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SONY’s IoT asset tracking solution enabled by Telenor Connexion’s LTE-M connectivity and global managed solution

Visilion, an innovative service from Sony is tracking assets from spare parts on the Silk Road to ventilators in time-pressured hospitals globally.

Connected trackers gives visibility in the supply chain with real-time asset tracking and IoT-based innovation and data that keeps track of vital equipment or cargo in logistics.

White paper: how mobile IoT is taking Sony’s smart tracking to the next level

Learn how Visilion is leading the way in future-proofing asset tracking devices with LTE-M connectivity technology.

Topics covered in the white paper:

  • How connected trackers give visibility
  • The Visilion logistics and healthcare platform
  • Customer benefits and learnings from adding Visilion to the value chain

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Visilion, an innovative service from Sony, is leading the way in asset tracking devices with LTE-M connectivity. This new technology enables long battery lifetime and superior global coverage and is the perfect solution for companies that rely on real-time data to keep track of vital equipment and cargo.

How asset tracking works
The platform includes a web portal with intuitive user interface. Users can follow their shipments on a digital map and take care of alarms and calls to action.

Background

The Visilion asset tracking and supply chain visibility solution was created by Sony Network Communications Europe, bringing IoT-based innovation to the logistics and healthcare sectors. With the number of connected devices expected to rise from hundreds of millions to billions over the next few years, smart tracking is becoming a clear expectation for asset owners and companies transporting high-value goods.

In logistics, a new value chain is being constructed around the ability to accurately track not only the location of goods but also their condition, with sensors collecting information on temperature, shock and tilt as required.

Powered by worldwide connectivity, highly granular information is being brought together with advanced data processing and sharing capabilities.

As traditional supply chains struggle to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to real-time data is more vital than ever. Timely tracking is set to become an essential ingredient of future supply chains, enabling greater precision and an optimal combination of just-in-time and just-in-case methodologies – as well as the productivity enhancements that the post-pandemic world will demand.

IoT asset tracking system
A system like this enables companies to track assets in a smart way. With connected devices expected to rise from hundreds of millions to billions over the next few years, smart tracking with cloud service, analytics and alarms functionalities is becoming a clear expectation for asset owners and companies transporting high-value goods.

Visilion from Sony
Sony Network Communications Europe (SNCE) both contributes to and draws on the strengths of the whole Sony Group. For example, Sony Mobile’s valuable experience of the mobile industry, Sony’s substantial research and development resources – that are based nearby in Lund and participate actively in the standardization of cellular IoT within 3GPP.

SNCE spearheads new product and service development within network communication services – to drive enterprise value for business customers worldwide.

Asset tracking IoT solutions
Visilion not only enables this visibility but also enables companies to understand and take action on the data they are getting from their devices using asset tracking IoT solutions.

The Visilion platform grew out of a desire to make the greatest impact, based on studies of specific verticals. In order to understand where Sony’s advanced tracking technology could have the greatest positive impact, the development team studied several verticals. The resulting platform enables two different solutions – outdoor tracking for the logistics sector, and indoor tracking for the healthcare sector.

The Opportunity

In recent years, tracking has been heavily hyped, leading to a relatively crowded marketplace with multiple suppliers offering a variety of different business models. Now tracking solutions are gaining traction in the real world and being adopted by businesses everywhere.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this process by focusing attention on the need for agility in the supply chain and by highlighting the importance of being able to locate cargo in real time. It’s no longer an option to move critical goods around in the supply chain without having clear visibility into where they are. Visilion not only enables this visibility but also enables companies to understand and take action based on the data received from their devices.

At the heart of Visilion’s offering are physical trackers that customers can affix to medical equipment or shipping crates. The trackers have a slim form factor, not just for aesthetic reasons but so they can be attached to equipment easily, or even slid into the document package which usually accompanies a cargo crate.

The logistics solution
The Visilion solution for logistics includes a web portal with intuitive user interface. Users can follow their shipments on a digital map and respond to alarms and calls to action. They can also utilise the system’s reporting and analytics capabilities to identify bottlenecks in the supply chain.

Based on its long experience, the Visilion development team has an in-depth understanding of consumer user interfaces and can contextualise data in a way that makes it easy to understand. Added to this is the team’s knowledge of where and how to utilise the data between the device and the cloud to keep energy consumption to a minimum.

Asset tracking system using IoT
Timely tracking is set to become an essential ingredient of future supply chains, enabling greater precision and an optimal combination of just-in-time and just-in-case manufacturing – as well as the productivity enhancements that the post-pandemic world will demand.

Visilion not only enables this visibility but also enables companies to understand and take action based on the data received from their devices.