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#3 IoT Enabled Asset Tracking

 

Asset Tracking is the method used by businesses to keep a record of their company’s physical assets and its data. Depending on the business, a physical asset can mean different things i.e. IT devices, equipment, fleets…etc. Regardless of the industry, having constant secure tracking of the location and health of every valuable asset is critical for business operations.

 

Asset Tracking has evolved through many phases to what it encompasses today. In the previous years, manual counting at the end of the day of their inventory was the only way for businesses to know the number of units sold and which remained. This process was time-consuming and prone to errors like inaccuracy. Following this was the Punch Card system where every item was represented by a different pattern of small hoes then plugged into the computer, this method was not used for a long time as it was deemed to be expensive, slow and incapable of keeping up with the business’ workflow efficiency.

 

After the punch card system, the barcode system was developed. Most people of this generation are familiar with this system of lines that contain information of different items. Many companies adopted this system, as it continued to develop and improve over the years, however, it only tracked items, doesn’t allow integration of product information into a computer.

 

 

“As technology advances, and the Internet of Things (IoT) slowly permeates every industry, proving that digital transformation is key to business success,” it’s without a doubt that there would be an integration between IoT and Asset Tracking Management, not only that but it would be at the core of how successful businesses are at modernizing their operations.

 

“By collecting and analyzing data from mobile assets, businesses can find efficiencies, ensure asset visibility and increase revenues. For example, IoT-enabled asset tracking can be used to monitor the progress of shipments and ensure that they arrive on time. If shipments are delayed, data can be used to determine where the disruptions occur, and businesses can act to address the issue. Asset tracking also allows businesses to monitor damage, theft, and loss of assets that are on the move. Asset tracking solutions are being used by all types of businesses, ranging from manufacturers and fleet managers to car-sharing companies, to improve customer experience, keeps assets secure and increase revenue.”

 

 

Introducing GCR Cloud solution: Asset Tracking by Trackrover

 

A combination of sensors on assets and indoor locators ensures that you have a real-time tracking of your mobile and immobile assets. Trackrover’s TrackSafe IoT Platform allows you to do just that; the IoT platform is fairly new in terms of technology and implementations, there are several competing technologies

  1. BLE Based (Bluetooth Low Energy)
  2. RFID Based
  3. LoRa and Signet

 

Our solution is an independent platform with BLE tags. The platform is extensible itself and can be easily integrated with 2 & 3, but because the advantage of RFID is that the tags are cheap but gateways to it are extremely expensive especially if an object is to be scanned at a distance and most phones do not have RFID capabilities. Whereas Lora and Signet are being touted as the next generation IoT networks, however, a backbone is to be provided by an MSP, BLE, on the other hand, uses Wi-Fi as the backhaul.

 

 

Product features:

  • Indoor & outdoor tracking
  • Temperature & humidity alerts & alarms
  • Zone Monitoring
  • Data Entry & Analytics

 

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Contemporary fashion is undergoing a transformation.

We are increasingly witnessing all industry sectors shift towards the digital. And fashion is no stranger to technology.

Counterfeiting has become a global menace. We have already discussed how IoT is helping companies like HP fight counterfeiting.

But the fashion industry is trickier.

Counterfeiting and fake products manufacturing are higher in the fashion industry given the availability of knock-offs of big brands at cheaper prices. As a result, apparel gets even more challenging to authenticate thanks to the increasing sophistication of manufacturing products that can pass off as originals. There are many people donning fake LVs (Louis Vuitton) and MKs (Michael Kors) all around the world. Some customers even get duped and end up purchasing fake products for very real prices. Moreover, the rise of e-commerce websites has multiplied the scale of the problem.

As per the OECD, 2.5 percent of all imports account for counterfeited products, out of which, the US, Italian and French brands are hit the worst. Worth nearly half a trillion dollars per year, profits recovered from the counterfeiting of goods are further used to organize other crimes according to the report by OECD and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office.

With efforts taken by industry leaders to trademark products, many are now integrating technology to further help customers and retailers authenticate products.

Chanel and LV Authentication Labels

The rise in fake products and counterfeiting has provoked big brands to fight back. Chanel places hologram stickers with unique serial numbers in the lining of its handbags while Louis Vuitton has ‘date codes’ to validate authentic LV products.

 

Succumbing to authentication methods pertaining to the 70’s and 80’s may not be feasible in a world where technology allows sophisticated counterfeiting and manufacture of fake products.

 

What is required is an IoT approach towards authenticating these merchandising products.

Toronto based Authentic or Not believes every product needs an ID. By embedding their microchips in apparel and other merchandising brands, Authentic or Not claims to bridge the gap between technology and fashion. Their microchips are designed specifically to withstand washing and dry-cleaning conditions, integrating fashion and IoT. And hovering a smartphone in front of microchips-embedded clothes can verify their authenticity.

