Transport businesses are largely achieving the connectivity levels that they require, edging ahead of their counterparts in other industries with more IIoT leaders than any other sector.

Much transport infrastructure is focused in urban areas, so this will be a contributory factor in why businesses in the sector are largely able to access the connectivity they require.

 

However, by their very nature, transport networks pass through remote regions and areas without consistent communications coverage at regular intervals is in these connectivity blackspots that a full view of critical data is most important, to ensure the safe passage of staff, passengers and cargo through potentially risky environments.

Clearly a combination of connective technologies will be key to supporting the type of ‘connectivity bubble’ that will keep an asset continuously connected.

HOW WELL IS THE TRANSPORT SECTOR ADAPTING TO THE CONNECTIVITY REQUIREMENTS OF IIOT? (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders

HOW WELL IS THE TRANSPORT SECTOR ADAPTING TO THE CONNECTIVITY REQUIREMENTS OF IIOT? (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders

Transport businesses appear to recognise the challenges they face keeping their IIoT solutions in constant communication and are opting for a range of connectivity types to ensure reliable data transmission.

Satellite communication networks emerged as the most common choice to support IIoT solutions amongst transport businesses, with 76 per cent using it. This was closely followed by cellular networks (75 per cent), fibre (64 per cent) and radio networks (36 per cent).

WHAT TYPES OF COMMUNICATION NETWORKS DO YOU USE TO SUPPORT YOUR IIOT SOLUTIONS? (%)

Satellite
Cellular networks
Fibre
Radio networks

WHAT TYPES OF COMMUNICATION NETWORKS DO YOU USE TO SUPPORT YOUR IIOT SOLUTIONS? (%)

Satellite
Cellular networks
Fibre
Radio networks

The rate of adoption of satellite networks among transport businesses was significantly higher than other sectors, reflecting the need within the transport industry to have truly global coverage to service global supply chains.

Underlining this, 78 per cent of transport businesses agreed that satellite connectivity is crucial to supporting their IIoT communications networks, again slightly higher than other sectors, which came in at 69 per cent.

This is particularly pronounced within the logistics sub-sector, where 95 per cent of businesses agreed that satellite is crucial to their IIoT solutions.

This perhaps should not come as a surprise, when supply chains are becoming increasingly global, delivering goods across vast distances where the need for constant, reliable connectivity is just as great.

95% of logistics businesses agree that satellite is critical to their IIoT deployments

To enhance their IIoT deployments, transport businesses are investing in a number of wireless data collection technologies. Radio frequency identification (RFID) emerged as the favourite, with 41 per cent utilising it in IIoT deployments.

The logistics industry is leading the way here: 62 per cent of respondents are using RFID to track vehicles shipments of goods across global supply chains, much higher than any other technology. This is no surprise, given the capability of RFID tags to carry vital data, such as the contents of a container or identification of a vehicle.

Integrating warehousing and vehicle RFID data into one process delivers further value, for example, the system will notify the driver if he has delivered too much or too little to the wrong location as he shuts the door getting into the truck.

This value is reflected in the sector’s adoption of IIoT solutions for asset and vehicle tracking, with 86 per cent of logistics businesses reporting that they have either already deployed these solutions or will deploy them within 12 months.

SATELLITE CONNECTIVITY PROVIDES CRUCIAL SUPPORT TO OUR IIoT COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS (%)

52% Strongly agree
28% Agree
18% Disagree
2% Strongly disagree

SATELLITE CONNECTIVITY PROVIDES CRUCIAL SUPPORT TO OUR IIoT COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS (%)

52% Strongly agree
28% Agree
18% Disagree
2% Strongly disagree

A global, stable and secure communications network, supported by satellite connectivity, will be fundamental for any transport business hoping to capitalise on the myriad opportunities of IIoT.

Those that integrate satellite networks as part of their connectivity framework will be able to make significant operational improvements and offer a superior level of service, resulting in a better customer experience and increased profit margins.

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