Cable drums on the map – Reka Kaapeli and Digita work together to develop digital positioning solutions
Reka Kaapeli Oy and Digita Oy have agreed on cooperation, with the objective of positioning solution development and digitalisation of positioning through the use of Digita’s IoT network that is based on LoRaWAN technology. Reka Kaapeli manufactures cables for industrial, construction and electricity transmission purposes. Digita provides end devices with connections to Digita’s LoRaWAN network.
Expensive cable drums may still today remain in the terrain without exact information on their location. Reka Kaapeli and Digita want to introduce a solution for the positioning of cable drums. Digita’s LoRaWAN network enables agile and cost-effective tracking of equipment and machines where it has previously been difficult to implement tracking by means of traditional solutions.
“LoRaWAN network enables modern tracking systems, that is, asset tracking: a sensor equipped with GPS locates the drum and tells you when the position or location of the drum changes with no need for physical survey,” says Digita’s Mika Flinck, Head of Sales, IoT Services. Technology that is based on a LoRaWAN network provides the developers of positioning services with many advantages: the positioning device is affordable, recyclable and easy to install, and the practically maintenance-free battery is energy-efficient and lasts for several years.
The cable drum location data is used in the Cabler.fi service launched by Reka Kaapeli. Cabler is a new, open cable and drum ecosystem that was coded in Finland and aimed to be used especially in electrical engineering. Cabler was designed to facilitate the project management of construction sites, to increase the efficiency of logistics and to make the drum return process smoother.
“At Cabler, we refine location data to provide the end user with genuinely useful data, such as when the ordered cables have arrived on site and from where on the roadside the empty drum can be retrieved. For example, at large electricity network construction sites in cities and provinces, efficient drum circulation is of paramount importance. In addition, we can set up alerts if drums move when they should be staying put,” says Joonas Koskinen, Project Manager at Reka Kaapeli. “The objective of the cooperation with Digita is to ensure that the positioning devices and data communications connections used for Cabler meet the industry standards now and in the future,” he continues.
Digita Oy, Mika Flinck, Head of Sales, IoT Services, tel. +358 (0)44 231 8030, mika.flinck(a)digita.fi
Reka Kaapeli Oy, Cabler Project Manager, Joonas Koskinen, tel. +358 (0)40 483 7671, joonas.koskinen(a)reka.fi
Reka Kaapeli is the largest Finnish-owned cable manufacturer. We use state-of-the-art production methods and technology to make medium and high-voltage cables, data transfer cables, control and instrumentation cables, installation cables and power cables. The main market areas of our internationally recognised company in addition to Finland are the Nordic and Baltic countries and Russia. We have subsidiaries in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia and Russia. www.reka.fi
Digita owns and operates Finland’s leading terrestrial network for nationwide TV and radio transmissions, and is the country’s largest independent owner of telecommunication masts. The company is a provider of digital software and services. Digita’s services include telecommunication masts, data centre and IoT services, and broadcasting services for the future. Digita provides services to Finland’s largest mobile phone operators, internet and media companies, infrastructure enterprises and real estate owners. Digita employs 180 experts across Finland. www.digita.fi