0G United Nations: A Powerful Alliance Driving Adoption of IoT

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Kent Rawlings

President and CEO of Sigfox Canada
Sigfox 0G Network Operator

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), in a 2020 report, The Internet of Things: Applications for Business: Exploring the Transformative Potential of IoT, proclaimed the Internet of Things (IoT) to be “at the centre of the digitalisation of the world economy” along with artificial intelligence and big data.

Citing a GSMA report, the EIU said: “IoT will generate $US1.1trn in additional revenue for companies across the world by 2025, representing almost one percent of projected global GDP.”

According to a McKinsey report from July 2019, Growing opportunities in the Internet of Things, “Implementing IoT solutions often generates efficiency gains of 20–30 percent by improving performance in areas such as delivery time and pricing for tailored opportunities.”

 

Adopt IoT or be left behind

After reviewing potential IoT applications across multiple industries the EIU said business leaders “need to consider if they should be using this technology,” because: “Those who do not may miss out on tangible benefits, or be left behind by competitors who have realised IoT-enabled gains in productivity or consumer experience.”

The specifics of IoT implementations will vary enormously across different industries, but to realise the benefits of IoT organisations must overcome its challenges. These include identifying IoT use cases, sourcing the sensors and other IoT devices needed, finding the most appropriate network to connect them and then building a solution to manage and monitor them and extract maximum value from the data they generate.

One thing almost all IoT implementations have in common is a wireless communications network to monitor and control IoT sensors and other devices.

 

Networks, the heart of IoT

Many organizations gain significant benefits from IoT by analysing and acting on data from their operations that was previously uneconomic, or impossible, to gather. To do this they need IoT devices that are low cost, robust and battery-powered and a wireless communications network that is low cost and highly reliable.

Cellular networks, with variants such as NB-IoT, LTE-M and 5G, are already ubiquitous and have variants to support IoT. They generally support high bandwidth applications at incremental cost for the volume of data. Other technologies have been developed specifically to support IoT applications where cellular may not be the best solution. 

The main alternatives being the Sigfox 0G Network and LoRaWAN. Any organization can build and operate a LoRaWAN network for its own use, use it to provide IoT communications as a service, or to offer a complete IoT solution. As a result there are multiple LoRaWAN networks in every country, and network operators compete to provide the communications component of IoT implementations. Ultimately LoRaWAN is a solution for limited geographic areas, like individual manufacturing plants, whereas the 0G Network can cover large geographic areas in addition to limited geographic areas.

 

0G Network: supporting IoT globally

Sigfox is the world’s leading IoT service provider. It pioneered and patented the 0G Network technology dedicated to IoT, with the vision to power a global network. The 0G Network provides ultra-low power consumption, long-range and low-cost connectivity, unlocking the value of IoT use cases that demand long battery life, national public coverage with global scale and predictable cost. 

Exclusive Sigfox 0G Network Operators in 72 countries have seen the need, and the opportunity, to build, operate and commercialize wireless networks for IoT. They have chosen Sigfox 0G as their preferred technology. Between them, Sigfox and the 0G Network Operators have invested more than $US1bn, and their networks cover an area home to more than one billion people, and counting.

0G Networks are able to provide reliable communications to power hundreds of millions of IoT devices designed to send small amounts of data. A stringent focus on developing low-cost, high-quality solutions ensures 0G Networks will be the most competitive solution for any low bandwidth application.

Sigfox’s policy is to licence only one exclusive operator for any country. Licenced operators commit to maintaining global standards and service level agreements. This model for 0G Network operation brings two important benefits for customers: global connectivity and global co-operation.

 

0G Network means global roaming and global collaboration

All 0G Networks are interconnected enabling an IoT application to operate seamlessly across any of the 72 countries with 0G Networks. And because 0G Network Operators do not compete with each other, they are able to share knowledge and details of practical applications to help customers overcome the barriers to IoT adoption, and to help IoT solutions developed in one geography gain traction in others.

With hundreds of IoT deployments supported on 0G Networks, whatever use case a customer can envision, there is a good chance somebody, somewhere on the 0G Network has already developed and deployed something similar.

 

0G United Nations accelerates global IoT adoption at lower cost

To leverage their individual experiences for the benefit of customers, 0G Network Operators have come together to form 0G United Nations (0G UN). This association enables customers and potential customers of any 0G UN member to tap into the combined knowledge and experience of all members when developing solutions, and enables solution developers to identify and take advantage of opportunities globally.

