More data could help high-risk logistics

While there tends to be much speculation about the overarching scope of the Internet of Things, the phenomenon could lead to several practical improvements as well. The use of more and more data may enable a company with high risk procedures to pay more attention to safety. Material Handling & Logistics used this as an example of "real world" use of IOT, noting the way Dow Chemical manages shipments.

Unsurprisingly, working with chemicals raises questions about stability and safe transportation. More sensors and ways to identify shipments could mean better regulation as loads travel across sea as well as land. Giving companies a way to collate all of these different kinds of information together can also streamline systems, reducing the amount of different checks needed to manage data.

It's not just Dow that needs to be careful with shipments. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com may be fined for shipping a corrosive drain cleaner via plane. The source said that nine UPS workers required chemical wash treatment after the package leaked during transit in a 2014 flight, and the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $350,000 fine as a result. This is one of several FAA violations for Amazon the administration noted over a 2-year period.

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Transporting dangerous chemicals could come with its own logistical challenges.

In addition to these cases, there are also the regular hazards of logistics chains to focus on. Regulation could help companies pay more attention to worker injuries and address specific problems. More smart technology also means that newer systems can do more of the dangerous warehouse and production line work.

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