The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing new in logistics. In the logistics space, for example, we’ve been taking RF scans and using that data to improve warehouse processes since at least 1975. Internet protocols make it easier to communicate sensor data to applications, which has led to better and cheaper applications. And, in ocean shipping, IoT data has long existed. However, it was not being leveraged to improve visibility and carrier scheduling.
In ocean, big carriers traditionally interacted with shippers and freight forwarders using EDI messages to update interested parties on estimated times of departures, estimated times of arrival, and other pertinent status messages (vessel arrived at port, container gated in, loaded and departed full, etc.)
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