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.
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.”