The ability for more and more physical objects to connect to the internet and share data without human help is transforming the way the world works.
“Smart” is the new word, from intelligent [ “smart” ] cars to biomedical sensors, the implications are huge – and as we move from 15 billion connected devices today to a predicted 50 billion by 2020, the changes will not only come quickly but will also be huge. The impact on logistics and the movement of goods will be big as well and here are a few key things:
- A recent report by IDC and SAP predicts that IoT will lead to a 15% productivity increase in delivery and supply chain performance.
- Warehouse security can be increased with alarm censors and CCTV with live feeds.
- Access control can be improved by remotely locking or opening doors.
- IoT is a valuable asset when it comes to monitoring the safety of your equipment and protecting your staff.
- Imagine if a fork-lift truck could alert you to the fact it has a defect before any human interaction has even taken place. You can greatly improve the safety in the warehouse and optimize your machinery.
- One of the biggest areas in which it can make a difference is with tracking of goods, vehicles, and equipment. As an example of a company like Amazon, customers now expect tracking on their goods right from the moment of purchase to delivery
- RFID tags can also be used within the warehouse to track inventory and help to cut down on unnecessary costs too.
There are numerous other examples of how IoT can help improve logistics chain.
More here: – Logistics and IoT Trends – 2018
However, there are challenges Controlling an Army of connected Machines
The sudden influx of smart devices poses new problems related to security and reliability, especially for items previously networkless. If, for instance, every household appliance relies on a connection to the internet, it would take no more than an ordinary hack to render most of them useless.
Eavesdropping by attackers is another issue. If companies can be incompetent enough to lack proper encryption for passwords, putting private data in their hands can be a recipe for disaster.
Furthermore, traditional IoT implementations not only lack essential security considerations, they also suffer from the problem of centralization which can create a single point of failure. In the case of a single point of failure for any large-scale IoT infrastructure, this could also spell disaster for the functionality of all the devices connected to this infrastructure.
If a server would fail an entire army of smart devices could immediately be crippled.
Read more here: – IoT and blockchain – a Match made in Heaven
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