Transportation & Logistics / Vehicle & Freight Monitoring
Transportation & Logistics: Punctual and Secure with M2M
Day by day, transportation and logistics companies move millions of tons of goods by road, rail and sea around the world.
What matters in shipping is for the goods to reach the customers on time and undamaged. M2M communication via mobile networks makes a crucial contribution to secure, timely delivery. M2M tracking modules provide real-time data on the position of trucks and pallets, supply information about the condition of containers and goods, and sound the alarm in the event of breakdowns and theft. M2M also helps track goods at logistics centers or packages in mail order business and manage containers in port via an online portal.
Freight Monitoring: M2M for Complete Quality Control
Freight is often transported over long distances and for many hours or days right across Europe by road, rail or waterways. Thanks to M2M modules, freight monitoring enables product quality to be documented along the entire supply chain.
No matter whether goods are shipped by truck, as rail freight or by container vessel, what matters in transportation and logistics is quality assurance on the way from the manufacturer to the customer and on-time delivery. Temperature-sensitive goods rely on an uninterrupted refrigeration chain – so that fish, for example, which is caught on Monday in the North Sea finds its way onto the supermarket’s refrigerated counter in perfect condition on Friday. To do so its temperature must never be higher than two degrees Celsius. This is where the Internet of Things (IoT) can help. M2M modules in the temperature-controlled truck record data from connected temperature sensors and report deviations to the driver or the dispatcher via the mobile network. This data can then be turned into usable information, with which specific insights can be created to trigger an intelligent action, such as adjusting the temperature to the appropriate level.
Containers with sensors relay measurement data
Sensitive handling is also required for perishables such as fruit and vegetables. Sensors in containers measure humidity, discover the formation of mold or register gases released during maturation. In the event of irregularities M2M modules attached to the sensors trigger an alarm and send the connected data by means of the built-in SIM chip to a cloud server on which the recipient of the goods can check it online. That is how transportation and logistics companies document seamlessly the condition of the goods at every stage of the procedure, enabling retailers and dispatchers to respond to problems in time. Due to this seamless monitoring the data collected can be used as proof for insurance companies that the freight was handled correctly in case of problems with the goods.
Mobile cool box simplifies shipment of medications
A large number of pharmaceuticals must be stored and shipped in cool conditions. Telekom is associated with an innovative M2M solution: the mobile, battery-powered “definitiv” cool box closes the medical cool chain gap from the manufacturer to the patient via the pharmacy. Technical data such as internal and external temperatures, power consumption, and the status of the cooling chambers (like "used" or "not used") are stored within the box locally, and sent to the Cloud of Things. The data can be read on a mobile device. The Telekom IoT solution, the Cloud of Things, enables data monitoring and device control.
Vehicle monitoring cuts costs and saves time
Along with freight monitoring, M2M telematics systems can handle vehicle monitoring. Real-time position data can be used to bypass traffic congestion and find the shortest route. In the event of an accident or a breakdown it can also be used to trigger an alarm. Trucks can be directed at the right time to the right terminal to prevent delays or pile-ups. By analyzing fuel consumption, average speed and revs per minute, fuel costs, consumption and driving can be optimized. Vehicle data is transmitted via the mobile network to a cloud server where it is processed and can be read from a web portal, on a PC or on a tablet, while on the move.