Easing Supply Chain Management with Asset Tracking
Our blog post explores six ways asset tracking can help reduce costs and wastage in the supply chain, and the technologies you may want to consider for your asset tracking requirements. […]
Ground Control is famed for our satellite connectivity, but there are many occasions where cellular is the better option: reliable, low cost, and easy to implement. Our cellular IoT applications include asset management, remote plant monitoring, traffic management and route optimization, workforce safety and efficiency, supply chain automation and assembly control.
As the graph from Statista illustrates, this is a rapidly growing market, with the fastest growing being ‘NB-IoT’, or Narrowband-IoT. NB-IoT is a relatively new technology that works well for transferring small amounts of information – the satellite equivalent would be Iridium’s Short Burst Data (SBD). LTE-M technology fulfils a similar function, but LTE is much faster.
GSM as a technology for IoT applications is declining, but still highly viable; it supports voice calls and is lower cost, as it uses less data than LTE.
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Several of Ground Control’s proprietary devices are able to use both cellular and satellite connections to transmit and receive data. They will use cellular when within range, and switch to satellite for remote areas. This means users pay less, as cellular connectivity is lower cost than satellite, but don’t miss out of the complete reliability offered by leveraging satellite communication.
The Intelligent Cellular (i-Cell) division of Ground Control has developed a SMART solution to automatically switch from 2G to LTE spectrum encompassing eUICC technology. Our technology works in a wide range of industries, most notably Utilities but also from Vending to Security and Energy management.
With the proposed sunsetting of the 2G and 3G networks throughout the World at different times, there needs to be technology in place that can automatically switch seamlessly between the older generation to the new. Utilising Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card technology (eUICC) makes the transition to Long-Term Evolution – LTE – CATM1 & NB-IoT – easy and robust. This is the heart of the i-Cell range of cellular products.
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