What is Internet of Things?

    Feb 7, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by Sergio Murillo

    In the age of technology, data and innovation, there’s a new concept that we continue to hear about. It’s called the Internet of Things, or IoT. But what is IoT exactly? Is it true that it was created to dramatically change our lives?

    The Internet of Things is a network of connected devices which are embedded within electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity for the purpose of collecting and exchanging data.

    This new wave of connectivity is going beyond laptops and smartphones.  It also includes cars, smart homes, smart cities and connected healthcare, and this is only the beginning. According to experts, the number of active IoT devices is expected to grow to 10 billion by 2020 and 22 billion by 2025.


    Internet of Things has multiple applications. Let’s explore some of them:

    • Healthcare:In addition to the real-time home monitoring for a patient, devices can also determine if a patient has fallen or is suffering a heart attack. Some medical devices can collect invaluable additional data, giving extra insight into symptoms and trends and enable remote care.
    • Agriculture:Sensors can monitor crops, soil, fields, livestock, storage facilities and any important factor that influences production. In the end, IoT could help maintain better control in smart irrigation and fertilizer systems.
    • Manufacturing:This technology can help identify bottlenecks in production lines and therefore reduce waste and lost time. You can also track the performance of a machine and, in the end, predict when a maintenance operation will be required to avoid breakdowns. 
    • Retail:IoT applications allow retail companies to manage inventory, improve the customer experience and reduce operational costs. IoT devices, for instance, can collect and share information automatically to monitor inventory, and when products start to run out, the system can automatically reorder items based on IoT enabled data.
    • Automotive:IoT is reinventing the automotive industry with connected cars. We could imagine that an automobile driver will not need to book warranty service appointments in the future. IoT technology will book it for them. 

    These are only a few examples of the most popular applications. There are, of course, many more opportunities that are still to come.

    Can this also be related to the Logistic Industry? Presently, the supply chain is becoming more effective and efficient thanks to digital technologies. Supply Chain Management is moving towards Smart Supply Chain Orchestration. This term means that we reinvent the way we are using new technologies - such IoT - to better combine with our key expertise and create more added value in order to enhance the overall user experience

    As a 4PL/LLP partner, we are driving change and always looking for new possibilities in existing processes to drive efficiencies. We will continue to leverage new technology such as IoT to bring improvement across the entire supply chain spectrum. 

    The rise of the Internet of Things is changing the business landscape. We expect a kind of disruption in the relationship between supply chain and technology driven capabilities.

    For example, new possibilities coming from 5G will create access to enhanced networks for a wide range of IoT applications and we will therefore, cope with more data to measure and manage more precisely than ever before.

    At GEODIS, we’ve created a new IOT offer designed to help companies optimize and keep their supply chain under control. We collect data coming from IoT devices placed on pallets, containers and boxes such as geolocation, temperature, humidity and shock, then all the information is centralized on a digital platform. Our Centers of Excellence can alert customers of any deviation and can react immediately by keeping a direct communication with stakeholders involved. This new offer delivers real-time monitoring of end-to-end shipments. Thanks to the data collected, we have also implemented a proactive alert management system to ensure the integrity of the goods being transported. The offer is an integrated service and is a customizable solution depending on the nature of the products and can be adapted to all transport modes.

    As leaders in the Supply Chain Industry, we are always embracing new technologies in order to provide the best experience to our customers and we are glad to say that IoT has definitely taken a preeminent role in our future.


    Topics: Customer Loyalty, Supply Chain Solutions, Innovation, Customer Satisfaction, Supply Chain Optimization, iot

    Sergio Murillo

    Written by Sergio Murillo

    Sergio is an Innovation Manager at GEODIS | Supply Chain Optimization. He came to GEODIS with more than 13 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, spending the last 10 in several positions (Operations, Projects, Engineering, Management, Sales and Innovation). For the past three years, he developed innovative logistics projects for our international customers, with a new business concept based on a digital model. His main goal in SCO is to support the development of Innovation, accelerate our digital transformation and activate new business.