Omnilink OM400™ Offender Monitoring Solution Recognized for Exceptional Innovation
ATLANTA, June 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Numerex (Nasdaq:NMRX), a leading provider of on-demand and interactive machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), announced today that their Omnilink OM400™ offender monitoring solution has received the 2014 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award from M2M Evolution Magazine, the leading publication covering the machine-to-machine industry. The OM400 is a versatile, one-piece, GPS/cellular, ankle-worn bracelet that features advanced 2-way communication designed to track offenders by criminal justice professionals who are required to monitor them 24/7/365. Judicial experts track, monitor, and communicate to offenders using vibrations and audible alerts via the Omnilink solution’s FocalPoint™ monitoring application. Offenders, in turn, can acknowledge the signals by pressing a button on the OM400 ankle bracelet. The OM400 is certified on the Sprint® and Verizon® networks, is FCC compliant, small, lightweight, safe to wear, and works indoors or outdoors.
“Made with best-in-class M2M technology, the OM400 delivers unrivaled reliability and usability, exemplifying our mission to track and monitor brilliantly,” said Kelly Gay, President of Security Solutions for Numerex. “For our success to be recognized in this way is incredibly rewarding, and serves as yet another validation of the impact that our M2M products have nationwide. The OM400 is an innovative product which fits nicely into the Security Solutions family of technologies in a key vertical area of focus for Numerex.”
“The solutions selected for the M2M Evolution Product of Year Awards reflect the diverse range of innovation driving the machine-to-machine market today. It is my honor to congratulate Numerex for their innovative work and superior contribution to the rapidly evolving M2M industry,” said Carl Ford, CEO of Crossfire Media, a co-publisher of M2M Evolution Magazine. Rich Tehnrani, CEO, TMC commented, “It is my pleasure to recognize the OM400, an innovative solution that earned Numerex’s Omnilink OM400 the 2014 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award. I look forward to seeing continued innovation from Numerex in the future.”
The winners of the 2014 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award will be published in the third quarter edition of M2M EVOLUTION MAGAZINE and on www.m2mevolution.com.
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Numerex Corp. (Nasdaq:NMRX) is a leading provider of interactive and on-demand machine-to-machine (M2M) enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The Company provides its technology and services through its integrated M2M horizontal platforms, which are generally sold on a subscription basis. The Company offers Numerex DNA® that may include hardware and smart Devices, cellular and satellite Network services, and software Applications that are delivered through Numerex FAST® (Foundation Application Software Technology). The Company also provides business services to enable the development of efficient, reliable, and secure solutions while accelerating deployment. Numerex is ISO 27001 information security-certified, highlighting the Company’s focus on M2M data security, service reliability and around-the-clock support of its customers’ M2M solutions. For additional information, please visit www.numerex.com.
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Merger expands product portfolio in core and emerging markets, increases recurring service revenues
Atlanta, GA – April 29, 2014 – Numerex Corp (NASDAQ:NMRX), a leading provider of on-demand and interactive machine-to-machine (M2M) enterprise solutions announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Omnilink Systems Inc., an award-winning M2M company providing reliable and intuitive tracking and monitoring solutions to businesses, consumers, and U.S. government agencies. With Omnilink’s technology, product offerings, and strategic alliances, Numerex expands its position in the fast-growing security and safety, tracking and monitoring market segments. Omnilink enables consumer solutions offered by the top tier-one wireless network operators, including mobile personal emergency response systems (mPERS) and child tracking services. According to a 2012 Frost & Sullivan market analysis, the 10-year U.S. data consumption forecast for the Security and Safety Segment totals 28.4% CAGR with connections growing from 2.8M in 2013 to 4.8M by 2018 *.
