Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

CalAmp partners Overhaul on supply chain visibility

Steve Rogerson
October 16, 2018
 
California-based CalAmp is working with Texas supply chain integrity company Overhaul Group to provide end-to-end, real-time supply chain visibility for global transportation service providers (TSPs) and shippers.
 
The technologies that CalAmp and Overhaul offer enable TSPs and shippers to gain real-time insights into their global supply chains to mitigate risk, achieve competitive advantages and increase profitability.
 
"Leveraging CalAmp's highly sophisticated telematics cloud and sensor technology with our artificial intelligence and predictive analytics software, we can merge GPS monitoring, environmental and driver data, and fleet management into a single view that provides real-time operational and risk intelligence," said Barry Conlon, chief executive of Overhaul. "Our modern supply chain solution informs operators about what is actually happening versus what they think is happening, which can help businesses reduce their risk exposure and save money."
 
With the integration of CalAmp's CTC telematics cloud and smart sensor technologies, Overhaul is delivering multiple connection points to a shipment through single, unified software management that is designed to trigger corrective actions and critical supply chain insights. By connecting lorries, trailers and high-value cargo using CalAmp telematics technology, supply chain operators have access to a plethora of sensor data such as location, temperature, shock and vibration.
 
These data can be vetted through a shipper's unique standards of care via Overhaul's platform and pushed to the persons most responsible for maintaining the integrity of a load, all in real time. This granular information enables more informed decision-making regarding logistics, security and operations.
 
"The traditional process using USB data loggers requiring manual steps and delayed reporting at the end of the shipment is too slow and expensive in this era of the modern supply chain," said Paul Washicko, senior vice president and general manager of CalAmp's software and subscription services business. "With Overhaul, we provide granular visibility on in-transit goods, giving our global enterprise and TSP customers a significant business advantage by reducing risk of cargo theft and spoilage and driving operational efficiencies."
 
According to a 2017 survey by Geodis, only six per cent of 623 supply chain professionals across 17 countries think they have adequate supply chain visibility. Of those respondents, seventy per cent consider their supply chain as either very or extremely complex. Globalisation and digitisation of supply chains, combined with rising customer demand for higher product availability and transparency, have made supply chain visibility a top priority for TSPs.