Blending IIoT in logistics for a cutting-edge service

March 16, 2018

With potential of gathering tremendous amount of data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers the opportunity to enhance supply chain management through; improved security, faster shipping and better processes. IIoT connects the unconnected with machine-to-machine connections trapping data automatically.

The need for the logistics sector to tap in IIoT

 With globalisation and more global movement of goods, the logistics sector is getting more and more competitive. Cost reduction and efficiency can be the two competencies that can lift up a logistic company position ahead of its competitors.

Digital transformation in term of IIoT technology is the best-fitted solution adapted for this sector to achieve cost reduction and efficiency goals. With communication getting faster and closer, consumers and businesses have direct access to each other around the globe and getting the automatic data sharing is the key element that IIoT offers to this sector.

Traditionally data more precisely exact data without human interaction has been difficult, if not impossible to collect. Once the data was collected, it had to be sorted and analysed manually for it to make a real impact on the business bottom line.  It is where IIoT brings in the magic with it potential to make meaningful data sharing among stakeholders in the process.

The reaping benefits of IIoT by Logistic operators;

  • Automatic data exchange can pinpoint underuse resources and make plans to optimise resources efficiently resulting in cost reduction.
  • Machine to machine connections enables cutting-edge communication ships at sea, directing them to their docking position.
  • Unloading and loading trucks can be directed to available parking with precise information, thus managing congestion and enhancing efficiency in the port.
  • Alarm sensors powered with IIoT technology can be used to detect theft and improve the security of cargo in the port.
  • Tracking environment conditions for storage conditions of cargos through humidity, temperature and specific conditions can be monitored with  IIoT sensors

As a customer, you can also tap-in the benefits of IIoT

  • Transparency and integrity control (right products, at the right time, place, quantity, condition and at the right cost) with automatic data exchange.
  • Detailed shipment tracking with transparency in real time.
  • Monitor the status of assets, parcels, and people in real time throughout the value chain.

Use cases for IIoT in the logistics industry

The use of IIoT applications, like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), is used in several ports in the United States ensures transparency in logistics and helps in efforts to counter terrorism. The technology provides safe transit of goods to their respective destination. Freight managers are in a position to determine the exact location of items in port using RFID tags. The connection of all devices at the port allows mining and integration of data and clear visibility of all areas of the port. Mined data from port allows the ports to enhance customer relations. The IIoT allows the ports to collect and process data for decision-making and performance optimization. IoT-based technologies, like GPS, track the movement of containers in and outside the port to ensure they are safe. Others, like CCTV, allow a precise and real-time monitoring of port operations, providing visibility and transparency.

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