Securely Connected Around the World - Global Trade Magazine
  November 18th, 2015 | Written by

Securely Connected Around the World

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  • Hirschmann introduces technology for monitoring container, trailer, and chassis freight traffic.
  • Tracking modules contribute to reducing logistics costs and ensuring end-to-end monitoring of assets.
  • Solar/dual battery concept in Hischmann tracking modules ensures a service life of more than ten years.

Hirschmann Solutions, a provider of antenna and transceiver systems, has introduced its portfolio of autonomous asset tracking solutions for intermodal freight transport.

Hirschmann Solutions’ asset tracking modules contribute to reducing logistics costs and ensuring end-to-end monitoring of containers, trucks and trailers during transportation. The modules have a service life of more than ten years.

“Insufficient security measures during freight transportation can lead to the collapse of entire value creation chains in a very short space of time,” said Frank Homann, president of Hirschmann USA. “Therefore, in the age of the internet of things, asset tracking solutions must not only perfectly match the individual geographic and climatic requirements of the transport route, they must also be completely protected against security risks and data theft.”

Hirschmann Solutions offers three variants of asset tracking modules as a platform solution: a container tracking module (HS-2000 series), a trailer tracking module (HS-2100 series), and a chassis tracking module (HS-2200 series). This allows logistics companies, network providers, and solutions providers to choose from an extensive asset tracking portfolio of products used for monitoring both container freight and entire transport routes.

The modules supply various sensor-controlled data, such as movements, temperature, vibrations, and location. They are completely autonomous and maintenance-free, thanks to a powerful solar/dual battery concept that ensures a service life of more than ten years.

The base module of the HS-2X00 series is fitted with a SIM chip, making it possible to quickly switch between network providers. An upgrade to 4G LTE networks will be available in the future. It also boasts Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless technology, to which devices within a radius of approximately 30 meters can connect. Firmware and software updates can easily be performed by the control center via over-the-air programming (OTA). Special mounts, satellite communication modules, sensors and additional accessories mean that the modules can also be easily adapted to specific requirements.