Telematics Aggregation & Sensor-Driven Visibility - 3 key takeaways from our webinar
What is sensor-driven visibility?
Sensor-driven visibility happens when IoT sensors are embedded or attached to shipments or assets that are connected in real-time to the cloud. You can achieve understanding the location, condition and statuses of the shipments or assets anywhere in the world. Better data leads to actionable intelligibles and analytics and the data can be used from the inputs that come from the sensors. It’s called purposely sensor driven and not sensor visibility, because it’s not the only input that is used in sensor driven visibility.
How does it help RTV?
The main goal of real-time visibility is to provide predictive ETAs for shipments — when will a load be picked up, when will it be delivered and will it be on time or delayed. We collect telematics data to provide visibility. But we also combine it with external data like traffic, weather and driver breaks. This means that the more extra data we can put in, the more accurate and complete the coverage becomes.
At the same time, sensor-driven visibility only also needs extra data. For example, some IoT devices only transmit once every couple of hours e.t.c For returnable assets you care about location in the world, within the cicle of circle economy of how they are being used, where they are and what is the dwell time. So having GPS information in connectivity allows you to know in real-time at least one per day where the asset is, is important. If you are dealing within a primarily interior facility, then you can get more streamline and use beacon technology. Then you can get zone level visibility. Typically the flagship sensors are for shipment monitors because they do require conditions in security and compliance monitoring versus asset monitoring ones, they are a little bit more streamlined. That’s why combining these two visibility solutions in some cases make sense!
What are the top business cases that mean a level of IoT protection on top of standard RTV?
If it’s a grand based shipment, full truck load, you don’t care much about condition or compliance if you have it a referred connection for example, and you have the carrier integration, then the telematics aggregation solution makes the most sense. On the sensor driven side there’s really four times when you want to consider it. Multimodal shipments, condition sensitive shipments, shipments that require compliance and security as well as visibility and operational assets.
- Multimodal - if a shipment is going to require a plane, or it’s going to require a boat, there is almost always a truck on either end. If you need real-time monitoring, the entire time for location and condition, the only way to guarantee that you have that is with embedded sensors. By having the visibility in between the gaps of the handoffs, in multimodal you have that validated real-time visibility throughout the end-to-end journey.
- Condition sensitive shipments - whether it’s temperature, humidity, shock etc, if you need to validate the entire time the condition. For example vaccines are very temperature sensitive and if they are outside the suitable temperature zone, impacts the potency of the vaccine and efficiency. We have customers working with COV-19 vaccines.
- Compliance and security - if you want to validate that you have a chain of controls, chain of custody the entire time, especially when it’s multimodal and multiple handoffs. You have to have first hand information about it. Did that get access, was there a movement of it, was the door open. Those types of things require having an asset with it. For example alcohol - someone opening up the container and stealing some or replacing it with something that is dangerous for your health.
- Operational assets - returnable assets, work in progress assets, they require having embedded sensors to understand the information about location but also about their dwell time, their legalisation.
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