Net Feasa Partners with ORBCOMM to deliver first commercial Low Power Wide Area Network Vessel Solution

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Key part of Net Feasa’s trusted IoT Service Provider vision for Supply Chain 4.0  

ORBCOMM announced that it has expanded its industry-leading portfolio of on-board vessel IoT systems to include LoRaWAN™ (LoRa) technology. Through a partnership with Net Feasa, ORBCOMM has deployed the first commercially available solution using LoRa technology to monitor shipping containers on board a vessel for a large global carrier.

The solution combines VesselConnect, ORBCOMM’s industry-leading refrigerated container management application, with Net Feasa’s EvenKeelIoT device connectivity, management and services platform.

Reefers communicate in real time through LoRa  gateways mounted in strategic locations on the vessel. Key reefer data, including temperature, humidity and alarms, is collected in EvenKeel and updated in ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect.

The VesselConnect application communicates over satellite back to the land-based ORBCOMM ReeferConnect platform, enabling customers to see the location of all vessels as well the status of each reefer on board from a single, comprehensive command and control center.

ORBCOMM’s fully integrated system supports two-way commands, allowing users on the vessel or at the land-based operations to change the reefer’s temperature set points and other parameters. 

Designed primarily to eliminate the “black hole” of reefer visibility at sea, ORBCOMM’s solution also enhances crew efficiency and safety by eliminating the need for manual inspections to check the status and condition of the containers and improves operational efficiency through remote pre-trip inspections along with actionable maintenance and repair data.

In addition, ORBCOMM’s new LoRa-based system is compliant with the Digital Container Shipping Association’s (DCSA) new IoT connectivity standards created to make the shipping container supply chain more transparent, reliable and secure.

As one of the DCSA-approved technologies for on-vessel operations, LoRa offers an alternative to cellular and other communication technologies in use today. ORBCOMM’s VesselConnect is unique in offering multiple choices for on-board vessel network connectivity so that customers can utilize the technology that best suits their use case.

“ORBCOMM’s new LoRaWAN™ on-board vessel solution complements our portfolio of refrigerated container management solutions and further demonstrates our commitment to continued innovation supporting the global supply chain,” said Al Tama, ORBCOMM’s Vice President and General Manager of Container and Port Solutions.

“Together with Net Feasa, we’re helping shipping companies drive digital transformation, while achieving measurable savings.”

“As global concerns for cargo quality and security as well as traceability increase, the real-time tracking and monitoring of reefers is becoming the industry norm,” said Mike Fitzgerald, Net Feasa’s Chairman.

“We’re pleased to partner with ORBCOMM to bring our expertise in global IoT networks, together with their leadership in innovation and compliance towards IoT industry standards, to the global container marketplace.”

ORBCOMM is a innovator in the industrial Internet of Things, providing solutions that connect businesses to their assets to deliver increased visibility and operational efficiency.

Net Feasa is a trusted IoT Service Provider dedicated to the Digital Transformation of the supply chain.

Source: orbcomm.com
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