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19 Nov 2020

Blackline Safety harnesses u-blox technology to keep lone workers safe



Thalwil, Switzerland – November 19, 2020 – u-blox (SIX:UBXN), a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies, today announced that Blackline Safety, a provider of cloud-connected gas detection and lone worker monitoring products, has selected u-blox technology for its latest 4G-enabled connected safety wearable. Blackline Safety’s G7c device is equipped with a u-blox LARA-R2 LTE Cat 1 module and an integrated ZOE-M8G GNSS receiver to ensure secure and reliable cellular communication and positioning.

Working in hazardous environments is challenging, even more so when workers are on their own. Blackline Safety’s G7c addresses many of the challenges that lone workers and the companies that depend on them face in their daily lives. The G7c detects the presence of harmful gases, falls, and other signs of distress. Unless users confirm that they are OK, it sends an alarm including an accurate position reading to other team members via cellular communication. A built-in speakerphone helps quickly establish contact with the lone worker.

“Tens of thousands of workers, in over 55 countries around the world, trust our G7 wearables to help keep them safe and connected,” said Barry Moore, VP Product Development at Blackline Safety. “With the integration of the u-blox LARA-R2 module within our G7c, LTE capability now supports critical voice communication, high bandwidth cloud connectivity, and comprehensive location technology. In addition to meeting our high expectations in terms of product performance and versatility, we selected u‑blox based on their proven ability to deliver dependable technical support throughout the development process.”

The project highlights the robustness of u-blox wireless communication and positioning technology. “We have been able to provide reliable cellular technology, including the necessary Tier 1 mobile operator certifications for North America, Europe and Japan combined with best-in-class GNSS technology. This collaboration demonstrates that our technology in our solutions can be relied on even in most critical environments,” says Carl Bellanca, Sr. VP/Head of Sales Americas at u-blox.


About Blackline Safety

Blackline Safety is a global connected safety leader that helps to ensure every worker gets their job done and returns home safe each day. Blackline provides wearable safety technology, personal and area gas monitoring, cloud-connected software and data analytics to meet demanding safety challenges and increase productivity of organizations in more than 100 countries. Blackline Safety wearables provide a lifeline to tens of thousands of men and women, having reported over 100 billion data-points and initiated over five million emergency responses. Armed with cellular and satellite connectivity, we ensure that help is never too far away. For more information, visit and connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

About u-blox

u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global technology leader in positioning and wireless communication in automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Their smart and reliable solutions, services and products let people, vehicles, and machines determine their precise position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules, and secure data services and connectivity, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower its customers to develop innovative and reliable solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, the company is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia, and the USA. (

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