According to a recent announcement, International automotive technology supplier ERM Advanced Telematics, whose products are installed in more than 5 million vehicles worldwide, is expanding its activities from telematics solutions for locating and tracking vehicles, drivers and passengers, into the IoT.
The company is introducing its IoTLink line of products, which reportedly use sensors and gateways to enable continuous tracking of assets and monitoring status according to pre-defined parameters. The products emit constant status signals, alerts on breaches of the pre-defined parameters and communicate between themselves using BLE (Bluetooth low energy) technology.
IoTLink products are designed to enable tracking, locating and monitoring of assets like items that are being transported in crates or are in storage alongside assets such as activated machines and refrigerators for industrial or home, which use equipment that requires long-distance monitoring.
ERM said its new IoT solutions will enable complete integration and interfacing of the company’s main telematics product line that is based on the StarLink technology.
The IoTLink technology focuses on continuous measurement over monitoring ranges and thresholds determined in advance by the users, and it provides alerts if these thresholds are exceeded. As long as the sensors do not detect any irregularity from the pre-determined range, the reporting will be on a periodic basis. Once a threshold is breached, the sensor will send out an event in order to permit an immediate satisfactory handling of the asset.
“We designed a strategy of combining the connected vehicles technology with asset monitoring, while offering a natural interface between them,” said Eitan Kirshenboim, CMO and business development manager, ERM Advanced Telematics. “The goal of this strategy is to enable our business partners to expand their reach beyond telematics and fleet management services. We will allow them to add asset management and monitoring both for clients that provide logistics services and for clients that need asset monitoring on a daily basis.”
“We will stress our capabilities to fully track and monitor the status of assets, when mobile or stationed, using various gateways wherever they are, and continue this process after the asset has been placed at the site where it is intended to operate,” concluded Kirshenboim.
Edited by Ken Briodagh