Multi-Tech Systems and Lat-Lon Receive 2012 Connected World Value Chain Award
Selected by a panel of top industry analysts and experts, the awards highlight the process of combining multiple technologies, such as the carrier-approved Multi-Tech Systems embedded cellular modems and the Lat-Lon Solar Tracking Unit (STU), to create a winning M2M solution.
Lat-Lon is serving a growing need to track moving cargo on assets, such as locomotives, which often carry mixed loads with varying degrees of tolerance for environmental conditions. This provides a challenge for the transporter to safely get each product to its destination.
Thanks to M2M communications enabled by a ready-to-integrate Multi-Tech Systems SocketModem® embedded cellular modem, Lat-Lon was able to quickly develop a solution that allows real-time access to data from remote assets. Multi-Tech Systems’ embedded device networking solutions with Universal Socket, a flexible comm-port architecture, and Universal IP®, a consistent development interface, allowed Lat-Lon to add communications capability to its STU with minimal engineering effort. Lat-Lon was also able to significantly save time and costs associated with pursuing their own carrier approvals since Multi-tech embedded cellular modems are pre-approved for use as end devices.
The STU eliminates the need for a person to travel with the cargo or for final inspections, as it allows assets to be monitored and tracked remotely. A prime example is food shipments, which were yielding upward of 20% of goods being rejected due to refrigeration failures. The Lat-Lon solution coupled with M2M communications is able to achieve significant customer savings in a very short period of time.
“It is rewarding to see a development that delivers such outstanding value get to market so quickly,” said Don Miller, senior product manager, Multi-Tech Systems. “We are very proud of our partnership with Lat-Lon and this prestigious industry award.”
To learn more about this award-winning solution, please read the M2M Customer Case found on the Multi-Tech website.