Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Kerlink targets IoT applications at Japan

Steve Rogerson
October 22, 2020

French firm Kerlink and its Japanese distributor GISupply have announced a package of IoT applications to serve construction-worker health and safety, smart agriculture, and smart-aquaculture.
The package combines Kerlink Wirnet iStations in LoRa-based networks with sensors from GISupply and other companies that enable multiple applications and which are connected to GISupply’s cloud applications for analysis and access by end users.
For the construction industry, EzFinder Business Heat Stroke+ monitors workers for warning signs of heat stroke, a serious threat to crews in hot climates in the summer. This consists of a local wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) device and wearable trackers for each worker. WBGT is used to estimate the effect of temperature, humidity, and visible and infra-red radiation on humans.
It is used by industrial hygienists, athletes and the military to determine appropriate exposure levels to high temperatures. In these customised LoRaWans designed by Kerlink and GISupply, it collects and reports data from both WBGT devices and wearables to estimate the risk of suffering heat stroke for each worker.
Ushimiru supports sustainable agriculture via a network that enables producers to monitor and track their cattle grazing in large pastures, eating grass and fertilising the fields naturally. Grazing is less expensive than confined, indoor feeding, but it carries risks for cattle. GISupply’s LoRa cow-monitoring collar tracks and monitors the animals and indicates whether they have stopped moving, which could signal an animal at risk. The technology enables a geo-fence application that notifies owners if the animal has gotten out of a fenced pasture or is in a dangerous area, such as rough terrain.
Japan is one of the world’s biggest fish economies. Its Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries estimated that aquaculture production in 2015 totalled nearly $4.4bn or 24 per cent of total national fish production. Kerlink and GISupply’s smart-aquaculture offering targets that market as well as the global fish-farming industry with a LoRa-based sustainable aquaculture business model. It can improve effectiveness of fish breeding by enabling producers to monitor water quality and temperature continuously, which is critical because of global warming.
“The robustness and flexibility of Kerlink’s Wirnet iStation are key features of these diverse solutions, because they are easy to deploy and simple to integrate with our technologies,” said Satoshi Kitaoka, president of GISupply. “Equally important for our company and our customers, Kerlink stations are proven to be reliable in any environment.”
More than 120,000 Kerlink installations have been rolled out with more than 330 clients in 69 countries. Based in France, with subsidiaries in the USA, Singapore, India and Japan, Kerlink is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance.
“Kerlink seeks to do business with innovative companies that have developed novel apps and solutions that bring the benefits of the internet of things to a wide range of businesses and companies,” said Tsuneo Tatara, vice president of Kerlink in Japan. “As these three examples show, GISupply is one of those companies and, as our distribution partner in Japan, it will help Kerlink to grow its business in that important global market.”
Established in 2003, GISupply has experience providing technology for farmer, forester and construction companies. Its core strength includes the design and implementation of complex products using IoT technology, device integration and engineering services. It is headquartered in Hokkaido.