Intermodal traffic – how to keep your IoT cool
Proponents of intermodal transport are looking to the Internet of Things (IoT) to bring additional benefits to using a combination of transport types for freight, says Annie Turner, editor of IoTNowTransport.com.
The transport and logistics industry was quick to see the potential of new sensors and connectivity to track containers and their contents by monitoring location, temperature, light levels, pressure, doors being opened and other parameters, making the industry one of the most advanced in their use, according to Deloitte University Press.
According to figures from container shipping company, Maersk Line, in 2017, about 59% of claims against freight companies by their customers arise from malfunctioning reefer units [refrigeration containers], poor handling during off-power periods and human error in setting and maintaining temperatures. It says that IoT devices installed on about 270,000 refrigerated containers alerted it to more than 4,500 incorrect temperature settings in the space of six months. That included 200 severe cases that could have resulted in the loss of million dollars-worth of cargo, instead allowing it to fix the problems quickly.
So far, though, the tracking solutions have mostly been deployed in silos – dedicated systems for specific kinds of transport, according to Benoit Tournier, marketing director – Transportation & Mobile Solutions, Sierra Wireless. He thinks as pressure mounts to increase the level of intermodal transports, IoT solutions could be, “not the only trigger but a solution to shorten the time to ship goods from A to B … without much time lost when moving from one kind of transport to another. IoT can be predictive and constantly adjust the expected time a container will arrive at a port, for instance. It will lower costs and mean smaller delays.”
The push for intermodal traffic Authorities in many parts of the world are keen to see more intermodal (also known as combined or multimodal) transport. To read the full article, click here.