Smart cargo management solutions utilize IoT-enabled sensors to remotely monitor and manage the environmental conditions for freight in logistics fleets. These solutions ensure the quality and safety of cargo and seek to increase operational efficiency to lower expenses.
Not all cargo can be loaded, locked up, and forgotten about until delivery. Take, for example, food. Depending on what’s actually being shipped, it requires a specific temperature, humidity, and in some cases, physical protection to prevent spoilage. There’s a big difference between shipping raw meat and bananas, for example.
And that’s evident when you look at where all of the food we produce actually goes. Up to forty percent of America’s food goes to waste somewhere between harvest and delivery, costing fleets millions in insurance claims and lost revenue
Cargo management solutions ensure the safety of high-value cargo, like electronics, and the quality of delicate or perishable cargo, like food by taking the management and monitoring of cargo conditions out of the hands of humans. By automating the process of optimizing temperature, humidity, and only bringing operators into the loop when there’s a problem – alerting drivers and managers to a malfunctioning cooler or thermostat, for instance, cargo management solutions eliminate the opportunity for human error and help drivers keep their minds on the road.
Besides managing environmental conditions, IoT cargo management solutions can track cargo and can automate communications to customers and loading crew; track and measure idle time and underutilized capacity; monitor the shock, tilt, humidity and pressure of a shipment; and send alerts when cargo is accessed. Allowing drivers, fleet managers, and customers greater visibility over exactly how their shipment is doing and when it will arrive.