An explosion of tagging and scanning technologies are available to protect and authenticate goods: QR codes, NFC & RFID chips, BLE and others. Many rely on expensive scanning technologies or complex, new business processes. Scanning equipment isn’t readily available outside of the production line or store and not to the consumer. Tagging and scanning don’t often traverse boundaries between corporations, reseller and consumers. The challenge is the transition between the physical and digital worlds, and making the tagging truly seamless between production, resellers, consumers, second-hand e-commerce sites etc.
United Vanning and our partners have solved this problem. Septillion's Material Fingerprint technology can create a unique, unambiguous “fingerprint” detectable using a standard mobile camera. Using patented technology a regular mobile phone photo can uniquely identify any item. A private blockchain tracks ownership and responsibility for the item as it travels through production, supply chain, warehouse, retailers, consumers, e-commerce sites and second-hand purchases.
The "fingerprints" themselves are invisible to the naked eye and can be embedded in plastics, polymers, coatings, paint, cloth, and paper. This unique solution can also tag items already in the consumer space, after authentication by a trusted party. High-value items can be tagged for insurance purposes in a way only the insurance company knows about.
For the consumer goods manufacturer, it is key to integrate the flow of information with production, inventory and supply chain systems with the blockchain. Retailers can connect to the blockchain to register the purchase. Consumers can validate authenticity with the blockchain using a mobile app. They can send their blockchain receipt to insurance companies who can also validate via the blockchain. Consumers could also provide the blockchain “certificate” when selling their valuables on e-commerce sites. This will give an end-to-end view of how items flow from manufacturers through the supply chain to retailers and finally to consumers, and on the second-hand market. Law enforcement can validate the last legal purchaser of an item and easily detect counterfeit goods.
United Vanning is in a unique position to provide the Septillion “fingerprint” technology, blockchain platform and consumer mobile application in end-to-end solutions for manufacturers, retailers, e-commerce sites and insurance companies. Using the Digital Business Platform from Software AG , United Vanning connects people, devices, data and systems for process automation, API and device management, analytics visualisation for intelligent decisions and actions.
Item records mirror actual ownership, legitimate change of ownership, movement and location…
In today’s digital world, equipment, plant, staff and vehicles that were previously unreachable are now connected. The “Internet of Things” is driving a proliferation of infrastructure, technologies and new approaches which can be exploited for tracking and exploiting business-critical assets in the field.
Moving beyond just locating and identifying assets, drawing valuable insights from the data they provide is essential. A data-driven, end-to-end perspective and solution is critical to transform these dispersed assets into a unified information system that will reduce costs and build better business outcomes.
An explosion of tagging and tracking technologies are available now to: track the location of staff, machinery, tools, equipment, industrial plant, or vehicle assets. You can choose from a menu of: QR codes, NFC, RFID, BLE, iBeacon, GPS. Tags can report on locations: as they are touched, or scanned, from a short distance, in response to passing beacons or with the regularity you specify over a variety of networks. They can report on their movement, health and on whether the machinery they’re attached to is switched on, moving, broken etc. But these are just point capabilities and individual pieces of information. They need to be brought together as an integrated whole to deliver more than the sum of their parts…
United Vanning have proven experience and technology know-how in delivering solutions and real business value within a data-driven integration platform.
In partnership with Software AG, and using their Digital Business Platform, United Vanning have delivered several innovative solutions to the Utilities industries.
Bringing data together brings the fuzzy view of missing, unknown and lost assets into focus. One utility company estimated a hire cost saving in excess of £0.5m would result from increased asset utilisation combined with better informed hire and procurement decisions.
A solution United Vanning recently delivered provides:
It delivered benefits across the following dimensions:
Plant and Equipment Repository
This with NO dependence on the purchase of tags and tag readers - These bring additional processes for tagging and additional maintenance overheads for the readers themselves.
For more information about United Vanning and how our expertise can help you, visit: www.unitedvanning.com
Software AG offers the world’s first Digital Business Platform for Utilities. Rapidly build and deploy digital utility applications for better decisions with streaming analytics, telemetry and M2M, and respond faster to shifting regulations. To learn more visit: www.softwareag.com
Customers are expecting better and better services. The time of service technicians is becoming more and more valuable. Our roads are becoming increasingly congested. The need for safe delivery and tracking of tools and materials is essential to efficient planning and control. Leading utility companies continue to invest to address these critical considerations and realise these efficiencies.
In an ever increasingly connected world utilities expect to be able to know where all the supplies, materials and tools are at any point in time. Reducing waste in time and materials is critical, as well as reducing the impact of inefficient supply chains on the environment. United Vanning Consulting and Pelipod address all the above with their unique, innovative supply chain solution in combination with unparalleled capabilities for process execution, analysis, visualisation and integration from Software AG that will truly transform the field service operations of utilities:
Introducing Pelipod, the world’s most advanced, Internet connected, low cost unattended parcel box for utilities. With Pelipod, utilities can now create distributed point delivery networks replacing the need for locker banks or store depots. Pelipod shortens and simplifies your supply chain enabling your staff to be more productive and efficient.
Through Software AG’s Digital Business Platform utilities will be able to integrate the Pelipod portal to their back end systems with complete process execution and visibility ensuring:
How is all this established, what is needed and how is it implemented? Ultimately it boils down to the business case for using the Pelipod solution and Software AG’s Digital Business Platform to improved business processes: lowering the cost of field service operations, increasing customer satisfaction while reducing the impact on the environment throughout.
Invariably this means joining up the individual processes using the Digital Business Platform, connecting with the business systems such as ERP, CRM, Asset Management, Warehouse Management, Field service, Scheduling, GIS etc. Delivering the value this gives dictates the nature of the integration and the requirements of the platform.
United Vanning Consulting helps companies characterise and capitalise on opportunities based on a structured approach
United Vanning Consulting provides the technology and integration knowhow as well as the process insight to assist from discovery through to implementation. On top of these capabilities in our engagements we give our customers access to our partner ecosystem for world leading technology, data science, predictive modelling, machine learning, device connectivity, digital platform integration and data management.
End-to-end solution implementation
For more information about United Vanning Consulting or to explore how our expertise can help you, please contact us at www.unitedvanning.com/en/contact
Software AG offers the world’s first Digital Business Platform for Utilities. Recognized as a leader by the industry’s top analyst firms, Software AG helps you combine existing systems on premises and in the cloud into a single platform to optimize your environment and delight your citizens. With Software AG, you can rapidly build and deploy digital utility applications to improve customer services delivery. Get maximum value from big data, make better decisions with streaming analytics, achieve more with telemetry and M2M, and respond faster to shifting regulations and threats with intelligent governance, risk and compliance. Visit www.softwareag.com to learn more.
Pelipod represents a complete breakthrough in the cost, convenience and functionality in the delivery of spares, samples and other products. Pelipod is a smart, connected, secure, unattended parcel box that can manage all your deliveries as well as working with your reverse logistics process. For more information please visit: www.pelipod.com
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