Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Samsara IoT gateway tracks trailers

Steve Rogerson
November 21, 2017

Internet-connected sensor company Samsara has announced a solar-powered IoT wireless gateway for applications such as trailer tracking and industrial asset monitoring.
With high-speed 4G LTE cellular connectivity, real-time GPS tracking, ability to read data from a wide range of sensors, and a multi-year battery with solar recharging, the AG24 is for tracking semi-trailers, heavy equipment, rail cars, generators, and other high-value mobile or distributed assets. Featuring plug-and-play integration with Samsara's suite of gateways, sensors and cloud-based software, the tracker is part of a platform for fleet management, industrial monitoring, safety and compliance.
"Samsara's new solar-powered solution would let us extend our visibility into totally new types of equipment, such as zero-turn mowers and radar unit trailers," said Tony Jones, fleet manager for the city of Cocoa. "These assets are extremely expensive, and as a municipality we have a responsibility to taxpayers to know where our assets are and how they are being used."
With a rugged weatherproof design for harsh environments, the AG24 brings real-time location and sensor tracking to trailers and assets. It tracks unpowered assets for years with a high-capacity battery and built-in solar panel, and provides remote control of refrigeration units, with two-way communications.
"We're excited about the time savings we can gain with Samsara's new asset gateway," said Jim Hoss, VP of operations at Cash-Wa Distributing, a Samsara customer that had early access to the AG24. "Now we can pre-cool our trailers remotely, instead of going out to the yard and starting them manually, and we gain visibility into what happens at each customer stop."
California-based Samsara has also introduced wireless sensors for its IoT gateways. With zero-configuration wireless connectivity and a five-year battery life, the door, cargo and temperature sensors extend the AG24's capabilities with operationally relevant sensor data about cargo status.
Meanwhile, Samsara’s cloud software has been enhanced with reports and alerts designed specifically for the AG24 and the new sensors. This software transforms data points from thousands of sensors into actionable insights, helping users with everything from optimising asset use to increasing billing accuracy, recovering lost and stolen assets, and simplifying compliance when storing and transporting perishables.
The AG24 is said to capitalise on recent advancements in sensors, wireless data and cloud computing to provide visibility at a low price. With plug-and-play installation – no IT networks, carrier contracts or complex configuration – the AG24 is designed to be deployed by the thousands, and to generate a rapid return on investment for users.
The AG24 expands Samsara's hardware-software IoT platform, which combines data from sensors, GPS, cameras and mobile apps in an integrated, cloud-based system. The technology enables operational gains ranging from safety and regulatory compliance to lower operating cost and increased satisfaction.
"We've seen Samsara benefit a wide variety of customers, from transportation companies to public utilities and food producers," said Kiren Sekar, Samsara's vice president of products. "But we believe that our approach to IoT can have an even broader impact, and we're excited for the AG24 to extend our platform to new markets and applications."
Samsara was founded by Sanjit Biswas and John Bicket, co-founders of Meraki. Headquartered in San Francisco, it has more than 200 employees and has raised $80m in funds from Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst.