Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Emerson Cat-M tracker monitors cold-chain data

Steve Rogerson
February 25, 2020



At this month’s Fruit Logistica convention in Berlin, Emerson announced its Go Real-Time Tracker based on 4G and Cat-M technology to help ensure access to critical cold-chain data in a dynamic and changing cellular landscape.
 
As global cellular communications providers are phasing down their 2G and 3G networks, Emerson is focusing on the cold-chain industry by providing connectivity through emerging technologies such as Cat-M and NB-IoT. Major carriers have already rolled out infrastructure to accommodate these networks, which will enable the continued expansion of IoT applications such as those used for cargo monitoring.
 
The Cat-M tracker can monitor in-transit conditions such as temperature, location, light and humidity for up to 20 days of continuous operation. It can be configured to notify users in real time via text or email if any adverse conditions arise during shipment.
 
The unit includes 2G connectivity as a fallback for regions that have yet to upgrade their cellular infrastructures and will accommodate emerging 5G networks, as they become available. Emerson plans to release additional 4G and Cat-M models with expanded in-use life of up to 60 days in the coming months.
 
“We provide real-time data, insights and intervention services that allow our customers to take meaningful action for their valuable in-transit cargo,” said Frank Landwehr, vice president at Emerson. “We look forward to helping our customers navigate the cellular transition so they can continue to use our services to deliver their highly valued cargo safely and on time to their customers.”
 
Emerson now provides a suite of 2G, 2G/3G and now 4G/Cat-M trackers in single-use and reusable models. Users can track their shipments by using the Oversight cloud-based portal or Oversight mobile application to track their shipments in real time, from start to finish.
 
Pre-production samples of the trackers are available with production quantities available in the spring.
 
Emerson is headquartered in St Louis, Missouri.