing more precise and robust positioning data.


Sabik's LTE-M-Enabled Lanterns: Connectivity Update

Now, shifting our focus to Sabik's lanterns and navigation solutions, where quality meets precision. We're delighted to announce that the following products are now available with LTE-M technology, and we're committed to ensuring that all new Sabik products feature this technological option:

LED160, LHC-2 Lighthouse Controller, LO200M, M44H, MPV II, ODSL200, SC160-I, SC160-II, SCLO200M, SLD-1 Sabik Lamp Driver, SLU24/36

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So, what does this update mean for our lanterns?

First and foremost, it brings added efficiency to the table. LTE-M's exceptional energy efficiency is a significant advantage, making it the perfect choice for devices that demand extended battery life. This newfound efficiency ensures that our lanterns remain operational precisely when they are needed most. 

Moreover, LTE-M enhances connectivity, even in challenging locations, ensuring that our lanterns maintain a robust and dependable connection whenever possible. This unwavering reliability is of paramount importance for navigation systems that must function flawlessly. 

Lastly, the LTE-M technology embraces an eco-friendly approach, significantly reducing energy consumption, which perfectly aligns with our commitment to sustainability.

In our product line, LTE-M integration is achieved either through direct inclusion in the product or seamlessly via an additional IoT unit.

M44H with the additional IoT unit
ODSL 200
ODSL 200 has the LTE-M option built in 

LO200M has the option of adding the IoT unit seamlessly onto the product

As we forge ahead, precision, quality, and technological evolution continue to be the driving forces behind our success.


Ready to explore the advantages of LTE-M connectivity in our lanterns? Simply click the link below to view our extensive range of LTE-M-enabled products:

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