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Globe Tracker & SeaCube for One Network Express IoT Gensets

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Globe Tracker & SeaCube for One Network Express IoT Gensets

One Network Express (ONE) confirmed an IoT-focused partnership with SeaCube Containers and Globe Tracker to develop a genset solution through utilizing Global Tracker’s layered technology capabilities. This along with other market solutions continue the reported increase in maritime logistics IoT demand overall.

“The growing demand for greater tracking, transparency, security, diagnostics and asset fleet management using smart technology will continue to be a key driver for leased solutions. By partnering with Globe Tracker, we will continue to enhance our leading-edge technology solutions and expand our commitment to the intermodal industry by providing smart asset technology leased products,” said Greg Tuthill, Chief Commercial Officer at SeaCube.
At the center of the development of the solution remains increasing visibility with smarter tracking abilities, specifically impacting reefer fleets. The anticipated kickoff of full operations is currently scheduled for mid-September through the end of 2019.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with SeaCube in providing this best-in-class genset solution to ONE. In genset telematics, we are the only provider integrated into the micro-controller of 2 out of the 3 leading brands in North America. This provides ONE with the most robust amount of data and assists in setting maintenance intervals, reducing maintenance costs, extending asset life, monitoring fuel consumption and having full operational visibility of their genset assets,” notes John Harnett, Senior Director Marine and Intermodal at Globe Tracker.
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The Utilization of IoT Technology in Smart Logistics

With the new IoT-powered supply chain, the industry can now track goods from anywhere, at any time, on a global scale, transforming the modern supply chain as we know it.

We live in a complex, global world, and few industries better illustrate this complexity than logistics. In this multifaceted landscape, missteps along the supply chain are unavoidable. Most consumer goods travel thousands of miles, changing hands multiple times, before reaching their final destinations. Yet, no matter how solid the logistics network for a moving asset is, at some point a truck will get stuck in traffic, a crate will be delayed at a warehouse or an asset will go missing altogether.

Most parcels languish for much of their time in transit dead-zones; goods are first logged at factories, warehouses and delivery depots, but little real-time data exists during the journey between these points. Although radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags help track goods as they reach their destination, when it comes to following mobile assets, traditional RFID technology falls short. They give no information on what happens ‘in between’, leaving logistics managers largely in the dark about the state of the goods they’re charged with moving safely, and quickly, through a complex supply chain.

With traditional supply chain management solutions, logistics managers often only learn about delayed or misrouted assets after they arrive hours late—or not at all—at their destinations. These hours in limbo translate into lost productivity, delayed production and broken client relationships.

IoT technology unlocks the value in supply chains

Using the real-time data collected by IoT sensors, companies are now able to identify where to trim the fat and make quicker, bolder and more informed business decisions that sharpen their competitive edge. It also gives unmatched insights on customer behaviors, enabling them to innovate based on sound evidence. And by accessing data in real-time, businesses can anticipate their customers’ needs and desires before they do, enabling them to deploy resources more strategically and be more adaptable.

Real-time asset tracking streamlines field operations

As a tracking tool, IoT technology sharpens efficiencies between warehouses and distributors, giving customers clearer visibility of their deliveries. But more than this, real-time tracking provides data with fine-grain accuracy, hyper-speed connectivity, low-latency (less downtime), and deep coverage.

In contrast to RFID-based scan points, the IoT smart tracking device securely transmits real-time information about the exact location of those goods at any point along the supply chain, enabling businesses to minimize costly errors or avoid disruptive bottlenecks quickly.

Unlike most first-generation smart devices, assets connected to the IoT network don’t rely on WiFi or 4G, so connectivity issues are lessened, regardless of where the asset travels. IoT devices also benefit from deeper coverage in traditionally low-connectivity areas such as garages and basements.

Cameras installed on multiple parts of delivery vehicles give a 360° view of the travelling environment, while LTE signals in vehicles make for better GPS tracking. The quality and quantity of granular data that these intelligent devices can collect and organize is unprecedented. Thanks to this new level of information, global companies are beginning to see their supply chains become leaner and more efficient. 

