EDI, Transportation and the Internet of Things (IOT)

IOT and connected devices has become a dominant topic and in verticals like transportation how Advanced Vehicle Technology is changing the Transportation Industry.  Things like "connected trucks" equipped with IOT (Internet of Things) devices (devices with sensors that can communicate with other devices) that can monitor things like temperature, location and speed and produce data that can be used to drive predictive analytics for companies.  Effective Data is looking at ways we can leverage EDI to get this data from carriers to the senders and receivers of the goods.

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Introduction

The transportation industry has always had a need to exchange business data and documents electronically. In other words, it is a sector fully aware of the value of information and the power of its expediency.  Electronic Data Interchange lets users instantly process the information in any business relationship electronically and automatically, and is the basis for development of many of the current technological trends in the supply chain sector in general, as they all require real-time data.

Information is the key to adopting a business model, optimizing internal management and improving sales processes. And, specifically, the use made of that information is what led to the development of the most important breakthroughs in technology currently being applied in the Transportation sector: Internet of things (IoT), Big Data and Data Analysis, essential in the development of businesses and their competitive edge.

The number of smart devices or ‘things’—from thermostats to refrigerators to clothing—is growing rapidly thanks to a huge demand from consumers and organizations alike. Gartner predicts that by 2020, about 26 billion smart products will be in service and some have predicted that these smart devices, or the ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ as they have commonly been called, have the potential to add $6.2 Trillion to the global economy by 2025. The IoT will increasingly require ways to transfer data from smart devices without human intervention.

Manufacturers and/or distributors of these smart products should be able to work with third party data service providers to address issues of data integration, analysis and management to the end user. These third party service providers, such as EDI providers, could play a critical role in helping manufacturers and/or distributors make the most of the IoT. EDI technology allows for the seamless transfer of data between applications without human touch. This in turn benefits the manufacturer of the smart device by allowing for larger volumes of data to be exchanged securely, rapidly and without error.

It remains to be seen how the IoT will develop over the next ten years or so, but one thing is for certain, EDI in whatever form or shape it may take, could have a very relevant part to play in securely transferring the data from the ‘things’ to their end users!

About Effective Data (ED), we specialize in EDI Consulting and Data Integration. Founded by EDI experts, ED has been a pioneer in the electronic commerce consulting arena since 1991. Effective Data's core competency is developing and managing technically robust EDI solutions.  With each project, our EDI Specialists collaborate to identify key business objectives, define a solution and continually manage the project through implementation. This is all prepared with a thorough understanding of industry standards, best practices and technology.

ED has supported companies of all sizes and in every industry.   We work with all EDI, EAI and B2B platforms.  Headquartered in the Chicagoland area with satellite offices throughout the United States, we are prepared to provide all your EDI and Data Integration needs nationwide.

EDI, Transportation and the Internet of Things (IOT)

IOT and connected devices has become a dominant topic and in verticals like transportation how Advanced Vehicle Technology is changing the Transportation Industry.  Things like "connected trucks" equipped with IOT (Internet of Things) devices (devices with sensors that can communicate with other devices) that can monitor things like temperature, location and speed and produce data that can be used to drive predictive analytics for companies.  Effective Data is looking at ways we can leverage EDI to get this data from carriers to the senders and receivers of the goods.

Using IOT devices to monitor the storage temperature of food while it is being transported to provide clear cold chain tracking and accountability would give proof of clear custody and control of the product if questions surround the quality of it.  Some of this data is required on ASNs in the food industry so having a carrier be able to transmit it and being able to drop it in an ASN document would add to the completeness and accuracy of the data required for food transportation.

The IOT devices can also provide data to know where a delivery is in real time so companies can schedule staff to receive and distribute the delivery when it arrives.  This would provide better visibility of the status of goods ordered and makes the carrier an integral part in the value chain.

The carrier has always been a weak spot in the EDI process, as EDI documents typically go from the vendor to the customer with no input from the carrier other than a PRO number (carrier generated tracking number).  Utilizing technologies like IOT and Web Services, delivery data can be updated in real time secure manner to give companies greater visibility to when the goods will arrive.

This also applies to all forms of transportation (planes, trains, ships) which can use IOT to communicate shipment data.  With the frequency of extreme weather patterns across the country, real-time updating of expected delivery information would be very beneficial to keep the supply chain functioning more effectively.

Integrating the data "connected" carriers can provide enhance the supply chain entire process and provides for more efficiency and greater visibility for both the senders and receivers of goods.  The 856 EDI ASN (Advanced Shipment Notice) document provides receivers with what is being delivered and how it is packaged.  Being able to add a "when" dimension to that document is a logical next step given the technology available today.

Grass Roots Growth

The Internet of Things (IoT) arose from radio-frequency identification (RFID), a barcode improvement whereby a tiny chip transmits all the data on a given object or person, with no need to maintain physical contact.

According to the latest studies, in future generations IoT will progress so far that it may be possible for all the objects that surround us to contain RFID labels, in such a way that we would be able to keep them identified and monitored at all times. This would mean a radical change in our way of life: things such as lost property or theft would no longer exist and, to some extent, you might say that all our “things” would become intelligent.

As this progression continues, it is possible that EDI will continue to play a vital role in all of this. IoT objects will be able to communicate amongst themselves; the question is how. In this sense we can make reference to the GS1 GLN (Global Location Number) standard, which enables the identification of finite areas.  EDI will fit in perfectly well with this new scenario and I do see communication with the IoT world as a natural extension of what we’re doing now”,

Why Should You Act Now?
How you manage your EDI environment is critical to your organization’s future and should be carefully planned to insure the stability of your business systems.  Mission critical applications like EDI should not be left to chance.  We believe this is the perfect opportunity to expand your companies B2B integration abilities by upgrading your EDI infrastructure.

How Effective Data Can Help
As a leading worldwide EDI provider and data integration consultant, Effective Data develops and manages technically robust electronic data interchange solutions, effectively guiding you through all phases of the implementation cycle toward a path of greater productivity and profitability.

We stand out in the EDI business through our experience with the most mainstream B2B, EDI and integration tools. We provide highly responsive, customer-focused service; emphasizing personalized attention and immediate response for all of our clients. At Effective Data, we have the superior resources necessary to create the right solutions to fit your particular environment.