From automotive to IoT: ERM targets new markets

From automotive to IoT: ERM targets new markets

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

The company is introducing its IoTLink line of products. The solutions use sensors and gateways that enable continuous tracking of assets and monitoring their status according to pre-defined parameters. The products emit constant status signals, as well as alerts of any breach of the pre-defined parameters. In addition, the IoTLink products communicate between themselves using the Bluetooth low energy (BLE) radio technology. The products are also equipped with an internal battery, enabling them to maintain communciation links independent of power supplies.

IoTLink products enable tracking, locating and monitoring of assets that are not necessarily in or on the vehicle, such as items that are being transported in crates or are in storage, in containers, in transit, in fields, etc, alongside assets such as activated machines and refrigerators for industrial or home, which use equipment that requires long-distance monitoring. This move by ERM, which has hitherto focused its efforts on the automotive market, is now offering solutions to new sectors such as agriculture, logistics and any field that requires this type of monitoring. ERM’s new IoT solutions will enable complete integration and interfacing of the company’s main telematics product line that is based on the StarLink technology.

As part of the new IoTLink line, ERM announced the e2Sens comprehensive sensor, that will be offered at a highly competitive price and will enable the monitoring of assets in real time. e2Sens will also enable periodic reporting based on a list of parameters – humidity, temperature, light, motion, angles, shock, falling, or opening or closing of doors. A complimentary product to e2Sens is e2Gate, which serves as a gateway to the e2Sens sensor and can also act independently as a standalone sensor. e2Gate combines a mobile tracking unit with a sophisticated sensor, and is equipped with a cellular modem, GPS, an internal battery and the capability to monitor temperature, identify an accident, angle, shock, movement and location, all in one device and in real time. 

In addition to the use of e2Gate or StarLink devices as gateways, and in order to maximize flexibility in field implementation, IoTLink technology comes also as part of a special app that was designed by ERM, allowing the use of mobile phones and tablets as gateways.

The IoTLink technology focuses on continuous measurement over monitoring ranges and thresholds determined in advance by the users, and it provides alerts if these thresholds are exceeded. As long as the sensors do not detect any irregularity from the pre-determined range, the reporting will be on a periodic basis. Once a threshold is breached, the sensor will send out an event in order to permit an immediate satisfactory handling of the asset.  

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