Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Savi app brings asset tracking to smartphones

Steve Rogerson
April 2, 2015
 
A mobile app that takes advantage of the sensor-based features of iOS and Android smartphones to deepen visibility into the location, status and risk profile of high-consequence goods is available from Alexandria, Virginia-based Savi.
 
Called Savi Now, it is said to allow global commercial and government organisations to tap into the full set of features available on smartphones to better track and manage assets through the supply chain, mitigate risk and optimise performance.
 
Users can track the precise, real-time location of assets anywhere in the world, and receive exception-based notifications and alerts, including arrival, departure, dwell-time and speeding events. The app uses the smartphone’s embedded hardware to scan barcodes and store photos of the assets and track assets via the smartphone’s internal GPS. This approach to tracking is said to enhance security, accountability and predictability in the supply chain, by leveraging a device that many already carry in their pocket.
 
“With analysts predicting the number of smartphones to eclipse the two billion mark in 2015, we saw a significant opportunity to improve supply chain visibility,” said Brian Moran, senior director of product development at Savi. “Smartphones are a driving force behind the internet of things and are only going to get more advanced in the years to come, and Savi is well-positioned to take advantage of new capabilities.”
 
Savi Now delivers end-of-journey audit reports and geofencing capabilities, allowing users to track driver compliance and behaviour, vehicle use, and risk. In addition, data from Savi Now can be fed into other Savi products to generate additional actionable information.
 
When coupled with Savi Tracking, Savi Now provides detailed location information for monitoring and managing the movement of high-value assets for any kind of shipment, whether it is a long haul journey or local delivery. Visibility is also improved for last-kilometre delivery, the most critical and most expensive portion of transit.
 
Savi Now data can also be used with Savi Insight, the company’s SaaS analytics product that uses sensor data to measure and continuously improve supply chain operational intelligence and efficiency.
 
“The proliferation of mobile technology, the rise of the internet of things and enhanced data analytic techniques have transformed the way commercial and government organisations think about the global supply chain,” said Bill Clark, president and CEO of Savi. “These organisations demand real-time visibility of high-value assets anytime and anywhere. Savi Now builds on our 25 year legacy in sensor technology and gives users the ability to turn their smartphones into readers, expand data capture and increase visibility across the supply chain for more intelligent decision making, reduced risk and optimised operations.”
 
Savi Now is available as a free download from the Apple and Google Play stores.