Lyon, SIDO 2019, April 10th 2019 – Michelin, Argon Consulting and Sigfox France announce the creation of Safecube, which will commercialize a solution designed to locate shipments and track their transport conditions (temperature, humidity, shocks, opening…) in real time.

This solution will be based on Sigfox’s technology and global 0G network. As Patrick Cason, General Manager of Sigfox France, points out: “Cost, energy efficiency and scalability have always been core to Sigfox’s DNA. Thanks to our 0G network, Safecube will be the most competitive offer on the market.

For Pascal Zammit, Director of Connected Mobility Solutions at Michelin, “the first tests on our own intercontinental flows have been highly convincing. We believe that the time and cost savings will be considerable with a tangible impact on the satisfaction of our customers. We believe that this new solution, coupled with other Michelin connected mobility offerings, will enable our customers to further optimize their activities and assets, thanks to the quality of the data provided by Safecube.

With over 100 million container shipments each year and a 5 billion euros global turnover, the stakes are incredibly high. For Fabrice Bonneau, CEO of Argon: “From an industrial point of view, maritime flows are probably amongst the most complex and the least controlled within the supply chain. Some of the key challenges are poorly optimized routes, a lack of visibility and administrative complexity linked to the large number of actors in this space.  Having initiated the first experiments and the design of the solution with Michelin, we’re convinced that Safecube will play a key role in addressing these challenges and optimizing the intercontinental supply chain.

Safecube will be based in Lyon and will be led by Waël Cheaib, who was Director of Operations and Customer Experience at Uber France. This project is subject to the approval of the competent authorities in matters of merger control.

About Sigfox

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 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 60 countries, with 1 billion people covered. 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 also has offices in Madrid, Munich, Boston, Dallas, San Jose, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.

About Michelin

Michelin, the leading tire company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve the mobility industry. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has more than 117,400 employees and operates 121 production facilities in 17 countries which together produced around 190 million tires in 2017. The Group has a Research and Development Center located in Europe, North America and Asia. (www.michelin.com)

About Argon Consulting

Argon Consulting is an independent, international consulting firm, whose purpose is to help its clients to achieve sustainable, competitive advantage through operational excellence.

For over 20 years, our team of consultants have supported businesses and their leaders in Europe and around the world in their operational transformation projects (R&D, Procurement, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Support Functions, SG&A, Performance Management, Change Management etc.) leveraging digital innovations (IoT, Data Science, Robotic Process Automation).

Today, Argon has more than 240 consultants, who have studied at the best engineering and business schools, in our 6 offices around the world (Paris, London, Atlanta, Singapore, Melbourne and Mumbai).

Argon has become the leading consulting firm in France in the domain of operational excellence. In 2016, Argon was recognised by Gartner as one of the best 20 consulting firms in the world in Operations. Argon was also voted Best Consulting Firm 2017 and 2019 by the magazine Capital, Leader in Production and Operations by the VLM Vanguard organism and in 2018 the Financial Times recognised Argon as one of the UK’s Leading Management Consultants.

For more information, please visit our website dedicated to operational transformation www.argon-consult.com and our site dedicated to digital innovations www.argon-digit.com.

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