There’s no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the world conducts business. Companies have had to adapt to the current situation. While the pandemic won't be around forever, many of these adaptations will. Here are a few of the technological trends that will have long-lasting effects on the transportation industry.
In an attempt to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, many warehouses and logistics facilities have made the move to contactless entry management. Here’s why: A guard at an access gate comes in contact with dozens of people entering and exiting the property. What happens when that guard needs to take a break and goes inside the facility? He could potentially expose other employees in the break room or restroom.
With contactless gate control, the drivers speak to a monitoring team through two-way communications. The monitoring operators can clearly identify the drivers, as well as check credentials and remotely open the gate. Here’s more in-depth look at how it works: Stealth Gate & Access Control
Technology is also being used to perform C-TPAT inspections. The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, or C-TPAT, was established after the terrorist attacks on the U.S. in 2001. The voluntary program is designed to increase security measures, practices and procedures.
Tractors and trailers are searched, often by a security guard, before they enter a logistics facility to make sure the cargo is legitimate. Technology can be used to take over most of this function, again reducing the amount of human contact. In addition, it gives logistics facilities 24/7 access to the inspection records.
With all the advancements in technology, many warehouses, logistics and distribution facilities are augmenting or replacing their traditional security measures with live video monitoring. This proactive solution is the ability to view onsite security cameras off site. Using analytics-based cameras, trained security operators can help identify and deter crime before it happens. There are many advantages to using a solution like this including, extensive site coverage, quicker response times and cost savings.
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