Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

IoT asset tracking pilot in Port of Barcelona

William Payne
February 28, 2018



French IoT specialist Kerlink and Spanish asset-monitoring firm DataLong16 have implemented a pilot IoT network in the Port of Barcelona to help port authorities track and dispatch maintenance personnel in the port. The pilot project allows port managers to dispatch the closest maintenance crews for urgent facility repairs in real time.

The Port of Barcelona is the fastest growing port in Europe. It deals with around 61 million tonnes of cargo of all modes a year. It is engaged in a major project to promote sustainable mobility within the port, with a port-wide electrical vehicle recharging network and increasing number of electrical vehicles in the port fleet.

The Kerlink and DataLong16 pilot IoT deployment will provide real time location of the ten vehicles in the port's maintenance fleet. The application will also enable authorities to respond to calls for urgent repairs to facilities and equipment by sending personnel who are closest to the scene of the problem to make repairs.

Kerlink is providing its Wanesy Management Center to power the LoRa core network, its Wirnet iBTS Compact LoRaWAN gateways to cover the entire area, and its Wanesy Geolocation solver to provide geographic coordinates.

The fleet monitoring system uses the LPWAN Development Kit from Sketch-to-Scale solutions provider Flex, embedded in maintenance vehicles and communicating over the network to enable geolocation. DataLong16 is designing and operating the application software to map the vehicles’ status, locate the mission and route the nearest repair team on the spot.

Kerlink and DataLong16 are demonstrating this solution during the Mobile World Congress at Kerlink’s booth (8.0 C11), February 26 to March 1.

“LoRa offers a longer application range at lower power consumption than competing technologies and was ideal for our bi-directional IoT communication and monitoring applications, including geolocation,” said Miquel Delamano, DataLong16 IoT network director. “Furthermore, the data is natively encrypted, assuring secure transmission. Working with Kerlink in a rapidly expanding IoT market will help us offer our customers, such as the Port of Barcelona, connectivity solutions to effectively manage assets and improve their fleet operations.”

“Like IoT network deployments in smart cities where Kerlink’s equipment is used to track assets, DataLong16’s system in the Port of Barcelona will immediately provide the port operator with insights of how their maintenance fleet is used and ways to make it more efficient,” said Virginie Bonnot, Kerlink Advanced Services business unit sales director.