Smart logistics with IoT

The Internet of Things transports the logistics industry into the future


What industry would be better suited as a paradigm for digitalisation and the Internet of Things than logistics? The tracking of vehicles via various radio standards has been common practice for a long time in companies that deal with smart logistics technologies. But it was only with digitalisation that the topic of track and trace really took off. Instead of just providing data during transport, mobile assets are now smart and act more and more autonomously.

The applications are correspondingly diverse, because in principle every object and every plant can be integrated into the Internet of Things in the future. Sensors report locations and enable condition monitoring of sensitive goods during production or transport along the entire supply chain. Thanks to digital technologies, the boundaries between manufacturer and service provider are blurring. Well thought-out concepts for smart logistics open up new, profitable business fields and improve customer satisfaction, throughput time and product quality in the long term.


Networking of all assets, functions and processes in the cloud

New technologies such as Big Data pose challenges for development and IT, especially in the logistics industry. Wireless connections as well as classic data warehouses and software interfaces are the bottleneck for processing and providing countless data in real time. The solution is to conn mobile assets, external partners such as customers and suppliers as well as internal functions such as production, intralogistics, sales and service in a central IoT platform in the cloud. This is where all data converge, whether structured or unstructured. Instead of setting a rigid, monolithic system in motion as before, lean, efficient apps are provided for smart services, data analytics, data visualisation, AI, communication tools, customer and supplier evaluation or machine learning.



Applications in logistics


Intralogistics use case

Whether driverless transport systems or warehouse robots - decentralised devices and systems are increasingly working autonomously in intralogistics. At the heart of this is a cloud-based ERP system that ensures the smooth flow of data between the sensor level, control level and Iot tools, e.g. for analysis, modelling, monitoring and visualisation.


Container management use case

Thanks to intelligent sensors, the management of containers is evolving from pure track & trace to real-time monitoring with added value. Depending on requirements, data is collected via cloud-based applications and container logistics are optimised accordingly.


Smart Cargo use case

The ability to monitor sensitive goods along the supply chain holds significant savings potential and is a powerful lever in quality assurance. Multisensors integrated directly into the transport containers or the products record vibrations, temperature changes, environmental conditions or mechanical influences in real time. Applications in the cloud trigger messages and document the entire process in the ERP system.


Are you planning a specific digitisation project in the field of logistics?

Applications in logistics are one of our main areas of focus. We usually work with modules from the Microsoft Dynamics 365 product family in combination with the IoT platform Azure IoT. It is best to arrange a non-binding consultation appointment right away.