Where next for Blackberry? The IoT of the transportation industry of course
This week it was announced that Blackberry Ltd will be ending production of the mobile phone that was once synonymous with the office workplace - the Blackberry phone.
The company will now outsource the design and building of smartphones to third party companies worldwide. In place of smartphone production, a focus on other areas.
One such focus will be on the IoT for transport market, specifically on trucking companies.
Blackberry have announced that the company has moved past testing phase and the Blackberry Radar is currently in use with the Caravan Transport Group Inc, the first major customer of Blackberry radar.
“Taking time, money and guesswork out of the supply chain is a top priority for leaders across the transportation and logistics industry, said Derek Kuhn, senior vice president of IoT for BlackBerry.
"The current method of obtaining information about a trailer or intermodal container no longer works in today's connected world, because this data is typically not real-time or updated frequently enough to make timely decisions. To solve this issue, BlackBerry leveraged its extensive technology portfolio and deep expertise in security, mobility and enterprise software to innovate and develop BlackBerry Radar, which is designed to bring decision makers and operators near real-time information, analytics and reports to boost operational efficiencies."
What is Blackberry Radar?
Built on the company's cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) software platform, BlackBerry Radar is an innovative 'Smart Trailer' software and hardware solution.
Unveiled at the 2016 Mid America Trucking Show, BlackBerry Radar is an end to end Internet of Things based system that monitors the location of trailers and containers, while also delivering instant, “actionable” data to transportation managers through an online portal.
Data and information on asset monitoring, yard management, utilisation analysis, efficiency measures is instantly accessible for managers on any smartphone, tablet or computer. Through a near real time, view of the fleet, this will even reduce theft.
Blackberry Radar is a small device that is installed on the door or chassis of a trailer or container. The device contains sensors which can detect movement, opening and closing of the doors as well as temperature, pressure and humidity changes.
There are also optical sensors within the device fitted with cloud processing which determines the load status of a load/container.
The data that is reordered by Blackberry Radar is sent to an online dashboard application. From there, users are provided a complete visual of a fleets journey and haulage process. This would allow managers to accurately analyse the performance of their fleet and improve on efficiency.
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Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China
Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from the supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel.
The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018.
KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management.
"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive.
After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected to eradicate 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total.
"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”
Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme
Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners.
Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”.
As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030.