The transaction is expected to be accretive to the Company’s non-GAAP earnings per share in 2014 and beyond, and to significantly improve its competitive position, while enabling a number of synergistic growth opportunities in the commercial, government, and consumer markets. Omnilink, founded in 2004 and based in the Atlanta metro area, is a leading provider of offender electronic monitoring, asset tracking, personal tracking, and lone worker safety solutions. Omnilink offers a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) recurring revenue model selling to and through market leaders across many industries. Its SaaS-based recurring revenues of $11 million account for the majority of its nearly $13 million in total sales recorded in calendar year 2013.
Kelly Gay, president and CEO of Omnilink said, “We are very pleased to be part of Numerex, a company well-regarded for delivering interactive and on-demand M2M products and services along with innovative enterprise solutions, and that shares our core belief that M2M technology can change the world we live in. We couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Numerex family and work with some of the best M2M technology leaders in the world. ”
Commenting on the pending acquisition, Stratton Nicolaides, CEO and chairman of Numerex said, “We welcome Kelly Gay, Omnilink’s CEO, and our new associates to the Numerex family. We are combining two highly talented and seasoned teams who have been addressing the needs of the M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace since the industry’s inception. We are excited by the prospect of utilizing Omnilink’s robust M2M platform, technology, deep domain expertise, and strong industry relationships to drive opportunity in both existing and adjacent markets. We see the combination of Omnilink and Numerex as unique in that it creates significant growth opportunities through product enhancement and channel expansion. We expect this transaction will strengthen our development roadmap in key enterprise verticals and will serve as a foundational step in our long-term growth strategy to be the market leader in select M2M solutions.”
The definitive agreement provides that Numerex will pay $37.5 million in cash for the business. Both parties expect to close within 30 days. The transaction will be funded through cash-on-hand and a $25 million term loan to be provided by Silicon Valley Bank.
Additional information regarding the financial impact of the transaction will be provided on the upcoming earnings call on May 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm Eastern.
*Frost & Sullivan 2012, U.S. M2M Communications Markets: Data Consumption and Connection Forecasts in the Security and Safety Segment, United States, 2009-2018
Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ: NMRX) is a leading provider of interactive and on-demand machine-to-machine (M2M) enterprise solutions. The Company provides its technology and services through its integrated M2M horizontal platforms, which are generally sold on a subscription basis. The Company offers Numerex DNA® that may include hardware and smart Devices, cellular and satellite Network services, and software Applications that are delivered through Numerex FAST® (Foundation Application Software Technology). The Company also provides business services to enable the development of efficient, reliable, and secure solutions while accelerating deployment. Numerex is ISO 27001 information security-certified, highlighting the Company’s focus on M2M data security, service reliability and around-the-clock support of its customers’ M2M solutions. For additional information, please visit www.numerex.com.
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Omnilink FocalPoint Offender Monitoring™ and Omnilink Asset Tracker™ Now Available on the Verizon Network
Atlanta, GA – April 17, 2014 – Omnilink, an award-winning provider of M2M tracking and monitoring solutions, has been named to the Verizon Partner Program as a Silver member.
“U.S. government agencies, businesses, and consumers have depended on Omnilink to monitor the location, safety, and condition of offenders, assets, vehicles, loved ones, fleets, employees, and much more since 2004. We help businesses track and monitor virtually anything and anyone on almost any device, and set high standards in reliability, accuracy and ease of use. And now we are excited to make these solutions available to Verizon customers.” —Steve Hudson, chief development officer, Omnilink
Omnilink FocalPoint Offender Monitoring is an advanced electronic monitoring system that gives government agencies the ability to reliably track and monitor the location and status of their entire offender caseload across the U.S. on virtually any device. FocalPoint Offender Monitoring combines reliable GPS/AGPS/AFLT/RF hardware, the friendliest software, comprehensive 24/7/365 support services, and state-of-the-art-infrastructure for complete offender supervision.
