Prior to the world of smart technologies, companies have depended on third-party logistic contractors to ensure security within the supply chain. These days, smart technology has the capacity to perform complex tasks faster and with higher precision. Powered by the Internet of Things (IoT), here are some of the sections powering delivery, management and operations within the supply chain.

 

Tracking locations

IoT has allowed for the ease of tracking and delivery of raw materials from the supplier to manufacturing facility. The use of RFID (radio frequency identification) provides the supplier with the ability to track the route, times and delivery to the manufacturer – implementing end-to-end transparency. RFID allows the tracking of lost items if they are misplaced once delivered.

 

Managing fleets

The use of IoT and blockchain gives manufacturers the ability to know where their vehicles are at any given time. Manufacturers can monitor the schedule of their fleets and be notified of the possibility of delays, or be immediately alerted in the case of breakdowns.

 

Environmental sensing

Perishable or environmentally sensitive goods can be maintained for risk control using IoT. IoT can monitor conditions such as temperature, humidity, and vibrations during shipment. A replacement ship can be dispatched efficiently if the product succumbs to harsh conditions.

 

Emergency services

IoT can now be utilized within the emergency services for dispatching. Emergency calls can be geomatched to allow the closest unit to be informed and dispatched to the scene, with the entire process monitored.