0G United Nations is the only not-for-profit IoT association supporting local, national and global IoT applications in a truly collaborative way, because individual members have exclusive rights within their country. This unique structure enables members to freely share application best practices relating to customer solutions, operational costs, network optimization and many other areas, with the shared objective of rapidly accelerating adoption of IoT around the globe, and reducing costs.

So, for example, if a water utility in one country is looking to develop and deploy an IoT solution that combines smart, remotely readable meters with remotely controlled valves, 0G UN would be able to help it identify similar applications deployed by any of the 72 Network Operators that were supporting such a system. At a more granular level 0G UN is able to provide feedback on how 0G enabled devices have been deployed and configured for specific use cases, solve specific problems, and on how overall costs have been minimized.

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Opening up global IoT opportunities

0G UN is also able to help developers take their solutions to global markets. Konvoy is an Australian company that supplies beer kegs on rental to more than 200 brewers in Australia and New Zealand. Being able to track kegs is fundamental to the viability of its business.
Konvoy worked with Thinxtra, the Australian 0G Network Operator, to take traditional RFID keg tracking to the next level. IoT device manufacturer UnaBiz, which is also a 0G Network Operator in Singapore, was commissioned by Konvoy to develop a device able to report, via the 0G Network, the location and temperature of beer kegs, along with impact and other movement data.
Thanks to the low power requirements of the 0G Network, the devices are able to send this data several times each day and still operate for seven years on an internal battery.
This innovative and game-changing service offering is now being marketed globally. As a global company, Sigfox is always on the lookout for IoT solutions with global potential and is able to use its resources to assess the potential for any use case in any of the markets served by 0G Networks.

 

Organisations around the world realise the value of IoT

ALPS Electric Europe GmbH partnered with Sigfox to deliver an IoT-enabled solution for DHL connecting 500,000 roll cage trackers to integrate location monitoring and analytics with its existing business processes to minimize loss of roll cages, ensure fast, reliable delivery, and seamless customer service. The solution has global traction and scale for improved supply chain efficiency.
In a similar use case scenario, Irish Sigfox 0G Network Operator VT – IoT worked closely with Irish postal company AN Post and the Danish Post Office to track thousands of roll cages, carts and containers for parcel processing and distribution.
An example in the utility industry is the collaboration with Tecsys, an IoT solution provider for powerline monitoring. It enables the powerline operator to quickly and easily find fault points in the power grid. Sigfox 0G Network Operators WND LATAM and Things-on-net, Thailand have been helping local utilities to improve operational efficiency and customer service with Tecsys’ 0G enabled solution.
IoT is still a rapidly evolving area, but one with enormous potential. Many organisations are aware of its potential but struggle both to identify the use cases that will bring the greatest benefit, and then to identify, source and deploy the technologies necessary to achieve their chosen deployment model.

 

Customer Benefits of 0G United Nations

In summary, once an organization has identified a use case, it then needs to determine what data it must collect, devices to collect that data, a network that will support the constraints of its solution, such as low power, long-range, long battery life, and find a system capable of gathering and analysing all the data and of managing the connected devices.
IoT adoption is increasing rapidly and there are no standard solutions to many of these challenges, but neither are they unique. Someone somewhere has faced and overcome most of them. 0G UN embraces the most experienced body of IoT knowledge and represents the broadest ecosystem in the global IoT market and is able to provide unique support to help organisations overcome the challenges of IoT and realise the business value.
0G UN combines local expertise and customer focus with global reach. It spans multiple industries and an enormous range of IoT applications, all built on robust standards to ensure future proof applications.
Any member can be a trusted advisor that organizations are able to tap into for solutions rather than re-inventing the wheel themselves. Each 0G UN member is able to leverage the power of the alliance to help customers and IoT application developers maximize the enormous potential of IoT.

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As the Sigfox 0G Network Operator in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau, we, at Thinxtra, The IoT Telco, are proud to be a founding member of the 0G United Nations Association, and are committed to helping our customers and partners leveraging our global network to realise their IoT business opportunities.
We are just at the beginning of the IoT journey that will change the way we work not only for good, but also for the better. IoT solutions for our key markets in the Supply Chain, Logistics, Facilities Management and Utility sectors deliver already today more efficient, transparent and sustainable business processes. It is a new frontier where the physical world meets the digital world demanding more than ever collaboration to succeed.

Loic Barancourt, CEO, Thinxtra, The IoT Telco

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0G UN is the Global Association of 0G Network Operators, powered by Sigfox, the world’s leading IoT service provider.

