Numerex Launches Managed Service for Asset Tracking

The new offering is designed to help manufacturers or logistics providers keep tabs on valuable mobile assets.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Sep 22, 2015

Though its name sounds like the latest consumer product from Apple, iManage is made for manufacturers or logistics providers. The new managed service from Numerex, an Atlanta-based provider of interactive and on-demand machine-to-machine (M2M) enterprise solutions, is built on Numerex's cloud-based nxFAST software application, used for locating and tracking valuable assets outfitted with Numerex sensors. This service includes all provisioning and subscription services that a customer needs to quickly launch the iManage platform.

Numerex's senior VP, Scott Wiley, says customers will most likely use iManage to help them keep tabs on mobile, rugged carts used to transport large parts or products, because these fixtures represent a significant investment and often end up—whether intentionally or not—in the possession of customers or supply chain partners.

Scott Wiley
"If the fixture remains inside a factory, the owner would probably be using RFID [to track the asset]," Wiley says. "But outside the factory, [those assets] would be a blind spot to them." Companies that sign up for the iManage service will receive an nxLocate tracking device for each asset they'd like to track. (The nxLocate tags can be outfitted with satellite communication as well, but the iManage service is built on the base model, which communicates via cellular networks.) The tag contains a subscriber identity module (SIM) card that comes pre-commissioned, so that as soon as customers receive the tags, mount them onto assets and create an iManage account in the nxFAST (Foundation Application Software Technology) software, they can begin tracking.

The nxLocate tag also contains a three-axis accelerometer. A user can set the tag to report, via its communication network, whenever the tag moves or tilts. Or, it can store this data and transmit it during regularly scheduled transmissions. The tag utilizes a replaceable AA lithium battery that has an expected lifespan of three to four years if the tag is set to transmit data two times per day.

Wiley explains that this contrasts with Numerex's previous à la carte offerings, in which it sold tracking devices, cellular network access and the nxFAST application licensing fees separately. With iManage, he says, customers will pay only a monthly fee, per tracking device, based on the number of data transmissions they request. If customers set the nxLocate devices to transmit their location twice daily, he adds, their subscription fees will be $20 per month, per device.

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