Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Honeywell breakthroughs target logistics providers

Steve Rogerson
February 28, 2017



New Jersey-based Honeywell has made a number of technology breakthroughs for manufacturers, distribution centres, logistics providers, delivery firms and retailers to help drive efficiency across their supply chain operations.
 
The technology, announced during the recent Honeywell Live: The Future of Supply Chain online broadcast, range from a 3D dimensioning system that automatically captures the volume of parcels to connected products that boost the productivity of workers in brick-and-mortar retail stores.
 
"The e-commerce boom and growing consumer expectations have put a spotlight on operational inefficiencies and disconnects," said John Waldron, president and CEO of Honeywell Safety & Productivity. “To stay competitive, businesses need to deploy the internet of things, cloud solutions and automation throughout their supply chains. The technology we launched today demonstrates our commitment to innovation and bringing to market hardware and software that can help organisations boost productivity and safety."
 
The products announced at the event include AutoCube, a 3D depth sensing technology, that instantly and automatically captures the volume of an object with extreme precision to eliminate time-consuming and error-prone manual measurements. The cost-effective dimensioning system allows users to capture more revenue, reduce bottlenecks and shipping errors and optimise storage space and workflows.
 
The Connected Retail range combines software and mobile devices to bring distribution centre operational excellence to brick-and-mortar retail stores to enhance worker productivity, increase profitability and lead to better customer satisfaction. Retailers can better direct their store associates to improve speed and accuracy for fulfilling orders and completing routine store tasks.
 
Operational Acuity, combined with Honeywell Vocollect voice technology, is a software suite that uses data collection, aggregation and predictive modelling techniques to show operations managers exactly how their distribution centres are operating and how best to improve them.
 
The Xenon 1902g wireless battery-free scanner is a 2D area-imager that makes wireless scanning more convenient with fast, ready-to-scan charging in less than 15s. The lightweight scanner can eliminate the need for replacement lithium-ion batteries and reduce the amount of heavy metals sent to landfills.
 
The CK75 handheld computer is an ultra-rugged, lightweight device optimised for demanding warehouse, distribution centre and manufacturing environments. It can also be equipped with a heater offering so it can be used in cold storage and freezers. Users can choose between Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android 6 operating systems on one device.
 
And the CN75 handheld computer is for courier express, parcel and mobile workers to function for long periods of time even in the most challenging weather conditions. The mobile device also offers operating system flexibility to support complex applications and high-speed wireless communications for real-time data reporting in the field.
 
The company also showcased how it is advancing cloud-based mobile products on its Movilizer platform. Products from Movilizer, which Honeywell acquired in 2016, are used by mobile workers performing field service, maintenance, sales and distribution activities. The technology handles more than 1.5 million transactions each day. Honeywell is leveraging its cloud technology to deliver turnkey mobile apps that partners can customise and a development platform on which companies can build their own apps.