Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Sensolweighs (Solar energy and pressure sensor based solution for truck weighing)
Reporting period: 2016-02-01 to 2016-05-31
We have consulted end users of the technology in different industry sectors that are interested in collaborating with us during the testing and validation phase of a Sensolweighs prototype under real operational conditions. This is a key milestone in the project as it supports our idea and confirms the business opportunity we are working to meet.
In parallel, a freedom to operate analysis has been performed to evaluate existing patents and avoid any conflict with Cogo’s technology. The commercial plan evaluates the weighing instruments market and the road freight transport sector prospects in different countries taking into consideration the economic crisis impact in some of them.
We have prepared sales projections based on current market situation and prospects in the light of the last pieces of European legislation including the impact of Directives on measuring instruments (MID) and on automatic weighing instruments (NAWI). This has allowed us to prepare a business plan for commercialization in Italy and abroad revising our business model and costs structure in order to make a consistent and profitable business case for the future exploitation of Sensolweighs.
Within the major challenges the European road transport faces, safety, congestion and infrastructure quality are some of its priorities. Congestion affects both road and air traffic, it costs Europe around 1% of annual GDP. Infrastructure road quality is uneven across the EU and is damaged by overloaded vehicles. Safety on roads is conditioned by different factors, being overloaded trucks one of them. A study by the International Road Dynamics Inc. found that 10% increase in weight can accelerate pavement damage by over 40%. Furthermore, overload could cause the main part of the vehicle to be damaged and malfunction being one important contributor to accidents. One of The European Commission’s purposes with its “Directive (EU) 2015/719” is to minimize this problem. The directive states maximum gross vehicle weights and urges for regular weight checks for commercial vehicles in the 28 EU countries. Trucks or heavy vehicles are dominant in transporting goods or materials from manufacturer to wholesalers and retailers before distributing it to other small businesses and end users. Also Regulation VI/2 Solas /74 Convention and Resolution MSC380 (94) of 21 November 2014 will make mandatory since 1 July 2016 to verify cargo loaded on ships weighing the packed container using calibrated and certified equipment.
In order to help both companies and governments comply with weight regulations, minimize road infrastructure damage and improve safety, transport and manufacturing companies need attractive cost-effective systems that persuade them to comply with the law while remaining competitive. Sensolweighs weighing system will be a low-cost solution that will be quickly installed in the premises will be powered by solar energy and will provide a cost-effective solution for companies in various sectors including Manufacturing, Chemical or Food & Beverage to measure and control the volume of produced and transported goods.