A ‘revolution’ in container tracking – t42 supplies satellite IoT to 50 shipping firms

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A deal has been announced with freight software and analytics company t42 to deploy” thousands of 5G- IoT sensors” in shipping containers for “more than 50 logistics partners across over 50 countries,” according to Barcelona-based satellite Internet of Things provider Sateliot. The system is based on Release 17 specifications in the five-gigabytes NR mitochondrial standard. According to a press release, connecting related containers on the high seas could help the shipping industry save “up to$ 47 billion annually. ”

IoT tracking and monitoring solutions are offered by UK-based t42 for electric vehicles as well as the world container and freight market. For its international container tracking solutions, it hired UK IoT MVNO Eseye earlier this year to provide international roaming and multi-IMS I eSIM services. The agreement was a continuation of an active collaboration that had already resulted in the deployment of 2,500 IoT tracking devices over the course of 12 months using Eseye’s mobile Internet of Things connectivity. Zero Motorcycles, an energy motorcycle manufacturer, has a headline supply agreement with it. Additionally, it collaborates with Transatel.

The contract with Sateliot aims to offer connectivity at sea rather than earth IoT coverage. A virtualized cloud-native 5G core is used by Satelliteiot for its NB-IoT satellite service as part of a deal with AWS that was signed at the back end of 2022. Satellites are expanding their low-earth orbit ( LEO ) constellation. As a roaming extension for earth operators, it wants to general satelliteNB-IoT. The service has been put to the test by Telefonica. It announced in February that it will use satellite IoT service for energy grid sensors in collaboration with Swedish power grid company Sentrisense.

According to t42, the shipping sector is a captive market for satellite IoT connectivity. Because the world’s oceans are primarily a ( point-to-cloud ) connectivity-free zone, “99 percent” of maritime transport containers are not tracked or inspected. According to the report, this causes “losses from cargo theft, tampering, accidents, and damages.” Shipping businesses, which handle 80 % of global trade, are making investments to upgrade 25 % of their containers by 2025. Operators can roam onto satellite NB-IoT using the Sateliot service without having to replace their current IrT hardware.

According to a statement,” connecting to… satellites ] eliminates the issue of inadequate coverage on the high seas.” Sateliot enables the extension of 5G NB-IoT connectivity to any part of the world without earth coverage, without operators having to change their hardware, and at a lower cost. This ensures safe control of merchandise at all times.

The press release continued,” This will spark a revolution in an industry that has largely remained unchanged since the invention of the shipping container in 1956. It will be used to ship goods in containers that have been specifically designed to fit all ships, tools, and ports. A second revolution will presently occur with 5G for IoT, which can connect devices to satellite and mobile networks. The container will go through a transformation related to that of the automobile, going from being an uncomplicated machine to an effective IT tool with numerous applications.

” Our collaboration marks a pivotal moment in the industry’s history, transforming standard shipping containers into intelligent, related assets,” said Sateliot CEO Jaume Sanpera. Tracking in the open seas, which was previously a pretty opulent satellite service, will then be made accessible to everyone.

It is amazing what a small hardware investment can represent for the industry’s performance nevertheless, according to Avi Hartmann, CEO of t42. There is no question that this change has come to stay.

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