ORBCOMM adds LoRa IoT system for container monitoring

ORBCOMM reports that it has expanded its range of vessel Internet of Things (IoT) products to add support for LoRa WAN technology, a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) networking protocol used as an open global standard for IoT connectivity.

The company says it has partnered with Net Feasa, an IoT service provider based in Ireland, to deploy a new system using LoRa technology to monitor containers on board vessels for a global shipping line.

The system supplied combines VesselConnect, ORBCOMM’s reefer container management application, with Net Feasa’s EvenKeel IoT device platform, allowing the refrigerated containers to communicate in real time through LoRa gateways mounted on the vessel.

Key container data, including temperature, humidity and alarms, is collected in EvenKeel and updated in VesselConnect. The application communicates over satellite back to ORBCOMM’s land-based platform, allowing users to see the location of all vessels as well the status of each container on board from a single command and control centre.

The system supports two-way commands, so users both on the vessel or on land can change the container’s temperature set points and other parameters if required.

“ORBCOMM’s new LoRa-based on board vessel IoT solution complements our best-in-class portfolio of refrigerated container management solutions and further demonstrates our commitment to continued innovation supporting the global supply chain,” said Christian Allred, ORBCOMM’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Sales.

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

The partners note that the LoRa-based system is also compliant with the Digital Container Shipping Association’s (DCSA) new IoT connectivity standards.

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