IntSpo: Invigorating the Development of Intelligent Tracking Solutions
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Hans Erik Karsten, Founder & CEO
When 2020 arrived, it was full of anticipations. New space launches, 5G revolution, and breakthroughs for humanoid robots were some of the most-awaited projects for the year.
But it all turned upside down with the COVID-19 outbreak, which shifted the attention to immediate challenges and possible solutions. For instance, many consumer goods companies and online retailers saw a massive increase in online sales amidst the pandemic, straining their global supply chains and logistics fleet to an unprecedented degree. This situation pushed many businesses to scramble all their resources in order to continue serving the consumers. Even after a year has traversed since the outbreak, the question still facing companies is: how to prepare their supply chain and logistics strategies to avert another black swan event like the COVID-19 outbreak?
A Norwegian technology company, IntSpo, has the answer to these questions. Hans Erik Karsten—the founder and CEO of IntSpo—opines that advanced IoT solutions powered by 4G/5G capabilities and smart sensors can help businesses maintain a pulse on their supply chain even through unprecedented events like the pandemic. Karsten further believes that enterprises and organisations must stay at the cutting-edge of 4G today to not just explore the spectrum available for Long Term Evolution (LTE) and narrow bandwidth (NB)-based IoT devices but to enable forward compatibility with the proliferation of 5G.
This is what IntSpo brings to the fore. Interestingly, the company has been helping businesses manage their supply chains with such a forward-thinking mindset even before the dark clouds of COVID-19 took to the horizon. Leveraging the most advanced location and sensor technologies, IntSpo offers organisations and enterprises intelligent IoT-based tracking solutions and tracking-as-a-service for managing their physical assets. “IntSpo offers the most advanced location and sensor technologies to help various companies and industries to optimise processes, secure values, and be more cost-effective in order to optimise their results,” says the Founder/CEO. “We offer tracking-as-a-service for monitoring both low- and high-value products, be it individual goods or an entire shipping container,” he adds.
How It All Started…
We offer tracking-as-a-service for monitoring both low- and high-value products, be it individual goods or an entire shipping container
What drives IntSpo ahead of its competition is its ability to deliver tailor-made tracking solutions that can tackle the most unique challenges of enterprises. “Technology is worth nothing if it can’t solve problems. So, our primary focus is always to identify the pain points of different organisations and businesses, and address them with the technological proficiency we have,” states Karsten. Remarkably, this competency of IntSpo can be traced back to its early years when it addressed a critical issue faced by Norway’s healthcare sector. “There was a substantial problem in Norway; low-value assets, like bed linen and towels for hospitals, were being stolen before or during transport,” says Karsten. IntSpo, therefore, focused on developing a tracking solution to reduce these thefts and establish a fleet management solution for the healthcare sector. The success of this venture inspired IntSpo to broaden its scope and establish its name in diverse sectors, including logistics and transportation.
Over the years, IntSpo’s deep technological competence and vast experience in IoT and mobile technology have enabled it to come up with many inventive IoT solutions and services for different industries. Their IoT-based solutions can seamlessly track high and low-value assets indoors and outdoors by leveraging advanced 4G/5G features and state-of-the-art equipment. And to unleash the full potential of these IoT sensors, IntSpo utilises powerful and customised edge computing solutions that can ensure secure, scalable, and complete device management. Such a comprehensive outlook towards solutions enables IntSpo’s clients to manage their products and fleet while considering even the different environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity. The same zeal is also reflected in IntSpo’s service delivery model. IntSpo’s clients can either use the custom-built web interface or the application programming interface (API) to integrate IntSpo’s IoT solutions with their internal ERP systems.
Such cognisance and ingenious IoT solutions, along with its tracking-as-a-service offering, have enabled IntSpo to script success stories. In one scenario, IntSpo did a pilot project with the Norwegian Postal Service in 2018, demonstrating the effectiveness of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) in postal trolleys. The Norwegian Postal Service has been collaborating with IntSpo since then to improve their internal processes with IoT. Meanwhile, IntSpo is spurring the adoption of IoT solutions in the logistics and transportation sectors, especially in Norway, by sensitising these sectors regarding the advancements and opportunities in IoT technology through seminars and industry meetups. In the same vein, IntSpo is helping industry decision-makers and associations, such as Network for Logistics Management in Norway (LOGMA), by sharing their technological know-how in IoT.
IntSpo is also heavily investing in research and development (R&D) to develop inventive sensor solutions that are economical, and at the same time, consume less power. This stride of IntSpo has been garnering them much acclaim and accolades in the IoT domain. For example, u-blox—one of the leading developers of IoT components in wireless and positioning technology—has recognised IntSpo as a leading force in transitioning Norway to 4G/5G enabled IoT technology.
Basking in the glory of such competencies, IntSpo is on its way to becoming a trailblazer in providing next-generation machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity. Meanwhile, the IoT solutions of IntSpo are showing enormous potential in contributing to the United Nations (UN) sustainability goals. As the IoT sensors are expected to empower smart cities in monitoring their power consumption, waste deposits, and many other daily activities from the one centralised location, IntSpo’s IoT sensor solutions would help in controlling utility consumption and efficient waste management. “As innovators, the onus is on us to change habits and develop solutions to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), and IntSpo is perfectly positioned at the helm of bringing forth that sustainable future,” concludes Karsten.
Description IntSpo offers the most advanced location and sensor technologies, to help various companies and industries, to optimize processes, secure values, and be more cost effective in order to optimize their results. Leveraging the most advanced location and sensor technologies, IntSpo offers organisations and enterprises intelligent IoT-based tracking solutions and tracking-as-a-service for managing their physical assets. These IoT-based solutions can seamlessly track high and low-value assets indoors and outdoors by leveraging advanced 4G/5G features and state-of-the-art equipment. And to unleash the full potential of these IoT sensors, IntSpo develops powerful and customised edge computing solutions that can ensure secure, scalable, and complete device management. Clients can thus manage their products and fleet, taking into consideration the different environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity, during the movement of commodities and vehicles with the help of these smart sensors