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Intelligent cargo-handling via the IoT

The three-year, multimillion Euro connectivity deal will bring benefits in areas such as collaborative working and predictive maintenance

Kalmar's ship-to-shore cranes in action in Cartagena, Colombia
Kalmar's ship-to-shore cranes in action in Cartagena, Colombia

Orange Business Services and Cargotec have signed a three-year, multi-million Euro agreement for worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity that helps Cargotec keep goods moving efficiently and safely.


Headquartered in Finland, Cargotec is a leading provider of cargo- and load-handling solutions, responsible for transporting millions of items -- from raw materials to consumer products -- locally and between cities and countries around the clock.


Cargotec’s business divisions – Kalmar, Hiab and MacGregor – are leading players in their fields, and are in a unique position to optimise global cargo flows and create sustainable customer value.


Kalmar offers cargo-handling equipment and automated terminal solutions as well as software and services that are used in ports, terminals, distribution centers and various industries. Hiab provides on-road load-handling solutions to customers operating in the land transport and delivery industries, while MacGregor offers solutions and services for marine cargo and offshore load-handling.


The company aims to become the global leader in intelligent cargo-handling and this requires connectivity during every stage of its customers’ lifecycles. The IoT connectivity solution from Orange will integrate intelligence into the machinery to provide better collaboration for daily operations, monitor and maintain equipment to enable the highest possible uptime and react remotely before problems arise. It will also help Cargotec develop insightful data-driven services.


The Orange IoT connectivity also enables new digital services and delivers a much higher degree of operational efficiency, both internally and further down the value chain at the customer level. These include: seamless IoT SIM card ordering, simple activation and tracking through a dedicated portal; one price per IoT SIM card regardless of location; and scalable connectivity reaching 220 countries and territories.


“A reliable IoT communications infrastructure, global presence, with local support everywhere in the world, and an attractive business model are vital for us to become the leader in intelligent cargo-handling. We chose Orange Business Services for these reasons,” says Soili Mäkinen, CIO, Cargotec.


“Cargotec is determined to grow its business through strong customer focus and improved IoT services that are vital in its development. We are very happy to have been selected as their provider of choice and to help enable their ambitions to lead and transform the cargo-handling business globally,” says Fabrice de Windt, senior vice president, Europe, Orange Business Services.


Orange already supports over 14 million connected devices through its Datavenue IoT and data analytics solution across a variety of sectors, including automotive and transport, smart cities, industry and manufacturing and daily life (smart home, healthcare and wearables).


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