Reducing delay-related costs with improved speed and accuracy

As goods make their way through the supply chain, IoT sensors return information about journey times, traffic surge spots, warehouse delays, network gaps or a change in ambient temperature. These up-to-the-minute alerts allow companies to mobilize quickly across a complex, global transportation network. Delayed assets can cause major disruptions further down the supply chain, but smart logistics turns potentially costly disruptions into a minor hiccup.

Building a lean supply chain

As our global economy becomes even more interconnected, investing in IoT-powered smart logistics solutions has no longer become a ‘nice to have’ option, but a critical necessity, giving the industry all the tools it needs to remain at the forefront of agile innovation in an everchanging world. 

 

Gregg Abbate is the iLogistics key account manager of Advantech.

5 Tech Trends That Businesses Can’t Afford To Ignore

With technology evolving at such a rapid pace, some business owners are left digitally disoriented as they try to figure out which of the latest innovations they need to invest in and what they can ignore.

It can make for confusing times.

All that bewilderment aside, though, these fast-developing advances also create opportunities that can help small and medium-sized businesses become more competitive – if they understand how to seize them.

“Technology exists today that at one time was available only to large corporations with huge technology budgets,” says Chris Hoose (www.choosenetworks.com), an IT consultant who works with small businesses.

“Every year, technology becomes even more accessible to companies of all sizes.”

Hoose says businesses that want to stay on top of their games should make sure they invest in these technological trends, if they haven’t already:

The Internet of Things. Many Internet of Things-connected devices, such as smart refrigerators and thermostats, are designed for home use, but there are also applications for small businesses, Hoose says. Some examples: smart locks use digital keys that can’t be lost or stolen, and log a record of who uses a door and when; RFID tags on merchandise can prevent theft and automatically update inventory; and mobile-card readers can replace cash registers.

Artificial intelligence. Don’t be fooled into thinking that AI is something only the big organizations can afford to use, Hoose says. “It’s making inroads into technologies accessible for businesses of all sizes,” he says. “AI can help you offer increasingly personalized experiences to customers by maximizing your time and automating manual tasks, like data entry.” AI also can be used to improve decision making, Hoose says. Essentially, AI will help you take that jumble of data most businesses have and analyze it in a way that allows you to make better-informed judgments on the actions you need to take.

Telecommuting. The office world is changing and more workers spend at least a portion of their work week telecommuting. “In many cases remote employees use their own equipment, which can eliminate some of the company’s costs with purchasing and maintaining computers, printers and mobile phones,” Hoose says. Video conferencing, instant messaging and other advances are helping to make telecommuting a viable option, he says.

Customer-relationship-management (CRM) software. Any application that a business uses to interact with customers, analyze data, or recommend products and services to customers is “part of the CRM family,” Hoose says. “This type of software helps your team manage, control and build customer relationships,” he says. “It can log your team’s touchpoints with prospects, including emails, phone calls, voicemails and in-person meetings. You can have a complete record of your team’s interaction with a prospect that’s easy for anyone to access.”

Voice search. Consumers increasingly are making use of such AI assistants as Siri or Alexa to help them do internet searches using their voices. “Voice search is changing the way people find information because these queries are structured differently than when we type terms into a search engine,” Hoose says.

“Organizations of all types can benefit from optimizing their content to improve where they fall in a voice search.”

“To help propel your business going forward, it’s important to stay abreast of technology innovation,” Hoose says. “These technologies will help you expand your customer base, create more efficient in-house processes, and increase engagement from both customers and staff.”

About Chris Hoose 

Chris Hoose (www.choosenetworks.com) is the president of Choose Networks, an IT consulting firm for small businesses. Hoose started the company in 2001 to give large-scale solutions and support to businesses that can’t afford their own in-house IT department. He earned a Master of Information Systems Management from Friends University.

Maven Wave Earns Google Cloud North America Services Partner of the Year

Google Cloud Premier Partner, Maven Wave, now boasts its second consecutive title as Google’s North American Partner of the Year following recognition during this year’s Partner Summit at Google Cloud Next ‘19. The consulting and technology firm’s outstanding ability to deliver digital solutions to customers served as the focal point of the recognition. Maven Wave is known for developing these solutions through the utilization of Google Cloud innovations.

