Today's supply chains and logistics rely on automation and knowing what is where and when. Cellular IoT devices such as the nRF9160 support the new long range, low power cellular standards LTE-M and NB-IoT to make these use-cases possible. Offering very long range in the 10's of kilometers and the ability to track across cities, nations and even the globe, they are the choice for anyone needing to track their assets. Shorter range tracking possibilities exist with mesh networking standards such as Bluetooth mesh and Zigbee with the nRF52 Series SoCs. In combination cellular IoT and short range wireless offer very sophisticated and energy efficient options for the full spectrum of asset management requirements.
Key application requirements
Bluetooth 5, mesh networking with multiprotocol operation, Beacons, Security and cryptography, energy efficiency
Fleet management | Automated storage
Smart fleet management is all about knowing what is happening, where and when with high value assets whilst between production and consumption. Billions of dollars-worth of goods are in transit at any given time every single day, ensuring they arrive on time and in the expected state is essential. Wireless connectivity has a big role to play in this industry, from cellular to Bluetooth to NFC, there is a role to play. Bluetooth specifically has a role in networking transportation vehicles and the hubs they pass in and out of. Bluetooth can fullfil roles in monitoring the conditions in which goods are being transported to driving behaviour to give full insight into goods handling and events. The nRF52 Series offer a broad capability of advanced connectivity options and high performance processing power to meet the varied requirements of this market.
Automated storage and warehousing is benefiting from connected technologies in much the same way as transportation and haulage. It allows for real time insights into location, quantity and condition of product. Bluetooth and Bluetooth mesh, and 802.15.4 based technology such as Thread offer the ability to collect real time data over large areas with wireless simplicity and flexibility. nRF52 Series SoCs with their high performance and energy efficiency, and their associated SDKs for Bluetooth mesh and Thread offer flexible solutions for the automated storage and warehousing industries.
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