“We have been waiting on this technology for 10 years and now the tech has finally converged with reality.”
Kevin Drinkwater, CIO, Mainfreight
Mainfreight is New Zealand’s largest logistics provider operating throughout China, Europe, USA and New Zealand. It has 7,500 employees worldwide.
The business was after a solution to make its local network planning more effective. Its staff were needing to manually locate and report back the location of its segregation bins that are used for transporting hazardous materials. By the time the data was received, it was often inaccurate and this made planning difficult.
To solve the problem, Mainfreight worked with the Spark IoT team to design and rollout a solution right for them. It consists of hardware sensors attached to each segregation bin that are connected to the Spark Low Power IoT network (LoRaWAN™*) and an automated dashboard for visibility and planning. Connectivity with Low Power IoT enables a much longer battery life for tracked devices.
The results mean that manual reporting has been replaced with an automated, location dashboard.
Accurate, on-demand data of bin locations allows the team to plan logistics and rebalance their network faster. This creates cost savings both in employee time and asset utilisation. Even better, less bins are required to be in circulation at all time – a win for everyone.
*LoRa stands for "long range". It’s a network that sends smaller amounts of information over large distances and requires little power to do so. This makes it perfect for monitoring things like power, water, fuel or stock levels.