“It is an incredible honor to receive this award for the second year in a row. This achievement recognizes the extraordinary efforts from our teams who, together with our visionary customers and valued Google Cloud partners, have been able to realize remarkable success in enterprise digital transformation,” said Jason Lee, Partner and Founder at Maven Wave.

Maven Wave has served as a Google Cloud Premier Partner for nine years with specializations in areas such as Application Development, Cloud Migration, Data Analytics, Enterprise Collaboration, Infrastructure, Location-Based Services, Machine Learning, and Marketing Analytics.

“Google Cloud provides industry-leading, cloud-native products that allow us to accelerate the development of innovative enterprise solutions, from modernizing infrastructure to creating intelligence from data and enabling work transformation. We remain absolutely committed to our Google Cloud partnership and look forward to continued success for our customers in 2019 and beyond.” 


Supply Chain Communications Streamlined with Riege + Chain.io Partnership

German digital logistics provider, Riege Software, confirmed its partnership with cloud-based platform Chain.io to support efforts increasing speed, accuracy, and visibility for supply chain stakeholders communicating
data between multiple internal and external systems.

“It is no question that continuous improvement to the technologies we use is an essential component in the future of international freight management,” says Thomas Jorgensen, President & CEO of Green Worldwide Shipping. “By increasing the operational efficiency of our technologies, we are able to free more time for our freight experts to do what they do best – service the client.”

Green Worldwide Shipping is one of Riege’s U.S. customers that adopted
Scope integration with Chain.io, ultimately leading to cross-platform capability enhancements. Following the implementation of Chain.io’s platform, company’s can anticipate a simplified approach to supply chain integrations including Avanced Shipping Notices, Inventory updates, IOT data streams, Shipment status updates, eCommerce orders and deliveries.

The collaboration aims to provide transparent visibility experiences for shippers as it offers more options, capabilities, and connectivity through an innovative platform.

“As logistics providers move towards digitization, they’re being asked to connect to more and more systems across many technology stacks,” said Brian Glick, Chain.io’s CEO. “We’re excited to provide Riege’s customers with a fast, flexible tool to help automate both shipper and agent connectivity.”

“Scope is predestined to connect applications and therefore also entities, it gives our customers more opportunities for collaboration, transparency and the facilities to meet their shippers requirements,” added
Tobias Riege, PhD and CEO of Riege Software. “We are delighted for Green Worldwide Shipping to have undertaken this journey with us.”

Sigfox Introduces Canada’s First Ever National IoT Network

Sigfox Canada is bringing a new level of connectivity for Canadian businesses by leveraging a low-power wide area network (LPWAN) technology capable of supporting deployments from millions of IoT sensors stretching from St. John’s all the way to Vancouver, British Columbia with more coverage underway.

“We are thrilled to bring the Sigfox Global Network to Canada,” says Kent Rawlings, President of Sigfox Canada. “We are building a national IoT network capable of connecting millions of individual devices that will forever change the way businesses and cities operate. We look forward to furthering innovation in Canada and creating a more connected world using the Sigfox low-power wide area network. It’s with Sigfox Canada’s ultimate goal to give the entire country the opportunity to use IoT connectivity that we’ll change the way businesses measure and monitor their daily operations.”  

The new network’s extended coverage is projected to cover more than 14 million Canadians in cities, towns, airports and universities by the end of June of this year. Sigfox will also extend its services and confirmed it will be live in every province around the same time. The company boasts a 90-day turnaround for building coverage.

“We want to solve the problems that are holding back the proliferation of IoT by creating a national low-cost network, using devices that require minimal power and simple communication technology to easily provide connectivity to any device or object,” said Rawlings. “Our management team has more than 60 years of experience in telecommunications, and we understand the intricacies involved in building and operating high-performing networks. Once Sigfox Canada is fully deployed, anyone will be able to connect anything to the Internet of Things using one of our Sigfox enabled devices.”

