Hi-G-Tek Monitoring Solutions delivers turn-key wireless solutions that track and secure high value cargo and assets, whether in transit or stationary. The company’s comprehensive solutions integrate reusable edge devices (electronic sensing, locking, and tracking devices) with wireless communications connectivity that enables real-time data collection where necessary, and the application software that generates actionable information for users. Hi-G-Tek addresses a variety of business challenges for its clients, particularly loss prevention, risk and liability mitigation (including product contamination, hazardous material security, and patient safety), and tax assurance for customs officials. Clients gain visibility to the edge of the supply chain where knowledge of asset location and condition is a competitive advantage for their businesses.
Hi-G-Tek’s signature offerings are the Tanker Truck Monitoring Solution (TTMS) and Cargo Tracking and Monitoring Solution (CTMS), but the company’s expertise and solutions extend to many other vertical markets that require tracking and securing of high value assets, such as pharmaceutical transport, HAZMAT, and bulk foods transport. Hi-G-Tek’s flexible platform enables the company to easily tailor solutions for these custom applications. The company delivers value to its clients by replicating its expertise, operational experience, and knowledge of best practices across these different markets. Hi-G-Tek’s ESP, which is installed at client sites, controls and manages the entire solution. The ESP receives, analyzes, and stores all the information collected by the sensors, filtering events by applying the client’s business rules to incoming data. Hi-G-Tek’s software platform is highly flexible: easily adaptable to a client’s operational processes; easily integrated with existing ERPs; and easily expanded as the client’s application grows.
Hi-G-Tek’s solutions are operationally efficient and flexible enough to expand as its customers’ applications grow. The company offers a number of unique advantages in its solutions:
Operational reliability: By separating its sensing devices from the communications connectivity and embedding those devices with long lasting battery power, Hi-G-Tek can transmit constant real time data to client control centers without impacting the life of the sensors themselves. Hi-G-Tek batteries last 3-5 years without charging.
System redundancy: System stores the data it collects in its sensing devices. In a real time application, if there is a gap in coverage or failure in the communications network, the impact to the client is minimal because the data will be available once the cargo reaches its destination. The company also provides a level of independence from in-country communications networks by including private fixed reader networks as an option in its solutions.
Enhanced security: Electronic sensing devices include physical locking capabilities for cargo containers, tarp trucks, and for hatches and valves on tanker trucks.
Ease of maintenance: Because sensing devices provide two-way communications, the company can configure and reset them remotely; technicians do not have to be dispatched to the field.
Theft, contamination, and security are major challenges for the fuel distribution, liquid cargo, and HAZMAT industries. In the US alone, cargo theft cost the fuel distribution industry $8 billion in 2008, while in developing countries it is a significant revenue issue that impacts overall economic development. Cross-contamination of fuels impacts product quality and is a liability issue for transporters and owners of retail gas stations. For the HAZMAT industry, regulatory compliance is the critical challenge given government mandates that affect the transportation and storage of the cargo
One of Hi-G-Tek’s signature offerings, TTMS is an industry leading wireless solution that provides real time (if required) tracking and securing of tanker trucks and the fuel cargo under transport. Using state of the art electronic seals (e-seals) and security devices, Hi-G-Tek’s TTMS enables customers to monitor the opening and closing of valves, hatches and other control points on the truck. These actions are permanently stored in the internal memory of the individual e-seal and also in Hi-G-Tek’s advanced software platform (ESP). Each action is time stamped and geo-stamped with lat-long coordinates. The ESP manages the data derived from the e-seals by applying the customer’s business rules to filter the information, generating alarms where appropriate, and creating management reporting based on the customer’s specific requirements. .
The TTMS allows the user to establish approved routes for the tanker trucks and continuously monitor the location of the vehicle to ensure that it is within the bounds of this geo-fence. The solution can also establish approved valve/hatch access points within a given geo-fence. Any deviation from this pre-established set of parameters will generate alarms in the customer’s operations center.
The solution allows users to maintain a complete chain-of-custody record for the location of the tanker truck and all event activity related to the valves and hatches being monitored by Hi-G-Tek. This chain-of-custody can be maintained over time to establish a complete audit trail that documents the historical operation of a given tanker truck. The system can be designed so that the Hi-G-Tek seals are armed and disarmed using handheld readers that are registered to specific individuals, further enhancing the audit trail. Hi-G-Tek has worldwide deployments of its tanker truck monitoring solution.
Hi-G-Tek’s TTMS solution addresses the business challenges faced by the fuel distribution, liquid cargo, and HAZMAT industries. Specific benefits include:
Approximately 20 million containers of high value cargo from various industries are transported on a global basis annually. Hi-G-Tek’s CTMS is utilized by clients across a wide range of vertical markets and use cases. Overall market challenges include theft prevention, ensuring product quality, risk and liability mitigation, and responding to audit requests.
