Visilion is Sony’s smart, IoT-based solution for continuously monitoring the condition of cargo during transport.. Physical trackers are attached to the shipment, and they continuously upload data to a cloud service. This data is then analysed and made available to users via the web interface. Thanks to Visilion, supply managers know exactly what’s going on during transport and exactly what shape their shipments will arrive in.
The Sony trackers are equipped with temperature detection sensors. Should the temperature of a cargo rise of fall outside the designated safe envelope, a notification is sent automatically to the supply chain manager, who can then decide how to respond. In some cases, it may be enough to warn the end customer that there may be an issue with their order; in others, a new shipment may be the only answer.
Cold chain distribution of perishable foodstuffs is perhaps the most obvious example of where this feature comes into play, but there are many others. For instance, electronic equipment, pharmaceuticals, and temperature sensitive chemicals all face temperature risks in the supply chain.
Sensitive cargos like electronic equipment or soft fruits are easily damaged when exposed to shocks and tilts. Whilst the Visilion tracking system cannot prevent such incidents from happening, it can send the supply manager an immediate notification – making it possible to investigate the severity of the situation and either remove the damaged goods or send a new shipment right away.
If the supply manager spots a correlation between a particular carrier and rough handling of cargo, that’s useful information for future planning.
In addition, shocks and tilts can also be a sign that goods are being diverted or stolen. Once again, timely information - a shock & tilt notification combined with visual tracking on the digital map – gives the supply manager a chance to respond fast.
If a shipping crate or container is opened during its journey, and the tracker is exposed to daylight, this is a clear signal that something has happened. It could mean many things. For example, that valuable items are being stolen, or that customs officers are investigating the contents of your cargo, or that a hard jolt has worried the driver that some damage might have occurred. Whichever of these possible scenarios is the case, the supply manager will be alerted to the light exposure and get a chance to investigate.
Condition monitoring and access to condition data makes it possible for supply managers to minimise or even avoid supply chain disruptions all together.
The condition data can also be made available to end customers, increasing satisfaction by building mutual confidence and trust. All the links in the supply chain also need to be confident that the shipment will arrive in the right condition: wholesome, safe and fully functional.