Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

AT&T boasts airline approval for cargo tracking service

Iain Morris
August 13, 2014

US telecoms giant AT&T has revealed that several major airlines have now approved the use of its technology for tracking cargo devices on aircraft.

Air Canada (Saint-Laurent, Canada), Delta Air Lines (Macon, GA, USA), Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu, HI, USA), Southwest Airlines (Dallas, TX, USA) and UPS (Atlanta, GA, USA) are among the airlines that have approved the use of the AT&T service on their aircraft.

The operator says its Cargo View service allows companies to remotely monitor the conditions of their shipped assets and minimize the risk of damaged, lost or stolen cargo.

Companies can use the Cargo View service to locate deliveries in near real-time and monitor the condition of goods including pharmaceuticals, electronics, agricultural products and artwork.

The technology works through the use of lightweight sensor-based devices that are placed in shipments to continuously monitor the wellbeing of cargo.

Thanks to the use of GPS technology, the service is able to pinpoint the location of cargo as an aircraft lands so that shippers can better support delivery and logistics scheduling.

It also allows users to view the temperature levels of sensitive cargo and to monitor items that are more susceptible to pressure changes at different altitudes – such as medical supplies.

The service will also send an alert to logistics managers if light is detected insight a container, indicating the cargo might have been accidentally or purposely opened while in transit.

“Delivering valuable assets on time and in the right condition is a top priority for businesses,” said Abhi Ingle, senior vice president of advanced solutions for AT&T Business Solutions. “Companies that transport materials such as medical supplies, electronics and mechanical parts can rely on AT&T … to accurately report the location and condition of their shipment.”

AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) claims that recent studies have shown 60% of businesses plan to deploy M2M solutions for near real-time monitoring, data collection and operational visibility in the next three years.

The operator has taken a leading position in the enterprise mobility market, according to market-research firm Current Analysis, and now has more than 17 million connected devices on its network.

“AT&T is a leader in the US enterprise mobility market that is improving its ability to provide global services such as M2M to its U.S. enterprise base as they use managed mobility solutions worldwide,” said Kitty Weldon, a principal analyst with Current Analysis.
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