Omnilink Asset Tracker helps companies better manage their assets with an award-winning asset optimization, theft prevention, and monitoring and safety solution. Asset Tracker is an all-in-one asset tracking system that gives companies the ability to track and monitor the location and condition of all their physical assets—vehicles, trailers, equipment, retail, ATMs, bank bags, goods in transit, and much more—across the U.S. and beyond via their computer, tablet, and smartphone.
For more information about Omnilink solutions, call 844.624.5985.
About the Verizon Partner Program
The Verizon Partner Program tailors regional and national opportunities for systems integrators, value added resellers, agents and solutions providers to accelerate delivery and adoption of solutions for meeting medium business requirements. In addition, the program features a simple, tiered benefits structure that allows members the flexibility to determine levels of commitment, and also includes simple-to-use tools and clear and consistent engagement processes.
Verizon also provides extensive training and certification curriculum for its products and solutions. Members can tap into a wealth of marketing resources and support from co-marketing materials to market development funds and joint event participation depending on member level.
About Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale offerings provided over the company’s secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon Enterprise Solutions helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation.
Easy-to-use mobile phone offers calling and texting with numerous safety features including controlled contacts, GPS tracking services and panic alarm at low price
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – April 11, 2014 – Imagine an elementary school child waiting by the playground, watching all of his friends go home, wondering when mom will be there to pick him up. Then breathing a sigh of relief when he gets a text from mom that says she’s stuck in traffic and will be there soon. Twelve is the average age when a child receives their first mobile device. But what about kids ages 5 to 12 who can benefit from the communication and safety features a mobile device offers?
Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced Sprint WeGo™, a value-friendly mobile phone that allows parents to give their child the safety and communication tools they need when they are away from home, while also supplying the parental controls and tracking required to teach responsibility and age-appropriate mobile phone use. The device has one front button and two side volume keys that can be used for scrolling on the LCD screen. A portal available online and via mobile application allows parents to locate their child’s device on a map, control device features such as contacts, and set up notifications.
Sprint WeGo is available starting today at Sprint stores and preferred dealers for existing customers who add a line to their account. Customers have the option of Sprint Easy Pay, which allows eligible customers to purchase the Sprint WeGo phone with $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $5. (Sales tax collected at time of purchase where applicable.) Sprint WeGo Service is $9.99 per month (excluding taxes and fees) and includes 1,000 minutes of talk and 1,000 text messages.
“Sprint offers parents a wide variety of options to help keep their kids safe – from Sprint Mobile Controls and Sprint Family Locator to Content Filtering to the new Sprint WeGo,” said David Owens, vice president of Product, Sprint. “Sprint WeGo is the perfect starter phone to give parents peace of mind while teaching kids responsibility – how to keep track of a device, charge it and care for it – at a low price. This device has all of the basics without anything younger children don’t need just yet.”
Parents will appreciate the ability to limit their child’s connections with Sprint WeGo by programming the phone with allowed incoming and outgoing phone numbers. One Button Calling allows for up to 20 phone numbers to be specified for outgoing and incoming phone calls. Parents can also use this as a training tool – allowing the child to “earn” more contacts such as friends as they show responsibility.
In addition, Sprint WeGo allows limited incoming and outgoing SMS texting options. The phone can receive text messages from any of the 20 specified connections. The phone also offers 50 predetermined outgoing text message options, including: yes, no, I’m at home, I’m at school, I need a ride, Call me please, I don’t feel well, I am with mom, I need help, etc.
Additional features include:
Parent Notifications: Parent can choose to be notified via text, email or both, including low battery (less than 15 percent), device powered down, SMS read receipt, panic alarm pulled, speed alert, wake alert, and admin control site changes.
Web Portal access: Provides parents comprehensive control to set contacts, phone settings, GPS tracking and specific alerts to be sent to the parent/guardian either by email or SMS notifications. A mobile application version of the Sprint WeGo Portal is available via free download for Android and iOS devices.
GPS services:On-demand location: Parents can quickly and easily locate the child’s Sprint WeGo phone on an interactive map within the portal – from any PC or Android or iOS device.
