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Nexiot develops smart sensor system for Bertschi’s tank containers

Swiss telematics firm Nexiot is customising its zero-maintenance smart sensor system for Bertschi Group’s tank containers, to monitor the temperature of dangerous goods and help ensure safe delivery of consignments.

The data is then sent to a control system, enabling Bertschi Group to monitor the temperature of the product in the tank, as well as the steam pipes which are used to heat the cargo, in real time. Nexiot’s smart sensors harvest energy from the environment, which makes them self-sustaining, and enables them to update the control system with messages down to every five minutes.

Bertschi is a global logistics service provider for the chemical industry, specialising in both liquids and dry bulk products, and transports hazardous cargo, some of which needs to travel within a specific temperature band. 

“Any means by which we can further raise the bar regarding safety gets priority at Bertschi, and having continuous and detailed information about the containers allows us to be certain that everything is well within safe operating conditions,” said Markus Berner, head of digital logistics at Bertschi Group. “Automated alerts on deviations provide us with one more layer of safety on top of all the existing procedures and mechanisms.

The very same measurements are also invaluable for guaranteeing that the cargo, which often includes delicate chemical compounds, reaches its destination within the optimal temperature band and in perfect condition. We have very tough requirements for the capabilities, ruggedness, cost, and maintainability of devices in the field. In my opinion, particularly regarding energy autonomy and frequency of updates, the technology of Nexiot speaks for itself.”