The Internet is ubiquitous in our modern life. Over the years, we are getting habituated with the internet and it is becoming as common as using other utilities like water, gas or electricity. Although the internet was used as a means of communication, gradually it has evolved as something that is a necessity and which changes our lives.
One of the key technologies that are shaping the evolution of the internet is something that was started by MIT, way back in 2000, that is the Internet of Things, popularly termed as IoT. So, we talk about a network of objects on the internet and define it as IoT. The IoT objects can be anything starting from the refrigerators, watches, manufacturing components and many more. Each of these IoT objects provides a unique combination and now encompasses a wider variety of objects such as street lamps and will be able to record those who stand beyond them or even any activities that take place underneath.
In fact, IoT is simply firing up our imaginations and creating the whole lot of new jobs or innovating upon the older jobs. There are many application areas that are affected by IoT such area is the way we conduct our business and the logistics of storage and delivery. One good example is how goods are delivered through trucks to the ultimate end users like the customers. The process involves the storage and the monitoring of the goods. We talk about units of storage which are capable to measuring temperature and which ensures that the goods are stored in the right way so that the enterprises save a huge amount of money, that was spoiled so far.
One of the first adopters of IoT technologies was this very logistics sector, monitoring the processes pertaining to this sector. The processes were further improved with the advent of the connected devices, which are not only low cost but are location specific as well. The connected devices, the embedded sensors and the analytics actually give a whole lot of advantage to these logistics companies in gaining the maximum visibility in the entire process, right from the operational aspect up to the financial aspect. They enhance the processes. ‘
Here are some of the value additions that are created by these IoT based devices in the area of logistics:
The IoT devices and the RFID flag will enable the use of these devices as readers, which will get connected with the Cloud and transmit the RFID based information and also the location specifics. This way it is possible for the logistics company to keep an eye on the parcel or good, right from when it is shipped up to point when it is delivered to the customer.
Managing the Warehouse
The warehouses and the distribution centres are a critical part of these logistics companies. The RFID enabled parcels will be capable of communicating with the Cloud and remain connected with the warehouses. Asset automation and location tracking are some of the areas that are affected as the locations are transformed into the digital data.
Managing Fleet in a Better Way
The modern-day supply chain network must have higher efficiency. The GPS and RFID Data are combined with other sensor data nodes. So, if the vehicle is delayed in transit on account of weather condition or an accident, will be informing the logistics company beforehand. Moreover, proactive maintenance is also possible as the companies gauge the impending failure of the engine, as it is becoming heated.
The logistics sector will this have improved operational efficiencies in a sustainable manner as the whole idea is to track the loopholes inefficiencies, that too in the real-time.
ESSPL lay lot of importance on futuristic technologies and with our COE (Centre of Excellence) team we are developing solutions around the Internet of Thing and connected devices like Smart TVs and Live streaming devices.
We are proud of the fact that in quick time we got our hands on some of the exciting work around the Internet of Thing.