One of Hi-G-Tek’s signature offerings, CTMS is an industry leading wireless solution that provides real time (if required) tracking and securing of cargo containers. Using state of the art electronic seals (e-seals) and security devices, Hi-G-Tek’s CTMS enables customers to monitor the opening and closing of the container doors, as well as to monitor various conditions of the cargo inside the container. These conditions include temperature, security, humidity, light, tilt, shock, vibration, and others.
The solution allows users to maintain an electronic record of the complete chain-of-custody for the cargo. This chain-of-custody can be maintained over time to establish a complete audit trail that facilitates compliance with audit requests. All actions are permanently stored in the internal memory of the individual e-seal and also in Hi-G-Tek’s advanced software platform (ESP). Each action is time stamped and geo-stamped with lat-long coordinates. The ESP manages the data derived from the e-seals by applying the customer’s business rules to filter the information, generating alarms where appropriate, and creating management reporting based on the customer’s specific requirements.
The CTMS allows the user to establish approved routes for the trucks, if needed, and continuously monitor the location of the vehicle to ensure that it is within the bounds of this geo-fence. The solution can also establish approved access points within a given geo-fence. Any deviation from this pre-established set of parameters will generate alarms in the customer’s operations center.
Hi-G-Tek Monitoring Solutions can also create intelligent locations, such as smart truck stops, by deploying solutions composed of private reader networks that are integrated with cargo trucks using the company’s electronic sensing and locking capabilities.
A container full of pharmaceutical products, whether over the counter drugs, biologics, blood products, vaccines, or clinical trial materials, is a highly valuable asset that is subject to various risks while under transport. Whether securing the cargo from theft, monitoring it for temperature or other conditions that could impact the effectiveness of the products, or responding efficiently to FDA audit requests with electronic chain of custody information, manufacturers and transporters face significant business challenges in securing and documenting their supply chains.
One of Hi-G-Tek’s solution enables customers to monitor biometric conditions, in real time if needed; to electronically secure the cargo itself and to be alerted to instances of tampering if required; and to readily respond to audit requests with electronic reporting that includes chain of custody information, as well as establishing biometric conditions, during the entire transport process.
Sensing and security are the key components of Hi-G-Tek’s technology. The company’s solution is composed of electronic sensing and locking devices and an enterprise services platform (ESP). The ESP receives, analyzes, and stores all the information collected by the sensing devices, applying the client’s business rules to the data, generating alerts where appropriate, and storing data history. This history facilitates FDA audit compliance by documenting all points of custody, as well as the parameters that are set for biometric condition monitoring.
Hi-G-Tek Custom Solutions:
Hi-G-Tek’s flexible technology platform enables the company to tailor its solutions to specific challenges in a variety of vertical markets, as well as for unique applications. Ultimately, the common denominator across its clients’ applications is the need for tracking and/or securing cargo and assets; obtaining timely and actionable information about the condition and/or location of those assets; and improving the efficiency of internal operations. The company’s technology can be adapted to many different environments and use cases.
Hi-G-Tek’s operational expertise stems from its experience in large scale solutions deployments and its history of working closely with clients to solve specific logistics, supply chain, and security problems. Hi-G-Tek understands that its clients are seeking solutions to operational and management challenges. Consequently, Hi-G-Tek empowers its clients to improve their operating capabilities by providing them with critical data related to their core business issues.
Hi-G-Tek’s turn-key solutions are composed of electronic sensing and locking devices and an enterprise software platform (ESP). The ESP receives, analyzes, and stores all the information collected by the sensing devices, applies the client’s business rules to the data, generates real time alerts where appropriate, and stores data history. Through its ESP, Hi-G-Tek is able to adapt its technology to serve a variety of markets and applications.
Sensing and security are key components of the technology. The sensing devices are capable of monitoring, recording, and transmitting critical conditions back to the client via Hi-G-Tek’s ESP. Sensing data can include: security, motion, tilt, temperature, humidity, purity, clarity, light, acoustics, weight, flow, shock, vibration, among others.
Hi-G-Tek’s locking devices provide a unique combination of physical protection with sensing and monitoring capabilities. Wirelessly connected to a network, they facilitate real time alerts to our clients in cases of tampering, creating actionable data for improved security and management.
The disposable bolt seals used to secure containers today are easily defeated and can be replicated and replaced at will. These seals are vulnerable to simple physical attacks that allow them to be opened and closed with no indication of opening or tampering. Port operators are unable to ensure the integrity of containers at their ports and cannot prevent the tampering and insertion of contraband in containers under their purview.
Hi-G-Tek CTMS TURN-KEY solution that provides:
Continuous Wireless Real-time Monitoring of containers at ports and inland container depots. Electronic records and traceability for every container from arrival to departure. Reduces port costs, enhances efficiency and allows for better use of limited security resources. Ensures the integrity of all containers during their stay at port. Dramatically reduces tampering andcontraband and associated claims.