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How the Internet of Things is improving Transportation and Logistics

Posted by Daniel Dombach

October 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM


The Transport and Logistics industry relies on solutions that can move its people and cargo safely and efficiency, something which is becoming increasingly complex as fuel costs remain unstable, labour rates rise, traffic increases and the regulatory environment changes frequently. Operations are becoming more challenging but transport and logistics remain essential to an enterprise’s productivity and access to real-time data is a critical component.

Today’s mobile technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) offer enterprises the ability to accelerate productivity, profitability and operations with bespoke solutions, tailored specifically to their business processes. Implementing the right IoT solution can allow enterprises to connect all of their mobile devices across a centralised cloud network and capture and share their mission-critical data. This gives organisations real-time visibility of their operations and therefore allows for significant improvements in both productivity and efficiency.

This actionable insight is what provides organisations with the Enterprise Asset Intelligence™ they need to make improvements. This enhanced business knowledge can be gained through a set of enabling technologies in the areas of asset management, cloud, mobile and Big Data, and can dramatically improve end to end visibility, warehouse and yard management and fleet management.

By leveraging Enterprise Asset Intelligence, transportation and logistics can dramatically improve the following areas:

  1. End-to-End Visibility

Complete visibility enables organisations to make more effective, timely decisions and reduce delays by detecting issues faster. Mobile devices such as radio frequency identification (RFID), barcode scanners and mobile computers are dramatically improving supply chain visibility and operations. Many transportation and logistics companies using RFID today are reaching nearly 100 percent shipping and receiving accuracy, 99.5 percent inventory accuracy, 30 percent faster order processing and 30 percent reduction in labour costs.

  1. Warehouse and Yard Management

Sitting at the centre of transportation and logistics businesses are the warehouse and/or yard, and their efficiency directly impacts the cost of doing business and the ability to compete. The first step towards optimum efficiency is embracing digital technology such as IoT-enabled mobile devices designed to track inventory data, equipment and vehicles. These devices can capture and share mission-critical data across the cloud, ensuring that the right products are in the right place at the right time.

  1. Fleet Management

With the IoT, companies can gain intelligence remotely around their assets in the field, allowing them to facilitate need-based maintenance and eliminating unnecessary and/or reactive responses. The technology can offer numerous benefits for your workforce, including:

  • Insight into maintenance history, parts availability and inventory records
  • Updates on certain conditions such as bad weather or traffic, enabling them to better respond and/or prepare
  • Real-time insight enabling them respond to customer service inquiries in a timely manner
  • Access real-time visibility into driver and vehicle performance, enabling them to increase the safety of drivers, reduce damaged inventory and decrease insurance-related costs

The use of mobile technology provides businesses line of sight into equipment, inventory and business processing, and leveraging these types of solutions with enabling technologies like the IoT can deliver more asset intelligence, leading to more informed decisions and ultimately increased efficiency.

Topics: Internet of Things, EMEA, T&L, Warehousing