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Asset tracking

In global manufacturing and commerce, raw materials, components and final goods can travel long distances through warehouses and logistic hubs before arriving at their final destination. More often than not, the direct or indirect value of any particular item warrants certain costs associated with monitoring its condition and position.

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Asset Tracking use cases

Asset tracking refers to a very broad range of use cases, each with its own specific requirements and associated challenges:

  • Letters, packages and parcels: may in some cases be useful to track with disposable solutions (motion, shock, impact and vibration monitoring during transportation and storage…)
  • Goods guarantee like cold chain, food tracking and medical assets: requiring controlled transportation that might involve temperature, humidity and pressure monitoring and perhaps unusual or unwanted displacement or orientation. ​
  • Warehouse logistics: for tracking status and condition of individual pallets in warehouses and during shipment. ​
  • Indoor localization like Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS): to monitor the location of tools in plants and warehouses, or luggage in airports to within a few centimeters.
  • Real-time outdoor monitoring: to track overseas shipping containers or manage fleets such as car or e-bike rental for shared mobility in smart-city scenarios, or to monitor the condition and position of livestock in smart farming.​


Technical challenges

All the above application scenarios present a wide range of challenges, including position accuracy and secure wireless connectivity with high-accuracy low-power sensors.

ST solutions

ST is committed to providing all the key technologies and end-to-end solutions to help drastically reduce time to market. These include an extensive range of MEMS motion and environmental sensors, wireless connectivity devices covering NFC, RFID, BLE, Sub-GHz, LoRa, Sigfox, and LTE NB-IoT protocols, battery and power management solutions, signal conditioning for analog sensors, low-power 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers, and secure hardware to help designers build effective asset tracking and monitoring solutions.

ST also provides comprehensive and ongoing support in the form of evaluation boards, firmware packages, mobile apps and web cloud interfaces like DSH-ASSETRACKING to boost development of professional asset tracking solutions.