0G Vs 5G In The Supply Chain

Source: Safecube

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Long-distance data capture is the main challenge for intercontinental flow tracking solutions. Capturing data quickly, efficiently, and everywhere. In supply chain language it is about: real-time, end-to-end, and granular information.
The arrival of 5G appears to be a revolution for many sectors. From e-commerce to smart cities, almost every facet of modern society depends on communications networks.

The purpose of intercontinental merchandise tracking is to reveal what’s in that black box during the transportation of goods. Highly targeted and identified data are required. Do we need 5G for this?

But first of all, what is 0G?

Let’s take the example of the Sigfox network, an expert in 0G.
0G network interconnects low bandwidth, battery-powered devices with low bit rates over long rang. What does that mean? Essentially, it’s about using radio frequencies to communicate small messages over a very long distance, very quickly.

Key principles of Sigfox 0G network:

– Global IoT Network present in over 70 countries
– Low power consumption, predictable life span, and no maintenance in most cases
– Wide area coverage with indoor penetration. Can be combined  with Bluetooth, GPS, and Wifi
– Low cost, easy-to-implement, and use
– Anti-jamming and advanced security features
– Cognitive network based on a software-defined radio, perfectly fitted for AI and blockchain.

Basic data adapted to Supply Chain needs:

As we like to say, it’s all about needs. What will a shipper, or even a freight forwarder need in order to have more visibility and optimize its transport flows?

Here is an overview of the needs identified for monitoring the transport of intercontinental flows and the data provided by Safecube‘s IoTrack end-to-end monitoring solution:




It is, therefore, basic geolocation data, collected at regular intervals. It does not require a large data collection pipe and does not involve a large amount of data capture. Big Data » has a real reason to exist. However, it meets needs that are not necessary for the performance demand of transport flow monitoring.

On the contrary, the low bandwidth allows capturing longer, over long distances, and in near-real-time. It is, therefore, a solution more adapted to the needs of the supply chain.
Moreover, « BigData » can be counterproductive. There is a risk of loss of efficiency by accumulating a large amount of useless data and wasting time to find the relevant information.

Towards a ‘less is more’ perspective

A lot, can sometimes be too much.

One of the challenges of 5G is its infrastructure and device cost. Indeed, the batteries are bigger, with strong connectivity, but in fact, at a higher cost. The data required for transport tracking does not fully exploit the potential of 5G. Therefore, it does not justify its cost.

The 0G network allows an easy and fast implementation of tracking solutions. There is no complex infrastructure installation. And finally, 0G allows secure global coverage. Indeed, it is very secure and less susceptible to network attacks as it allows only one-way communication between the device and the base station.

0G to make their ROI work and achieve significantly higher efficiencies

A network is about monetizing the value of data. In many ways, 0G is a change of paradigm towards a ‘less is more’ perspective.

There is a need to shift the thinking from BigData and 5G to Small Data and 0G to make the ROI work and achieve significantly higher efficiencies and more control through visibility across the supply chain.

This requires operational flexibility. But also, to achieve a balance between collecting data at the lowest cost, and having quality, granular and usable information. The 0G allows this to obtain ROI and achieve significantly higher efficiencies.


WND UK, is the UK #0G secure sensor data network operator, powered by Sigfox. The public network, which was deployed in a period of just 18 months, covers over 90% of the UK’s population. WND is now continuing to strengthen our network through densification and by working with channel partners to achieve deep in-building coverage where required.

Sigfox is the world’s first global dedicated low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) communications service for sensor data, typically deployed in Internet of Things (IoT) applications. WND UK’s network solution provides reliable and affordable communications for sensor devices that require very little power.

WND UK’s growing ecosystem of channel partners operate across a broad range of industry sectors providing a range of applications, such as the monitoring of legionella in healthcare and public sector buildings, automated meter readings for utilities, property technology, leak detection and asset management within logistical, returnable packaging and post and parcel sectors. Learn more: WND Technology Overview