M2M module maker Telit has revealed it is supplying devices to Korea Telecom for use with the operator’s global freight tracking business.
In a statement, Telit (London, UK) said its HE910 and UC864 modules are providing cellular connectivity for the KT service.
The modules are used with KT’s (Seoul, South Korea) ConTracer platform, which can track temperature and humidity inside a container, as well as impact and location information.
Telit says that unlike most freight tracking solutions – which only collect information at certain zones – KT’s provides real-time information throughout the entire journey.
The HE910 module is compatible with W-CDMA 3G technology and is therefore able to provide for comprehensive telecoms band coverage, supporting global roaming in areas covered by 3G networks and enabling real-time monitoring regardless of the country of export destination.
The companies say the new capabilities of the service will be of particular interest to Korean companies exporting to US markets, because they allow exporters to respond efficiently to the requirements of the American Safe Port Act – due to come into effect later this year.
The Act demands that all containers entering US territory be equipped with security features.
“When combined with sensor technology, [the smart freight forwarding solution] delivers the required functionality for monitoring illegal opening and closing of moving freight, temperature, humidity and impact,” said Joong-jo Shin, chief executive of S-Winnus, which helped KT develop the freight tracking service. “Managers can easily monitor the freight’s condition on the web or mobile ensuring freight productivity and security.”
Telit said that while cost used to be the top priority for freight forwarding solutions, management and security have been gaining in importance.
“I am glad that Telit, with its long years of professionalism in tracing and security, is contributing to the effective globalization of Korean companies,” said Ho-sang Kim, Telit’s senior sales director for Kore and Japan. “As Korea becomes a stronger exporting country, more demand for global roaming is expected.”