How did we adapt the Intrack® technology?
22,000 package containers sometimes create headaches for Posten and Bring. It is in such specially designed cages that your parcels are shipped from the postal terminals and out to the post offices. The problem is that Posten does not have enough empty cages available at some terminals.
Posten tells about the issue
The cages of Posten and Bring must report where they are and have been. Unique tracking devices can provide huge savings and better services to customers.
- During Christmas rush last year, there was such a large lack of packing cages in some areas that we had to switch to a cardboard solution. These cardboard cages can withstand much less and do not have as much capacity, says Alexander Haneng, director of digital innovation in Posten and Bring.
Now Posten and Bring will face the challenge. The company has good experience with innovative thinking, and in collaboration with IntSpo, they will test out unique digital tracking devices that are mounted on the package container.
The goal is to cope with fewer cages - because the cages are in the right place at the right time.
On track with NB-IoT
It is not that there are too few parcels, but they are often in the wrong place. The cages can be left in a terminal, warehouse or store where they can be very difficult to track. Each cage costs several thousand kroners in purchases.
The smart and efficient tracking units used by Posten and Bring have been developed by Intspo AS and are equipped with GPS tracking and connected to Telenor's NarrowBand IoT network (NB-IoT). With high frequency they send information up to the cloud. NB-IoT uses Telenor's 4G signals with a 99.4 per cent population coverage and fits well with the assignment.
- This gives us the opportunity to track the cages at any time. We can bring up all the cages on a map where their position is updated continuously and we can also see where they have been, says Haneng, adding:
- That's why the NarrowBand IoT is so suitable. It has good coverage throughout the country and requires very little power.
NB-IoT network features allow the tracking devices to save power by hibernating when not transmitting information. In addition, they use lower bandwidth than usual 4G, which provides coverage even in large warehouses with thick walls.
Culture for innovation
Posten and Bring are constantly looking for new areas where they can use tracking. Previously, they have GPS tracking on 800 shipping containers, as well as Norway's largest radio frequency identification network (so-called RFID) - small chips that are equipped with antennas and can communicate via radio signals.
Alexander Haneng says there are three reasons why they now choose to test out NarrowBand IoT.
- Firstly, we want to gain experience with the new mobile network. We also want to inspire internally at Posten and Bring, and show what opportunities exist with NarrowBand IoT. This is also a good opportunity to build on the innovation culture we have in the company.
In recent years, the company has proven itself a leader of innovation.
During the Arendal week, The Minister of Transport and Communications at the time, Ketil Solvik-Olsen had the honor of receiving the first letter delivered by the world's first self-propelled letter and parcel machine. Posten and Bring also work with Oslo University Hospital to test out the delivery of blood samples and other important materials with the help of flying drones.
Intspo AS provides solutions for intelligent tracking - ie the connection of location information with different types of sensor information, and a portal for management and access to information.