eKanban and IoT

WSN Technologies AG develops end-to-end solutions for capturing, transmitting and managing sensor data in operational processes that help increase efficiency, reducing errors and minimizing costs. Forecasts indicate that by 2025 more than 75 billion IoT sensors (short for “Internet of Things”) and devices will be interconnected worldwide. In this context, WSN pursues a clear mission: to implement the “Internet connection of things” for customers as safely, energy-efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. In 2017, Inwerken AG acquired a stake in WSN Technologies AG and has supplemented the subsidiary with experience and expertise in the areas of SAP and ERP. WSN has been a wholly owned Inwerken subsidiary since 2021.

Products and Solutions

One of the main focuses of WSN’s products and solutions is the use of so-called “Low Power Wide Area Networks” (LPWAN for short). These allow the development of self-sufficient devices and sensors with battery life of several years. Licensed frequencies are used, which are available worldwide. In contrast to WLAN-based illumination, these ensure reliable and comprehensive indoor data transmission. Thus, sensors and terminals communicate consistently and in real time with the ERP or WMS systems.

In addition, WSN develops solutions to simplify activities and processes in manufacturing, such as order picking/commissioning: Here, the automated acquisition of sensor information when removing chutes or by part replenishment with the supportive “Pick-by-Light” Technology reduces errors and hence increases efficiency.

In addition to the actual device firmware, WSN offers cross-platform (Android, iOS, Windows) applications for monitoring and controlling processes. Together with an application-specific back-end server software, it creates a complete package that can be adapted to any individual ERP infrastructure. A good example of a turnkey solution was created in collaboration with Inwerken. A complete electronic Kanban solution with direct SAP connection and UI5 implementation was developed.

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