The story begins in 2015 during a crucial meeting between Olivier Pagès, co-founder and CEO of ffly4u, and a global player in the cable/ fiber industry. ffly4u vision: The Internet of Things will improve the management of construction sites, avoid drums losses and thefts, those large reels surrounded by cable that we are used to seeing on construction sites.
However, ffly4u wants to go further. Thanks to several work meetings with Nexans but also with Nexans’ customers operators, such as ENEDIS, several functionalities other than geolocation, seem to be critical and very valuable in the sector, especially the “residual cable length” functionality.
This functionality will allow Nexans’ customers to have new Key Performance Indicators for work in progress on construction sites. The only question is… how ? There is no existing device which is able to calculate the residual cable length on a drum!
Thanks to its innovative Edge AI Low Power® technology based on embedded Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning processes, ffly4u has developed a proprietary solution which makes it possible to calculate the residual cable length on a drum at the end of the construction site. This is a new key indicator of construction site monitoring in real time. As a result, ffly4u became, 5 years later, the European leader in the connected drums sector.
myDrum-by-ffly4u vertical is the starting point of ffly4u’s story. This business vertical approach has been developed on its all targeted markets: understanding of the business in collaboration with the users, identification of critical functions and technical implementation through this new innovative Edge AI Low Power® solution…
RTP = Returnable Transit Packaging. It is a generic term which refers to a large number of mobile objects in several sectors such as cosmetics, automotive logistics, food industry, packaging producers, etc. Those mobile objects are reused at the end of the logistics cycle: delivery by full trucks, use of the RTP, and then its collection to reconditioning sites. The RTP term includes different types of objects such as pallets, plastic crates, plastic containers (IBC, FLD, …), and in some cases, maritime containers.
This vertical is considered as critical by ffly4u which benefits from the expertise of its CEO (ex Deputy Director General of La Palette Rouge - LPR) but also the expertise from its Business Developer based in Munich who is in charge of Western Europe markets. This deep knowledge of the market combined with an innovative technology based on embedded Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), allowed ffly4u to successfully enter the RTP market by providing very specific functionalities.
ffly4u has thus developed a “washing” functionality” which makes it possible to measure the washing duration of an RTP. This is a critical data especially for the cosmetics sector as it allows to identify whether an RTP is ready to be reintroduced into the logistics chain.
Other functionalities which increase value in the sector have been deployed by ffly4u on foldable containers such as the detection of a full container (control of the goods temperature,…) or empty ones (stored, unused on site), which allows to increase the turnaround rate thanks to a more efficient collection of available objects and the elimination of quality issues or customers litigations.
Consequently, ffly4u offers to all RTP owners and renters, the first step in the digitalization of their services before the monetization of these data for the benefit of their own customers. A trend which has been already confirmed in this sector. ffly4u can support you step by step to make this major change in your business. First, it can help you through the identification of the RTP possible states, then make the link between the RTP and its content with the following functions: ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival), arrival indicator on delivery facilities…
mySkip solution is the result of a collaboration between ffly4u technical teams and a global player in the recycling industry. ffly4u developed the same process for mySkip than the one initiated for myDum vertical: a collaborative work with the customer’s operational team, identification of critical functionalities, implementation of a Proof Of Concept, deployment.
The result exceeded ffly4u's expectations as well as those of its client. Ultimately, ffly4u managed to digitalize the whole flow of skips which are being used on recycling centers under 2 types of industrial sites, through the development of very specific status of the skip in operation. The « Edge AI Low Power ® » technology developed by ffly4u allowed to create, as for example, a filling alert which is a key functionality in this sector.
The final objectives are very diverse: identify the skip life cycle at dock/ off dock on different recycling centers, in movement and on disposal sites. This challenge has been taken up by ffly4u thanks to a deep analysis of needs and a fruitful collaboration with the client’s teams. This approach made it possible to deploy functionalities beyond the initial perimeter. As a result, the recycling center’s activities have been completely digitalized trough the optimization of the recycling process which has therefore considerably improved the service to final users. It is a perfect example of value creation that ffly4u has developed thanks to a business vertical approach.
As a consequence, ffly4u is becoming one of the leaders of the European skips sector thanks to mySkip solution.
In the aeronautics sector, we have a large number of applications which are specific to this sector:
myTrailer vertical is the result of the following observation:
Trailers’ owners are not systematically the tractors’ owners so they do not have any systems to geolocate their trailers. They do not know where their trailers are located and what is their utilization rate.
ffly4u solution allows not only to geolocate trailers but also to automatically detect peering between a trailer and a tractor. This “peering” functionality connects tractors and trailers owners and offers an affordable alternative to standard tractor telematics.