Warehouse Tech Middle East 2019

Warehouse Tech Middle East 2019 brings together the leading logistics, technology solution providers, warehousing leaders and startups to discuss and learn about warehouse technology advancements.

Taking place in beautiful Dubai, this exciting program covers various trends, advancements and solutions including drones, Digital Warehousing, Industry 4.0 effect, Internet of Things, AI & Robotics, Automation, Cloud Computing in WMS and Data Analytics.

If your company is looking for competitive and robust education and insight into the advancements found with warehousing technology, this conference is for you. Take a proactive approach to education and join industry leaders from around the world for a day packed with game-changing information, discussions, and networking opportunities.

The one-day program will take place on June 25 with an impressive list of speakers and exhibitors. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the digital warehousing market and register your spot today.

Haltian Oy Achieves Amazon’s AWS Advanced Technology Partner Status

Following a successful technical validation through its Thingsee IoT solution offering on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform and meeting status requirements, product development and IoT company, Haltian Oy was confirmed as an official partner in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network.

“With the AWS Advanced Technology Partnership, Haltian now gets early access to the latest Cloud technologies, which enables us to deliver better IoT solutions to our Thingsee customers. With AWS – the world’s most skilled tech talent, on our side, we can solve demanding technology and cyber-security challenges quicker, and further optimize the Total Cost of Ownership for Thingsee customers,” says Teemu Vaattovaara, Chief Software Architect and Co-founder at Haltian.

Requirements for the official partner status including technical validation by demonstrating six customer references, assigning a skilled team and partner alliance manager, and offering the Thingsee IoT solution in General Availability on Amazon Web Services.

“We will continue to develop the Thingsee IoT platform by using the most advanced Cloud technologies, which will benefit our customers.” For Haltian, the AWS Advanced Technology partnership is just the beginning. “Our goal is to deepen the AWS co-operation and expand our knowledge of IoT,” Vaattovaara concludes.

Rigado and Kontakt.io Partner for Addressing IoT, AI Challenges

Intelligent analytics paired with innovative solutions will extend the IoT and AI networks of Rigado and Kontakt.io through their recently announced partnership.

“This partnership addresses the key challenges of commercial IoT by combining a robust, ready-to-deploy intelligence platform with secure and scalable edge infrastructure,” said Kevin Tate, Chief Revenue Officer at Rigado. “The Kontakt.io Simon AI is an impressive complement to our secure edge infrastructure, and it allows companies to immediately translate data from Rigado into the insights that apply to their business.”

By bringing together Rigado Cascade IoT Gateways’ edge connectivity, computing and security with Kontakt.io Simon AI’s abilities in location and sensor analytics software, the partnership aims to reduce complexities and costs associated with optimizing asset management, logistics and operations.

“The value of Simon AI relies on being able to receive rich, real-time data from the smart environment,” said Philipp von Gilsa, CEO at Kontakt.io. “The Rigado Cascade solution provides a secure, scalable and cost-effective way to receive that critical data, no matter the scale.”


24/7 Automotive Production Supported with MSM PortalTrack

Automotive manufacturers aiming to keep the production flow moving while accessing real-time data and information are in for a new type of integrated RFID solution through the MSM PortalTrack system. The PortalTrack software provides a customizable, secure, and independent IoT Network while providing real-time visibility.

“With a 24×7 production, it is imperative that the right parts and the right counts be at each designated workstation in the process,” said Brett Wilkerson, Business Development Manager at MSM Solutions.

Additionally, the software platform’s reporting and metrics abilities provide a seamless solution for automotive production lines, as its capabilities to
manage RFID read data are supported by durable metal mounted hard tag readers with ranges up to 20 feet.

“Having real-time visibility into the production flows instantaneously allows you to quickly react and institute the corrective measures so the production stays on schedule and replenishment efforts remain focused on the most critical parts at any given time,” Wilkerson added.

The game-changing technology provided by MSM Solutions is rooted in a
customized, cloud-based Cradlepoint IoT Network with minimal costs and reduces the needs for additional IT support. Companies can anticipate recapturing of a new system within three months or less.

To read more about the importance of 24/7 automotive operations, please visit the MSM Automotive Case Study.