How the Internet of Things Increases In-Transit Visibility

Posted by Nick Ostdick on Mar 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In our previous few blog entries, we’ve explored how technology has impacted today’s globalizing supply chain industry and how supply chain planners and managers can leverage this technology in intelligent, cost-effective decision-making. The wealth of 'smart' supply systems makes it easy to connect people, processes, and data – the backbone of any efficient supply stream – and The Internet of Things (IOT) adds a vital fourth element to the equation that planners should leverage to increase supply efficiency and in-transit visibility.

The IOT is essentially what it sounds like: the network enabling of smart devices – computers, tablets, and software – that communicate and coordinate supply chain processes and data using the internet – for context, imagine several iPhones sending automated text messages to each other 24/7. According to the supply chain research group Gartner, there will be roughly 6.4 billion connected devices in use worldwide in 2016, with a projected 20.8 billion by 2020.

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Topics: Transportation Management, Internet of Things (IoT)