It is easy to picture IoT being applied to almost any industry one can think of, from retail to connected vehicles. However, in order to consider the implementation of this technology beneficial to the industry, it is important to evaluate not only if IoT can help it, but in how many ways. In the case of logistics, there is no doubt that IoT will become a valuable ally in the following years.
The obvious IoT tools
The first thought one may get when putting the Internet of Things and logistics together is, of course, tracking the location of the cargo. The new RFID and GPS sensors can help not only help tracking products from their origin to the store, but that can always be checked in real time by all parties involved. In the same way, a final customer would be able to know where their purchase is at any time, getting an extra perceived value from the company.
However, there is so much more IoT can do for all parts involved in the supply chain. The most basic ones are related to measuring the different conditions in which the goods are during their travel. For medicines, food and crops, temperature or humidity during transportation can be essential to know if they are fit for consumption. A simple gyroscope can provide information about bumps and crashes and help assure the integrity of the content, or identify when did an incident happen, so the responsible can be held accountable, insurance wise.
It’s all about the Big Data
Taking informed decisions for our business can be really easy in this time and age, as long as we gather the relevant data to those decisions. That is why getting information related to trading goods can give a company insight of changes that need to be implemented. “How many of my deliveries get spoiled or lost?” “Are my goods delivered on time?” Without IoT, getting this information would be a tedious process of analyzing manifests and checking with customers or distributors, but thanks to the Internet of Things, the company can have real time information regarding their goods and their partners. Not only that, but logistics companies can also back their services or find the weakest link in their supply chain and improve their services.
A universal solution to a global problem
Although there may be specific products for the logistics industry, specialized solutions tend to be expensive and often lack of specific features required by individual companies. Therefore, not every company can afford to implement a system like this. However, Universall, the new IoT ecosystem designed by Geeksme, is a set of elements built to satisfy a wide range of needs, with different variants and a fully customizable software environment, including mobile APP, front end and back end features. With Universall, the smallest company can afford a personalized solution to track their logistics, as local or as global as they need.