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By Rich Handley

Traxens Selects AVSystem IoT Platform for Smart Container Management

Traxens, a provider of data and services for the supply chain industry, and AVSystem, which provides Internet of Things (IoT) device-management solutions, have announced a partnership that enables the management of asset trackers with the Coiote IoT Device Management platform. Traxens offers real-time insight into organizations' global supply chains in such industries as shipping or aviation, by using devices that track containers transported on vessels, airplanes or trains. The trackers, through the use of the LwM2M protocol, will be able to perform firmware and software upgrades over-the-air, as well as offer information related to geolocation, temperature and other conditions in the environment surrounding the containers.

Ensuring connectivity for assets that travel by sea and that can't have the batteries changed proved to be problematic, the firm explains, and meant that telemetry and firmware upgrades designed for low-power assets became the key requirements for Traxens' business. These challenges were addressed through the use of Lightweight M2M protocol-device management and telemetry technology.

"What's unique about Lightweight M2M is that it's constantly evolving, yet at the same time preserving its lightweightedness," said Borys Godowski, AVSystem' sales director, in a prepared statement. "With its 1.1 version, we were introduced to fundamental changes, such as new transport bindings like TCP or non-ip data delivery featuring 3GPP CIoT, as well as LoRaWAN. A new 1.2 release is already being planned and includes even more enhancements and optimizations; suffice it to say, it will surely secure LwM2M's position as a strong challenger among IoT standards for telemetry and device management."

Using AVSystem's IoT device-management platform and utilizing the LwM2M protocol allows Traxens to prolong the battery life of its devices, the company reports, and to enable efficient performance, even in difficult conditions and over potentially unstable networks. Furthermore, using OMA SpecWorks' standard allows Traxens to avoid vendor lock-in and the IoT device-management side of its business to be future-oriented.

"Our internal evaluation showed beyond a doubt that LwM2M is a future-proof standard worth adopting," said Lucas Moulin, Traxens' program and solution director, in the prepared statement. "Moreover, during vendor-selection process, AVSystem demonstrated best-of-breed product that's ready to use thanks to its strong device auto-discovery features. What's more, with the Coiote IoT Device Management platform, all device-management processes have become automated, which saved time and allowed us to focus on other areas of our business."

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