GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)
LONDON, Dec8 (FAM) – New automation technologies and 3D printing may have the potential to revolutionise supply chains, creating opportunities and challenges for entrenched transport service providers and new market entrants alike. But the Internet of Things (IoT) is forecast to be similarly transformative for the logistics and freight industry – and equally disruptive, according to supply chain experts.
IoT logistics solutions have become possible due to the expansion of the internet beyond computers to physical objects that can now process, receive or store information – this can be anything from a shoe to a vehicle, a forklift to a warehouse light. These ‘dark assets’ are lit up by IoT via various technologies including wireless local – for example, Bluetooth, RFID, Zigbee, Wi-Fi – ‘mesh’ networks, and wide area connections such as 3G, as well as wired connections, consumer oriented devices, apps and embedded technologies.