IoT Enabled Clothing can help authenticate products and Fight Counterfeiting (Source: Authentic or Not)

This is only one of the use-cases for incorporating IoT into fashion. What is interesting to note here, is that products do not necessarily need a ‘microchip’ to participate in the Internet of Things. They can do so without one.

When we talked about ‘Everyday Shirts on the Internet’, we explained the relevance of ‘pseudo-connected’ devices and things that can also be a part of this trend. By allocating a unique identifier to products that cannot directly connect to the internet, they become eligible to participate in the Internet of Products.

QR codes, RFIDs, and other unique product identifiers to build a brand’s product directory such as barcodes or other two-dimensional code labels can be used. These technologies are also not very expensive to deploy on all products, whereas a microchip on every product can be more feasible for higher value luxury fashion products.

Scannable and readable physical product markers can potentially IoT enable clothing and other merchandising like handbags, sunglasses, watches, shoes etc. Maintaining a digital record of fashion products allows customers and retailers to quickly run a check on the internet against these authentication labels.

These physical markers can be checked against the brands’ product data directory or centralized product IoT inventory. Brands can utilize and leverage this user-product data to enable other features like warranty management as well.

As a result, it makes it tougher for counterfeits to replicate and sell fake products.

IoT Platforms have the potential to drastically intervene and transform the billion-dollar counterfeit industry. With lack of Intellectual property rights to safeguard products, high-end fashion and merchandising brands need to deploy IoT technologies internally. Brands can implement similar technologies to fight back counterfeiting and fake products by building ‘smart products or by simply connecting them to the internet.

 

     

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Contemporary fashion is undergoing a transformation.

We are increasingly witnessing all industry sectors shift towards the digital. And fashion is no stranger to technology.

Counterfeiting has become a global menace. We have already discussed how IoT is helping companies like HP fight counterfeiting.

But the fashion industry is trickier.

Counterfeiting and fake products manufacturing are higher in the fashion industry given the availability of knock-offs of big brands at cheaper prices. As a result, apparel gets even more challenging to authenticate thanks to the increasing sophistication of manufacturing products that can pass off as originals. There are many people donning fake LVs (Louis Vuitton) and MKs (Michael Kors) all around the world. Some customers even get duped and end up purchasing fake products for very real prices. Moreover, the rise of e-commerce websites has multiplied the scale of the problem.

As per the OECD, 2.5 percent of all imports account for counterfeited products, out of which, the US, Italian and French brands are hit the worst. Worth nearly half a trillion dollars per year, profits recovered from the counterfeiting of goods are further used to organize other crimes according to the report by OECD and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office.

With efforts taken by industry leaders to trademark products, many are now integrating technology to further help customers and retailers authenticate products.

Chanel and LV Authentication Labels

The rise in fake products and counterfeiting has provoked big brands to fight back. Chanel places hologram stickers with unique serial numbers in the lining of its handbags while Louis Vuitton has ‘date codes’ to validate authentic LV products.

 

Succumbing to authentication methods pertaining to the 70’s and 80’s may not be feasible in a world where technology allows sophisticated counterfeiting and manufacture of fake products.

 

What is required is an IoT approach towards authenticating these merchandising products.

Toronto based Authentic or Not believes every product needs an ID. By embedding their microchips in apparel and other merchandising brands, Authentic or Not claims to bridge the gap between technology and fashion. Their microchips are designed specifically to withstand washing and dry-cleaning conditions, integrating fashion and IoT. And hovering a smartphone in front of microchips-embedded clothes can verify their authenticity.

IoT Enabled Clothing can help authenticate products and Fight Counterfeiting (Source: Authentic or Not)

This is only one of the use-cases for incorporating IoT into fashion. What is interesting to note here, is that products do not necessarily need a ‘microchip’ to participate in the Internet of Things. They can do so without one.

When we talked about ‘Everyday Shirts on the Internet’, we explained the relevance of ‘pseudo-connected’ devices and things that can also be a part of this trend. By allocating a unique identifier to products that cannot directly connect to the internet, they become eligible to participate in the Internet of Products.

QR codes, RFIDs, and other unique product identifiers to build a brand’s product directory such as barcodes or other two-dimensional code labels can be used. These technologies are also not very expensive to deploy on all products, whereas a microchip on every product can be more feasible for higher value luxury fashion products.

Scannable and readable physical product markers can potentially IoT enable clothing and other merchandising like handbags, sunglasses, watches, shoes etc. Maintaining a digital record of fashion products allows customers and retailers to quickly run a check on the internet against these authentication labels.

