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IoT Solution to Bring Location Awareness for Half a Million Cars
Manheim is deploying an LPWAN solution from sister company Cox Communications to track the locations of its vehicles across its North American sales lots.
Apr 13, 2018—
Automobile auctioneering company Manheim is using a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN)-based Internet of Things (IoT) system developed by its sister company, Cox Communications, (both owned by Atlanta-based Cox enterprises), to track up to 500,000 vehicles at car lots across North America. The new solution, known as Cox2M, is designed for asset management across multiple industries, but is initially being launched with the company's automotive division to help track vehicles as they are received, processed, test-driven and sold in large lots. Cox Communications calls this the largest LPWAN commercial IoT deployment in North America.
COX2M is the new connected asset services business line of broadband and entertainment company Cox Communications. The solution is intended to serve a broad market that includes smart cities, says Barak Weinisman, Cox Communications' executive director of new businesses and growth and Cox2M general manager, while the company chose to focus first on the automotive market. Weinisman cites what he calls a clear road map toward connected cars using IoT technology. Such trends include IoT-based connectivity and sensors to provide music, find cheap fuel or share vehicles.
Manheim piloted the Cox2M solution last year at its lot in West Palm Beach, Fla., and is now deploying the system across its North American lots. The technology consists of battery-powered sensor devices assigned to vehicles that transmit a unique identifier via LPWAN. Gateway receivers have been installed throughout those locations. The Cox2M system then collects the data on a cloud-based server, calculates the location of each sensor device and pairs that information with the vehicle's descriptors, such as its vehicle identification number (VIN), make and model.
Cox Communications developed the sensor tag, Weinisman says, to meet the deployment's need for a small device that would not draw power from a vehicle, but would dependably transmit data using battery power that could last for years. The company either develops its own sensors or selects products available on the market, depending on the particular use case.
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