Pilsen/Czech Republic. Simpler logistics management and cost savings of up to 20 percent are the objectives of the cooperation between Openmatics and Aruba. Openmatics, ZF's connectivity specialist, and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, have joined forces to integrate their asset tracking and IT infrastructure capabilities.
In production and logistics, the networked dispatching of vehicles and intelligent systems to control goods has become a key success factor for many companies. Connectivity specialist Openmatics offers several benefits in this area and its asset tracking system deTAGtive logistics is setting industry standards. Thanks to its WiFi access points, Aruba has become the first choice for several companies.
“Through this cooperation, we have moved one step closer to our vision of an intelligently networked world,” says Thomas Rösch, chief executive officer, Openmatics. “With Aruba, we have found an agile partner that perfectly complements our connectivity expertise.”
Shared IT base
The deTAGtive logistics concept works independently from vehicle and component manufacturers. It optimizes processes in industry, retail and logistics and makes them transparent. In particular, deTAGtive enables efficient yard and process management. BLE tags – small Bluetooth radio units which track inventory or asset movement – are essential for this. Currently, this data captures a dedicated network of tag finders that are used in the entire plant. Openmatics and Aruba are now leveraging the opportunity to reduce costs for asset tracking utilizing Aruba’s WiFi access points. These are used instead of the previous finders to gather data and forward it to the deTAGtive cloud application for processing. When this collaboration is complete, companies can access the network as well as the asset tracking solution using a shared IT infrastructure. This can considerably reduce cabling, installation and work costs, which can help users experience cost savings of up to 20 percent.
This technology can deliver significant benefits for companies that wish to take advantage of Aruba’s proven infrastructure. “In many companies, especially in the automotive industry, Aruba’s access points have already become standard,” says Rösch. “Now, they can quickly and easily upgrade their existing infrastructure and thereby use the innovative asset tracking solutions from Openmatics.” The solution from Openmatics and Aruba offers additional advantages in terms of a rapid return on investment, as no new hardware and software components are required for integration. One software update is sufficient. ZF is already using the solution at six locations with another four at pilot phase.
Global implementation of Aruba at ZF
In 2016, ZF chose Aruba as its new strategic supplier following a global WiFi tender for the entire company. “We are currently in the process of globally migrating our approximately 230 locations in 40 countries to Aruba,” explains Alexander Piplies, IT project manager and WiFi expert for ZF’s IT organization. “This provides us a WiFi infrastructure that optimally supports business and process requirements as well as new innovations.”