Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Honeywell and AT&T collaborate on connected freight

Steve Rogerson
June 5, 2018

Honeywell is collaborating with AT&T to use the IoT to help companies improve productivity, reliability and asset performance with its connected freight and connected aircraft offerings.
“Our IoT collaboration with AT&T is adding value to the transportation and logistics products we provide our customers across the globe,” said Sameer Agrawal, general manager of industrial IoT for Honeywell. “It gives logistics providers near real-time data insights about their shipments in transit. And we can unleash a wide array of connected products and services for aircraft operators.”
Honeywell’s connected freight offering is a scalable platform that tracks and monitors critical shipments while in transit. Sensor tags are attached to assets, pallets or individual packages to provide location information while also measuring a range of condition changes, such as shock, tilt, humidity, temperature, light and pressure. The sensors are interconnected using a mesh network protocol, which enables them to communicate data back to a nearby central gateway device.
Logistics providers access a dashboard to receive status alerts and can react quickly to incidents that occur during shipment to prevent damage and loss.
With the connected aircraft product, Honeywell is using the AT&T global network to connect aircraft services while on the ground. Honeywell’s GoDirect family of more than 50 value-adding aviation services and applications provides operators, flight crews and maintenance teams with critical information to manage their services and network. These services improve fleet management, flight safety, passenger experience, maintenance, flight operations, aircraft turnaround time and costs.
“We have enjoyed a business relationship with Honeywell for many years,” said Joe Mosele, vice president of IoT at AT&T. “Our IoT solutions are helping them to drive digital transformation in their transportation products. Honeywell understands the value of connecting assets across its enterprise. Not only is Honeywell using data insights collected from its products to improve its own operations, but it’s also giving that technology to its customers to make informed decisions about their businesses.”
Using AT&T’s control centre with the AT&T global network, Honeywell says it can better scale its aircraft and freight products in the USA and elsewhere. This also helps manage IoT connected assets remotely in a secure environment and automate data usage to control costs.