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  • Impact Of Asset Tracker Sensors & The Internet Of Things

     
     
    One of the biggest innovations in the cargo and asset tracking industry has come about because of growth in the IoT (internet of things) space as well as the increased versatility of sensors. Companies in a variety of industries can take advantage of these technologies and the general concepts behind IoT to keep tabs on almost any type of product imaginable. “Sensors could provide full visibility of goods inside the shipment container or trailer while in-transit and ensure products reach their final destination in good condition, particularly temperature-sensitive products, such as pharmaceutical products, biological samples, blood, and food,” says Artes.
     
    These sensors are able to monitor more types of products because they come packed with features capable of measuring temperature, shock, light exposure, humidity, barometric pressure, and other factors, and then transmit the data they collect wirelessly. This allows for an entirely new level of asset tracking that goes beyond location to include almost any environmental condition you can imagine.
     
    “When transporting perishable and temperature-sensitive products, such as pharmaceutical products, biological samples, life sciences, blood, and food, companies will be informed real-time when temperature deviates from a pre-determined level, whether that be caused by freezer compressor failure, defective thermostat, or something else,” says Artes. “These sensors were designed to protect a product shelf life and reduce packaging cost. Meanwhile, sensors could also detect light exposure, which sends an alert to companies when a package or shipment has been opened before it reaches its final destination. This device is designed to mitigate pilferage on shipments while on the move.”
     
     
     
    In addition to being able to monitor multiple conditions, sensor designs have improved from a foundational perspective. Artes points to new innovations including LPWAN (low-power wide-area network), which is intended “to interconnect a wide array of IoT and machine-to-machine [M2M] devices, and utilize the LTE network.” This technology is particularly important because it allows for the modules themselves to maintain low power consumption while still providing the wide-area coverage necessary for asset and cargo tracking. When it comes to the actual data being exchanged between sensors or modules, low-bandwidth connections are used for IoT and M2M purposes to “transmit a small amount of data only to its SaaS server in regular intervals,” says Artes, which could be anywhere from every five minutes to every 24 hours depending on the situation. Because these devices don’t have to handle more resource-intensive traffic that a traditional network might, such as high-definition video streaming, it allows for the modules to have longer lasting battery life and lower power consumption so they can be used in more applications. In fact, many modules feature power saving modes and eDRX (extended discontinuous reception), which Artes says can offer “huge benefits to battery-operated IoT and M2M devices left unattended over a period of time,” because “battery replacement or recharging while on the road would be challenging.”
     
    As modules, sensors, and monitoring solutions start to take more advantage of 3G, it will not only make all of the base features even better, but also open up more opportunities for the cargo tracking industry.
     
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     And it’s that use case could allow cargo tracking to find its stride and encourage market growth. By giving companies more ways to track their assets and more platforms on which to view that information, it should help ease some of the headaches around cargo tracking and improve the process across the board, See more at: https://www.iconcox.com/
     
     
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