Sierra Wireless Launches Acculink Cargo, A Managed IoT Solution for Asset Tracking

Internet of Things solutions provider Sierra Wireless today launched Acculink Cargo, a new managed IoT solution that companies can quickly deploy to track the location and condition of high-value and sensitive assets.

Delivered as a service for a single monthly fee, Acculink Cargo leverages Sierra Wireless’ expertise in IoT devices, global connectivity, and cloud to deliver a single solution companies can use to monitor the near real-time status of assets anywhere in the world, as they move through their supply chains.

A Large and Growing Market

Asset tracking and other supply chain visibility solutions are a large and rapidly growing market. In a recent report, Mordor Intelligence valued the asset tracking market at $17.14 billion in 2020, and expects this market to grow to $34.82 billion by 2026, at a compound annual growth rate of 13.45%. As the report notes, the e-commerce boom has increased the need for companies to track assets.

Acculink Cargo enables electronics manufacturers, cold-chain carriers, general freight carriers, food and produce shippers, and third-party logistics firms to gain the supply chain visibility they require to avoid shipping delays, minimize dwell time, prevent theft, and remediate environmental conditions that can lead to asset damage.

In addition to tracking the location of these assets, Acculink Cargo can also alert customers if an asset is exposed to light, changes in temperature, humidity, shock, or other conditions that might spoil or otherwise damage it.

A Simple, Flexible, Powerful Solution for Asset Tracking

In addition, Acculink Cargo provides the following benefits:

  • Quick deployment: Acculink Cargo fully integrates edge devices, global network connectivity, and a cloud-based application, supporting quick deployment in as little as 30 days, with minimal startup costs.
  • Highly accurate tracking: Use of LTE cellular wireless networks in combination with GPS data enables customers to pinpoint the location of their assets.
  • Flexibility/ease of use: The cloud-based application features a simple, intuitive user interface with customizable dashboards and configurable alerts.
  • Configurable location and status reporting: Users can set up specific geolocation, light, temperature, humidity, and shock conditions they want to monitor for each shipment. Users can also adjust when data on these conditions is updated, allowing them to extend the battery life of their edge devices.
  • Decision-support insights: Users can analyze real-time and historical shipping data to uncover trends and other information that can help them make better business decisions.

“When it comes to high-value and sensitive assets, companies no longer want to just track their location as they travel through their supply chains. Today, they expect to be able to monitor the condition of these assets in near real-time as well,” said Rupal Nanavati, vice president & general manager of IoT Applications, Sierra Wireless. “Acculink Cargo addresses these needs, with an easy-to-deploy, fully integrated managed solution."

Pricing and Availability

Acculink Cargo is sold on an as-a-service basis, lowering customers’ initial upfront investment, while also allowing them to easily scale the solution up or down as their business needs change. Customers have the option to purchase devices upfront, and only pay for connectivity and the application on a subscription basis. Alternatively, they can sign up for a complete managed IoT service, with a single monthly fee that covers devices, network, and application access.

Acculink Cargo is currently available to customers throughout North America. Sierra Wireless plans to expand availability of the solution to other regions in the future.

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