The Internet of Things is rapidly disrupting many industries and areas of business, including supply chains, ranging from smart warehousing to asset tracking and fleet management. These three ways are disrupting supply chains across the globe:
1. Smart Warehousing
The future of warehousing lies in the smart warehouse. Similar in concept to the modern smart home, these facilities often include features like time-controlled lighting, automated thermostats and industrial robotics – all of which are connectable via the IoT.
But smart warehousing goes beyond the basic needs of a residential structure. With such high levels of automation, smart warehouses are almost entirely self-sufficient. This has raised concern amongst some general labourers, as their fears of being replaced by robotic workers are seemingly coming true.
Proponents of industrial automation and general IT are more optimistic. By taking that stance that job site robots will work alongside their human counterparts, it’s easy to see how increasing the amount of industrial automation can be a good move for companies in the long run.
2. Asset Tracking
Many of the recent breakthroughs in asset tracking focus on global positioning satellite (GPS) systems and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. While the former is ideal when tracking materials, goods or other merchandise, the R30;