Traceability and geolocation of connected objects, major assets in logistics
The idea came one day when Clément, one of the three founders of this young French startup, got his motorbike stolen. If it had been equipped with a connected sensor, it would’ve perhaps been possible to geolocate it and to find it. But this young man’s inspiration very quickly evolved from a consumer market to a market of manufacturers deploying large numbers of vehicles or equipment in the field without knowing how and when it’s used or if it’s available. Hiboo provides the connected objects to place onboard the “industrial assets” in addition to the platform which will allows for the monitoring of their activity.
The originality of the model has already earned this company, incubated by Telecom Paris Tech along with the City of Connected Objects in Angers, an award during the first edition of the IoT Business Hub. With several major well-known accounts such as Engie and Bouygues Construction, it seems promising thus far.
But why would a construction company use Hiboo?
“We connect construction equipment such as cranes, containers, trailers and power generators in order to improve their performance, maintenance, and reduce operating costs,” explains Clément Bénard. “The object contains several sensors such as a GPS chip, an accelerometer, a temperature sensor and a Hall effect sensor. This allows us to measure usage, inclination, shocks or the presence of magnetic forces.” This micro-managing of resources has allowed Bouygues to reduce its onsite equipment rental costs by 4-6%, which represents several million euros each month.
The same could be true for a fleet of refrigerated trucks, whose company or logistical center could check availability as well as compliance with refrigeration requirements along the way. All these tools can be monitored and optimized with respect to both usage and operating conditions.
But what about the security and reliability of the data?
What are the technical foundations that Hiboo’s solutions are based upon?
Hiboo solutions are based on low-frequency networks (LPWAN = Low Power Wide Area Network) and is guaranteed by Sigfox, which already includes a high level of connection security between connected objects and recovery platforms. But, “In our object, the embedded code can’t be read without the other end of the algorithm which resides within the server. If the message is intercepted, it will be unreadable. On the server side, we work with Heroku, which is used by Salesforce. Although having zero risk is impossible, we’ve done everything we can to get as close to that as possible,” Clément assures us. Similarly, the Hiboo API allows manufacturers to connect equipment outfitted with sensors to the platform and, as such, have continuity with respect to the monitoring and processing of information regarding these resources. This will, for example, be the case with the airports of Paris, who will have an excellent view of all their planes moving about on the tarmacs.
Securing and optimizing equipment and resources, monitoring and knowing their availability in real time is a true source of progress for all companies. The security brought about by connected objects and servers hosting data remains a key element of the digital world.