Automotive and Transport

By using energy-saving wireless data technologies, you can optimize warehouse processes, locate containers, monitor their contents and condition, and analyze application profiles of machines and vehicles according to your requirements. With our tiny wireless modules and user-friendly software, sensors and actuators in the network can be connected wirelessly and the data can be evaluated and controlled in real-time. For logistics centers, freight forwarders, transport companies or manufacturers of machines and vehicles, this offers significant cost savings and process optimization.

Container Monitoring and Location Tracking

Container monitoring includes the location tracking of freight transported by truck, train, ship or airplane globally, as well as the monitoring of the condition of transported goods and contents of freight containers. Geolocation can be mapped with technologies, such as GPS, GSM and LoRa, providing the exact location of transported goods. Location tracking allows to predict when the freight will arrive and whether there may be any delays to adjust for within the supply chain in terms of production planning. This enables real-time tracking, which is critical to lean management and just-in-time planning.

Worldwide Freight Tracking: Track and Trace

Below are examples of the solutions that use wireless sensors and actuators for freight tracking with Real-Time Location System (RTLS) and asset tracking in combination with RFID:

  • Complete tracking of registered goods
  • Prompt recognition of shortages
  • Integration into existing goods management systems (WaWi)

Container Condition Monitoring Using Wireless Sensors

The condition monitoring system records various parameters for controlling the condition of goods in the container, including impact and shock, temperature, humidity and air pressure, and more. As a rule, the sender must provide proof that the goods are complete and that all delivery conditions have been complied with.

Container condition monitoring provides the consignor with timely alerts and allows for detection of nonconformities that may be reported to an insurance company. In addition, the monitoring and tracking of sea containers and controlling the condition of cargo reduces the risk of damage to or loss of a shipment.

Wireless Data Based Warehousing and Logistics Planning

A storage facility equipped with wireless sensors is perfect for inbound and outbound warehouse planning of freight forwarders and logistics centers. Using such technology, the supply chain can be controlled more efficiently in terms of:

  • Planning of the goods deliveries and related issues
  • Supply of parts and materials
  • Optimization of transport and delivery routes

With the help of wireless data-based logistics planning, processes can be optimized and delivery times shortened.

The most important advantages of logistics planning with wireless sensors are:

  • Control and optimization of the supply chain
  • Material flow optimization
  • Inventory optimization
  • Optimization of transport routes
  • Shorter delivery times

The low power consumption of @ANY modules allows the network to operate unattended for years with little maintenance. Encrypted radio data protocols such as AES128 are used to ensure secure data transmission and to protect against tampering.

Warehouse Automation

A modern warehouse has evolved from a simple place to store goods to a high-tech handling facility for a variety of products, becoming an integral part of the supply chain. The growth of warehouses, in terms of their size and the variety of goods stored, presents new challenges for warehouse operators. With the increased use of automation techniques, many of these challenges can be addressed. Some of the advantages of warehouse automation are:

  • Reduction of overhead costs
  • Better use of space
  • Higher number of deliveries by using different forwarders
  • Real-time package tracking
  • Paperless operation
  • Higher productivity per employee
  • Increased customer satisfaction

The use of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) technologies enables essential warehouse automation capabilities. WSN eliminates expensive cabling and provides ultimate flexibility in the placement of sensors and markers. IEEE802.15.4-based standards, such as ZigBee, allow for the use of battery powered sensor devices, which can be freely placed anywhere in a warehouse.

AN Solutions' @ANY RF modules combine best-in-class range with extremely low power consumption. Each module comes with embedded networking software. @ANY Modules can be easily added into existing goods tracking systems, enabling standard-based automation solutions for warehouses. Application programming interfaces (APIs) allow for seamless integration with the existing logistics systems.

Case Study: Robust Wireless Monitoring Solution for Intelligent Transportation Systems

Our client is a manufacturer of trains known for their quality, reliability, and state-of-the-art technology. A variety of different public and private transport companies operate trains, subways, and trams (streetcars) built by this manufacturer, as part of the transit system.

Successful implementation of a reliable wireless monitoring solution for an intelligent transportation system created a solid platform with the ability to be scaled and customized for other versatile applications. It allowed to collect valuable data, facilitated predictive maintenance, and a remote diagnostic solution that resulted in a service cost reduction and prevention of breakdowns. Dedicated monitoring system helps manage potential warranty claims, and optimize future transportation system designs.

 

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