Introducing the Smart Label: how we made postage labels traceable
By Sam Colley, CEO of Pod Group
The logistics sector will never be the same thanks to the revolutionary Smart Label, which debuted at CES in January 2023.
What sets the Smart Label apart is its ability to track small and light items very discretely, something traditional tracking devices have never been able to do before. We developed the Smart Label solution together with SODAQ and Lufthansa Industry Solutions (LHIND) – making this cutting-edge technology a result of true collaboration between industry experts.
Let’s take a closer look at the inner workings of how it works, shall we?
Tracking small and light items discretely
A low-power cellular LTE CAT-M connection, powered by Pod Group, is included on the Smart Label, which enables logistics companies to monitor expensive goods as little as an envelope holding anything from important papers to diamonds, or even objects as big as a full-sized oil painting.
The label itself was designed by SODAQ, with the architecture of the middleware used by LHIND, allowing for geofence alerts that not only warn users when shipments enter or exit crucial supply chain zones but also provide users with complete visibility of the item across the supply chain.
Lightweight and efficient
Traditional tracking devices cannot compare to the Smart Label’s reduced power consumption and 3D-printed battery, which allow it to be substantially more lightweight and compact. With a battery life span of up to six months, the label is a dependable option for use in long-distance shipments.
The development of a label that would be simple to use and apply by customers was a top priority for our company. The user needs only to snip off one of the corners of the adhesive label and then affix it to whatever they are shipping in order to activate the device. After that, users may set the pings’ frequency by scanning the device’s barcode. The label will then immediately connect to the network and begin issuing alerts.
As you would anticipate, one of the most difficult problems to solve was coming up with a way to make the Smart Label very thin and almost weightless.
The thickness of the Smart Label might be maintained to an absolute minimum by including the e-SIMs that make use of the low-power cellular 5G communication standard known as LTE CAT-M and combining these features with a printed battery.
In addition, we have made it a priority to work towards the objective of making the label as eco-friendly as is practically feasible.
Sustainable and recyclable
To further increase the longevity and sustainability of the label, plus drive down the cost of each trip, the label can be used again and again. The number of times the label can be used depends on how you choose to utilise the device. Pings from the label may occur anywhere between once per day and every two hours at the user’s discretion, with up to 150 pings guaranteed for each label. The less pings, the longer the lifespan.
Sustainability has become an increasingly important topic in recent years. As we face the challenges of climate change, dwindling natural resources, and a growing global population, it is crucial that we take action to ensure that we can sustain our way of life for future generations. This is why, the concept of sustainability had a significant role in the development of the Smart Label.
Every component of the label may be recycled, with the exception of the printed alkaline battery. In addition, the straightforward nature of our recycling procedure allows customers to return used labels to us in quantities ranging from ten to fifty at the end of the labels’ intended lifespan for recycling.
Ease of use
The revolutionary Smart Label is transforming the logistics sector with its ground-breaking capabilities and features. Developed through collaboration with industry experts, this cutting-edge technology has redefined tracking and monitoring of small and light items in logistics operations.
The Smart Label’s ability to discreetly track items, combined with its slim two-millimeter thickness, sets it apart from traditional tracking devices. With a low-power cellular LTE CAT-M connection, logistics companies can monitor a wide range of items, from small envelopes to large objects like oil paintings. In addition, the Smart Label’s reduced power consumption, printed battery, and compact design make it lightweight and efficient, with a battery life of up to six months for reliable long-distance shipments.