A sidebar to our previous blog posting reflecting regarding IDC’s latest global market forecast for IT related technology reflects on new technology entering the market each week. Supply Chain Matters is continually impressed with the current cycle of new technology that addresses specific challenges directed at IoT enabled business processes.

We highlight just one example that crossed our news desk this week.

One of the more troublesome challenges for connecting physical objects with digital information driven processes is overcoming challenges related to connectivity. While mobile network connectivity proliferates, not all geographic locations nor regions have similar networks. That adds to challenges of uniform connectivity with added complexity and costs.

New York based MetTel, a provider of integrated digital communications, announced what the company describes as “the first SIM that intelligently roams to identify and automatically connect to the strongest signal globally. Connectivity is achieved by embedding protocols for the four major US and 650 worldwide wireless carriers, allowing any device from a hand-held device to a jet engine to communicate operational data and status. This technology resides on a hardware chip and the provider indicates that it leverages eSIM-ready infrastructure which is being developed as a global standard in the not too distant future. It further includes geo-fencing, providing the additional ability for equipment to report entry or exit specific regions or locations.

The technology responds to the need for always-on connectivity that is not constrained by existing transmission networks or physical location. While this technology serves as a de-facto proprietary software connectivity network, it seems to address challenges that we have heard described from current pilot efforts of IoT enabled process applications.

Our ongoing IoT coverage has also highlighted technology that allows information and PDF files to be electronically stored on physical equipment for reference needs along with next generation electronic labeling technology that supports sensing of product condition. No doubt, with double-digit market growth potential, supply chain teams will be able to take advantage of other new technology for support supply chain related IoT needs.

Bob Ferrari

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