Improvement in Logistics and Transportation through IoT

December 5, 2018

Whether by ground, air or sea, transportation and logistics are the essential components of several enterprises’ productivity, and access to real-time data is difficult. Several businesses have already discovered the benefits of using mobile technologies; however, the nature of fuel costs, increasing traffic, rising labor rates, and a regulatory environment, continue to make operations challenging.

More profitability is threatened, as industry regulations force logistics and transportation organizations to do more with less. Enterprises can support peak operations in real time, because of the visibility into personnel, transactions and equipment – improving performance and operational efficiency.

With the emerging mobile technology and Internet of Things (IoT), organizations can accelerate profitability, productivity, and operations with solutions designed particularly for their processes. With the correct IoT solution in place, organizations can connect all devices across a centralized cloud network, and capture their mission-critical data, enabling them to achieve real-time visibility of their operations.

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

  1. End-to-End Visibility

Logistics and transportation businesses around the world are focused on increasing supply chain efficiency to sustain viability and profitability.

However, there is a need to make end-to-end improvements to reach this level of performance. Complete visibility facilitates timely decisions, and lower down the delays through faster detection of issues.

Mobile devices have become a major influence in supply chain operations and visibility. These give businesses line of sight into inventory, equipment, and business processes. The asset intelligence enables organizations to maximize their efficiency by giving them real-time data across the entire supply chain.

Although, these solutions have already helped logistics and transportation businesses make improvements over the years, holding them with enabling technologies like IoT can provide more asset intelligence.

  1. Yard and Warehouse Management

The yard or warehouse are at the core of logistics and transportation businesses. The efficiency directly impacts the cost of doing business and the ability to compete. Enterprises can give their physical assets a digital voice with IoT-enabled devices designed to track equipment, vehicles and inventory data.

Logistics and transportation warehouses can capture and share their mission-critical information across the cloud by transforming physical to digital, making sure that they have the correct products in the correct place at the correct time.

Yard personnel are constantly moving around in vehicles or on foot, manually conducting their tasks. The process is prone to error and is time intensive which generates the number of visibility-related problems including trailer moves, product shrinkage, and lost time. Enterprises across the supply chain implement RFID systems to address these issues, to automate asset tracking and location.

  1. Fleet Management

When it comes to logistics and transportation, fleet management plays a crucial role in managing maintenance schedules, service routes, and vehicle usage. For maximizing operational efficiency and productivity, fleet downtime must be lowered down. Enterprises can achieve visibility into their assets and better streamline operations with the mobile scanners to keep their fleet moving.

Replacing manual and hard-copy work orders with mobile devices lead to time saving and increased data accuracy. Moreover, with real-time, parts availability and inventory records, accurate insight into maintenance history, technicians can relay the data back their central database.

Advanced mobile technology and IoT are improving the way logistics and transportation operate. The Asset Intelligence delivered through the solutions is what allows organizations to point out the efficiencies in real time, helping them build plans to move a step ahead towards innovation.

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