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asset tracking

Solar Panels for Industrial Asset Tracking

Asset tracking provides data that helps businesses optimize asset allocation and delivery routes, increase utilization, improve overall productivity, and ultimately reduce the costs associated with lost, stolen, or misplaced assets.

Voltaic designs and manufactures solar panels for hardware companies serving the logistics and transportation industry. Our solar panels are deployed over 800,000 tractor trailers, shipping containers, and railcars.
Voltaic designs and manufactures solar panels and complete solar systems for hardware companies serving farmers, ranchers and orchardists. Our solar panels are powering sensors and gateways in a wide range of applications across the world.
 

Work We’ve Done

CustomerVoltaic ProductsSolar Panel ConstructionAssets Monitored
Global Telematics Company
  • Custom solar panel with molex connector
  • Custom injection molded enclosure
Monocrystalline with ETFE lamination Tractor trailers
IoT Company
  • Custom solar panel with wire
  • Custom thermoformed packaging
SunPower with ETFE lamination Shipping containers
Rail Logistics Company
  • Modification of our standard P124 with custom connector
SunPower with ETFE lamination Railcars
IoT Company
  • Custom solar panel
SunPower with ETFE lamination and ENIG contacts Tractor trailers
IoT Company
  • Custom solar panel
Monocrystalline with glass lamination Railcars
IoT Company
  • Modification of our standard P102
Monocrystalline with potted urethane Farm equipment
We keep the names of our customers confidential to avoid sharing proprietary information with both current and potential clients.
 

How Voltaic Systems Can Help

  • Understand the solar energy available to your device in its unique environment
  • Select or design the appropriately sized panels for your system based on your power consumption
  • Advise on charging circuitry to help your device harvest solar energy as efficiently as possible, and help you test the system charging efficiency
  • Strategize how to mount panels securely on a bracket or to an enclosure
  • Select materials and construction techniques to meet the unique demands of your application

Got a project that needs solar?

Voltaic designs and manufactures custom, high-quality solar panels and mounting solutions.

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Power Related Challenges in Asset Tracking

  • Customer data sampling and transmission profiles vary widely so it can be difficult to come to a single number for expected power consumption
  • Signal transmission and energy cost can be affected by geographic location and network coverage
  • Replacing or repairing devices because a primary battery has fully discharged is costly and logistically challenging
  • Asset tracking systems must run continuously in an extremely wide range of operating conditions, and in some cases are subject to pressure washers, ice scrapers and chemical sprays

Advantages to Adding Solar

  • Extend the system lifetime in the field, reducing labor and replacement costs
  • Increase the frequency of data transmission (ping rate)
  • Reduce battery size
  • Reduce electronics waste
  • Even in cases where systems have intermittent access to the sun, like with shipping containers, solar panels can provide sufficient power to run a device continuously for ten years or more.
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