PoLTE, an innovator and provider of cellular and GPS technology, has announced they are discontinuing services to its customers. This is a difficult situation for the company and its customers. Their customers' primary question is, “How do we track our remote assets now?” The project manager may also be asking, “How do I recover my critical IoT project?” 

Help! How do I Still Track my Critical Assets?

If you’ve been a PoLTE customer, you probably have a few scenarios running through your mind. You’re trying to figure out how to continue tracking your assets properly without the company that was doing it for you. You have assets deployed and now you don’t have the visibility into where those assets are. You’ve invested heavily in a technology that is no longer working and you need to regain the credibility of your project as quickly as possible. 

Link Labs is working with PoLTE to provide firmware over-the-air updates to convert your current PoLTE system to AirFinder. We can help you not only recover the assets you have deployed but provide you with an RTLS solution that will provide even more benefits and endure the test of time. Our team understands the deep technical aspects required for a complete IoT platform that works efficiently and provides the insights needed to drive company strategy. 

PoLTE isn’t the Only Failed IoT Company

According to one group, 30% of IoT companies in the US in 2019 were out of business by 2021. Covid was challenging for many companies and those in IoT took an especially hard hit. Companies are still seeing impacts with longer sales cycles and hesitancy from buyers to commit - even when they understand the immediate ROI that IoT can provide. Link Labs has been in this space since 2014, so we understand why other companies have failed and what needs to be done to prevent that from happening to our customers. Some have tried to minimize their risk of IoT investment by cobbling together their own solution from multiple vendors. This may save some margin costs upfront, but it's adding even more danger to the equation. IoT technology is highly complex and it’s too much for one person with many job responsibilities to keep up with and know that they’re getting the right technologies. Technology changes so quickly, you need to work with a partner who deeply understands the market and can bring those solutions to you without bias for their own technology. That’s where Link Labs comes in.

How can I Confidently Choose a New IoT Platform?

You are probably trying to solve multiple things: 1) How do I keep my current investment, and 2) How do I move forward from here? Link Labs can help you recover as much as possible from past PoLTE investments and help you build a solution that will create the most value for your company going forward. We can move very quickly with custom development (1-2 weeks) and our team strives to understand what and why you’re trying to solve with IoT. We’ll talk about pain points and how to solve that with different types of technology. We’ve solved the complex parts of an IoT platform - scalability, security, interoperability, configurability, DevOps, data management, edge processing, remote management, and device management - all to get insights from the analytics and dashboards. We’ll work with you to determine what works best for your use case and how to overcome any technical challenges to get you back to focusing on your business.

How does it Work?

AirFinder Everywhere is an end-to-end location tracking solution, meaning we supply the technology and the hardware to make the installation process easy and ensure a secure system. The SuperTag uses a combination of GPS, Cellular, WiFi, and the AirFinder Network to provide location and monitoring information in real-time and bring down costs. 

 

AirFinder provides companies with benefits including

  • Temperature, humidity, and shock monitoring
  • Real-time inventory levels and replacement requirements
  • Lost sales recovery
  • Waste reduction
  • Pallet monitoring and recovery
  • Risk reduction
  • Supply chain visibility and efficiency
  • Asset utilization planning
  • Zone monitoring and alerting
  • Reporting and analytics

Ready to Talk?

If you were using PoLTE to track your assets, you already know how critical IoT asset tracking is. The switch to a new RTLS solution doesn’t have to be complicated. Talk to our sales team to learn how we can make the switch to a new solution simple.

Jennifer Halstead

Written by Jennifer Halstead

Jennifer Halstead, MBA, CPA brings more than 20 years financial industry experience to Link Labs. She began her career in finance within the pharmaceutical industry and has continued in both public accounting and private companies. She passed the CPA exam with the 3rd highest score in the state and completed her MBA with an accounting concentration (summa cum laude). Jennifer has worked with several software companies and has led multiple venture financing, merger and acquisitions deals. She has helped companies expand internationally and has managed the finance department of a startup to 33 consecutive quarters of growth prior to acquisition. After the acquisition, she served as the Controller of Dell Software Group’s Data Protection Division where she managed a portfolio of multiple hardware and software products to scale and achieve over triple-digit growth worldwide in 18 months. Jennifer brings a depth of finance experience to the Link Labs team.

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