The transport sector is racing ahead of other industries in its efforts to deploy IIoT solutions, with 40 per cent of respondents ranking as IIoT leaders, and a further 30 per cent as IIoT progressives.

This high level of deployment may be a result of relatively straightforward IIoT applications in the transport sector, such as asset tracking or emissions monitoring sensors, but it certainly shows an industry well on its way to creating a connected, data-rich global supply chain and wider transport network.

HOW MATURE IS THE TRANSPORT SECTOR IN RELATION TO IIOT ADOPTION (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders

HOW MATURE IS THE TRANSPORT SECTOR IN RELATION TO IIOT ADOPTION (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders

As it stands, 40 per cent of transport businesses have fully deployed IIoT solutions, and 18 per cent are at the trial stage. Every transport and logistics company surveyed reported that they plan to deploy IIoT solutions within the next two years.

Within the transport industry we can see stark contrasts between different sub-sectors. The mass transit sector shows the most progress in IIoT adoption, with 61 per cent reporting full IIoT deployment, and all companies from the sub-sector expecting IIoT deployment to be completed within 18 months.

CURRENT AND PLANNED ADOPTION OF IIOT -BASED SOLUTIONS (%)

Mass transit and rail
Freight and logistics
Containers

CURRENT AND PLANNED ADOPTION OF IIOT -BASED SOLUTIONS (%)

Mass transit and rail
Freight and logistics
Containers

However, businesses within both the freight and logistics, and containers sub-sectors present a very different picture, with just 28 and 22 per cent respectively reporting full IIoT deployment, and a  slower rate of deployment predicted over the next two years.

Mass transit presents fertile ground for IIoT deployment, with controlled environments such as trackside infrastructure, as well as rolling stock, offering specific routing around which IIoT solutions can be built. Freight businesses, more susceptible to variable routes and conditions, appear to be struggling with IIoT deployment.

The ‘last mile’ delivery sector in particular, where margins are relatively low, has thus far seen slow adoption of IIoT, however, when this takes off in volume it is expected to cause immense disruption to the sector.

Every transport and logistics company surveyed reported that they plan to deploy IoT solutions within the next two years

54%

Reported that improving resource efficiency was a primary driver for IoT adoption

Mass transit presents fertile ground for IIoT deployment, with controlled environments such as trackside infrastructure, as well as rolling stock, offering specific routing around which IIoT solutions can be built. Freight businesses, more susceptible to variable routes and conditions, appear to be struggling with IIoT deployment. The ‘last mile’ delivery sector in particular, where margins are relatively low, has thus far seen slow adoption of IIoT, however, when this takes off in volume it is expected to cause immense disruption to the sector.

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT DRIVERS FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF IIOT FOR YOUR ORGANISATION? (%)

Monitoring environmental changes
Improving resource efficiency of the organisation
Improving health and safety across the organisation
Improving the physical security of sites and assets
Reducing costs in business operations
Better access to data / insights

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT DRIVERS FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF IIOT FOR YOUR ORGANISATION? (%)

Monitoring environmental changes
Improving resource efficiency of the organisation
Improving health and safety across the organisation
Improving the physical security of sites and assets
Reducing costs in business operations
Better access to data / insights

However, despite the differences reported in adoption rates, there seem to be broadly similar objectives for deployment across the industry. Operating with greater efficiency is a key driver for the transport industry, with 61 per cent reporting through monitoring environmental changes – such as though the use of emissions sensors – was one of their primary motivations for IIoT adoption, and 54 per cent of businesses identified improving resource efficiency. Transport businesses are clearly having some success with this approach: 82 per cent of transport businesses reported that they are achieving, or expect to achieve, improved environmental sustainability, and 88 per cent reported reduced costs, surely due in large part to improving resource efficiency.

Tracking and monitoring assets as they move across the world will also enable transport businesses to streamline their operations, as well as ensuring that potentially valuable cargo arrives safely and in good condition at its end destination. Shock detection, heat and moisture sensors, and location and security tags can provide logistics managers with an all-encompassing, granular view of how their cargo moves across their supply chains, enabling them to identify friction points and optimise the flow of global trade.

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