On Monday at CTIA Wireless  in New Orleans, Sprint announced it is expanding its portfolio of products from Omnilink, a provider of location-based services (LBS ) and platforms. Omnilink’s asset tracking service operates on the Sprint wireless networks and offers an out-of-the box tool for tracking assets at risk for theft or damage, such as: bank bags, automated teller machines (ATMs), computers and data storage devices, vehicles, consumer electronics, liquor and cigarettes, and pharmaceuticals.
According to Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., USA), industry experts estimate that cargo thefts result in as much as $30 billion in losses each year.
The expanded offering allows Sprint customers to choose from multiple device options to track and monitor all of their assets within a single user interface. Later this month, the Sprint Business Direct sales channels will begin offering specific new devices on Omnilink’s (Alpharetta, Ga., USA) Asset Tracker platform.
Sprint will begin offering the Sendum PT300 device, which supports smart sensors such as temperature, light and motion to address theft prevention, asset management and chain of custody. For example, shippers can use the PT300 to monitor valuable cargo in transit, ensure warehoused goods stay in the correct temperature range, or detect tampering if a package has been opened, says Sprint. Omnilink’s technology also enables a sleep mode with motion alerts to allow the PT300 to stay in the field for weeks or months at a time without recharging.
Another device Sprint plans on offering is the Omnilink OM210, an indoor/outdoor asset-tracking option. According to Sprint, this device is ideal for shorter battery life requirements where loss of the device is possible in transit. The OM210 is based on the technology in Omnilink’s time-tested offender-monitoring devices.
The third device Sprint will offer is the CalAmp 2610, which provides companies with a way to track vehicles and construction equipment and Omnilink extends features such as location history, speed, stop reports, and geofencing for remote asset management. The 2610 features a new 3D accelerometer to provide reliability for fleet owners.
The expansion of Omnilink’s portfolio by Sprint builds on a previous relationship between the companies. Sprint also provides the network infrastructure for Omlilink’s offender-monitoring solutions.