Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Podsystem and Anytrek partner to reduce cargo theft

Steve Rogerson
June 6, 2017

UK IoT connectivity company Podsystem M2M has teamed up with GPS tracking firm Anytrek to include IoT SIM cards in covert tracking devices specifically designed to reduce cargo theft in trailers and heavy lorries.
The TrackLight GPS Tracker is disguised as a standard truck tail light. Inside the lamp case is a GPS tracking module connected via a 3G modem, ensuring location updates are received reliably and accurately.
Configurable, TrackLight is connected to the trailer or lorry using the standard PL-3 plug, and the built-in lithium-ion battery provides up to three months of location reporting with automatic notifications of changed conditions.
Even with all this technology, the TrackLight uses less than half the power of a normal incandescent tail light. It has already been instrumental in the detection, arrest and recovery of a quarter of a million dollars worth of cargo, plus lorry and trailer
The IoT SIM cards developed by Podsystem M2M ensure uninterrupted transfer of data from the sensors to the central processing point. This mission critical connectivity is made possible by the integral application, which allows the SIM card to swap between IMSIs (network profiles) automatically, should the card lose its signal due to a technical difficulty on one of the networks. Avoiding any failure in the connectivity of the device ensures increased coverage and constant data flow to the central management interface.
Reliable connectivity was paramount to Anytrek’s selection of provider.
“Podsystem’s innovative solution was one of the main reasons we chose to work with them and why we will continue to do so,” said Mario Veronese, marketing director at Anytrek in California. “The system just works.”
Sam Colley, CEO of Podsystem, added, “As criminal groups become more sophisticated, Anytrek is keeping one step ahead by developing covert technology to protect valuable cargos. The key to ensuring that cargos are safe and can be located at all times is in the mission critical connectivity we provide through our IoT SIM cards.”
Podsystem M2M is a mobile virtual network operator specialising in global data connectivity for the M2M and IoT market.