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water-link Eliminates Manual Meter Reading and Reduces Leakage with Hydroko’s 0G Enabled Smart Meters and Valves

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The Challenge

Like all water utilities water-link, which serves more than 640,000 customers in Antwerp, faces challenges to get accurate and timely data on water consumption when meters are read manually, and to detect leaks. But it has another challenge. It is required to turn off the water supply and read the meter whenever a residential customer leaves a property, then turn it on when a new occupant moves in. And Antwerp has a high residential turnover rate.

The Solution

water-link selected Belgian company Hydroko to develop smart meters and smart valves that communicate over Belgium’s Sigfox-powered 0G Network operated by ENGIE M2M.
This enables meters to be read every day, water to be turned on and off remotely, leaks and reverse-flow to be detected, and supply to be restricted in response to non-payment of bills or general water scarcity caused by long periods of drought.

The Results

water-link has deployed 190,000 smart meters and valves, connecting all residential households in Antwerp:

  • Increased billed water usage by 2%
  • Detected 4,000 leaks and 375 backflow incidents
  • Reduced water consumption for 18% of customers
  • Real-time online access to consumption information for all residential customers.
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0G Network Operator, ENGIE M2M

ENGIE M2M is the exclusive Sigfox 0G Network Operator in Belgium, and offers a wide range of IoT solutions. With coverage of 99 percent of Belgium, it is the country’s first national IoT network.

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Solution Partner, Hydroko

Hydroko develops and manufactures innovative valves and other custom-made smart solutions for water companies. Hydroko teamed up with leading Danish smart meter manufacturer, Kamstrup.

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Customer, water-link

water-link is a Belgian water company serving over 640,000 customers in Antwerp with a focus on customer service providing reliable water supply in the easiest way possible.

water-link is a Belgian water utility supplying 640,000 residents across 190,000 households in Antwerp. Residential customers were required to read their water meters and send the reading to water-link. This meant it was getting readings only every one or two years, and with no guarantee of accuracy. water-link was also unable to detect water loss through leakage and fraud, which across water utilities globally averages 34 percent. It now receives an alert whenever there are irregular consumption patterns. Loss reduction is also important with water becoming an increasingly scarce resource. Detecting backflow, which can pollute the water supply, was also very difficult.

Franky Cosaert, CEO, water-link says, “Digital meters … open up lots of opportunities for water-link, which will improve our efficiency.”

water-link knew that remotely-readable smart meters and remotely-controllable smart valves could solve all these problems, but there was no commercially available technology.

 

Challenges to find an economically viable and operationally scalable IoT solution

Faced with the challenges of relying on residential customers to provide meter readings and with the costs of having to manually shut-off and turn on supply to residential premises for every change of occupancy, water-link calculated that, for a solution to be commercially viable, installation would have to be possible in about 10 minutes and the device would need to operate without needing maintenance or battery replacement for at least 16 years.

Hydroko identified Kamstrup’s ultrasonic meter as the perfect meter to combine with its smart valve. By adding 0G Network connectivity to their meter, Kamstrup was able to tick all the boxes Hydroko needed to complete their solution.
Using ultrasonic measurement technology meant that the meter was natively digital and required no analog to digital data translation. It also had no moving parts which excluded normal wear and tear associated with mechanical meters. Furthermore, issues typically encountered with pulse counting were eliminated.

In addition, it was possible to perfectly fit the combined meter and valve in the same space where previously the meter alone was installed. This decreased installation time significantly.

Annelies Gebruers, team leader, customer service, water-link says, “Now that we get easy access to consumption data, we can optimise the way we handle questions from end-users and eliminate resources for following up on missing readings.”

Another advantage was the built-in alarms the meter featured to allow the detection of various incidents, such as leaks, bursts, tampering, backflow or freezing temperatures. Combined with the Hydroko smart valve, the result was an innovative solution which led to the first large-scale deployment of connected water meters in Belgium.

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The ENGIE M2M Sigfox 0G Network:
Reliable connectivity over a low-cost, low-power, long-range wireless network

The ENGIE M2M 0G Network is part of the global Sigfox 0G Network.

The 0G technology is a critical component of water-link’s smart meter and valve system. Sigfox pioneered the low-power connectivity specifically for the many applications made possible when devices can operate and communicate for years without needing a replacement battery.

The Sigfox 0G Network harnesses ultra-narrowband technology to support connectivity solutions that improve existing business cases and enable a new range of opportunities for businesses across all industries. It delivers out-of-the box, two-way, secured communication services to unlock the true potential of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The network’s ability to support two-way communication over long distances in outdoors, indoors and underground and with limited space for antennas was crucial.