Scheduled Find: Specify times to do automatic safety checks to verify your child makes it to their destination safely. Parents get text or email alerts if the Scheduled Find shows the child’s Sprint WeGo has reached home, school or another destination, on schedule.
Follow Session: Allows parents to follow their child by showing them the location of the Sprint WeGo on the map within the portal, every two minutes for an hour at a time.
Speed Alert: Notifies parent if the Sprint WeGo is in a vehicle that exceeds the set speed. This can serve as an Abduction Alert – if child is in a speeding car and shouldn’t be in a car for instance.
Wake Alert: Phone can detect movement and notify parent when the child is not up by a certain set time. For instance, parent can set date and time to be notified when the device needs to provide accelerometer feedback. (e.g. child needs to be moving by 7:30 a.m. If the phone does not move, the account owner is notified via an SMS).
School Hour Silence: Silences the phone during school, church or specified hours.
Panic Alarm: Child pulls tether string on phone and a loud buzzer emits to alert that help is needed. An SMS notification is sent to the parent with the child’s location. The parent can call the Sprint WeGo and check on the child.
9-1-1 quick dial: Press OK button quickly two times from the home screen.
Durability: Shatterproof from a drop distance of 12 feet; water resistant.
Personalization: Child can change ringtones, backgrounds and cases.
Elderly needing assistance and individuals with a variety of disabilities will appreciate Sprint WeGo for its one-button calling and ease of use. In addition, it also features quick dial, a panic alarm, wake alert, E911 and is TTY capable and rated for hearing aids.
Michael props his ankle near an electrical outlet and charges the monitoring bracelet he’s worn 24/7 for a year and a half. The 18-year-old says it’s keeping him out of trouble.
Michael, who chose not to give his full name for this story, is one of the 400 or so offenders the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Electronic Monitoring Unit now tracks using the bracelets, which are linked to a computer program that retroactively checks the scene of a crime to see if any previous offenders were in the area when the crime was committed. The unit is notified every time someone wearing a bracelet violates his or her restrictions. An officer calls the criminal or seeks him or her out to give a warning or to take them to jail.
The unit began in 2007 as a way to keep tabs on violent criminals, using the bracelets mostly on them, but has shifted gears within the last few years to help prevent young, one-time offenders from slipping into a cycle of crime and punishment.
And it seems to be working. The unit says the bracelets have curbed crime — Michael being an example of their effectiveness. The Department of Juvenile Justice, which is tasked with preventing youth crime, has even passed along some of its more serious cases to the unit.
Dave Scheppegrel, who created the unit and worked in it until he retired from CMPD in August, began seeing how many young people were going to jail for breaking into cars and homes and robbing people. He decided the monitoring devices could be used as a preventative measure — keeping young people accused of crimes where they need to be, when they need to be there. Most are used to enforce curfew and some can be programmed to keep offenders out of areas they’ve caused trouble in before.
Most break-ins are done by kids under 21, first-time offenders. If you touch a stove and find out it’s hot, you won’t touch it again. These kids were finding it to be a little warm and they weren’t afraid to go back to it. —Dave Scheppegrell, Electronic Monitoring Unit creator
Michael was arrested for breaking and entering just after his 17th birthday and has been wearing his ankle bracelet while he awaits trial in a court system pushed past capacity.
He says that he fell in with the wrong crowd while he was 16, which led to problems with his mother. They were always close, but during some arguments she would threaten to kick him out of the house. That’s when he started thinking he was going to need some quick money. He was picked up by police and charged with breaking and entering.
He got it harder than some of his peers. While a majority of those wearing monitoring devices are kept to a curfew that allows them to roam the city between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., a strict judge placed Michael on full-time house arrest. He was allowed to attend high school until he graduated last year and is now waiting until after his trial to apply for college.
