HERE Technologies and Sigfox team up on asset tracking

HERE Technologies and Sigfox have announced a partnership to develop and deploy a global location service for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, particularly in supply chain and logistics.

The service will integrate HERE’s global coverage of WiFi hotspots with the Sigfox worldwide network and geolocation engine. The two companies claim that this will allow asset location both indoors (including inside factories warehouses and other buildings) and outdoors, without any additional infrastructure, regardless of the size and quantity of assets. The partnership is seeking to make asset tracking possible for companies that could not previously afford geolocation services. It will allow users to collect data to help them optimise their flows, ensure better transport conditions and increase service reliability. Use cases for the solution include air transport, luggage/trolley management, location of stolen/missing cars, industrial asset management and location of shipping containers.

“Our partnership with Sigfox reinforces HERE as a major player in IoT,” said Christophe Hamaide, Senior Account Executive at HERE. “The HERE Location Suite references billions of Wi-Fi hotspots, and through this joint initiative, we will be able to pinpoint the location of millions of connected objects all around the world in the coming years.”

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