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.

About iSPOT® Electronic Cargo Tracking System

The iSPOT® Electronic Cargo Tracking System aims to meet the highest standards of security for cargo through a comprehensive web platform that is widely used by customs and revenue authorities.

Location Tracking

Track containers, trucks, tankers and other lockable conveyances in real time by using our GPS based devices. Gain visibility over cargo and be able to view the location of your cargo easily through a secure web application.

Tamper Alerts

Secure your cargo against theft and tampering. Receive real time tamper alerts whenever there is any tampering or unauthorized opening of cargo.

Route Deviation Alerts

Maintain a bird’s-eye view and ensure that your cargo sticks to the designated route. Set up geo-corridors and be alerted to any deviation from the designated route.  

Cross Border Roaming

M2M SIM ensures seamless global connectivity in and across countries. Never lose sight of any cargo even when it is moving across borders as M2M SIM enables your cargo to stay connected to the platform.  

Data Analytics and Dashboarding

Widen your field of vision and strengthen control over your operations. The central dashboard organises and displays information that is a way that is useful for monitoring purposes. Meaningful insights that can be extracted from data analytics include information on high risk tamper areas, traffic conditions and journey duration.

Real Time Alert and Notification

Never miss out on any notable happenings. Receive alerts and notifications in real time through both email and platform which keeps you updated at all times. 

The Devices 

Ascent’s patented iSPOT® iScout is a security tracking device that comes with a variable length stainless steel security cable and a mechanical bolt seal for additional security. Any unauthorised opening or tampering will trigger a tamper alert. This device is ideal for those looking to address cargo security issues. A wide range of other devices are also available to suit different requirements.  

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.

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 has not been tampered with. The amount of time required for custom clearance will be significantly reduced, 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.

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. 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.

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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Supply Chain Sustainability and Traceability

Ascent works with cargo owners to ensure the sustainability and traceability of their supply chains. The lack of visibility when the cargo is being transported from one location to another weakens the ability of cargo owners to prove the source of their goods.

We help clients counter the lack of visibility by locking and securing the cargo to provide security tracking whenever they move from point to point throughout the supply chain. The location of the cargo will be tracked in real time and cargo owners will be alerted to any attempts at tampering.

This solution allows the cargo to be secured throughout the journey and supports the ability to trace goods back to their original source.  Cargo owners will benefit from being able to prove to end customers that their goods originated from an authentic source. The enhanced visibility will enable cargo owners to maintain transparency of their supply chains in their transactions with various stakeholders.

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Advanced - 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 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 :

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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.