Michael says he has tried to stay positive, but it’s evident he’s a little frustrated with his predicament. “It beats jail but at the same time, it doesn’t. You are confined to this one place,” adding that he’s grateful he’s at least allowed to choose what he eats and when he sleeps.
Michael is also thankful he can still play video games and have friends over, but a lot of his old friends don’t come around anymore.
It’s shown me a lot and taught me a lot. —Michael, 18 year old program participant
He has become close with Officer Adrian Johnson of the Electronic Monitoring Unit since going through a voluntary Life Skills class for young offenders held at the Urban League offices. Johnson recruits young people wearing the devices to attend the class once a week for a month. Brian Gainey, an Urban League member, ran the first class in January. Nine young men showed up, and none were all too enthusiastic to be there. Gainey, 30, spoke about the “hood mentality” he was obsessed with as a young man having run-ins with the law in High Point and then Charlotte before meeting a mentor.
None of the attendees seemed ready to voice their opinions, so Gainey took it upon himself to show examples of the mentality he spoke of. He told a couple of guys in the class to find one of their favorite songs on their phones, and he played a few out loud. The first song was by Young Jeezy and began with, “I can show you what to cook like,” a reference to crack.
The next song blared out, “Ridin’ hard every day making sure I ain’t broke.” A member of the class recognized the rapper as Lil Snupe, who died last year in a shooting over bets placed on a video game.
Gainey has turned his life around and is now married with an 8-year-old son. He wants to effect that change onto others.
People that society is ready to condemn can really turn it around if society is ready to work with them. I know because I was that guy. —Brian Ganey, Urban League member
Michael stays in touch with Johnson on a weekly basis. He says he has been more selective of friends, not letting those who cause trouble to come around him. His mother also stays in touch with Johnson, begging him to keep her son on the ankle bracelet once his trial is over. She’s only half-joking, scared to see her son fall back into bad habits.
But the devices have to come off eventually, and offenders must fend for themselves once their case has been settled. Michael says he plans to keep his head down and avoid jail time.
Panel of independent M2M experts honor those solutions with the greatest innovation and highest degree of customer satisfaction
January 8, 2014 – Omnilink today announced that four tracking and monitoring solutions powered by Omnilink were honored with A-List in M2M awards from NE2NE and Compass Intelligence. The A-List in M2M award winners were announced at the 2014 Compass Intelligence Awards Press Luncheon at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
NE2NE’s A-List in M2M honors organizations at the pinnacle of the M2M world, and includes those companies and individuals who offer the best and finest M2M products, services, and service enablement solutions in the industry. NE2NE and its sister company, Compass Intelligence, rank M2M providers every year.
We are truly honored that not one, but four solutions received this prestigious honor. There are a lot of electronic monitoring, asset tracking, senior tracking, and connected car solutions available today. This award was about a panel of M2M experts surveying the landscape and comparing and evaluating products in each of these categories. They concluded that Omnilink’s solutions are the best—-the most innovative and the best loved by customers. We look forward to continuing our legacy of innovation in 2014, and to helping businesses, consumers, and government agencies track and monitor people and things brilliantly with the world’s most reliable and intuitive end-to-end solutions. —Kelly Gay, chief executive officer, Omnilink
Omnilink’s FocalPoint® Offender Monitoring™ solution—the most reliable and user-friendly electronic monitoring system available for tracking offenders in the community—won the Law Enforcement award in the Remote Monitoring category. Omnilink Asset Tracker™—an all-in-one asset tracking system that gives businesses the ability to track and monitor the location and condition of all your company’s physical assets across the U.S. and beyond via their computer, tablet, or smartphone—won the Asset / Equipment Tracking award in the Remote Monitoring category. Additionally, Verizon SureResponse®—a senior monitoring solution—and Audiovox Car Connection®—a connected car solution—both powered by Omnilink, received A-List in M2M awards for excellence in their respective categories.
