Locking solution transforms cargo bike into smart carrier
Established in 2017 in the Netherlands, Paztir is a specialist in access management, track and trace and smart locking systems for urban delivery optimisation. It provides a competitive solution that can transform any cargo bike or light electric vehicle into an enhanced, smart delivery vehicle, ideal to support the growth in city-based logistics. In an industry where delivery boxes are opened and closed an average of 300 times per day, Paztir’s smart access solutions save up to 50 minutes a day for one vehicle.
A critical success factor for urban delivery vehicles, where delivery system security and speed of access are paramount, is the cargo box which secures a wide range of products. To realise enhanced security and connectivity for their box solutions, Paztir needed to identify a locking product that would connect seamlessly with the system device, while being lightweight so as not to weigh down the bikes. There were additional challenges around speed and terrain, as the vehicles Paztir equips are driven very fast or from road to pavement. The locking mechanism needed to be able to withstand constant movement and vibration and avoid the locks popping open by themselves.
Paztir identified access solutions leader Southco to address the complex mix of features and qualities needed for the cargo box. Paztir’s customers can connect up to six locks to one Paztir IoT device and can select the right fit from Southco’s vast range of locking solutions which are designed for easy integration into the box container.
Paztir’s system uses either the Southco R4-EM or EM-05, depending on end design requirements. The R4-EM, for example, features a microprocessor-controlled gear motor with low power requirements and delivers proven electronic access control in a compact, lightweight package. Because it provides easy push-to-close operation and simple installation, the R4-EM is ideal for transitioning from mechanical to electronic access. Being compact, it integrates easily into existing designs. The lock features an optional micro switch to provide feedback on latch status and multiple mounting configurations. It can also be fitted with an optional sensor to identify when doors are open or closed and has a manual override which can be used as backup for opening.
Southco’s locking solutions have added value to Paztir’s system by making it more secure and streamlined. By enabling their system to become more competitive, Southco is helping Paztir to achieve its goal of becoming a leader in its industry and enabling logistics and delivery companies to meet their customers’ needs and maximise the performance of their customers’ fleets. Paztir is currently fitting 2000 systems across Europe, the UK and the United States.
“Our goal is to be the ‘go to’ company for access management, track and trace, and smart locking for electric cargo bikes in urban delivery. Southco’s products and customer service are playing a vital role in enabling us to achieve this,” said Andrej Sobotkiewicz, Paztir CEO.
“The team at Southco is very supportive and informative. It was important to have their insight and advice. They were able to share samples and allow us to start testing as soon as possible,” added Sobotkiewicz. “As innovators in our industry it is important for us to be able to rely on suppliers who have an equally open attitude towards doing things differently without compromising on quality.”
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