Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Podsystem and Rewire combine to improve asset tracking

Steve Rogerson
September 28, 2016
 
UK companies Podsystem M2M and Rewire Security have signed a deal to incorporate global, multi-network SIM cards into tracking devices, which include some of the smallest trackers in the world.
 
The Rewire 102 Magnetic Nano tracker is about the size of a matchbox and weighs 40g including battery. Designed for a multitude of applications such as personal tracking, asset tracking and vehicle tracking, it is small enough to be carried by a child or stuck to a bicycle without being noticed and yet it is powerful enough to send updates as often as every 10s.
 
In addition to this tiny device, Rewire offers a range of tracking devices for every purpose, including rugged devices for covert use, hard-wired trackers for vehicle security, and fleet management systems that can provide driver identification and driver behaviour monitoring using a 3D accelerometer.
 
The use of Podsystem M2M’s data connectivity adds an extra layer of reliability to the range of tracking devices supplied by Rewire Security. The SIM cards connect to multiple networks in each country according to the best signal available on device start-up. Thereafter they swap networks if the signal is lost as devices move around. The use of multiple independent networks on the same SIM means that connectivity can be backed up and data re-routed through a completely separate infrastructure in the case of technical issues on the network.
 
“Reliable network coverage was fundamental to why we chose Podsystem over other M2M connectivity providers,” said Bilen Saribardak, founder and director of Rewire Security. “The ability to tailor the connectivity requirements and data plans to suit our customers’ requirements was also key. The online platform with SMS gateway and complete SIM management capability means we can offer one of the UK’s most extensive range of GPS trackers that continue to evolve as technology develops without the need for time consuming and costly device replacements or manual upgrades.”
 
Charles Towers-Clark, managing director of the Podsystem group, added: “Our IoT connectivity has been designed to ensure extra resilience especially for remote, roaming and mission critical applications. This ensures that Rewire Security’s tracking devices, which are in constant motion or roaming across borders, remain connected even in remote areas. The combination of Podsystem M2M’s multi-network SIM cards with additional back-up and Rewire’s extensive range of devices provides reliability and flexibility for consumers and businesses alike.”