Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Here and Sigfox deploy location services for logistics

Steve Rogerson
June 5, 2018

Here Technologies and Sigfox are jointly developing and deploying a global location service that will open opportunities for IoT applications, particularly in supply chain and logistics.
Netherlands-based Here provides mapping and location data and is majority owned by a consortium of German automotive companies Audi, BMW and Daimler.
By integrating global coverage of wifi hotspots from Here with the Sigfox worldwide network and geolocation engine, industry and consumers will be able to locate their assets everywhere, both indoors – including inside factories warehouses and other buildings – and outdoors, without any additional infrastructure, regardless of the size and quantity of assets.
The use of IoT asset tracking in the global supply chain and logistics sector could create $1.9tn of economic value, according to Cisco and logistics provider DHL. Current real-time location services (RTLS) are not always viable due to the high cost sensitivity and the short battery life constraints.
This partnership also expands asset-tracking opportunities for companies that could not previously afford geolocation services. The combination of Here and Sigfox technologies and their worldwide footprint enables clients to locate their assets and collect useful data that can help them optimise their flows, ensure better transport conditions and increase service reliability.
Use cases in live phase include air transport, luggage and trolley management, location of stolen and missing cars, industrial asset management, and location of shipping containers.
“Our partnership with Sigfox reinforces Here as a major player in IoT,” said Christophe Hamaide, senior account executive at Here. “The Here location suite references billions of wifi hotspots and, through this joint initiative, we will be able to pinpoint the location of millions of connected objects all around the world in the coming years.”
Laetitia Jay, chief marketing officer at France-based Sigfox, added: “This partnership is another major step to accomplish Sigfox’s ambitious vision to become the most competitive provider of industrial data in IoT. Locating assets while guaranteeing the lowest total cost of ownership is a key driver for logistics and supply chain industry to benefit from massive IoT business impact.”