Press Release, Paris and Amsterdam, November 17, 2020
HERE Technologies, the world’s leading location platform, and Actility, the global leader in IoT connectivity, are partnering to provide a new cutting edge IoT Tracking service for mapping and location data management based on LoRaWAN® networks.
On industrial sites as big as cities, items get lost or stolen. Less dramatically, but just as importantly, assets don’t always get efficiently placed within those sites where inventories often rely on manual input. Finding an asset in a warehouse and optimizing stock is difficult enough. Tracking it across the world is another matter entirely. These are challenges that the HERE Tracking platform and ThingPark – the Actility IoT network management platform – can solve, offering an end-to-end, customizable solution to track assets and optimize the Supply Chain of any industrial facility. The focus is on,critical assets for customers’ operations such as Returnable Shipping Assets (RSAs) or Returnable Industrial Packaging (RIPs) including rays, racks, pallets, crates, tubs, bins, or containers, forklifts, industrial tools and heavy mobile machinery.
HERE Tracking asset management solution is based on LoRaWAN®, a low power wireless protocol for wide area networks. With LoRaWAN, devices can communicate with IoT applications over long-range wireless connections. It also allows for devices’ batteries to last longer, therefore significantly lowering the Total Cost of Ownership. Actility already powers more than 50 telecoms operators with LoRaWan connectivity across the globe. Its enterprise-grade LoRaWAN network server – ThingPark Enterprise – operates over 35 000 network base stations worldwide. In additional to its international reach, Actility also brings to the partnership its Abeeway tracking devices that work both indoors and outdoors thanks to their multi-technology geolocation system, integrating GPS, Abeeway’s patented Low-power GPS, WiFi Sniffing and Bluetooth Low Energy.
HERE Tracking takes Abeeway trackers’ indoor positioning capabilities one step further with HERE venue Maps & the HERE radio mapping application. HERE Venue Maps can be used to map the inside and outside of any industrial facility, be it a warehouse or a factory, with the required level of accuracy. HERE Radio Mapping application allows for the development of a custom radio map of any given site for both Wi-Fi and BLE technologies. With HERE Tracking, assets can be tracked not only on public roads, rail tracks or ships across the world, but also inside the multiple floors of a warehouse and within a private yard with an improved accuracy.
Last but not least, HERE Professional Services can customize any tracking solution to fulfill the requirements of a specific client, product or industry including the development of tailored applications. For example, the HERE Tracking platform can be connected to ERPs and Transport Management Systems to enable extended features. In the same way, HERE Professional Services can create custom business dashboards to deliver adequate Key Performance Indicators. HERE Yard Maps can also be integrated to easily leverage private maps of roads segments, Points of Interest, building footprints – in big industrial and commercial venues.
As a result, final users get a comprehensive and powerful framework to build their asset tracking and management applications, perfectly adapted to each use case. With Actility enabling multi-country geolocation solutions with its LoRaWAN roaming hub and HERE transforming location information into actionable business insights, the management of industrial assets has never been easier.
“With the HERE Tracking platform as a foundation, we can now offer our customers one single interface to manage all their devices. This will dramatically improve their Life Cycle Management as all costs related to lost item replacement or search for misplaced items are now becoming obsolete. Together, HERE and Actility are offering asset tracking indoor and outdoor as well as on private venues, seamlessly”
says Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility.
“We have found in Actility a trusted partner with whom we can offer a full end-to-end tracking solution that can also be customized to fit specific customers’ needs. We are proud to be offering this solution with a leader of the LoRaWAN market and look forward to helping customers gain more visibility of their Supply Chain“
says Ajatshatru Kotwal, Director for Product Management at HERE Technologies.
HERE, a location data and technology platform, moves people, businesses and cities forward by harnessing the power of location. By leveraging our open platform, we empower our customers to achieve better outcomes – from helping a city manage its infrastructure or a business optimize its assets to guiding drivers to their destination safely. To learn more about HERE, please visit www.here.com and http://360.here.com.
Actility is a world leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark™ platform and network technology to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. The vast majority of nationwide LoRaWAN® network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of companies trust ThingPark™ all over the world. Through its subsidiary Abeeway, Actility also provides patented ultra-low power tracking solutions. ThingPark Market offers the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and applications to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.
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Learn more about the LoRaWAN technology by downloading the Actility “What is LoRaWAN” white paper