Following the release of their IoT Service Button - which can be used for automatic repeat orders, for example - development partners Fraunhofer IML and Deutsche Telekom recently launched the Low Cost Tracker in a bid to advance the Internet of Things even further. Thanks to the NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) machine network, which enables low energy consumption and good indoor and outdoor coverage, the new tracker is set to save far more energy and money than GPS technology, thus paving the way for companies from a whole host of sectors to fully embrace the power of tracking.
"The Low Cost Tracker has the potential to revolutionize the Internet of Things thanks to its reduced costs, world-wide 3GPP standard and unbelievably long battery running time," explains Professor Michael ten Hompel, Managing Director at Fraunhofer IML. The robust, waterproof tracker is designed to locate pallets, transportation cartons and roller containers. What's more, its integrated sensor technology records data on movement and temperature, enabling operators to monitor whether goods are being transported in line with regulations, for instance. An integrated magnetic field sensor helps protect against theft, sounding an immediate alarm if the tracker is detached from its object.
"A lack of information results in 30 percent of all deliveries worldwide not reaching their destination, and cargo thefts cost businesses billions of euros," points out Anette Bronder, Director of the Digital Division and Telekom Security at Deutsche Telekom. Bronder neatly sums up the new tracker's advantages: "Intelligently networked pallets and load carriers ensure greater transparency in the supply chain, as goods transported by water, rail and road can be systematically controlled and thieves won't have such an easy time in the future."