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Internet of Things in Logistics

DHL Trend Research together in close collaboration with Cisco Consulting Services have launched a new trend report on a topic that fires the imaginations of both companies: the Internet of Things (IoT).

With the advent of IoT, Internet connections now extend to physical objects that are not computers in the classic sense. A connect pallet for example, can tell its owner the whereabouts and condition of their shipment. A connected truck can intelligently predict its own maintenance needs. A connected street light can sense the presence of cars and send environmental intelligence to drivers. These are just some of many intriguing possibilities for IoT in logistics captured in this latest edition in the DHL Trend Research series.

This trend report aims to deepen readers’ understanding of IoT, covering three main issues:
  • What is the Internet of Things, and why is it a big deal?
  • What are some of the leading practices and applications of IoT that are generating value across sectors?
  • What are some of the key use cases for IoT in the logistics industry specifically, and what will be their implications?
We hope that the report serves as a thought-provoking and inspirational start in understanding the implications of IoT in logistics. As we move from 15 billion connected devices today to some 50 billion by 2020, it is clear that we are only at the beginning of what certainly be an exciting journey for logistics innovation, a journey to connect the unconnected.

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