Internet of Awesome Things

Ep. 5: Where is That Thing?

August 28, 2019 Russell Brown Season 1 Episode 5
Internet of Awesome Things
Ep. 5: Where is That Thing?
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Internet of Awesome Things
Ep. 5: Where is That Thing?
Aug 28, 2019 Season 1 Episode 5
Russell Brown

One of the most functional uses of IoT technology is asset tracking. This is the ability to easily, accurately and constantly solve the problem of knowing where your stuff is. For freight and logistics companies, it could be a game-changer.

Mainfreight was the first large New Zealand company to embrace asset tracking. In this episode, Mainfreight CIO Kevin Drinkwater tells how they'd invested in hundreds of expensive hazardous goods bins, but had no idea where they were in the network, or even if they were still in the network! That is, until IoT devices were fitted to the bins. He’s a bit of a cheerleader for the technology!

Russell also talks to Spark Managed Services Lead Michael Stribling to get the bigger asset tracking picture: where the value lies for other business sectors, like supply chain management, agriculture and healthcare; how asset tracking can go indoors; and why such a simple thing can be so staggeringly useful for businesses both big and small.

Show Notes Transcript

One of the most functional uses of IoT technology is asset tracking. This is the ability to easily, accurately and constantly solve the problem of knowing where your stuff is. For freight and logistics companies, it could be a game-changer.

Mainfreight was the first large New Zealand company to embrace asset tracking. In this episode, Mainfreight CIO Kevin Drinkwater tells how they'd invested in hundreds of expensive hazardous goods bins, but had no idea where they were in the network, or even if they were still in the network! That is, until IoT devices were fitted to the bins. He’s a bit of a cheerleader for the technology!

Russell also talks to Spark Managed Services Lead Michael Stribling to get the bigger asset tracking picture: where the value lies for other business sectors, like supply chain management, agriculture and healthcare; how asset tracking can go indoors; and why such a simple thing can be so staggeringly useful for businesses both big and small.