Inside Logistics

Security for urban deliveries

Paztir uses Southco locks for integrated IoT security


June 8, 2021
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Paztir provides a 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.

The Challenge

The cargo box, which secures a wide range of products, is a critical success factor for urban delivery vehicles. Delivery system security and speed of access are paramount.

Paztir needed a locking product that would connect seamlessly with the system, while being lightweight so as not to weigh down the bikes.

There were additional challenges around speed and terrain, as the vehicles  are driven quickly, and 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.

The solution

Using Southco locking mechanisms, Paztir’s customers can connect up to six locks to one Paztir IoT device.

Paztir’s system uses either the Southco R4-EM or EM-05. The R4-EM, for example, uses a microprocessor-controlled gear motor with low power requirements and delivers 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 uses 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.

Implementation and results

Southco’s locking solutions have added value to Paztir’s system by making it more secure and streamlined. Paztir is currently fitting 2,000 systems across Europe, the U.K. and the U.S.

“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. 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.”