Addison cloud location firm Polte is providing its asset-tracking technology to a new U.S. Department of Defense warehouse through a partnership with Deloitte.
As a subcontractor, Polte plans to work with consulting firm Deloitte to develop a 5G-enabled smart warehouse prototype in San Diego, Calif., at Naval Supply Systems Command Naval Base Coronado.
Polte provides 4G and 5G cellular location tracking tech solutions for the supply chain and logistics industry, leveraging cell tower data for precision. Development of the warehouse prototype has already begun and is projected to be completed in 2024.
“In an increasingly hyper-connected society, the power of location is absolutely fundamental to the success of 5G,” Polte CEO Ed Chao said in a statement. “Secure, accurate positioning is vital to the management and monitoring of everything that’s important, streamlining operations for both enterprises and governments. We are grateful for this incredible opportunity to serve our country and our service men and women.”
The defense department committed $600 million in October for 5G experimentation and testing and five U.S. military test sites, including Naval Base San Diego.
Polte said it was selected for the project by Deloitte for its ability to provide secure and accurate inventory tracking.
“Today’s legacy warehouse systems are impacted by issues including inefficient use of time, lack of inventory visibility, and cyber vulnerabilities,” Deloitte principal Kelly Marchese said in a statement. “However, leveraging innovative 5G location technology, tomorrow’s service members will not only be able to decrease manual processes and redirect attention to uniquely human tasks that support the mission, but keep classified location data protected while doing so.”
Last summer, Polte adapted its location tech to create a wearable social distancing device to help with contact tracing.
The company’s location tracking solutions have been on the market for more than two years, and it had 30 employees as of 2020. It holds more than 75 patents or patents pending on cellular location technology.
Polte began 16 years ago when founder Russ Markhovsky developed the technology in a garage. The company has raised $18.5 million since 2015, according to Crunchbase.
The supply chain and logistics industry sees great potential in automated warehouses powered by 5G technology.
Early last year, Swedish telecom company Ericsson opened its first U.S. factory in North Texas — a $134 million smart factory that makes equipment for 5G technology. The 300,000-square-foot factory in Lewisville is described as “smart” because of its many digitized and connected features, automated warehouses and assembly and use of autonomous carts.