Annexia International Inc., a specialist in ultra-low-power asset tracking devices, has chosen Sierra Wireless’ Smart IoT Connectivity for global deployment of its NStar asset tracking and management solution. Sierra Wireless, is a Canada-based provider of integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Kim L. Lim, co-founder of Annexia, says: “Knowing the location and status of cargo in transit is key to ensuring that shipments arrive in the right place, at the right time and in good condition. Our data shows that every 1% improvement in asset utilization generates an additional $1,200 (€1068) in revenue annually, per unit, from more efficient fleet operations, planning and inventory management.”
“Sierra Wireless’ IoT services enabled us to turn traditional equipment into connected, data-rich transportation assets that generate additional revenue for our customers, as well as deploy our solution globally without having to manage multiple carrier agreements.”
Reliable access to real-time information about asset location and status is critical for logistics and shipping companies. Disruptions can have serious impacts on customer satisfaction and a company’s bottom line if deliveries are delayed or dispatch is inefficient. However, tracking intermodal assets as they are transferred from truck to plane to train can be a challenge, particularly because of the harsh environments these assets are exposed to and the lack of access to a permanent power source.
Using Sierra Wireless Smart IoT connectivity, Annexia International says it is helping companies overcome this challenge by enabling them to quickly convert existing container chassis and trailers into smart transportation assets.
Marc Overton, chief solutions officer at Sierra Wireless, adds: “By working with Sierra Wireless to transform traditional assets, Annexia was able to create new revenue opportunities and provide their customers with meaningful data and an improved service.”
Annexia’s solution couples a web-based asset management platform with the company’s NStar technology to take the guesswork out of shipping. Customers have access to real-time asset location and inventory data, equipment use rates and vehicle idling, mileage and trip reports. Optional add-on sensors provide data on vehicle status, including weight detection and ABS monitoring. Installed onto any chassis or trailer in just a few minutes, NStar allows logistics and shipping companies to track assets from the production plant to their final destination.
NStar is connected using Smart IoT Connectivity, says Sierra Wireless, enabling the company to take advantage of data collected at the edge and to deliver actionable insights to its customers. Annexia can now deploy almost anywhere in the world and provide customers with a superior product, say the companies.