December 2018 | News | Trends

Industrial IoT: Friend of the Environment

Tags: Logistics, Technology , Supply Chain

SOURCE: Inmarsat

Adopting Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies to improve environmental sustainability ranks as a crucial priority for transportation and logistics companies, according to a new Inmarsat study.

Across the transportation and logistics sector, the two largest drivers behind adopting IIoT-based solutions are monitoring environmental conditions such as emissions and air quality (61 percent) and improving resource efficiency (54 percent), the research reveals (see chart).

The good news is that many transportation and logistics companies are realizing their sustainability objectives through the use of IIoT. Seventy-five percent of respondents with fully deployed or trial-stage IIoT solutions report they are improving environmental sustainability.

Access to reliable and resilient connectivity is essential for IIoT technologies to function, as it enables constant data transmission to optimize operations. With many transportation companies operating in remote regions or at sea, where terrestrial networks are not available, satellite communications networks are key to achieving connectivity and the benefits IIoT offers.

Reported early successes in achieving sustainability objectives include implementing smart asset tracking, real-time route planning, environmental and fuel efficiency monitoring, and telemetry. However, the research also reveals that organizations with unreliable connectivity are far less likely to achieve improved environmental sustainability, reinforcing the importance of connectivity for successful IIoT deployments.