At the beginning of asset tracking, every object needed to be enabled with an expensive GPS tracking unit. The company was required to pay a usually high monthly fee to make use of the satellites for the GPS tracking system. While beneficial, these early systems were hard to implement, expensive to use fand therefore limited to very expensive products and worked only outside ob buildings with low precision
Thus it required several years for the idea to catch on with the supply chain professionals that object tracking is at the end required to ensure reliable chains . In the first days, only the biggest and wealthy companies tried the benefit of the technology with supply chain digitalization projects which felt short due to immature technology and high cost of implementation and maintenance
The modern asset tracking solutions supply the necessary data processing to letting them run their operations more proficiently. Reports on supply chain risks, lead time behaviour, delivery performance, historical route data and CO2 emissions all make it easier for supply chain manager to reduce expenses and increase effectiveness for their business. Good systems exceed the simple reporting of object location, providing with an abundance of inside information and prediction to be one step ahead of supply chain constrains.
This requires however that selected solution offer the right range of technologies to overcome the issues of the past, making objects locations visible everywhere (in and outdoors), across regions and countries, and for any different transport modes like sea or airfreight to answer the requirements of global distribution networks.
Therefore not one but a selection of tracking technologies needs to be used in one solution, including:
-Mobile Tracking — Mobile tracking taps into the growing cell network to provide GPS data in real time through a smartphone.
-Satellite Tracking— Perfect for objects that regularly travel using complex distribution networks where the link to a mobile phone is unthinkable, or even where the traded asset travels outside of mobile coverage . Satellite tracking utilises conventional GPS satellites systems such as GPS. Real-time satellite tracking is quite possible for an affordable price but, again, only available as soon as the tracking unit is able to receive a GPS signal.
Passive Tracking— Whether it is satellite or cellular-dependent, passive tracking offers frequent location updates rather than live GPS monitoring information to help with asset management. This requires a physical confirmation through scanning or reading for example at the entrance of a warehouse. Our DC SOLO, is the next step in supply chain transparency, connected everywhere and able to offer data in real-time that you can access to keep track of objects on the move through your smartphone, tablet or computer without any of these cumbersome issues, providing not only location but a multiple set of other conditions of the tracked asset such as temperature control, humidity, pressure, magnetic fields and more, to ensure delivery not only on time but also in quality
Our complete data intelligence solutions allow our customers to gain access to a plethora of GPS and telematics data on-demand, and at affordable cost, making it a suitable option for small businesses as well as large companies, and any type of supply chains.
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