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Global Logistics solutions with IoT and LoRaWAN®

May 17, 2023
By The Things Industries

The recent COVID-19 pandemic exposed the vulnerabilities of global supply chains and logistics, highlighting the need for efficiency and reliability in an age of fragile supply chains, complex transportation networks, and time-sensitive deliveries. LoRaWAN is an excellent fit for global logistics due to its superior range and low infrastructure costs. While it requires gateways and networks to operate, these components can be easily installed in warehouses or along known transportation routes. Miromico, a Zurich-based hardware development company, is utilizing LoRaWAN and multi-technology solutions to streamline logistics and supply chain management, ensuring sustainable and intelligent operations.

In collaboration with Swisscom, Miromico has created the smallest multi-technology tracking device, boasting precision down to five meters outdoors and seamless indoor-outdoor tracking using Wi-Fi scanning capabilities. Additionally, they have developed innovative logistics tracking devices, such as the miro Cargo and an RFID-mimicking tracker, both based on Semtech's versatile and cost-effective LR1110 chip.

LoRaWAN technology is particularly promising for global logistics due to its low-power, long-range wireless communication protocol for IoT devices, enabling secure and bidirectional communication for logistics solutions. It offers superior range and low infrastructure costs, making it an ideal fit for logistics operations. While LoRaWAN requires gateways and networks to operate, these components can be easily installed in warehouses or along known transportation routes.

Miromico's approach involves understanding the business cases and problems in logistics to develop reliable and sustainable solutions. They are exploring various communication technologies such as LoRaWAN, 2.4 GHz wireless transmission, mobile networks, and emerging IoT satellite solutions, to ensure global connectivity in logistics. Each technology offers unique advantages and drawbacks, making it essential to carefully analyse the requirements of specific use cases.

The Things Stack plays a critical role in Miromico's LoRaWAN-powered logistics solutions by facilitating seamless communication between IoT devices, gateways, and application servers. It ensures efficient data transmission, scalability, flexibility, and robust security for global logistics operations, enabling Miromico to provide adaptable and reliable solutions for the complex demands of supply chain management. Learn more

By leveraging LoRaWAN, Miromico's approach offers improved efficiency, cost savings, and a smarter way to manage global logistics. The company serves as an excellent example of how IoT and multi-technology solutions can revolutionise traditional industries and create new possibilities for businesses and individuals alike.

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