The ENGIE M2M Sigfox 0G Network was key to the viability of water-link’s metering project, because it was the only IoT communication technology able to:

  • Operate with a fixed per-meter connectivity cost
  • Guarantee fixed power consumptio
  • Guarantee 16 year battery life

A key to the successful development of the solution was close collaboration between all parties: water-link, Hydroko, ENGIE M2M and Kamstrup. The technology is now being deployed elsewhere in Europe by several other water utilities.

A key to the successful development of the solution was close collaboration between all parties: water-link, Hydroko, ENGIE M2M and Kamstrup. The technology is now being deployed elsewhere in Europe by several other water utilities.

Franky Cosaert, CEO, water-link

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0G UN is the Global Association of 0G Network Operators, powered by Sigfox, the world’s leading IoT service provider.

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Infrastructure that Delivers e-Commerce Extends to IoT

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MHD sits down with Craig Stanford, Director of Active Supply Chains, to talk about the power of the e-commerce consumer, and the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT).

While we’ve all heard of the “keyboard warrior”, Craig Stanford, Director of Active Supply Chains, says that much of the future of success in the e-commerce space will depend on the “Google ratings warrior”.

The empowerment of consumers in rating products and services means a brand can suffer grave damage – or build quite a reputation – almost overnight, depending on how all aspects of their supply chain are handled in getting the product to a consumer.

“For people who have been in supply chains a long time, e-commerce is quite different from what they are used to,” Craig says. “It has a very strong speed to market focus, it has a very strong focus on predictability, and the consumer is more empowered than ever to direct immediate and often brutal feedback at the service or product, as many consumers don’t differentiate between the two.”

So, what are some of the key things supply chain professionals must consider in this consumer-centric environment?

“With e-commerce more companies are looking at holding stock forward,” says Craig. “Fulfilment centres can’t just be in Melbourne or Sydney anymore. That may have been convenient in an earlier era, because of the big population centres and so forth. But now companies are looking at holding stock forward in places like Perth, while perhaps not even holding stock in places like Sydney, which might be controversial from a traditional perspective. Certainly, you can hold stock in places like Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, and get same day or next day delivery to roughly 85 per cent of the Australian population. However, as the consumer gets more demanding and new same day and 4-hour offerings come into the market, holding decentralised stock forward and close to the consumer will become increasingly critical”

Craig says that using Australian sources where possible is another way in which businesses can improve their resilience, and thus their reliability in the eyes of the end-point consumer.

“On a broader scale, I think the last year has drawn attention to the necessity of diversifying supply points on a global scale,” he says. “We all know that people can be over-reliant on one country or one sourcing point. So, I think companies will look more and more towards diversifying their inbound supply chains and where they source from. Speaking for myself, I’m certainly for companies co-sourcing with an Australian supplier where possible so as to give more resilience to their supply chains and reinvesting in our great country.”

“Additionally, I think another important thing to consider infrastructure-wise is how you integrate your systems,” Craig says. “It’s not good enough these days in e-commerce for an online retailer to say: ‘We despatch within 48 hours.’ As a consumer, you don’t really care. You want to know when you’ll get it, which has a lot more to do with geography, transport modes available and other factors. That’s where the need for closer fulfilment centres comes in, and the ability for retailers to tell from your street address when you will actually receive your order.”

 

The Power of IoT

Craig says that IoT has many current and potential uses in tracking supply chains and guaranteeing successful product delivery.

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We at Active Supply Chains have deployed IoT trackers from Thinxtra for a major automotive parts and accessories client which connect to Thinxtra’s national 0G [Zero G] Network to track the very expensive stillages that protect automotive freight. We can remotely track the location of these stillages within about a ten metre accuracy. We use an IoT solution from our partner Loscam which connects to the national Thinxtra 0G Network. It has worked better than I could ever have imagined.

Craig Stanford, Director of Active Supply Chains

Craig believes that the same technology could be deployed for home deliveries – such as groceries or fresh meals. “The point is that they need to be temperature controlled,” he says. “So, with IoT you could imagine putting a device such as an RFID device in every esky, put the esky in the vehicle, and the vehicle has an IoT device in it which links into 0G or 4 or 5G for that matter. Let’s say the IoT monitoring device shows no temperature breach – the sender will be very happy that they haven’t sent a consumer something which has gone off. But where there is a temperature breach, then a company has the opportunity to stop it, check it, tell the customer there’s been a delay, and tell them when they can expect a replacement item. This means more integrity for the brand, and as a consumer it gives you more confidence there has been no break in the cold- or temperature-chain.”

