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.

How Can Effective Data Help?

ED offers solutions that support a document’s lifecycle through integrations with existing applications and system throughout the supply chain. ED Connect will get you started with the most flexible, scalable and comprehensive solution available today.

Whether you’re upgrading to a new EDI system, unhappy with your current service, struggling with license fees, looking for a more cost-effective solution or losing your internal EDI resource, ask Effective Data to help you reach your integration goals. »