By: Michael Cook, CTO Tenna LLC
Our customers are construction companies that build roads, bridges and highways, so they own fleets of cars, trucks, earth-moving equipment other heavy vehicles, as well as quantities of smaller equipment. These assets are valuable, need maintenance, and are constantly moving among sites.
Many of our customers had previously relied upon paper records, outdated spreadsheets, or whiteboards to track their tools, equipment and vehicles. Often, they would use different approaches to keep track of different kinds of equipment. As a result, equipment could be lost or unmaintained, and accounting records could become inaccurate.
Now, with Tenna, our customers can find more assets, and find more value, productivity and efficiency from those assets. We help them track, process, and automate activities associated with their fleets of industrial assets, and get informed through reports and analytics.
Our goal is to digitize and automate GPS asset tracking on one consolidated platform instead of across fragmented systems. Today, our cloud-based system and durable, IoT-based (Internet of Things), trackers make it simple and affordable for our customers to see all of their assets – from large to small. Our customers get more out of their equipment because they have immediate access to information such as the history of who operated it, where it has been, whether it is available for use, and what maintenance has been performed.
We started out with optically-scanned asset tags, and we’ve constantly evolved our portfolio introducing new and innovative technologies to consistently deliver more value. We’re excited by our new trackers, which will not just deliver the quality and reliability of our initial product, but will also allow customers to track autonomously and without human error. They will capture and transmit asset data connecting wirelessly and automatically. For example, through Tenna’s CAN (Control Area Network) bus implementation, Tenna’s customers can see real-time information, autonomously delivered to Tenna’s cloud-based solution. So, usage information for things like oil pressure and mass air flow are displayed and can generate alerts for use by our customers’ equipment managers. Where CAN bus is not available, the trackers will provide critical location information, required by our customers, so that they can be as efficient as possible.
To develop our new technology, we connected with Pycom and leveraged their software and hardware platforms. With Pycom, we are building new LPWAN technologies such as LoRa and Cellular LTE-M (CAT-M1 and NBIoT), and we can now offer several models, allowing customers to select options among different power sources as well as alternate transmission protocols. Customers can select to transmit over the commercial cellular networks, or using LoRa 868 – 915 MHz, driven by the Pycom G01 and L01 chipsets, respectively. Two different power sources are available, to match with customers’ environments and their truck and heavy equipment vehicle fleets. Customers can plug into their vehicle’s power source or select our battery-assisted versions, which offer up to 5-year battery lives.
We’ve built the units to be rugged. Constructed with weatherproof IP67 enclosures, they handle voltage input ranging from 6 to 24 VDC. They are designed to handle voltage spikes commonly seen on heavy equipment and will connect to heavy equipment and construction trucks using OBD II and J1939. For greater flexibility, we are building them with GPIO capability, which enables our devices to be extensible. They can scan and connect via WiFi and Bluetooth, and can get software updates over the air.
Our customers will be able to know the location of all their equipment, with GPS precision. The Tenna trackers will go into deep sleep mode, waking on preset schedules to capture and transmit asset data.
Finally, construction companies with millions of dollars in equipment will no longer need to worry whether their whiteboard or paper records are up to date, or if they have equipment available to handle a new project. Tenna’s modern asset management system, driven by Pycom’s chipsets, will provide up to date and state of the art asset management.
Visit us at MWCA17 in San Francisco, September 12-14 and see the new Tenna asset trackers at Pycom’s booth, N324 in the North Hall. Alternatively you can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org