Honeywell launches Connected Freight system to monitor goods in transit

Developed in conjunction with Intel, Honeywell's Connected Freight system monitors high-value or sensitive equipment for damage or theft in real-time

The tags can be affixed to pallets or individual objects, and relay information via a mobile gateway placed inside the truck or container to cloud platforms.
The tags can be affixed to pallets or individual objects, and relay information via a mobile gateway placed inside the truck or container to cloud platforms.

Honeywell has launched a telematics tool called Connected Freight in the Middle East that gives shippers and logistics companies sweeping abilities to monitor shipments of high-value or sensitive equipment or goods in real-time, helping to guard against damage and theft.

Honeywell’s system was developed in collaboration with Intel and third-party logistics companies, and uses tags affixed to pallets or individual objects to provide detailed information about the condition of critical freight while in transit.

The cost-effective sensor tags can monitor a range of environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity, pressure, shock, vibration and tilt. The data that is captured is then relayed by a mobile gateway placed inside the truck or container to cloud platforms.

The system can also alert manufacturers if high-value equipment has been damaged while being loaded or unloaded. The cloud can also store data for compliance and auditing, and provide predictive and reactive analysis on, for example, routes to avoid.

“Honeywell is developing a range of Connected Supply Chain solutions that leverage technology and data to make supply chains more efficient, better able to adapt to rapid change, and in turn, support the Middle East’s economic growth,” said Edmond Mikhael, GM for Honeywell SPS in the Middle East.

“Cloud-based solutions provide shippers, logistics providers and retailers faced with a host of costly freight challenges, such as theft, damage, spoilage and delays, with detailed analytics. This enables customers to plan, anticipate and react immediately to incidents that occur during shipment.”

Connected Freight was introduced during Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions’ launch event, as being developed with three third-party logistics companies: DHL, Expeditors and Kuehne + Nagel.

“After assessing our internal supply chain needs and the needs of the industry, we’ve customised Intel’s Connected Logistics Platform technology to deliver an IoT offering that solves real logistics problems,” noted Chet Hullum, GM for Industrial Solutions at Intel.

“Thanks to data accessibility, shippers and carriers will be able to establish a more reliable supply chain network by having deeper visibility and information on shipments.”

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