Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Smart Logistics Newsletter Archives: February 2019

 
Captain Peter helps Maersk users track cargo




Danish shipping company Maersk is testing a virtual assistant with select users. As part of its RCM remote container management platform, the Captain Peter avatar will assist users along the journey of their cargo.
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Cando digital platform increases rail supply chain visibility




Canadian company Cando Rail Services has released Quasar, a digital platform designed to increase productivity and supply chain visibility, optimise rail networks, and reduce time and costs for shippers, rail transportation managers, railyard staff and logistics managers.
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BYD deploys Trackloop for cold-chain monitoring




Chinese vehicle maker BYD is using technology from Canadian companies Trackloop Analytics and Volta Air Technologies to deploy temperature-monitoring software in one of the first all-electric refrigeration delivery vehicles demonstrated for commercial use in North America.
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Bosch brings automotive vision technology to forklifts




At this weeks Logimat show in Stuttgart, Bosch demonstrated how it is bringing its smart automotive multi-camera system to the logistics market. The multi-camera system should help forklifts with precision manoeuvres as four near-range cameras capture the vehicle’s entire surroundings.
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GreyOrange automates warehouse for Zalando




Singapore-based robotics and warehouse automation company GreyOrange has deployed its Butler system for the Zalando online fashion and lifestyle platform in Europe.
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Tank monitoring start-up raises $6m




Massachusetts start-up Tank Utility, a provider of IoT tank monitoring and logistics optimisation services, has raised $6m in an oversubscribed financing round led by Bullpen Capital.
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AI to boost asset tracking markets, says Mind Commerce

Rapidly moving beyond a fleet management centric marketplace and leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), the global asset tracking market will reach $32bn by 2024, growing at 14.9% CAGR, according to ICT strategy company Mind Commerce.
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Sigfox and IBM optimise Groupe PSA supply chain




IBM and Sigfox are using IoT technology to help French car maker Groupe PSA optimise container rotation between its various supplier sites and factories. PSA makes cars and motorcycles sold under the Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands.
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Rotterdam deploys IoT network to plan shipping




The Port of Rotterdam Authority is deploying an IoT platform that uses a network of sensors to provide accurate and up-to-date water (hydro) and weather (meteo) data for the planning and management of shipping.
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JD.com makes first drone delivery in Indonesia




Chinese retailer JD.com has completed Indonesia’s first government approved drone-delivery flight. The pilot opens the door for future commercial drone use in Indonesia and south-east Asia.
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Ford and IBM pilot blockchain for ethical mineral supply chains




Ford and IBM are leading a blockchain pilot to address ethical concerns in strategic mineral supply chains with the goal is to create an open, industry-wide network to trace and validate minerals and other materials for the automotive and consumer electronics industry.
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Logistics technology start-up secures $97m funding




California-based logistics technology company Next has secured $97m in a series C financing led by Brookfield Ventures, with participation from Sequoia Capital, GLP and others. This brings Next’s total capital raised to more than $125m.
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GTS picks Dematic automatic vehicles for warehouse




Australian full-service logistics company GTS Freight Group is installing automated guided vehicles from US supply chain technology firm Dematic in its new warehouse.
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Asset tracking start-up ThingTech raises $4m




Atlanta-based IoT asset tracking start-up ThingTech has raised a series A funding round of $4m led by BIP Capital with follow on investor Engage Ventures.
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Food industry turns to IoT for supply chain traceability




The food and beverage industry is increasingly adopting IoT technology to enable end-to-end traceability in the supply chain, according to market watcher Frost & Sullivan. Big data analytics and AI are finding significant application opportunities with more digitisation of the industry.
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