Yabby Edge - 'Deploy Once' Battery Life
Introducting the new Low cost, Indoor and Outdoor asset tracker for 4G/5G cellular networks with industry-leading battery life in a small rugged housing.
Unmatched Battery Life
While others claim their GPS tracker will give you 5+ years battery life, the Yabby Edge will continuously outperform the competition. At 1 location update per day, you can easily expect 10+ years of service on 3 AAA batteries. For those of you that want more frequent updates, you can select 5 minute updates during checkout. Read below to see how the Yabby Edge is different than other GPS trackers, and how we are able to get 10+ years of service while others can hardly get 1 month.
Indoor AND Outdoor Tracking
Conventional GPS tracking devices only use the satellites in space to calculate their location, which can be blocked if the tracker is installed in poor location or if the device goes into a parking garage or inside a building. The Yabby Edge solves this problem by using both GNSS (GPS) signals, WiFi signals and is capable of using the cellular towers to calculate its location. This means no more dead spots! If a thief takes your asset into a building or garage, where normal GPS trackers would loose GPS signal, the Yabby Edge will continue to track by using other available signals.
If your GPS tracking device is installed with a clear view of the sky, it will always use GPS/GNSS to obtain its location. This is the greatest accuracy possible. However, if your tracker does not have a clear view of the sky and can’t get a good GPS fix, then the device will automatically use WiFi. WiFi accuracy is not as good as GPS, but it works indoors and will give you a location when GPS fails. Lastly, if you are in an area with our WiFi, then the device can use cell towers to calculate location. This method is the least accurate but will put you in the general area of your tracking device.
- GPS/GNSS – High Accuracy +/- 10ft
- WiFi – Medium Accuracy +/- 200ft
- Cell Tower – Low Accuracy +/- 1,000ft
Cloud-Based Location Solving
Most GNSS asset tracking devices in the market today handle location calculations on-device, meaning the device itself determines its location. On the Yabby Edge, the location processing workload is handled in the cloud which substantially decreases power consumption. Now businesses can track assets for up to 10-12 years on user-replaceable, easily sourced AAA batteries.
“Deploy Once” Battery Life
Other battery-powered asset tracking devices may only last a few months to a year before the batteries need to be changed or manually recharged. Coordinating this across hundreds or even thousands of assets can be costly, support-intensive, leads to asset downtime, and increases the total cost of device ownership for businesses. With industry-leading battery life, the Yabby Edge is truly a “deploy once” device that requires minimal interaction once installed.
|# of Daily Updates||Battery Life - Yabby Edge|
How your location is calculated
The new range of Edge battery-powered asset tracking devices utilize GNSS, Wi-Fi AP MAC Address Scanning, and Cell Tower or LoRaWAN® geolocation for indoor and outdoor asset tracking and monitoring applications.
With Edge devices, the location processing workload is now handled in the cloud. This is different from traditional GPS tracking devices, where the location processing workload is handled on-device.
By moving the location processing workload to the cloud, Edge devices are able to achieve anywhere between 5-10x the battery life of traditional GPS devices.
|Edge Devices (Yabby Edge)||'Traditional' Oyster2/Remora2|
|Location Calculation||Location solved in cloud||Location solved ON Device|
|Indoor/Outdoor Tracking||Track anywhere|
The device is able to locate based upon GNSS, WiFi, and Cell signals.
|Must have GPS reception - i.e. a view of the sky - outdoors.
No indoor tracking
|Accuracy||Outdoor accuracy can be +/- 30ft with GPS. If GPS fails (or asset is indoors), WiFi and Cell Tower Triangulation can be +/- 300m||Outdoor with GPS can be +/- 5ft. If GPS fails, then last known GPS location is sent.|
|Additional Data||No speed or heading information||Speed and heading included|
|Battery Life - Outdoors||Up to 10 years at 1 location update per day||Up to 5 years at 1 location update per day|
|Battery Life - Indoors||Up to 10 years at 1 location update per day||If a device goes indoors, it will attempt to get a GPS fix for 60 seconds - so it will use extra battery than normal, to the detriment of battery life.|
|Pricing||Low cost||More expensive due to the discrete GPS receiver|
Frequently Asked Questions about the Yabby Edge
The Yabby Edge ‘scans’ for GNSS and WiFi signals. It then sends this data up to the server, along with Cell Tower information from the connection.
This data is sent to our Location Engine for processing, which resolves a position from the raw data.
It is done this way as:
- It is much lower energy than a typical GNSS fix.
- The ‘scan’ uses about 0.01mWh
- A typical cold-start fix uses about 0.6mWh – 60 times more energy!
- Positions can still be obtained where there is no GPS available (indoors, inside shipping containers, in warehouses)
~5m-80m for a GNSS location
~10m-100m for a WiFi location – depends on how many Access Points are in range
~250m – 1km for a Cell Tower Location – depends on how many cell towers are nearby
Resolved locations are filtered on the Location Engine – so that any positions not within acceptable accuracy limits are discarded.
The key difference is that the Yabby Edge does not resolve its position on board. This has a few important caveats which are discussed here: “Edge” vs ‘Traditional’ GPS Devices, main ones being
- No speed or heading reported
- No Geofence Downloads feature available.
Up to 10 years at one daily update
Up to 2 years at once hourly updates (24 updates per day).
New components and clever power-saving firmware features have seen significant improvements in the battery life!
5 x that of the Yabby GPS
More battery life than the Oyster2!!
Important -- Tracking Details
Due to the way the Yabby Edge calculates location, it may or may not be the correct device for your use case. For example if we drive into a parking garage with an Oyster2 – it will just show us as the last known point OUTSIDE the garage. It fails the fix in the garage altogether. With the Edge, it will fall back to WiFi – and that might put us directly in the garage, or perhaps across the street (30-100m away). This is a good or bad thing depending on the application. In some cases, we might even fall all the way back to Cell location, which is only accurate to around 300m.
The Yabby Edge is suited to a wide variety of applications. It is not the ideal device for applications where we require aggressive update rates, or a high degree of location accuracy (<10m). If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team of GPS tracking experts at any time, and we can help you make a decision.