Altair Semiconductor, a leading provider of cellular IoT chipsets, is providing the cellular IoT chipset, the ALT1250 to power the new PassTime Encore automotive tracking device.

The Altair ALT1250 chipset’s ultra-low power consumption enables the Encore tracking device to work for several years with only a small internal battery that allows automotive dealers to place the device almost anywhere inside a car easily. It also allows dealerships and automotive lenders to track a vehicle throughout the life of the loan.

Altair’s optimized cellular IoT chipsets are claimed to be the industry’s most advanced, providing the market’s lowest power consumption and enabling the longest battery life for IoT. Commercially available, they feature a hardware-based security framework and a rich set of host, peripheral and sensor interfaces, ideal for integration in a range of industrial and consumer IoT applications.

Todd Goodnight, EVP of Product Management at PassTime, said;
Encore is a revolutionary product for auto dealers, auto finance companies, and car fleets. It was enabled by Altair, the only vendor capable of delivering a cellular IoT chipset with the multiyear battery life in the chassis size our solution required.
Dima Feldman, Head of Product Marketing at Altair Semiconductors, said;
The Encore is a really innovative application of our chipset. It utilizes the ultra-low-power consumption and compact size of the ALT1250 to facilitate vehicle tracking, and opens new opportunities in the vehicle telematics market.