IoT, warehouse automation and new tools such as smart glasses make logistic processes more efficient. By IoT and smart technology warehouse logistics of the future can be made safer, more effective and more environmentally friendly. What are the trends to be seen in logistics and warehousing? Read more below.
The role of IoT will become stronger in logistics
When thinking of the future of logistics IoT, Internet of Things, cannot be ignored. The role and value of IoT is relatively easy to identify in logistics. Ordering even an inexpensive product from a web shop is a relatively complicated process requiring seamless co-operation by many suppliers in the process. The delivery process can be simplified by making supply chain management more transparent by tracking. With IoT sensors it is possible to get ongoing tracking information of where the product is and what happens next in the delivery chain. Thanks to transparency offered by IoT it is possible to provide information of the product journey and estimated time of arrival which contributes to improving customer service and experience.
IoT tracking enables following the logistic process efficiently and seamlessly providing accurate information of the location of the product. With IoT sensors it is also possible to optimize energy consumption which boosts transportation process and promotes green values.
By using of IoT it is also possible to increase work safety. IoT it can be used to ensure that workers do not carry too heavy weights or to prevent collision when moving products in a warehouse.
Warehouses will be automated, human work remains
In the future the role of warehouse automation will be stronger. There is no fear that automation will replace human work, as technology and humans will increasingly work side by side. By using new technology it is also possible to make human work more productive in the future.
Key technologies of the future will be voice recognition and new wearable mobility: different kinds of wrist computers, handhelds, ring scanners and smart glasses which all free hands and eyes of the worker. An advantage of wearable technology is that eyes and hands are free meaning improved ergonomics and work safety. Thanks to advanced technology warehouse process will also become more efficient, the quality of operation will improve and less errors will occur.
Warehouses of different sizes have already been using voice recognition technology by Optiscan. In the future different user interface technologies will be more and more used side by side in the same application running in handhelds or tablets. Touch screen and scanner driven applications start to recognize voice commands and use augmented reality, providing a new level of user flexibility. For example, real time picking instructions can be shown in smart glasses, supporting parcel scanning by a simple eye gaze.
The article is based on the interview of Jarmo Reunanen, Managing Director of Optiscan, and it has been published on Itewiki 12th January 2018.