Get in Touch Bolt OBD

Plug and Play GPS Tracker for Vehicles


The Bolt is a compact cellular 2G or 4G Cat-M1/NB-IoT tracking device that easily plugs into the OBD port of a vehicle for power. It caters for entry-level tracking and fleet management applications, without sacrificing performance or reliability.

Its compact housing contains the GPS and cellular antennas so there is no external wiring required and makes installation a breeze.

The 3D accelerometer and flash memory round out a product that is low cost but still packs a punch. The Bolt simultaneously uses GPS and GLONASS satellites, providing double the number of positioning satellites than standard tracking products. The result is faster acquisition and more accurate and reliable tracking.

Key Features:

  • Affordable and reliable, with excellent performance
  • Compact 2G or 4G Cat-M1/NB-IoT
  • Concurrent GPS and GLONASS tracking, with LNA amplified signals
  • 3D accelerometer does driver behaviour monitoring including harsh braking
  • Easy install

Applications include:

- Fleet Management
- Automatic Odometer Monitoring For Fleets
- Driver Behaviour and Speed Monitoring
- Scheduled Maintenance Reminders

Find out more about our Innovative GPS Tracking Solutions
Small and compact

Small and compact

Ease of installation

Ease of installation

High performance

High performance



  • Compact Housing

    Insert the SIM and clip the housing together. Plug into the OBD port and it's done!

    Dimensions: 71mm x 46mm x 24mm
    Weight: 150 grams

    Automotive Power

    8V to 36V DC (max)
    The Bolt OBD connector can be plugged into 12V or 24V systems

    Operating Current:
    25-50mA average (when tracking)

    Sleep Current

    The Bolt passes stringent automotive power “load dump” tests to ensure that it will continue to operate in the harshest electrical systems. A built-in self-resetting fuse makes installation easy and safe.

    Operating Temperature

    -20°C to +60°C

    Concurrent GPS and GLONASS Tracking

    • Concurrent GPS and GLONASS tracking
    • 72 channel high sensitivity receiver
    • -169dBm industry leading tracking performance
    • Optimal hot-start performance
    • AssistNow Offline aiding data for extremely fast time-to-first-fix and performance in urban canyon environments

    Low Noise GPS Amplifier (LNA)

    The Bolt's GPS signals are boosted by a special low-noise amplifier (LNA). This allows the Bolt to operate where normal units will fail to receive GPS signal.

    Even when designing a low-cost device Digital Matter is not prepared to compromise on the performance of the product. You will see the difference if you compare device performance in low signal environments.

    2G, or 4G LTE Cat-M1/NB-IoT

    The Bolt can be manufactured for specific markets around the world with cellular modem modules approved by all the major networks.

    2G Modem:

    4G Modem:
    uBlox SARA-R410M modem operates on all major global LTE-Cat-M1 and NB-IoT bands. These new low-power networks are specifically designed for IoT applications, providing great battery life. 

    Supported LTE Bands:
    1*, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26*, 28 (*roaming bands)

    Internal Antenna

    Internal GPS and cellular antennas.

    Having the antennas inside the housing makes for very simple and quick installation. The Bolt has had its antennae tuned by the top laboratories to ensure optimal performance.

    3 Axis Accelerometer

    The 3 axis accelerometer allows the Bolt to detect harsh driving events (harsh acceleration, braking and cornering) and this information can be used to monitor driver behaviour and unsafe driving. It also allows the Bolt to go to ‘sleep’ when not moving, resulting in extremely low standby current.

    Flash Memory

    The Bolt has sufficient memory to store over 50,000 records in its flash memory. Normally the data will be sent to the server immediately but if the device is out of range then there is sufficient space to ensure that no data is lost – for many weeks of driving!

    The flash memory is also used to store parameters, GPS aiding data, accident data, driver lists, geo-fences and other important information that needs to be securely stored.


    One year manufacturer’s warranty

  • Firmware Smarts


    Auto-APN allows the Bolt to analyse the SIM card and select the correct APN details from a list that is pre-loaded in the device’s firmware. This means that the device can be shipped world-wide without requiring specialist setup for SIMs. This is a work in progress for the new LTE Cat-M1 networks.

    Text Message Setup

    The Bolt can also be setup via text messages for the APN, server and other details.

    AssistNow Offline

    The Bolt will track successfully where other devices just give up.

    This fantastic technology allows the GPS to predict which satellites are in orbit above it and to dramatically reduce the time-to-first-fix of the GPS, and the overall performance of the GPS, especially in ‘urban canyon’ or forested environments.

    Flexible Logging Parameters

    The Bolt trip logging is flexible and can be configured to log based on a variety of parameters including:

    • Elapsed time
    • Distance travelled
    • Change in heading
    • Change in speed
    • When stationary
    • Accelerometer events (harsh driving)

    Accident and Rollover Detection

    The Bolt uses the built-in accelerometer to detect high G impacts such as accidents and rollovers and reports these events to the server for emergency alerting.

    Harsh Driving

    The Bolt automatically calibrates its built-in 3 axis accelerometer and uses this to detect harsh driving events:

    • Excessive acceleration
    • Harsh braking
    • Cornering at speed

    These events are logged along with additional event statistics that allow back-end server platforms to perform sophisticated driver profiling and scoring.

    Accident Data

    The Bolt keeps a second-by-second “black box” recording of valuable GPS and accelerometer data for a two hour window. This data can be automatically uploaded to the server when an accident is detected, or it can be requested manually.

    Emulated Ignition

    This setting allows the Bolt to determine that a trip has started based on accelerometer and GPS data and to automatically set the ‘ignition’ input on the device to emulate the ignition line.

    This means that the device can be installed with the option of not wiring in the ignition line and ‘emulating’ the ignition based on movement.

    Run Detect

    This setting allows the Bolt to monitor the system voltage and to detect changes in the voltage that indicate if the engine is running or not.

  • Documentation and Support Articles


    Get all the latest documents and support information on our online knowledge base.

  • Device Management – OEM Server

    All Digital Matter devices are fully managed Over-The-Air (OTA) via our OEM Server web interface. The OEM Server seamlessly manages:

    • Device firmware – firmware updates can be done remotely
    • Network (administrator) parameters relating to critical communications
    • System parameters, including GPS parameters, IO configuration, logging options and general device behaviour settings
    • GPS AssistNow Offline aiding data files
    • Remote debugging of devices, including being able to trace data, view detailed debug message logs, and view a live trace of the server debug messages
    • Remote disconnect and reboot of devices
    • Driver list downloads to devices – this allows for the Driver Identification on the device to check if the RFID tag / username / PIN is valid, and for specific drivers to be allowed to drive / operate particular vehicles, for example based on licences or permits.
    • Geo-fence syncing with the devices – this allows the device to do advanced in-cab alerting and monitoring such as geo-fence arrival and departure, speed limit alerting, dangerous intersection warnings, turn on warning lights inside a geo-fence, and disable communications inside intrinsically safe zones such as gas plants.
    • Provides a command and message queueing platform to the devices and is incorporated into the remote management and debugging applications

    Data Connectors

    The OEM Server provides Data Connectors that forward data records on to the software platform of your choice, including Digital Matter’s own Telematics Guru platform.

    For more information on the OEM Server, click here

    If you would like to integrate Digital Matter devices into a software system then please contact Digital Matter for more information on our integration protocols and integration support packages.

    Direct to 3rd Party Server Communication

    The device can be configured to communicate directly with a 3rd party server, ensuring the user has full control of their data. Monthly fees are also avoided.

    Click here to read more about integration options