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IBM tests ‘Track and Trace’ for container shipping

Dive Brief:
  • IBM and Sigfox, an internet of things
    (IoT) service provider, have launched a digital “Track and Trace” solution
    for French auto manufacturer Groupe PSA’s container shipping
  • “This ‘Track &
    Trace’ system allows us to know, individually and in detail, where
    our containers are located,” Yann Vincent, Groupe PSA
    EVP of Manufacturing & Supply Chain, said in the press release.
    He added the sensor-enabled containers help to prevent breakdowns, reduce
    waste and optimize container rotations.
  • The initiative currently tracks
    containers in transit between select suppliers and factories for
    Groupe PSA. The partners plan to roll out the platform to other
    European manufacturers this year.
Dive Insight:

The rapidly expanding number of IoT
applications has opened a wealth of opportunities for warehousing, tracking
inventory, monitoring asset health and optimizing transit routes. However, as
the push for 5G networks has shown, smarter and
faster broadband connections are needed to handle transmitting and analyzing
this newly generated data in real time.

·   IBM and Sigfox’s
“Track and Trace” initiative attempts to get ahead of this problem
by combining IBM’s existing IoT cloud platform with Sigfox’s “0G”
data transmission technology.
·       “[0G] connects
your ‘things’ at lower power and lower cost … and makes viable the kinds
of amoeba-like IoT organisms that licensed cellular technologies simply cannot
justify,” according to Bertrand Ramé, Sigfox’s Senior Vice President for
International Operations, as cited in a blog
 ·     The 0G technology acts
as a backup link to keep IoT data moving over 3, 4, and 5G networks in the
event any one of them is compromised or loses bandwidth. It complements
existing cellular networks and doesn’t require users to alter their existing
devices in order to take advantage of it, Ramé said. 
·     This 0G network may be
the key factor that sets up “Track and Trace” to be uniquely
effective in managing IoT data on an enterprise scale. “It is a real
disruption and a new step in the digitalization of the Supply Chain,”
Vincent said.
Supply Chain Dive

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