Constantly increasing demands for efficient and modern logistics and manufacturing optimization mean that networked vehicle dispatches and assets tracking have become imperative. ZF Aftermarket's connectivity specialist OPENMATICS is presenting "deTAGtive logistics"; a data platform with which assets can be better monitored and documented.
Connectivity is also being driven by the logistics industry. Even today, OPENMATICS is making transparent fleet management possible, thus avoiding driving without loads, taking into account driving and rest periods in its route planning and monitoring fuel consumption. With "deTAGtive logistics", ZF Aftermarket is once again expanding the multifaceted platform with useful functions.
Tracking and monitoring of valuable assets
OPENMATICS' "deTAGtive logistics" means ZF Aftermarket is able to comprehensively check valuable assets – be it valuable cargo on a way, manufacturing components during the production and assembly or vehicles in a yard. In this way, the user-friendly software documents all details of asset movements and sensitive transports, for instance whether the required temperature range was maintained or whether vibrations may have compromised the cargo.
High-power detectives with a long service life
The core elements of the interactive technology are high-power monitoring specialists; the "deTAGtive" tags. Thanks to Bluetooth Smart Technology, battery-powered sensors with a surface area smaller than that of a business card can be easily installed anywhere – without extensive cabling. These can be used on transport containers, pallets, swap bodies or cargo itself for up to five years before they are recycled by OPENMATICS.
Three different tags are available: The basic TAG 1 variant enables location information and identification. This enables for example a complete yard management in depots of transport companies. TAG 2 shows additional information about acceleration and shocks, temperature and light, whereas TAG 3 also measures air humidity. The sensors can be individually configured depending on the asset. Sensors developed for specific customers are even a possibility, so as to conduct measurements of air pressure or of magnetic fields, for example.
The Bluetooth Smart Technology gives the tags a range of up to 30 meters; even enough for the new 25-meter-long trucks, the so-called gigaliner. In addition, the tags can communicate not only with existing telematics hardware and the OPENMATICS' stationary TAG finder but also with smartphones and tablets.
Intuitive operation thanks to comfortable mobile application and a web portal
The user only needs to download the App, which is available for download on Google Play or Apple Store, in order to access all functions. Predefined measurement profiles can be installed and threshold values set with the app. This allows the retrieval of tag data pertaining to the cargo and the direct transmission of threshold violation alert notices during travel. Thanks to real-time alerts, it is possible to intervene before loss or damage occurs to goods.
Additionally, users can administer tags and the tag finder in real time at their workplace using a web portal, meaning that they are always fully informed of the entire process.
Saving time and costs with increased transparency
The advantages are clear: Lower administration and communication efforts and clear savings of time and costs with transparent logistics and manufacturing processes. Linking up to third-party systems already established in companies such as SAP is also possible via the program interface.
OPENMATICS. Intelligent connectivity solutions.
With Openmatics, ZF Aftermarket ensures the systems expertise of ZF Friedrichshafen AG is carried forward consistently into the aftermarket and offers along with the Asset Tracking solution other connectivity solutions such as telematics, entertainment, diagnostics and engineering. The range of services can be expanded with additional apps at will. In addition, third-party suppliers, as is common with smartphone applications, are permitted to develop their own apps and make them available on the platform.