And as Craig says, ensuring the integrity of the product is paramount in this era of Google ratings warriors: “Because if something goes seriously wrong with storage of perishables, for example – and a temperature breach leads to disappointed, or worst case sick, customers – then your brand can be smashed.”

Yet, while Craig sees great potential in tracking the location and condition of goods through the IoT, he notes that uptake is just starting at scale.

“I think the value of it is high, but people have to move their mindset. The e-commerce model is largely based on a percentage of cost of goods sold. A lot of people in the retail space don’t intimately understand the cost of logistics components, but they do understand the percentage it represents as part of their cost of goods. If you’re in a market where you’re always pushing to be price competitive, then investing in tracking or monitoring technologies can still seem like an unnecessary cost.”

He argues that retailers will need to change their mindsets to realise the value of IoT in combination with other technologies such as RFID. Or it will simply be consumer driven, as consumers increasingly demand proper tracking and controls over products from retailers.

“Certainly a change of mindset was needed on the part of our organisation when we decided to track stillages with the Loscam Track & Trace IoT solution using the 0G Network,” Craig says. “That cost us money and it cost our client money. The payoff was that we didn’t lose these expensive stillages, we could reduce the size of the pool and our client’s costs, and we got better relationships due to improved reliability. But that investment took a leap of faith that the technology would pay off.”

IoT and the Chain of Custody

The value of IoT might seem obvious in terms of basic business-to-business or last-mile verification purposes, but Craig foresees greater importance for IoT on the horizon in ensuring the integrity of supply chains and chains of custody. Something that the end customer already demands.

“Increasingly we are having conversations around slave labour, conversations around ethical trade,” he says. “The US and Europe have been taking firmer positions, and I think Australia will increasingly take a firmer line on these issues, too. Increasingly the ‘last mile’ won’t be important unless the first thousand miles is done right. If we have an ethical product and its chain of custody then destroys its ethical component – or destroys its carbon footprint aspirations, to take another example – then the product loses its value in that dimension.”

That is why the ability to track the chain of custody using IoT and Thinxtra’s 0G Network will only get more important, Craig says.

“Again we return to the notion of the Google-ratings warriors and the demands they will be making on the receiving end in terms of ethical, environmental, or any other kind of chain-of-custody consideration,” he says. “The more you have under control in your first thousand miles, the easier you’ll be able to answer those questions from the consumer, and you’ll have the right product at the right time for that last mile. You won’t be caught flat-footed by the new demands of a changing market.”

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We know that, for any organisation, deploying IoT solutions at scale for the first time can be complex and challenging. You just don’t know what you don’t know. This is why we focus so much on working closely with our clients and partners to simplify the process and make the business case work. Craig Stanford, his team at Active Supply Chain and partner Loscam are setting a great example for unlocking the value in a collaborative and customer centric way.

Loic Barancourt, co-founder and CEO of Thinxtra, The IoT Telco

IoT: The Answer to Intercontinental Shipment Tracking

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With many supply chain operations facing unprecedented challenges, Internet of Things has stepped up as an unlikely ally in revolutionising the way we use data to solve complex shipping and tracking issues.

Loic Barancourt
CEO, CO-FOUNDER – Thinxtra, The IoT Telco

It’s no surprise we are seeing more and more supply chain organisations demanding accurate, real-time data about the location and condition of shipments on both a national and intercontinental scale. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – and more recently the MV Ever Given crisis in the Suez Canal – unprecedented challenges were created for supply chain management. The ongoing situation has been described as a sea freight crisis, with prices going up and services going down. Within the past 12 months, the cost of one container shipment between China and Melbourne increased from US$2000 to US$5000, while only 44 per cent of ships arrived when they were scheduled to. At the same time, the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index grew by 280 per cent from US$1100 to US$2800 in just one year.

In these times of great uncertainty, access to dependable, real time data is a huge challenge for most supply chain operations. Reliable information about where the container is, and when it will arrive at the destination, has become difficult to obtain. In our world of on-demand supply and lean manufacturing, this is clearly a huge risk. 

Today, the Internet of Things (IoT), while not an obvious solution, offers the exact location and condition information that organisations such as Michelin use at scale to mitigate risk. The company felt the pain of inefficient freight tracking and decided to take control by partnering with Sigfox, the world’s leading IoT Service provider and inventor of the 0G Network technology, and Argon & Co, a global management consultancy specialising in operations strategy and transformation. The result was Safecube, an IoT solution provider which specialises in locating intercontinental shipments and tracks their transport condition, including temperature, humidity and shock. All of a sudden, Michelin’s problems were solved.