These physical markers can be checked against the brands’ product data directory or centralized product IoT inventory. Brands can utilize and leverage this user-product data to enable other features like warranty management as well.

As a result, it makes it tougher for counterfeits to replicate and sell fake products.

IoT Platforms have the potential to drastically intervene and transform the billion-dollar counterfeit industry. With lack of Intellectual property rights to safeguard products, high-end fashion and merchandising brands need to deploy IoT technologies internally. Brands can implement similar technologies to fight back counterfeiting and fake products by building ‘smart products or by simply connecting them to the internet.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of things (physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators) connected through internet which enables these things to exchange data. This creates opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, resulting in efficiency improvements, economic benefits, and reduced human exertions.

In simple terms we can say IoT is a system of things integrated with sensors, softwares, electronics which are connected to each other & can exchange data or Information with other connected devices.

The Sensors & devices can be like temperature sensor, motion sensor, camera, GPS etc. and to connect these devices each others there should be a medium like Internet ( WiFi), Bluetooth, satellite, Cellular etc. And last the data send between the devices need to be stored & analyzed like in cloud, data analytics software etc.

There can be optional user interface also be part of it in through which useful information can be viewed, monitored, alerts can be set etc.

The number of IoT devices increased 31% year-over-year to 8.4 billion in 2017 and it is estimated that there will be 30 billion devices by 2020

Connectivity or network is the crucial technology for IoT, there are several wired & wireless technologies available now

  • Short range wireless communication

 

Bluetooth, wireless, Radio frequency, Z-wave, Zigbee

 

  • Medium range wireless communication

 

LTE advanced, Halow

 

  • Long range wireless communication

 

Long range wireless, satellite

 

  • Wired

 

Ethernet, power line communication

 

The challenges on IoT is more related to security & data sources, different regions & governments have laws for data protection. How your IoT devices can embed the law & regulations when you make your IoT solutions.

According to the Business Insider Intelligence Survey conducted in the last quarter of 2014, 39% of the respondents said that security is the biggest concern in adopting Internet of things technology.

As IoT are growing, we are talking about more connected machines & the probability of cyber attacks are more.

The IoT soultions are spread across wide areas and some are listed below

  • Smart Home

IoT devices part of home automations like lighting, temperature control, air conditioning, security systems etc.

  • Enterprise applications

IoT devices used in corporate & business

  • Infrastructure applications

Monitoring & controlling of infrastructure like bridges, railways, roads, traffic etc.

  • Manufacturing

Integration in manufacturing area with sensors for identification, communication, tracking etc is improving the efficiency of manufacturing area. Example like opening the door automatically when truck comes.

  • Agriculture

There are numerous IoT applications in farming such as collecting data on temperature, rainfall, humidity, wind speed, pest infestation, and soil content. This data can be used to automate farming techniques, take informed decisions to improve quality and quantity, minimize risk and waste, and reduce effort required to manage crops.

  • Environmental monitoring

IoT solutions for environmental protection, monitoring rivers, water quality, forest area etc.

  • Energy Monitoring

Lot of power sources can be connected & can communicate each other for better utilization of power.

  • Medical & Healthcare

IoT devices for health monitorings & other activities in hospitals, health centers.

By definition Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide.

The term Internet is used to refer to the specific global system of interconnected devices. In simple definition of internet, we can say the Internet can be defined as the mode of communication through which one can receive, transmit information between multiple devices (Things) that can be used for multiple operations.

The things can be physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, electronic devices, sensors, actuators, software etc. which can be connected & exchange data.

What is IoTA: http://www.thetips4you.com/what-is-iota-iot-blockchain-machine-learning-and-cloud-computing/

Open CV and Raspberry Pi : http://www.thetips4you.com/opencv-in-raspberry-pi-how-to-install-opencv-on-raspberry-pi-3/

IoT Core: http://www.thetips4you.com/install-windows-iot-core-on-raspberry-pi/

Automated Motor Control: http://www.thetips4you.com/automated-motor-control-with-raspberry-pi-controlling-ac-motor-with-raspberry/

Wireless Remote Light Control: http://www.thetips4you.com/wireless-remote-control-lighting-system-smart-lighting-control-systems/

Relay and Pi : http://www.thetips4you.com/raspberry-pi-and-a-relay-module-how-to-control-a-relay-using-raspberry-pi/

Blynk and Raspberry Pi : http://www.thetips4you.com/raspberry-pi-and-blynk-how-to-use-blynk-app-with-raspberry-pi/

Home Security Motion Detection System: http://www.thetips4you.com/smart-home-security-using-raspberry-pi-security-system-using-raspberry-pi-with-motion-detection-camera/

Opne source IoT : http://www.thetips4you.com/open-source-iot-platform-top-10-open-source-iot-platform/

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