For delivery, GPS trackers and sensors are used to monitor the shipment status of products in real-time. Current locations down to street address levels are enabled. Geofence alerts are created for real-time notifications when shipments enter or exit certain areas. To ensure product quality and to minimize damage during shipping, sensors can be used to record vibration, shock, temperature, and humidity. For instance, vibration and shock sensors are utilized to record conditions that lead to any damage such as glass breakage. Damaged materials for inbound logistics can disrupt or halt downstream production; especially for Just-in-Sequence environments. Likewise, real-time monitoring can catch the potential disruptions early and implement contingency plans. Finally, temperature and humidity sensors coupled with GPS trackers can determine if perishables are delivered on time within the required humidity and temperature ranges. This helps speed up inbound material quality checks and minimize disruptions from non-compliant materials.
For long-term asset tracking, GPS (cellular and/or satellite) trackers improve the utilization and return on investment for machines and equipment. Real-time reports can determine which assets to sell, to repurpose, and to relocate for different tasks. In real-time, organizations know their assets’ exact locations, current status, and usage history. This information minimizes unauthorized use of equipment, asset theft, and rental of equipment (due to inability to locate assets). Finally, the condition of assets is monitored and status updates sent out for temperature changes, excessive door movements, excessive vibration, and other parameters. These status update alerts are utilized to maximize the availability of machines and equipment via maintenance and other relevant actions.