In the last few months we’ve seen not one, not two, but three historic snarls in the barely orchestrated chaos that has come to characterize the global shipping, transportation and logistics industries during the COVID era. First, thousands of trucks were stuck in Dover, UK, at Christmastime, their drivers unable to get the COVID tests that France required for entry. In March, the Ever Given, a 1,300-foot container ship, was wedged in the Suez Canal for almost a week, bringing regional shipping traffic to a standstill. Meanwhile dozens of container ships queued in the waters off Southern California’s ports, jammed with goods as retailers and manufacturers tried to rebuild inventories depleted during the pandemic.
The moral of this harrowing collective tale? Over and over, the pandemic has laid bare the fragility of global supply chains, testing shipping and logistics companies’ abilities to pivot in urgent conditions. To best prepare for the unexpected, manufacturers and logistics companies can dramatically improve the efficiency and reliability of their transport operations with internet of things (IoT) solutions connected by a satellite, not mobile, network.
Wireless networks are inefficient and risky
Spurred by the massive growth of e-commerce during the pandemic, industrial applications of IoT, such as shipping, transport and logistics, are growing rapidly. In logistics alone, the firm Research and Markets projects the global IoT market to grow at a 13.2% CAGR between 2020-2030, having attained a value of $34,504.8 million in 2019 and predicted to rise to $100,984.5 million by 2030. In the US, 80% of the total logistics activities are carried out through roadways, with 88% in the European region.
The majority of logistics IoT solutions rely on cellular communications, an inherently inefficient, high-risk approach because these wireless networks:
Altogether, these pitfalls create a complex IoT communications environment with multiple potential points of failure—which, when combined with any of the transport curve balls COVID has already thrown, can wreak havoc on the global flow of goods.
Skylo’s satellite network assures streamlined, uninterrupted service
Skylo Technologies provides a reliable, cost-effective platform that enables data communication via satellite (satellite-based tracking) for transportation and logistics operators. Its foundation is the Skylo Network, which leverages existing satellites available worldwide to deliver the world’s most affordable way to transmit data.
The Skylo solution offers:
Protecting people and goods
With the Skylo solution, logistics operators can not only track their shipments, but also have two-way communication with drivers and ship crews, even in the areas without a cellular network. Personnel can issue an SOS in case of emergency (theft, vehicle breakdown, health issue, etc.), speeding help to the scene. Furthermore, trucking routes can be optimized by communicating the latest information to the driver, making the entire value chain safer, more efficient and reliable.
As thousands of drivers in Dover scrambled to get COVID tests in order to enter into France in December, Skylo’s analytics and two-way communication could have expedited testing and passage significantly, bringing them home for the holidays—a heartwarming bonus in the non-stop quest to keep goods moving smoothly throughout our pandemic-rocked world.
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