“The Compass Intelligence Awards recognizes world-class organizations that exhibit superior technology and innovation within the Internet of Things,” said James Brehm, senior strategist and consultant, Compass Intelligence.
The Compass Intelligence analyst team—through interviews with market participants and extensive secondary research—compares new product launches, product features, product modifications, products in development, and R&D investment, and evaluates each company based on degree of innovation and customer satisfaction. The highest ranked companies are then vetted and sent to an independent panel of more than 20 objective analysts, journals, and leaders in the M2M space—including Frost & Sullivan, Heavy Reading, Gartner, Computerworld, Ovum, ABI Research, CIO Magazine, TMC, IHS, Yankee, Creative Strategies, IDC, and more—for voting.
The A-List in M2M award represents Omnilink’s second major honor in 2014. Omnilink was also recognized as a top company by Connected World Magazine’s CW 100 list, the fifth consecutive year Omnilink has been recognize by the M2M publication’s annual list.
Honored alongside Apple, Google, Verizon, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Intel, Sprint, AT&T, GE, Ericsson, and more
January 3rd, 2014 — Omnilink today announced that it has been named to the 2014 CW 100 list, Connected World magazine’s annual list of the 100 most important and influential providers of machine-to-machine (M2M) services. Omnilink has been honored with this prestigious industry award for five consecutive years, beginning in 2010.
Omnilink shared the CW 100 2014 honor with other top technology brands including Apple Inc., Google, AT&T, Cisco Systems Inc., Ericsson, General Electric Co., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Intel Corp., Microsoft, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and more.
The CW 100, determined by the editors of Connected World magazine, identifies the very best M2M technology providers and partners in business today. Since 2002, the CW 100 has proven to be the definitive list of companies providing the top M2M products and services, demonstrating significant market traction, and pursuing game-changing technologies in connectivity.
“We are very honored to have been recognized as a top company by one of the leading trade publications in the M2M industry for a fifth consecutive year,” said Kelly Gay, chief executive officer, Omnilink. “We look forward to continuing to innovate and to helping businesses, consumers, and government agencies track and monitor people and things with reliable and intuitive end-to-end solutions.”
About Connected World magazine
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New features and an enhanced mobile UI make the driving experience even better for Car Connection customers
November 20, 2013 – Omnilink today announced a major update to Audiovox Car Connection, a connected car solution for consumers created in partnership with, and powered by, Omnilink. The update gives Car Connection customers additional features to monitor, manage, and maintain vehicle health and safety. And, the Car Connection mobile application has been redesigned to enhance user experience. Customers can now use Car Connection to:
Share car and driver information—like driver score and fuel economy—on Facebook and Twitter;
Get remote start and keyless entry access to their vehicle from their mobile phone (optional features).
Automatically remember their vehicle’s location and provide walking directions to it when they can’t remember where they’ve parked in crowded lots and busy parking ramps;
Show them trip information to see exactly where the car has been, for how long, and how much each trip’s gas cost;
We are very excited about the update to Car Connection. Customers will love the social media integration, parking lot navigation, and optional remote start and keyless entry features. People are more growing more mobile all the time, so we’ve evolved the mobile phone user interface to be even more convenient. —Daniel Graff-Radford, Omnilink vice president and general manager
Car Connection features a plug-in on-board diagnostic (OBD) device that empowers consumers to monitor, manage and maintain their family’s driving habits, vehicle maintenance and performance. Car Connection provides users with critical data including actual fuel consumption data, fuel conservation tips, vehicle location data, vehicle health info, and preventative maintenance recommendations. With Car Connection users can receive alerts when drivers exceed preset geofence boundaries, help authorities locate their car if stolen, and disable the text messaging of drivers while in-transit. Through the use of Car Connection, users are able to take part in select Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) discount programs.
The DIY Car Connection device fits in the palm of your hand and easily plugs into the vehicle’s OBDII port—a standard feature on all vehicles since 1996—and transmits data to the web-based Car Connection™ application over Sprint’s Nationwide Network. Users can log-into the application to review near real-time vehicle and driver data.
