Leveraging Sigfox 0G technology to Support Logistics Digital Transformation, including Inventory and Transportation Management
October 19, 2023 – Kyocera Communication Systems Co., Ltd. (HQ: Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, President: Yoshihito Kurose, hereinafter referred to as “KCCS”) is pleased to announce the launch of a new addition to the “SeeGALE” lineup, an open-detection solution utilizing the IoT network “Sigfox”*1. Starting from October 18, 2023, we will be offering the “SeeGALE Card,” a reusable card-type device capable of detecting the location and opening status of products during transportation.
SeeGALE is an open-detection solution that provides end-to-end traceability and real-time monitoring of product shipments, from the point of dispatch to detection of any openings.
Until now, we have been providing the low-cost, single-use film-type device ‘SeeGALE Film’ starting from 300 yen as a device in the SeeGALE lineup. However, to meet a broader range of needs, we are now introducing the ‘SeeGALE Card,’ a reusable card-type device, as part of our product lineup.
SeeGALE Film is used for single-use purposes and is often employed in disposable packaging boxes. In contrast, SeeGALE Card is reusable, allowing it to be attached and utilized in shipping boxes, including plastic containers, for the transportation of products or components. With the addition of this new lineup, customers will now have the flexibility to choose the device that best suits their usage, product shipping requirements, and frequency of use.
Key Features of the “SeeGALE Card”:
- Lightweight and Slim
It is thin and lightweight (credit card-sized), making it easy to attach and use on various objects.
- Easy Operation
It can be used widely thanks to the Sigfox network, which covers over 95% of the domestic population, and no additional repeaters are required to read data. By simply including it with the target item, you can easily track post-shipment location information and opening status.
- Cost-Effective and Reusable
It is available starting from ¥1,500 per unit*3, with communication costs starting from ¥90 annually per unit. With the capability for battery replacement, the device can be reused multiple times after the initial purchase.
Use Cases for SeeGALE
- Inventory Management in Manufacturing
It allows for tracking of in-market inventory of our own products and consumer trends, enhancing the accuracy of production planning and demand forecasting. It is particularly useful for optimizing inventory levels, especially in cases of small quantities and a wide variety of long-tail products.
- Transportation Management for High-Value Goods
In the distribution of high-value products such as pharmaceuticals, alcoholic beverages, and luxury brands, it enables confirmation of whether the products have been delivered unopened to their destination and whether they have been correctly opened at authorized shipping points, thereby improving the quality of the transportation process.
Overview of SeeGALE
|SeeGALE Card【NEW】||SeeGALE Film|
|Dimensions||Width: 79mm Height: 54mm Thickness: 4.8mm||Width: 209mm Height: 65mm Thickness: 4mm|
|Weight||Approx. 28g||Approx. 8g|
|Power Supply||Button Cell Battery||Button Cell Battery|
|Battery Life*||– approximately 2 years on the condition that one message is sent periodically per day.|
– approximately 4 years on the condition that one message is sent periodically per month.
|– approximately 3 years and 5 months on the condition that one message is sent periodically per day.|
– approximately 5 years on the condition that one message is sent periodically per month.
|Sensor||Illuminance Sensor||Disconnection Trigger|
|Operating Specifications||Sending Open/Close Messages Upon Light Detection. Regular Transmission (Once/Day)||Sending Shipping/Opening Messages upon Disconnection. Regular Transmission (Once/Month)|
|Reusability||Yes (Battery Replacement Required)||No|
|Sigfox Frequency Bands||RC3 (Japan) or RC1 (Europe)||RC3 (Japan) or RC1 (Europe)|
|Contract Options||Annual Contract||Prepaid*7|
|Price (Ex.Taxes)||Device: From ¥1,500 /unit*3 |
Connectivity: From ¥90/ annually*4
Additional application fees apply
App: From ¥30,000 per month*8
|Device: From ¥300 /unit*2 |
Connectivity: From ¥0.6/ message*4
Additional application fees apply
App: From ¥30,000 per month *8
Upcoming Exhibition Schedule
At the “Parcel+Post Expo 2023,” which will be held at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center in the Netherlands from October 24th to 26th, we will be exhibiting our solution in collaboration with UnaBiz, the distributor of SeeGALE solutions in Europe.
For more details, please visit: https://www.parcelandpostexpo.com/en/
*1 Sigfox is a global IoT network that offers cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency, and long-range transmission capabilities. In Japan, KCCS serves as the exclusive Sigfox operator, responsible for infrastructure deployment and network services.
*2 Price excluding taxes. The ¥300 rate applies when purchasing 100,000 units or more.
*3 Price excluding taxes. The ¥1,500 rate applies when purchasing 10,000 units or more.
*4 Price excluding taxes. It may vary depending on the number of contracted connections and messages.
*5 When configured for once-daily scheduled transmissions. Actual duration may vary depending on the scheduled transmission intervals and usage environment.
*6 Details on Sigfox frequency bands can be found here
*7 Minimum message purchase: 1,000,000 messages, Validity period: 1 year.
*8 Price excluding taxes. 30,000 yen per month for 1 to 100 units. For 101 units or more, please contact us for a separate quote.
-Product specifications and service details are subject to change without prior notice.
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