Top Technologies that an Industrial Transport Company should Invest In

Posted on: 13 January 2020

The construction industry is poised to hit the $185 million mark by 2023. In light of this, construction companies are raking up as many projects as they can handle. As a new construction company, this is the best time to lay your mark in the industry. That said, you can only achieve this if you delight your clients, and that means offering the best possible service. One area you can leverage is the efficient transportation of industrial-sized machinery to various sites. Only a reliable industrial transport company can promise you such efficiency, mainly because of leveraging the latest technologies. Therefore, the big question is "what type of technologies should a potential transport company have in place to be considered a partner?" Read on for insight.

Internet of Things (IoT) — Internet of things is a technological phenomenon that has been around for some time. However, the transportation industry is only just beginning to put IoT into use, and the results are amazing. Construction projects have a timeline, and when the equipment arrives on time and in good condition, the chances of completing an undertaking increase. However, factors such as weather conditions and accidents can delay delivery. IoT gives transport companies the ability to connect to networks that have a potential influence on transport decisions. For instance, sensors on transport trucks communicate with GPS services and relay real-time situation on major routes. If there is an accident, a snowstorm, or a landslide a couple of miles ahead, the driver will know in good time. Consequently, it allows drivers to plan their routes accordingly, thus increasing the chances of your equipment arriving in good time.

Shipment Tracking — Years ago, once equipment left a pickup point, the only information clients had access to was the location of the shipment at any given time. However, they would not know the condition of the equipment until the shipment arrived. Therefore, if the equipment were damaged on the way, you would only discover it after delivery. Today, shipment tracking technology includes the ability to monitor the condition of the equipment in real time. For example, if you hire a transport company to deliver a crane, the sensors on the trailer monitor the orientation of the equipment at all times. You can, therefore, connect remotely to the hub on a trailer, confirm whether the crane is stable on the trailer and even call the driver in case of any concerns.

Radio Frequency Identification — Construction materials such as steel bars, rods and other materials need to be monitored closely. The reason is that pilferage activities are rife during transport, and a construction company can experience significant losses from the same. Radio frequency identification, or RFID, is a technology that has helped most contractors sleep well at night. For instance, when RFID tags are attached to steel bars, you can connect remotely to sensors on the trailer to give you the total count of steel bars. A transportation company that has the technology on their trucks can help a great deal.