- THE MAGAZINE
It is now possible to localize logistic objects whilst indoors. A German RTLS developer, nanotron Technologies, has integrated its Chirp Spread Spectrum (CSS) technology into the latest tracking product of the telematics specialist, MECOMO.
CSS technology allows the wireless localization and data transmission within closed spaces. With nanotron's CSS technology, the functionality of MECOMO’s GPS-based tracking solution, mecSOLAR, has been extended to now allow in-house tracking.
The mecSOLAR tracking solution is the first of its kind to combine GPS and indoor tracking of logistics objects. mecSOLAR is currently being tested by selected logistics companies and is expected to go into production in January 2013.
To ensure mecSOLAR fully benefited from the special properties of nanotron’s CSS technology – energy efficiency and signal strength – the two companies have developed an entirely new and specialized wireless sensor radio interface named mecSENSE.
The combination of CSS technology with mecSENSE makes mecSOLAR an ideal solution for use with sensors in containers. In addition to all the most important sensors already featured in mecSOLAR – including temperature, humidity, shock, light and door sensors – supplementary sensors can easily be connected providing they have the new interface. Thus, mecSOLAR can be applied for numerous usages.
"We are delighted to have partnered with nanotron. By integrating CSS technology into mecSOLAR, we can now offer our clients the unique combination of GPS and in-house tracking,” said Stefan Heimerl, CEO of MECOMO. “Moreover, with our co-developed radio sensor interface, mecSENSE, we can now grant additional mecSOLAR functionality. Now is the time for sensor manufacturers to prepare their products for the new platform."