Supply Chain Trends

How the Internet of Things Is Affecting Logistics

One of the hottest current technology trends, the Internet of Things (IoT) involves the concept of individual devices, appliances, and equipment that can be accessed and managed over the Internet. The growing home automation (HA) market is one example of the IoT market, featuring a host of lights, doors, windows, and more that are controllable from your smartphone, tablet, or a desktop computer. Many homeowners are taking advantage of the IoT to build an HA system or even to provide home security functionality at their residence.

Logistics companies are also taking advantage of the Internet of Things to make their supply chain operations run more efficiently. Do these state of the art innovations interest you? Here is a closer look at the latest technology making an impact on the world of logistics.

The IoT and the Logistics Infrastructure

The supply chain world is seeing an increase in IoT-related technology in infrastructure throughout the industry. First, the vehicles used in logistics – trucks, trains, airplanes, and automobiles – are becoming outfitted with the embedded wireless sensors to allow logistics personnel to track and manage shipments remotely. In fact, this began happening even before “Internet of Things” became a technology buzzword phrase.

IoT technology is creeping into supply chain sites as well. Mobile equipment like forklifts and semi-stationary equipment like conveyer belts or automated storage systems benefit from remote IoT tracking features. Taking a hint from the HA market, the lighting and ingress/egress points at sites are also becoming IoT-enabled.

Logistics companies can now take advantage of the tracking technology used on roads, railways, canals, and other supply chain transportation conduits. In short, all this additional technology allows these firms to more closely manage the entire transportation portion of their supply chain infrastructure.

The Internet of Things enhances RFID Technology

RFID technology continues to be in wide use throughout the supply chain industry. IoT-enabled sensors now enhance the identification information provided by RFID with temperature, humidity, and vibration data; sending alerts to logistics personnel when a sensor detects a value outside of a normal range. This is vital when shipping food or pharmaceuticals that are temperature sensitive.

A variety of benefits, including improved shipment tracking, route optimization, better security, and even enhanced fuel economy are being derived by logistics companies by taking advantage of IoT-related innovations. As this technology continues to mature, expect the supply chain world to continue to evolve and become more efficient and profitable.

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