Omnilink’s award-winning M2M platform powers Car Connection. Omnilink’s platform receives and processes location, vehicle health, automotive recall, driver behavior, and fuel usage data; presents it via an user interface with intuitive controls; provides OBDII and remote start/keyless entry device activation, social sharing integration, alerting and notification functionality; and ensures state-of-the-art security, availability, speed, and reliability. Omnilink also provides billing and technical support services.
Car Connection is available for purchase at participating retail stores. To find a dealer, visit My-carconnection.com for more information.
To take advantage of remote access features, users must purchase and professionally install an additional remote access and keyless entry device. Car Connection is compatible with most remote access and keyless entry devices.
The Long Beach Business Journal talks with Sprint about how they partner with Omnilink—Sprint’s featured asset tracking partner—to prevent cargo theft at one of the nation’s busiest ports. Excerpts from the article included below.
The California Highway Patrol’s Cargo Theft Interdiction Program estimates that losses from cargo theft-related crimes impacts the trucking industry, railroads and insurance companies is more than $10 billion.
With so many variables in the way cargo theft may occur, multiple layers of security are clearly necessary. And, with technologies becoming more compact, more powerful and more affordable, businesses at all points of goods movement are investing in GPS tracking devices and other security, to tackle a multi-billion-dollar, industry-wide problem.
“About 40 percent of the nation’s cargo comes through Los Angeles and Long Beach [ports],” said Randy Parsons, director of security for the port. “We’ve got more containers than anybody else, so it might logically follow that we would have more theft.” Parson said between five million and six million containers come through POLB annually.
Opportunities for theft occurs when trucks and trailers are left unattended or are hijacked by an individual or group of thieves on lots, yards and truck stops – the top three locations.
Once cargo leaves the terminal, it becomes the responsibility of the carrier.
Based on the kind of cargo in the container, its value and the risk of someone wanting those goods, a carrier will decide whether or not to install a tracking device. These devices are typically no larger than a cell phone and are built with a global positioning system (GPS) that may be accessed wirelessly, according to Damien Skipper, m2m (machine to machine) solutions sales manager with Sprint.
Skipper works with Sprint’s partner, Omnilink, to provide customers with asset-tracking devices and software for monitoring cargo in transport. “Cargo theft is a huge issue,” he told the Business Journal. “These asset-tracking solutions are there to help with recovery and can have a positive impact.”
Users may access the GPS device data through a secure Web portal from any mobile device wirelessly. Users are alerted based on specific protocols designed by the carrier. For instance, a carrier may program the device to send an email alert to designated users when a truck deviates from a planned route for more than three minutes.
November 12, 2013 – The first ever Internet of Things Day event in Chicago brought Omnilink together with other M2M thought leaders to shed light on the growing Internet of Things phenomenon.
The event, sponsored by the Illinois Technology Association, featured five panel discussions that explored the opportunities posed by M2M adoption—smart cities, smart grids, mobile health, smart cars, smart logistics, and more—and the increased efficiency, cost-savings, and life-saving potential they offer. Panelists also elaborated on the obstacles to M2M adoption, and challenges posed by M2M proliferation.
Steve Hudson, chief development officer of Omnilink, shared insight on the potential challenges to privacy posed by M2M on the panel entitled “Impediments in Getting to the Internet of Things.” Hudson discussed Omnilink’s landmark senior tracking solution, Comfort Zone®, built in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association in 2009. Comfort Zone enables the family members of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia the ability to receive alerts and locate their loved if they have wandered or become lost. Its intended use has undeniable, potentially life-saving benefits, but all unintended uses—such as “Joe Consumer” tracking his spouse without her knowledge—are an invasion of privacy.
The Internet of Things Day is one of the many mobile and M2M-focused events Omnilink thought leaders contribute to every year.