Nanotechnologies and Ubiquitous LPWAN coverage combine to provide a path to IoT asset tracking at massive scale

By Zenobia Hegde

Senet, a provider of cloud-based software, global connectivity service platforms and network build-out for the Internet of Things (IoT), and NanoThings, a full service IoT logistics solution provider and pioneer of advancements in nano electronics to enable a new era of affordability in IoT devices, announced a partnership to disrupt the logistics industry with the introduction of NanoThings’ LoRa -powered NanoTag™ technology.

NanoThings’ patent pending NanoTags are the world’s first and only Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) enabled disposable environmental sensors. Thinner than a credit card and powered by ultra-thin, non-toxic batteries, NanoTags are bridging the gap between Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and cellular-based asset trackers.

Combining the affordability and a small form factor of NanoThings’ NanoTags with ubiquitous long range LoRaWAN™ network connectivity from Senet will help accelerate the proliferation of logistics, shipping, asset tracking, cold chain, and compliance reporting applications that have yet to be widely adopted due to previously prohibitive hardware, infrastructure and network connectivity costs.

“Industry adoption of existing products has been limited by cost, size, or connectivity. Cellular-based products are expensive and power hungry, and RFID has extremely limited read range. Senet’s low power network offers inexpensive connectivity and better propagation than cellular, allowing us to leverage low cost nanotechnologies to bring a new breed of product to the market,” said Tim Williams, CEO of NanoThings.

Tim Williams

Senet’s IoT network connectivity platforms and services allow sensor-based solution companies like NanoThings to ensure interoperability and quality of service in large-scale commercial deployments, and enable solution providers to expand their service offerings beyond traditional areas of operation. For supply chain and logistics operators this means having Low Power Wide Area Network connectivity where and when it is needed, the opportunity for regional expansion, and productivity enhancements and cost savings at almost every step in the process.

With advanced features including a long-lasting battery, extreme durability, temperature, pressure and shock sensing and proprietary “open sensor” functionality that determines when packages are opened, NanoTags can be deployed across existing and new asset tracking and cold chain applications to provide greater visibility and enable smarter decision making based on real-time data.

“Using sensors, tags and other wireless technologies to track assets and goods through the global supply chain is one of the fundamental use cases for the Internet of Things. It is also one of the most impactful, with trillions of economic value to be generated by asset supply, usage and associated IoT data monetisation, said Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet. “We are looking forward to working with NanoThings to help IoT reach its full potential in these critically important markets.”

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Posted on: March 13, 2018

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