Polte and CoreKinect remove barriers for smaller asset tracking
June 2, 2020
Texas cloud location over cellular (C-LoC) technology firm Polte is working with Arizona-based IoT start-up CoreKinect to launch end-to-end supply chain tracking powered by the IoT for enterprises worldwide.
Polte's location technology embedded into CoreKinect's hardware architecture could drive accessible transparency for smaller, individual assets such as packages and pallets both indoors and outdoors.
"The ability to offer a truly low-cost, scalable solution is critical in the adoption of IoT for enterprises," said Assar Badri, CoreKinect CEO. "CoreKinect's scalable and modular design expertise is unlocking a whole new range of use cases and giving companies the real-time insights and transparency they need to take action."
The partnership gives Polte and CoreKinect the ability to address the rapidly evolving enterprise demands for operational efficiency and real-time asset visibility in the supply chain. To date, many IoT asset tracking use cases have been forced to rely on traditional location technologies that were not designed for IoT.
GPS, wifi and Bluetooth LE often fall short, with issues ranging from steep upfront deployment costs and complex amalgamations of multiple technologies to accomplish indoor and outdoor insights, to security vulnerabilities, making implementation difficult at best, unrealistic at worst for most enterprise assets.
Polte and CoreKinect solve the problems of these approaches by enabling rapid, simplified deployments. Polte's multi-patented C-LoC technology leverages the Polte IoT cloud and 4G and 5G cellular network signals to calculate an asset's position, allowing accurate location to be derived indoors and outdoors. Polte's use of existing mobile IoT networks scraps the need for additional infrastructure, using a single cellular radio and offloading computational complexity from the device to the cloud.
CoreKinect's US designed and manufactured devices allow for seamless scalability without compromising quality. By providing more security, less bulk, lower cost and longer battery life, Polte and CoreKinect say they are redefining what is possible with enterprise IoT.
"Global supply chains have been impacted by the ripple effects of Covid-19, partially due to a lack in visibility of their assets," said Polte CEO Ed Chao. "Where companies were once able to track hundreds of trucks, they can now track the millions of assets and packages that are inside the trucks. We're excited to partner with CoreKinect to provide accuracy sufficient for the vast majority of IoT use cases, while addressing the broad limitations of competing technologies."
CoreKinect develops products for asset tracking, vehicle and fleet management, smart home, smart city, wearables, agriculture, and energy management. Since last year, it has been collaborating with digital security firm Kudelski Group to benefit from embedded security that ensures all data are encrypted end to end and can be positively authenticated back to the device they came from.
C-LoC technology uses 4G and 5G cellular networks and cloud computing to enable accurate indoor and outdoor location.