How transportation companies can and must evolve to thrive in a borderless business world
Digital transformation and the IoT revolution are having a profound impact on logistics businesses and transportation companies. IoT solution providers have been able to provide solutions to many of the common IoT challenges. However, still today the most demanding issues remain unsolved.
The transportation industry is all about managing constantly moving assets, which often cross borders and switch network providers. As a result, transportation companies have ended up with multiple contracts with several mobile service providers per country. Working with several local MNOs for cellular IoT connectivity reduces the capability of providing a consistent global solution. It also makes it more difficult to predict where a connected asset will be deployed, and which local SIM is best to utilize. Moving assets in remote locations with limited coverage also need the ability and flexibility to switch between networks to ensure service availability. Having to rely on multiple MNOs as an intermediary to manage all connected assets isn’t viable. Their various pricing models can result in increasing hidden connectivity costs and vendor management can become a fulltime effort. It’s time to change.
In order to make a success of digital transformation strategies, the transportation industry needs more real-time control and visibility of connected assets and associated SIM cards. Something they can’t get from multiple MNO/IoT connectivity providers consistently or in a similar format.
Given that a logistics business might end up managing potentially thousands of devices and connected assets, considerable automation is also essential. Integrating connectivity management systems with enterprise management systems will help to streamline operating processes and improve efficiency.
During this webinar, you will learn how transportation companies and logistics businesses can take control over defining the best connectivity approach for their business, including new technologies like eSIM, in order to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities that digital transformation and the IoT revolution brings.
Vice President, Mobility & IoT
Tim Sherwood is Vice President, Mobility & IoT, at Tata Communications. He is responsible for shaping and driving Tata Communications’ market and product development strategy for the Tata Communications MOVE™ mobility and IoT platform.
Before that, Tim was the Director of Market Management in the Voice Commercial Operations team. In this role, Tim managed the voice trading platform, including functions such as pricing, routing, market analysis and deal governance for the company’s voice bilateral trading agreements.
Principal Analyst, Research
Michele is an analyst for Analysys Mason’s IoT and M2M Services research programme, with responsibility for M2M and LPWA forecasts. She has 20 years of experience as an analyst and conducts research on IoT verticals such as utilities, automotive, healthcare and fleet management. She also writes reports on the role of network technologies such as NB-IoT.
Prior to joining Analysys Mason in February 2014, Michele was a freelance analyst with a focus on M2M and IoT technology and trends. She has written reports for Machina Research and produced research for other clients in areas such as mobile broadband and digital media. Before that, Michele worked for Ovum for 12 years, where she focused on consumer mobile applications and held various roles including Practice Leader for Consumer Services. She has also worked as a consultant for Ovum’s consultancy division.
Editorial Director & Publisher
IoT Now & VanillaPlus
Jeremy Cowan is Editorial Director of the publishing group that has specialised in IT, Hi-Tech and Communications for 19 years. The group includes the international titles, www.IoT-Now.com, www.IoTGlobalNetwork.com, which focus on the Internet of Things and its impact on businesses and consumers, as well as www.VanillaPlus.com, the leading business information resource for Communication Service Providers and Network Operators worldwide.