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Germany-based, global enterprise software company Software AG has signed a deal with Victorian transport refrigeration services firm Quality Transport Refrigeration Services to make available its Cumulocity IoT platform for QTRS to provide Australian farmers different refrigeration offerings to transport perishable cargo.

The company said in a statement on Tuesday the multi-year agreement would enable QTRS to use its expertise for the latter's own IoT-based solution which is based on its Mitsi Track offering. This has now gained new capabilities that can track, monitor and control vehicle refrigeration units.

Over the last 18 months, QTRS has added features to prevent perishable goods getting spoiled due to temperature changes on-board the transport vehicles.

“It’s an industry first to be getting so much data and information off the vehicles in real-time,” said Daniel Oxley-Boyd, managing director of QTRS.

“It’s a real differentiator and gamechanger for our business and we have had strong interest from manufacturers of the refrigeration units to expand the solution into Europe and New Zealand.”

Tony Drewitt, head of IoT ANZ, Software AG, said: “With this new IoT technology, QTRS are now able to deliver real-time critical insights to what is happening to the vehicle’s contents.

"This gives drivers and fleet operators better visibility of truck refrigeration unit performance which can help to significantly increase profits for farmers, operators and customers by saving wasted produce.

"More importantly, with proof of temperature a critical requirement for nearly all food supplies, QTRS’ IoT solution provides a high level of transparency of the delivery process of the produce from farm to customer.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted even more the importance of having reliable refrigeration units for perishable produce especially when supply chain demands are under pressure.”

Software AG said it had begun building its IoT channel in Australia and New Zealand in 2019 and anticipated rapid expansion this year.

“At Software AG, we combine our global software capability with solutions Like Cumulocity and WebMethods Integration together with our partners’ domain expertise and customer base to offer the sector the best possible IoT solution," said Drewitt.

“Our IoT channel strategy for 2020 is to accelerate the adoption of new partners to include global system integrators as well as specialist industry and device partners. We are aiming to triple our channel coverage during 2020.”


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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