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Kerlink and GISupply Partner on LoRa-based IoT for Health, Agriculture Markets

By Ken Briodagh

In a recent example of the critical IoT partnership economy, Kerlink, an IoT solutions provider, and Japanese distributor GISupply recently announced a package of applications for different verticals to serve global markets: construction-worker health and safety, smart agriculture and smart-aquaculture.

Strategic partnerships are the key to IoT growth at scale because no company is really capable of being a full-stack provider alone, and shouldn’t aim for that, because of the complexity of any full IoT system.

The package reportedly combines Kerlink Wirnet iStations in LoRa-based networks with sensors from GISupply and other companies that enable multiple applications and which are connected to GISupply’s cloud applications.

The three sectors are:

  • A construction-industry solution, called ezFinder BUSINESS Heat Stroke+, that monitors workers for warning signs of heat stroke, a serious threat to  crews working in hot climates in the summer.
  • The smart-agriculture solution, called Ushimiru, supports sustainable agriculture via a network that enables producers to monitor and track their cattle grazing in large pastures, eating grass and fertilizing the fields naturally.
  • Japan is one of the world’s biggest fish economies. Kerlink and GISupply’s smart-aquaculture solution targets that market as well as the global fish-farming industry with a LoRa-based sustainable aquaculture business model.

“The robustness and flexibility of Kerlink’s Wirnet iStation are key features of these diverse solutions, because they are easy to deploy and simple to integrate with our technologies,” said Satoshi Kitaoka, president, GISupply. “Equally important for our company and our customers, Kerlink stations are proven to be reliable in any environment.”

“Kerlink seeks to do business with innovative companies that have developed novel apps and solutions that bring the benefits of the Internet of Things to a wide range of businesses and companies,” said Tsuneo Tatara, VP, Kerlink Japan. “As these three examples show, GISupply is one of those companies and, as our distribution partner in Japan, it will help Kerlink to grow its business in that important global market.”

To learn about all sorts of IoT partnerships and their innovations that result, join us at next year’s IoT Evolution Expo 2021: It’s Time to Grow, taking place in Miami in February. Call for speakers now open.


Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

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