How IoT is helping transport and logistics industries
Hey, wait, what!!?? What is IoT? We know you were wondering the same, so go on and read the blog to understand,
IoT, or the Internet of Things, effectively collects and exchanges data in real time between objects, to put it simply.
The Internet of things describes physical objects with sensors, processing ability, software, and other technologies that connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the Internet.
Sounds like a big deal, doesn’t it? We assure you it sounds like heavy work, but it isn’t, so don’t worry.
We will help you understand the application of IoT in logistics easily.
IoT connects two different objects over the internet. You can put a sensor or software on one device and exchange details about it on another device.
For example, weight sensors on shelves can help you alert when inventory is running low.
Sounds sweet? Of course, it does!
Let’s go to the good part, shall we,
Benefits of IoT in logistics
Some things sound too good to be true, right? But IoT doesn’t serve this hypocrisy.
IoT in logistics gives data-driven insights and helps you to manage your business better. The future of IoT will lead you to:
- Improve remote learning and repair as the need arises.
- Create immersive reality applications for better automation.
- Automate various business processes to ease your day.
- Generate new revenue streams through AI. After all, who doesn’t love to get money with less effort?
- Perform smart diagnosis of health and environment for the betterment of your staff.
Tracking, traffic management, safety all of this is at your fingertips! Sounds Amazing, doesn’t it
You won’t have to worry about changing places; IoT will help you keep track of your business processes in real-time! And that without stressing about it.
Application of IoT in logistics
The role of IoT in logistics has become dynamic. One of the examples is how DHL uses IoT, and wearables for a safer work environment, whose regional distribution centre in Singapore maintains a monitoring system tracking employees’ exertion levels.
Here’s how IoT in logistics and transport can be used to suit your needs:
1. Product tracking
With intelligent systems built through IoT, you won’t need to stress about delivery tracking. Using IoT, you will be able to track a package from the warehouse to the customer’s doorstep, boosting your confidence and the customer’s trust in the brand.
2. Storehouse management
Using warehouse sensors will help you monitor the environmental conditions of the warehouse. This will create a provision for you to maintain storage and safety simultaneously (Interesting, isn’t it).
They are also efficient in measuring employee efficiency in real-time. This will ensure that your products aren’t wasted or become dead stock (Saved you from the biggest nightmare, didn’t we?).
3. Surveillance and theft detection
Surveillance cameras are preferred these days to grant staff access to locations remotely.
Add to that other technology like monitoring delivers, assets, etc. Or else apps that will allow you to close your facility’s doors remotely.
With IoT, you can easily keep an eye on your warehouse.
4. High employee safety
Employees are at very high risk when they use machinery. What if it has equipment issues? For this, connected systems can be used to alert any equipment issues.
If an employee’s work clothes have IoT sensors, they can detect critical vital changes quickly and increase the response time, effectively saving a lot of response time.
5. Supply chain management
Delivery management is a crucial role when you put customers in the center.
You can track the product in real-time and convey the delivery status to your customers using connected GPS sensors and RFID tags.
Increasing transparency of your shipment and optimising tracking of the shipment.
6. Automated customer service
It isn’t uncommon to see chatbots present on various websites. AI chatbots are useful for solving general customer queries and eliminating repeated requests.
This is time efficient and precedes essential queries to be solved quickly and effectively.
7. Managing population flow
Smart cameras provide data that helps in identifying the volume and nature of people in crowded areas.
Provisions for them can be made beforehand. E.g. having more bins at lunchtime. This will help you manage population flow and assist in increasing customer loyalty as well.
8. Improved cybersecurity
With the increased internet usage, many devices are prone to data breaches.
However, real-time inherent threat monitoring will protect and prevent any damaging intrusions.
Don’t worry, your rival won’t see your secret strategies to increase sales!
IoT in logistics and transport is a crucial aspect that is shooting up. The rate at which IoT devices are being used tells us that the future of IoT gives off green signals.
It is useful to save cost and time while providing better efficiency.
IoT in logistics and transport also manages traffic flow and eliminates eyeballing errors.
If you are still sceptical about how IoT is used in transport and logistics, you should utilise it to realise its benefits.