Smart Supply Chain

Ascent is a pioneer in the space of electronic cargo tracking. We provide end to end in transit visibility for containers, tankers and vehicles on behalf of global authorities and private clients alike. When security is key, Ascent is able to deploy reliable solutions to address cargo security issues.

Bonded & Transit Cargo

Ascent specializes in providing secure track and trace solutions for bonded and transit cargo in both container and tanker form with our patented iSPOT® Electronic Cargo Tracking System. We work with government authorities such as revenue authorities and customs of the world to help them address issues relating to revenue loss through stolen untaxed bonded and transit cargo entering their borders.

Our products have been applied as a powerful solution that locks and secures the physical container or tanker valves to provide high security tracking throughout the journey. With our roaming M2M SIM we are able to provide seamless connectivity for the cargo even when it enters into other countries or areas where another telco is stronger in country. 

The solution will allow the authorities and cargo owners to know when someone has opened the container without authorization or deviated it from a designated route. This gives them visibility over all the cargo moving along trade routes and allows authorities to better manage trade green lanes to expedite cargo that are not tampered increasing the ease of doing business in the country.

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Hazardous Cargo

Ascent works with clients within the defence and oil & gas sector to track and secure hazardous and explosive cargoes. Wet and dry cargo of this nature are sensitive and usually high value making them susceptible to theft and tampering.

We help clients gain visibility over the asset location and the security status of the cargo by securely locking and tracking the valves, container doors or truck doors. Hazardous and explosive cargo such as fuels when diverted can have serious adverse effects on companies over time as the losses can be significant given the high value of the asset. Adulterated petroleum products can also pose dangers to the consumer when used.

Similarly any diversion of military assets in transit can be a serious threat to national security. We work with clients to help them secure this vital supply chain by providing a focused solution catering to the particular workflow requirements clients in this industry commonly have.

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Perishables & Pharmaceutical Cargo

Ascent has experience in delivering solutions for cold chain logistics for both perishable and pharmaceutical cargo. These types of cargo are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and humidity when in transit as these changes can affect the health and safety of the cargo for consumers. Given the sensitive nature of the cargo, it is important for providers of cold chain logistics to be able to monitor and report the temperature and humidity conditions throughout the journey.

Ascent has worked with specialized logistics providers to address this component of their business through the application of a range of solutions for rail and road based reefer containers, delivery trucks and temperature controlled boxes. Clients benefit from having the ability to react to temperature excursion events in real time and manage the chain of custody to prove the cold chain integrity to their stakeholders using real data.

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Driver Behaviour Monitoring

Driver Behaviour is able to help businesses understand how their drivers and fleet are performing in relation to good or bad driving behaviours. It is able to capture parameters such as :

  • Harsh cornering
  • Harsh braking
  • Sudden acceleration
  • Sudden deceleration

The iSPOT® FMS is able to provide a driver behaviour dashboard that provides driver ranking, overview of where events were captured and provide the ability to add penalties or rewards to encourage good driving behaviour. By actively addressing these behaviours through real data, businesses can also reduce costs associated with maintenance and fuel as bad driving behaviours often lead to an increase in both.