Sigfox and Heliot, its Austrian operator, enable better decision making, increased visibility and reduced losses of valuable postal assets
Paris, France – November 18th, 2020 – Today at Sigfox Connect 2020, the largest IoT showroom, Sigfox, the global 0G network and cloud provider for industrial data, announced its partnership with Austrian Post, the leading logistics and postal service provider in Austria, to help the company gain full visibility of roller containers across its 2,000 sites and also customer sites.
Austrian Post has set a target to track its entire roller container inventory by 2021.
For more than two years, the Austrian Post searched for a commercial acceptable solution to track and determine the status of its roller containers, since understanding their whereabouts could lead to significant reduction in losses.
The organization uses two container types, for letters and parcels, each worth a few hundred euros. Buffering only one roller container more than necessary in its 2,000 sites, has a drastic impact in investment of roller containers.
The main issues Austrian Post faced during its search were the cost of trackers, typically at €100 – €200 each, and the lack of existing network infrastructure. Alternative solutions required the postal firm to set up a supplementary communications infrastructure on site, however, due to complex installation and with many of the roller containers located at customer sites, this was not a viable option.
Austrian Post was introduced to Sigfox by DHL, a company that already benefits from tracking technology. Across 35 DHL parcel centers throughout Germany and adjacent countries, over 250,000 roll cages are fitted with Sigfox smart trackers, from Alps Alpine, providing exact information about location and movement.
The Austrian Post implementation started with 500 roller containers, growing to 5,000 trackers by end of November and 30,000 by the end of 2020. The remaining roller containers will be fitted with trackers in 2021.
The ramp up coincides with the high season for postal services from September to January, when roller containers are in demand. Through proactive management of its inventory, Austrian Post will be in a position to optimize roller container usage at a critical part of the year.
Sigfox’s Austrian network operator Heliot has been working closely with Austrian Post. Heliot contracted the Sigfox solution, in collaboration with Alps Alpine, providing with low-energy and low-cost trackers connected to the Sigfox global 0G network. Heliot owns and operates the Sigfox 0G network in Austria, with a target of nearing full coverage by the end of 2023.
A significant benefit for Austrian Post is in the fact that the network coverage reaches well beyond Austrian borders, as many of the roller containers travel to Germany, the Czech Republic and other European countries. Supported by the Sigfox network, Austrian Post will be able to track roller containers on an international basis.
Mathias Flandorfer, Manager Strategic Projects Supply Chain & IT at Austrian Post, commented: ”Tracking our assets will make a profound difference to our business, and the Sigfox 0G network coupled with the low-energy tracker with a long battery life meets our business requirements perfectly. As we fit more roller containers with the new tracking technology, simultaneously the Sigfox network will expand towards full coverage across Austria. This is an exciting prospect as potential future use cases are really endless: e.g. fleet optimization, understanding if post boxes contain mail for collection and lots of other innovative IoT use cases which help us in increasing efficiency and quality”.
“Asset tracking in Supply Chain & Logistics is key strength and focus for Sigfox. We have recognized a significant challenge many industries face in creating visibility across widely dispersed and often fragmented supply chains. With visibility comes understanding, optimization and competitive advantage. Sigfox, Heliot and Alps Alpine are delighted to be able to partner with Austrian Post, who joins our other Postal customers like DHL in Germany, An Post in Ireland, Posti in Finland and others who are using Sigfox low power tracking solutions on the world’s first and largest 0G network. Our technology is purpose built for IoT, connecting autonomous objects that have no access to power of IT support. We are very confident that our partnership with Austrian Post will enable them to capture operational data, at the lowest total cost of data production, that will enable them to optimize their supply chain and logistics.” adds Glen Robinson, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Marketing at Sigfox.
About Austrian Post
Austrian Post is the leading logistics and postal service provider in the country. Its core business encompasses the transport and delivery of letters, direct mail items, print media, packets and parcels as well as various logistics services and innovative online services. Costumers are offered high-quality products and services in the fields of banking and telecommunications by the branch network. Austrian Post is internationally active in nine other Countries.
Sigfox is the initiator of the 0G network and the world’s leading IoT (Internet of Things) service provider. Its global network allows billions of devices to connect to the Internet, in a straightforward way, while consuming as little energy as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption and global scalability.
Today, the network is available in 72 countries, with 1.3 billion people covered. ISO 9001 certified and surrounded by a large ecosystem of partners and IoT key players, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services, in key areas such as Asset Tracking and Supply Chain. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in France and has offices in Madrid, Munich, Boston, Dallas, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.
Heliot Europe is the exclusive partner and operator of the global Sigfox 0G IoT network for Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. This makes Heliot Europe the largest Sigfox 0G network operator in Europe. The main shareholder in Heliot Europe is Cube, a European infrastructure manager headquartered in Luxembourg. Sigfox Germany is the largest subsidiary of Heliot Europe and operates the Sigfox 0G network in Germany under this name. With Sigfox 0G IoT technology, Heliot offers a cross-border, seamless and user-friendly, inexpensive and energy-efficient LPWA network that is suitable for the vast majority of IoT applications. At the same time, Heliot Europe gives its customers access to the global Sigfox 0G IoT ecosystem with more than 750 sensors and analysis tools for collecting and evaluating their data.