Libelium Smart Logistics Sensors Add Real-Time Tracking And Monitoring

Press Release | Libelium | September 16, 2014

SAN MATEO, Calif. & ZARAGOZA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Libelium has released new Smart Logistics modules for Waspmote sensor nodes that provide position, sensing and transmission capabilities to enable real time tracking, via 3G, GPS and GPRS. These new modules for Waspmote and Plug & Sense! devices can read geolocation coordinates, collect extra sensor data such as humidity, luminosity, CO, CO2, temperature, or vibration, then send all the information to a web or Cloud server. Smart Logistics applications include continuous vehicle fleet tracking, container goods control, and asset management, or other location-based services.

To guide developers, Libelium has created libraries detailing GPS and sensor data transmission, and an example of how to integrate information gathered with geographic information systems such as Google GIS, Axeda or ESRI. A step-by-step tutorial on geopositioning with the Google Maps API is also available in the technical guides published by Libelium.

"We design our hardware and systems for low-power consumption, a prerequisite for any logistics control network that collects and transmits data to the Cloud in real time,” said David Gascón, CTO at Libelium. “Our sensor devices are battery powered with a lifetime of several years so they allow really easy maintenance when installed in vehicles and containers.”

Technical points – Smart Logistics modules for Waspmote / Plug & Sense!


Key Features    

Real-time tracking is performed by reading longitude/latitude, collecting sensor data, and transmitting via an HTTP request to a Web/Cloud server.

Available wireless technologies include 3G, GPRS, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, 802.15.4, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart Low Energy (BLE), GPRS, RF-868MHz, RF-900MHz, Wi-Fi, ZigBee radio interfaces.

Two modules:
- SIM5218 / 3G+GPS, for high speed packet access (HSPA) at 7.2Mbps bandwidth
- SIM908 / GPRS+GPS, for basic GPRS transmission

- Both modules use Quad-Band GSM/EDGE 850MHz/900MHz/1800MHz/1900MHz (US, EU, IC); SIM5218 includes Tri-Band UMTS-
900/1900/2100MHz (EU)
850/1900/2100MHz (US)
800/1900/2100MHz (JP)

GPS: the SIM5218 can use complex GPS modes that can complete information with mapping info from A-GPS / S-GPS geolocation servers.

Certifications obtained for both modules for CE, FCC, IC; SIM5218 module is also certified Telec, and Jate.


Why it Matters

Waspmote easily adds sensor data from any of over 70 different sensors (e.g. acceleration, CO, CO2, humidity, IR, luminosity, temperature, vibration, liquid presence, etc.) to location data and sends the information to any Cloud system.

Waspmote sensor nodes simplify connectivity.

Two options available for Waspmote / Plug & Sense! nodes, according to specific use requirements.

Modules are compatible with all the world’s major cell networks.

Position information is useful for real time monitoring of shipping containers, vehicle fleet tracking, for insurance, transport, and security purposes.

Modules are ready to deploy in Europe, Japan and the U.S.


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About Libelium

Libelium designs and manufactures hardware and APIs for wireless sensor networks so that system integrators, engineering, and consultancy companies can deliver reliable Internet of Things (IoT), M2M and Smart Cities solutions with minimum time to market. Waspmote—Libelium’s open wireless sensor platform—is modular, easy to deploy and ready to integrate with third-party Cloud systems such as Axeda, Esri, ThingWorx, or MQTT. Over 2,000 developers from 75 countries in companies ranging from startups to universities to large international corporations have adopted Libelium’s technology for projects in North America, Australia, Asia and Europe. Commercial deployments based on Waspmote include applications as varied as parking, traffic congestion, environmental monitoring, and precision agriculture. Gartner Inc., named Libelium a Cool Vendor in 2014. Established in 2006, Libelium is privately held and has headquarters in Zaragoza, Spain.

SIPR for Libelium
Judy Curtis, +1 650-274-1509
David Gascón, CTO, +34 976 54 74 92