LTE-M is here and “Kedeon” is one of the pioneers that have the opportunity to implement LTE-M network in their devices thanks to Latvian mobile operator LMT. This allows for improved device battery life and overall performance.
The LTE-M network technology enables Internet of Things (IoT) devices to connect directly to a mobile network, without a gateway and while running on batteries. Communication with this type of network enables devices to be cheaper, use less data, and provide longer battery life. Based on the use cases, it enables devices to last multiple months without recharging.
As LMT is the first to offer a nationwide LTE-M network, the fast-growing supply chain monitoring startup “Kedeon” has partnered up with the mobile operator to test and use the new network with its purpose-built sensor devices to monitor environmental factors during deliveries, such as temperature, humidity, UV light, and others. It further allows providing real-time alerts at any point in the delivery.
"The future-proof IoT standards such as LTE-M and NB-IoT significantly change the capabilities of sensors and smart solutions in a wide variety of sectors. They allow you to digitize and automate processes so that you can work more efficiently and, not less importantly, in a more sustainable manner. We are glad to see that local start-ups such as Kedeon foresee these capabilities and are already taking advantage of our novel infrastructure” says Jēkabs Groskaufmanis, Innovation Project Manager at LMT.
Previously, an extensive setup was required to operate network-connected monitoring devices in the supply chain. For example, to use “Kedeon” devices with a traditional LTE network, all delivery vehicles need to be equipped with a separate gateway and power supply to enable the devices to send information to its platform. LTE-M allows to simplify this process - clients simply attach them to any delivery without any additional installations.
“The LTE-M network provides multiple advantages over previously available networking solutions. For us, it gives the ability to create truly wireless solutions and provide real-time measurements in dynamic environments. For clients, it lowers the barrier of entry and provides detailed insights about the environment in which perishable products are transported in. Moreover, the devices can now enter a “deep sleep” mode and wake up only periodically while remaining connected.” says Kristaps Mikasenoks, COO, and co-founder of Kedeon.
Kedeon provides modern software and hardware solutions for cold supply chain monitoring, which helps for companies to stand out from the competition while helping to gain useful data and optimize the operations. Kedeon utilizes different tools to make the supply chain more transparent in order to help to increase customer trust and confidence in the products. “Kedeon” has successfully launched multiple pilot projects in Latvia by deploying more than 25 LTE-M enabled sensor devices with local and international delivery companies.