 “IoT-based track&trace solutions automatically give reliable and granular data about shipments: it opens many opportunities to improve your operational performance. First, there are quick wins related to better steering of your flows thanks to realtime visibility. Moreover, data can be leveraged to spot optimisation opportunities, improve transport schemes, have a more balanced relationship with transport providers, and offer better customer service,” Raphael Anasthase, Sales Director at Safecube says. 

We are now seeing the significant impact of sea freight dynamics in our local Australian and New Zealand markets. With containers and assets having become scarce and globally imbalanced, lead times have increased, and reliability has decreased, resulting in escalated costs and risk. Frans Verheij, Partner at Argon & Co says having real-time location and status visibility of containers is more important than ever to efficiently manage end-to-end supply chains. Argon & Co provides transformational and digital supply chain consulting services to maximise the operational effectiveness of Safecube’s technology. Partnering with Thinxtra, The IoT Telco, the trio provides a comprehensive global end-to-end solution.

 

How It Works

Despite reverse logistics being notorious for its negative implications – such as the loss of revenue for companies and supply chains resulting from initiatives like free returns – it actually has a positive role to play when it comes to the implementation of reusable IoT tracking devices. Safecube utilises reverse logistics to save on costs by sending back their tracking devices to be re-used again with shipments already on their way back. The devices travel with the shipment inside the container, and upon arrival at the destination, are returned for re-use in the next shipment. The tracking device is able to send real-time communication via the global 0G Network and vessels’ automatic tracking system (AIS) at any point during the journey. It sends real time alerts and data insights to help track and monitor from the beginning to final point of delivery. 

The innovative solution is the answer to putting a stop to endless emails and phone calls in an attempt to find out what is really going on with shipments. This makes supply chain operations less dependent on their service providers, while at the same time getting their control back. In Europe, exporters have been deploying low cost tracking for intercontinental cargo – and the result is always knowing where your container is. 

“Safecube’s IoT solution enabled Michelin to transmit the location of the goods to our customer quickly. This avoids the need to mandate an emergency air transport and therefore to preserve the customer relationship,” says Frédéric Jeandin, Distribution Manager at Aircraft Tyre Michelin. Operational scalability allows seamless tracking, with long battery life of the devices allowing tracking without the need to recharge. 

In terms of data, insights deliver much more value than knowing where the shipment is and how it’s doing. The end-to-end track and trace solution data enables a multitude of benefits with day-to-day operational savings. Reduced in-transit lead time and inventory, reduced demurrage fees and detention costs, alerts of delay or transport conditions and visibility and better service for customers are just a few of the benefits achieved through data insights. Condition monitoring data enables the management of deviation in realtime, which allows the identification and tracking of responsibilities. The technology can even deliver flows re-engineering, sea routes optimisation and transport mode balance, which informs flow performance assessments and the testing of new transport solutions.

 

Numbers Talk

After the implementation of Safecube, Michelin quickly saw real results in its operations. The company achieved a four-day reduction of in-transit inventory on a route from Antwerp to Chicago and saved 40 tonnes of CO2 for each shipment by transferring from air to sea freight. It was also able to successfully reduce detention costs by €150 per day, per container through container sleeping alerts in arrival ports.

Evidently, the IoT is able to deliver the transparency supply chain operations needed to gain the data insights for better decision making and better customer experience. Our new normal has clearly lifted the importance of risk management and operational agility over yesterday’s cost reduction objectives. The close collaboration between Thinxtra, The IoT Telco, with our solution partnerSafecube and the management consultancy Argon & Co brings all the elements together required to leverage the power of IoT.

About Argon & Co

Argon & Co is a global management consultancy that specialises in operations strategy and transformation. Its expertise spans the supply chain, procurement, finance and shared services, working together with clients to transform their businesses and generate real change. Its people are engaging to work with and trusted by clients to get the job done.
Argon & Co has offices in Paris, London, Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Auckland, Melbourne, Mumbai and Singapore.
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About Safecube

Safecube is born from a partnership between Argon&co, Sigfox and Michelin to help the tire manufacturer to regain control and accelerate their intercontinental supply chain. Today, Safecube deploys and diversifies its solution worldwide in a large range of business sectors such as the automotive industry, aeronautics, petrochemistry, luxe, agrifood, healthcare, luxury, retail, manufacturing…
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