HiberEasypulse, an asset tracking solution that works anywhere in the world, sounds really interesting. But how does it work, exactly?
For users, it's easy. Pay a monthly subscription to receive the most up-to-date technology, attach the solution to your assets, and automatically receive insights via satellite connection.
On our end, "how does it work, exactly?" is a lot more complicated. (The answer could fill a book.) But we know operations leaders like to know how things work behind the scenes. So we'll pull back the curtain. It ultimately comes down to three key parts.
Part 1: the edge station.
When you open up the HiberEasypulse box, the first thing you’ll see is the edge station device. The edge station is a brick-sized device that houses all of the electronic materials. It comes in a battery-powered version or a CAN bus-powered version. This little box packs a powerful punch.
- Track location
- Detect movement
- Measure vibration
- Calculate shock
- Track run time
- Track idle time
All of this data is collected by the edge device, beamed directly to satellites, and sent to your dashboard. You can get updates as frequently as every 15 minutes. Each update tells you exactly what has been happening with your asset in the previous fifteen minutes (it's tracking your asset the entire time).
Part 2: the Mission Control dashboard.
The HiberEasypulse is easy to use. We know, because a professional user experience designer puts a lot of time and effort into making the software easy for you to use. The overview is clean, and it lets you do a lot of interesting things, like set up alerts for your assets so you know when you need to respond quickly, check driver behaviour to keep your team safe, and see easy ways to increase utilisation of your assets.
All that without much (if any) training (though you can always contact customer support if you have questions.) If you have a system that you already use and don’t want to make big changes, you can also integrate the data directly into your current tracking software with our API. We know that change for the sake of change isn’t the most effective use of your time, so we make it simple to use the data your way.
Part 3: the connectivity that makes it all possible.
HiberEasypulse uses satellite connectivity to track your assets, which means you can see where your stuff is, no matter where you are in the world. Whether it’s the middle of the ocean, the middle of the jungle, or the middle of the desert, you can get asset data.
- Not real-time, but pretty dang close.
HiberEasypulse’s transmission rate is every 15 minutes. But the sampling rate is more frequent. You can gather data about your assets as frequently as every minute (or as frequently as you want), then that data is sent to the satellites (and, as a result, your Mission Control dashboard) every 15 minutes. In other words, every 15 minutes you’ll get updates about what your asset has been doing for the previous 15 minutes. So, while the data isn’t “real time,” it’s pretty close. And there are two good reasons we don’t transmit every minute.
- Real time data is real-time expensive.
First, transmitting data every minute (or every second) via satellite is expensive. Sending data to space isn’t necessarily easy, and the cost reflects that. Instead, we optimised the system to send transmissions every 15 minutes, which lets you keep track of where your assets are, but still keeps costs low. For the vast majority of asset tracking use cases, not much is going to change in the time it takes you to eat a sandwich.
- Real time data uses a lot of battery power.
The other good reason we max out transmissions to every 15 minutes is to conserve battery power. By reducing the number of transmissions, we can extend the battery life significantly. This means you don’t have to worry about batteries dying or going out to replace batteries every month. Instead, you can just put the sensors out there and forget about them, until you get an alert telling you the battery level is running low. It’s sort of like a really low-maintenance house plant that tells you when it needs attention.