LoRa enables Canary Islands cold-chain deliveries

  • June 13, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Spanish maritime services provider Boluda Corporación Marítima is using LoRaWan asset tracking from Valencia-based telecoms firm Witrac with Semtech technology.

Integrated with California-based Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWan standard, Witrac’s Total Track & Trace intelligent platform transports cold-chain assets in Boluda’s supply chain, providing citizens of the Canary Islands with the first daily transportation of cargo from the peninsula with over 350 successful voyages.

“Semtech’s LoRa devices were cost-effective for Witrac’s Total Track & Trace intelligent platform,” said Jose Pons Ballester, CTO of Witrac. “With ships transporting thousands of containers, installing a satellite modem in each container would make this economically non-viable. Employing a network using LoRaWan as well as leveraging the LoRa 2.4GHz band allowed us to place a Witrac device in every single container to share real-time offshore and onshore visibility to thousands of containers, an unmatched value for our customers.”

Using a combination of LoRaWan, wifi, Bluetooth LE and cellular connectivity options in the same hardware device, the platform provides real-time visibility and control of offshore operations. In addition to temperature monitoring, the platform’s perfect route system can geolocate a fleet’s vessels, allowing alerts to be set for deviations in fuel consumption, speed, routes or kilometres travelled, which also permits shippers to take corrective measures en route.

Boluda has also implemented Witrac’s platform to monitor the location and temperature status of the fresh food and medicine on its seven container vessels traveling 1100km from the Spanish mainland on the maritime corridor linking Cádiz to the island ports of Las Palmas and Tenerife.

“Remotely monitoring the location and temperature of assets during an entire cold chain was once viewed as a challenge,” said Marc Pégulu, vice president at Semtech. “Through implementing LoRa devices and LoRaWan, asset tracking has never been more simple and cost effective. Witrac’s tracking is a valuable example of how LoRa and LoRaWans can transform smart logistics to prevent loss or damage of assets no matter the distance.”

Boluda Corporación Marítima is a Spanish maritime group with more than 185 years of experience. It operates in Central America, South America, Caribbean, Africa, Cabo Verde, Indian Ocean and Europe.