The internet of things (IoT) is revolutionizing the world around us, from our homes through to businesses and industries. Logistics is no exception — an outstanding application of IoT is associated with the smart warehouse. In this article, we discuss how businesses adopt IoT and smart devices to radically improve their operational efficiency and transform the entire supply chain.
Warehouse automation is not new, just as automated tools at home are not new. Yet the truly smart home is a recent phenomenon, and this is true for the smart warehouse too. Smart warehousing refers to the integration of existing automated systems into a more connected and integrated whole. Thanks to IoT every item, every device, and every employee in a smart warehouse is connected not only inside the warehouse but also to wider enterprise systems and the outside world.
The difficulty with applying a connected approach to a warehouse is this: the sheer number of individual items, pieces of equipment and individuals involved in warehouse operations.
IoT presents revolutionary optimisation opportunities because it removes any restrictions on quantity and volume: a warehouse can connect, monitor and manage an almost unlimited range of data points. All these factors are connected by robust IT infrastructure linked to your warehouse management system (WMS). Let’s look at some of the individual pieces of the IoT smart warehouse puzzle.
IoT devices offer an enormous amount of raw capability, but harvesting this capability requires a concerted effort. To enjoy the gains and benefits that IoT brings to the smart warehouse your business must be engaged with a technology partner which knows how to exploit the potential of IoT devices. It’s clear from the above examples that IoT is transforming the way warehouses functions. ELEKS has deep experience in transformative technologies across the logistics industry.
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Originally published at eleks.com on June 7, 2018.
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