Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Intel logistics platform protects sensitive goods in transit

Steve Rogerson
January 8, 2019

Intel has announced a connected logistics platform that lets users monitor the condition and location of assets in any environment throughout the supply chain.
With PA Consulting and Google Cloud, Intel’s CLP IoT offering can benefit businesses with near real-time supply chain visibility, while monitoring the quality, integrity and security of their shipments while on the move. It provides this visibility, while monitoring the quality, integrity and security of freight during every step in the supply chain.
"The Intel connected logistics platform provides our clients a powerful solution across a range of different industry sectors for unprecedented real-time transparency of shipment progress and conditions,” said JJ Van der Meer, partner at PA Consulting. “Some evaluations include findings of temperature excursions for more than 60 per cent of the shipment duration, with route and duration improvement opportunities of up to eight hours on a 36-hour shipment. They are also finding significant deviations in shock measurements, up to a doubling in g-forces experienced by sensitive products, depending on the truck and road quality."
There is a strong need for transparency and integrity throughout the supply chain. Consumers ask for detailed shipment tracking; businesses ask for integrity control, especially for sensitive and high-value goods; and logistics companies need transparency for on-going optimisation of networks and assets. All these requests can be achieved with the availability of granular, real-time, reliable IoT data.
Companies can use these data to mitigate risk in near real time, extract actionable insights, and perform trend and predictive analytics. Companies can also optimise across all three of these criteria and improve their efficiency and reduce supply chain costs. The flexibility allows for quick integration while solving a wide range of asset-tracking industry problems.
For Driscoll's, a California-based seller of fresh berries, quality and temperature control of produce is critical for longer shelf life. By using CLP, Driscoll's was able to see temperature variations across different vendor lorries and track temperature fluctuations, humidity effects, shelf life and third-party logistics performance. CLP can also help reduce customer shipment rejections due to temperature excursions and deteriorated quality.
For International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), product traceability is a key challenge when products are shipped through land, air or sea. Using CLP, IFF tracked shipments in near real time and provided first-hand visibility into cold chain performance for shipping sensitive temperature-controlled products.
IFF was also able to track product exposure to environmental elements and handling during cross dock situations, and quickly relay customs delays or rejections.
Intel is scaling via multiple ecosystem channels, including cloud service providers, system integrators, OEMs and vertical integrators. Intel also offers a streamlined partner training and on-boarding programme for faster time to market.