Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

U-Blox and Nikken Lease build trackable pallets

Steve Rogerson
October 25, 2016



Japanese leasing services company Nikken Lease is using U-Blox positioning and cellular technologies for a trackable pallet.
 
Called Transeeker, the pallet is equipped with the Swiss company’s technologies for accurate tracking. These comprise the Lisa-U200-62S cellular UMTS and HSPA+ module and EVA-7M standalone GNSS module. This lets Nikken Lease offer its GNSS enabled pallets as a rental service.
 
Made of plastic, the pallets are reusable and therefore a good ecological alternative to the wooden counterpart.
 
“When we designed Transeeker, we wanted to ensure we could locate a pallet precisely and retrieve it nationwide at low costs for our customers,” said Mr Tsumura, director of planning of Nikken Lease. “U-Blox is just the right partner with excellent product performance and unique features such as CellLocate.”
 
Embedded in Transeeker, the Lisa module is equipped with the CellLocate proprietary hybrid positioning technology enabling stand-alone location estimation based on surrounding GSM and UMTS cell information and GPS positioning data. The module also offers worldwide W-CDMA (UMTS) and GPRS and Edge coverage, and a migration to the company’s GSM, GPRS, CDMA and LTE modules.
 
Also found in Transeeker, the Eva single GNSS module has the performance of the U-Blox 7 positioning engine – receiving GPS, Glonass, QZSS and SBAS signals – and delivers sensitivity and low acquisition times in a compact form factor.
 
“This collaboration with Nikken Lease should help us strengthen our position in the Japanese market as a key player for IoT applications,” said Tesshu Naka, country manager of U-Blox Japan. “We are looking forward to more collaboration with Nikken Lease.”