Glass Specialist Weha-Therm Keeps Track of Racks with Box ID’s IoT Solution
0G Network Operator, Heliot Europe
As the exclusive Sigfox 0G Network Operator, Heliot Europe owns and operates the national 0G Network covering Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Slovenia that is suitable for the vast majority of all loT applications.
BOX ID Systems offers end-to-end IoT-enabled location monitoring solutions to cost-effectively track millions of logistics assets through the global industrial supply-chain, including site-to-site, on-premises and inside buildings.
For decades, Weha-Therm Isolierglas GmbH & co. KG has been a trusted industry partner and market-leading German specialist manufacturer of high-quality insulating and single glass products spanning 8,000 different categories. Weha-Therm combines advanced production processes with an outstanding team of unmatched expertise to deliver customer service based on flexibility, expertise, speed, and foresight.
Franky Cosaert, CEO, Weha-Therm says, “Flexible, reliable and fast delivery is one of the key success factors of our business.”
Weha-Therm uses racks specially designed to transport fragile, high-value glass products. Once the goods are received at the destination, the customer returns the empty racks.
Ensuring the right number of racks are in the right location at the right time is essential for optimal manufacturing, efficient operations, and a great customer experience. However, the day-to-day management of the entire asset fleet is challenging, as racks are often not returned on time, are mistakenly misdirected, or lost.
Weha-Therm’s vision was to overcome these challenges and increase operational efficiency with an IoT-enabled track and trace solution to provide access to timely location information across its entire rack fleet. The challenge was to find the right end-to-end IoT solution, which required reliable devices, with many years of battery-life, connected to a low-cost national network, and a data platform capable of delivering location insight to support decision-making with accurate information.
An economically viable and operationally scalable IoT solution
After an in-depth evaluation, Weha-Therm chose the BOX ID Systems solution. All transport racks were fitted with inexpensive IoT tracking devices that record the current location and all rack movements, transmitting the data via the global Sigfox 0G Network.
The battery-operated trackers have a maintenance-free service life of up to seven years and are easily retrofitted to existing racks. Installation requires only a few minutes to screw the trackers to the racks. BOX ID System’s platform turns the data into actionable insights and tracks the entire fleet of racks in real-time.
Data is accessed using an easy-to-use web application. The data platform offers many extra functions that simplify rack management, such as the automatic creation of a continuous fleet inventory showing each asset’s location and its associated customer information.
BOX ID Systems delivers real business value for Weha-Therm:
- The overall loss ratio of racks is significantly reduced.
- Customer mishandling, such as using racks for their own purposes, are easily and instantly identified and actioned..
- Cumbersome, manual, error-prone tracking processes are replaced with automated, remote-monitoring requiring no on-site staff.
- Higher rack utilisation rates and faster rotations reduce the need for capital expenditure.
The Heliot Europe 0G Network: Reliable connectivity over a low-cost, low-power, long-range wireless network
Heliot Europe is the exclusive Sigfox 0G Network Operator in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia, and is part of the global 0G Network.
The 0G technology is a critical component of BOX ID System’s asset tracking solution. Sigfox, the world’s leading IoT service provider, pioneered low-power network connectivity specifically for the many applications made possible when devices can operate and communicate for years without needing a replacement battery.
The 0G Network, powered by Sigfox, harnesses ultra-narrowband technology to support connectivity solutions that improve existing business cases and enable a new range of opportunities for businesses across all industries. It delivers out-of-the-box, two-way, secure communication services to unlock the true potential of the Internet of Things (IoT).
For Weha-Therm, the ability of the 0G Network to support two-way communication over long distances outdoors as well as indoors, and enabling many years of battery life for the tracker device, was crucial.
BOX ID Systems offers unique benefits, including:
- retrofit solutions for existing rack inventory
- Europe-wide and global tracking with long-life trackers
- easy access to location information via a web-based application
- automated, continuous inventory management.
A key to the successful development of the solution was a close collaboration between all parties: Weha-Therm, Box ID Systems, and Heliot Europe. The solution is now being deployed elsewhere in Europe by several other production and logistic companies.
0G UN is the Global Association of 0G Network Operators, powered by Sigfox, the world’s leading IoT service provider.