Localisation service

A full suite of power-optimised indoor and outdoor localisations that exploit the latest technologies

Most supply chain or fleet management cases revolve around locating assets. Therefore, the localisation service is at the heart of the Sensolus solution.

A diverse set of applications is built upon and around this central service. 

Use the localisation technology that fits your case best

The Sensolus asset trackers provide 4 different geolocation technologies as different technologies are better suited for different situations. Depending on your use case, we will select the best technologies and activate them on your trackers.

GPS

GPS allows outdoor localisation without any infrastructure.

WiFi

WiFi is suited to indoor and outdoor localisation in environments where WiFi access points are publicly or privately available.

Network

Network triangulation is good for low precision localisation and doesn't require any additional infrastructure.

BLE

BLE is used for indoor localisation using extra infrastructure like geobeacons or anchors for real-time or high-precision localisations.

When you need location information?

From a battery-consumption perspective, a tracker should always sleep except when there is direct business value for the customer. Therefore Sensolus provides a set of different configurations to define when to wake the tracker and capture location.

Motion based

When starting and/or stopping with (optionally) some intermediate locations (e.g., every 15 min) while moving.

Periodic/scheduled

At fixed time intervals or at specific times during the day.

Context based​

When a change in context occurs (e.g., orientation change when a container is emptied).

Relocation based

When an asset has moved more than a certain distance or it has exceeded a certain speed (e.g., moved more than 2000 meters and speed of more than 80 km/h)

Infrastructure based

While the first four location triggers have been initiated by the device, you can use BLE anchors and smartphones that scan for trackers to convert this into location data.

Combine multiple location technologies for the best results

For optimal results, using one location technology is often not enough. Sensolus enables you to use a cascade of technologies. With the edge configurable rule engine, you can define this sequence remotely. 

Sensolus helps you to define the best localisation strategy for your use case

By combining different location tracking technologies, Sensolus provides asset location information. The choice of technology(ies) depends on the use case:

  • The locations that the asset will be tracked in, e.g., outside, inside, in-transit or a combination.
  • The requirements for accuracy and information responsiveness.
  • The tracker live-time requirements before a battery change.

GPS

Outdoor and in-transit low power tracking with GPS

Latest generation GPS chips

Sensolus constantly evaluates all new GPS chip releases to provide the most energy efficient tracker on the market.

Dedicated battery saving solutions

Sensolus trackers extend battery-life with configurable GPS fix times depending on the needed location accuracy, indoor detection algorithms, and more. 

Extensive diagnostics suite

Our cloud device management application provides all required information regarding GPS energy use, fix times, fix precision, and installation quality.

WiFi

Indoor tracking using your existing WiFi network

Wi-Fi Explanation

Scanning for WiFi access points

The tracker scans for WiFi access points (APs) in its surroundings and calculates its location based on the MAC addresses of the detected. This technology works well in urban areas, both indoors and outdoors.

Public and private WiFi location resolution

Public WiFi location services are used to map the WiFi APs to a location. However, users can also define a private list of their own APs.

Extensive diagnostics suite

Our cloud device management application provides all information regarding the number of found addresses, resolution quality, WiFi scan energy consumption, and more.

BLE

Locating your assets where you want

BLE beacon

BLE geolocation technology is used in multiple ways for locating assets.

Zone tracking

For optimising tracking of zones Sensolus provides different solutions: geobeacons for a quick and easy installation, smartphones and tablets for nomadic tracking, and BLE anchors for higher responsiveness of location information.

Seamlessly integration with existing solutions

For higher precision of location, Sensolus trackers can be integrated with existing solutions (e.g., Quuppa, BlooLoc).

Sigfox network location

Less precise but extreme low power for indoor and outdoor locations

Scanning for network base stations

The tracker sends a Sigfox message which is received by one or more Sigfox basestations. The location is determined based on the signal strength.

Extremely energy efficient

There is a trade-off: the extremely low energy consumption means that the accuracy is also low (precision: kilometres) and only live messages can be sent. 

Back-up technology

The network location is also used as a back-up if other geolocations technologies are not available. This is defined using the edge configurable rule engine. 

Infrastructure-less solutions?

Sensolus always looks for a solution that requires as little infrastructure as possible. Our basic rule is stick (the tracker) and forget (for at least 5 years). However, we sometimes add some infrastructure to meet customer requests, e.g., for high-precision or high-responsiveness of location information.

Indoor locations

Geobeacons can provide zone precision location information of assets when GPS localisation fails indoor, indoor WiFi localisation is not possible, or the localisation captured is not accurate enough.

High-responsive locations

A BLE anchor installed at a fixed location and continuously scanning for Sensolus trackers, gives real-time information about when an asset enters or passes a zone.

High-precision locations

A high-precision setup can be deployed when accuracy of up to 1 metre is required. Our trackers are compatible with Quuppa and BlooLoc indoor tracking technologies.

Nomadic locations

Smartphones or tablets are often used within work processes and they can be used for zone scanning to extend localisation and communication without fixed infrastructure.

The Sensolus cloud platform integrates all types of location data smoothly

We blend data from different location technologies on the cloud level for a consistent user experience and API.

Powerful & intuitive web and mobile application

Take a look on how tracking your asset’s location with Sensolus looks like on the platform.