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Pilot asset-tracking for Port of Barcelona

The technology can determine the exact location of 10 vehicles in the port’s maintenance fleet in real-time

Connectivity will help the Port of Barcelona improve its fleet operations
Connectivity will help the Port of Barcelona improve its fleet operations

Internet of Things (IoT) specialist, Kerlink and DataLong16, a leader in asset-monitoring solutions have announced the pilot deployment of an IoT network in the Port of Barcelona to help port authorities track and dispatch maintenance personnel in the port.


The two companies will demonstrate the solution during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at Kerlink’s booth (8.0 C11), which runs February 26 to March 1.


In addition to determining the exact location of the 10 vehicles in the port’s maintenance fleet in real-time, the application will enable authorities to respond to calls for urgent repairs to facilities and equipment by sending personnel who are closest to the scene of the problem to make repairs.


Kerlink is providing its Wanesy Management Centre to power the LoRa core network, its Wirnet iBTS Compact LoRaWAN gateways to cover the entire area, and its Wanesy Geolocation solver to provide geographic coordinates.


The fleet monitoring system uses the LPWAN development kit from Flex, the Sketch-to-Scale solutions provider that designs and builds Intelligent Products for a Connected World, embedded in maintenance vehicles and communicating over the network to enable geolocation. DataLong16 is designing and operating the application software to map the vehicles’ status, locate the mission and route the nearest repair team on the spot.


“LoRa offers a longer application range at lower power consumption than competing technologies and was ideal for our bi-directional IoT communication and monitoring applications, including geolocation,” said Miquel Delamano, DataLong 16 IoT network director.


“Furthermore, the data is natively encrypted, assuring secure transmission. Working with Kerlink in a rapidly expanding IoT market will help us offer our customers, such as the Port of Barcelona, connectivity solutions to effectively manage assets and improve their fleet operations.”


“Like IoT network deployments in smart cities where Kerlink’s equipment is used to track assets, DataLong16’s system in the Port of Barcelona will immediately provide the port operator with insights of how their maintenance fleet is used and ways to make it more efficient,” said Virginie Bonnot, Kerlink Advanced Services business unit sales director.


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