Heliot Europe, the exclusive operator of the Sigfox 0G network in Europe, is presenting its latest innovations in Internet of Things (IoT) technology for the postal and logistics sectors.
Working with several partner organizations, Heliot offers a range of sensors suited to functions such as track and trace, monitoring mailbox deliveries, confirming receipt of physical documents and monitoring pick-up and drop-off of items via pressure sensors.
Still in the prototype phase, a smart envelope system combines a printed battery system with a miniature IoT sensor to alert the sender as soon as the package has been opened. This has applications for several industries where the secure transport of confidential documents is required.
Another innovation from Heliot is a secure IoT temperature sensor and seal that alerts the user either when the package has been opened or when the package temperature exceeds a predesignated range, determined by a simple incision on the label.
The final development, which is set to be rolled out at a European postal operator soon, is a pressure sensor sheet that can be installed at the base of parcel lockers or other storage units and indicates the placement or removal of objects via a notification system.
All these innovations feature alongside Heliot’s established IoT sensors for tracking equipment such as roll cages, trailers and sorting boxes, as well as sensors for indicating when mail has been delivered at remote or less frequently used mailboxes. The company also provides a range of sensors for environmental monitoring and observation, should an operator wish to improve its green credentials.
Thanks to its network of more than 3,700 radio stations, Heliot Europe can deliver low-power IoT network coverage for most of Europe.
Commenting on the lifecycle and power usage of the sensors, Christian Postel, general manager at Heliot Europe, said, “You’ll never need to replace the batteries on the sensor. They last for 10-15 years, which is often longer than the lifetime of the product they’re attached to. That’s one of the main advantages of our network: because it’s a low-power network, and you only receive 10, 20 or 100 messages per day, depending on the requirement, you can program it accordingly and calculate how long the sensor will last.”
Discussing the overall package that Heliot offers its clients, Postel said, “We enable massive IoT applications via our network, but if you just want to sell the network, it doesn’t fly. We have to provide added value for clients and that’s exactly what these kinds of devices do. We are adding value to our clients.”