How Automation Can Make Logistics Safer
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Byadmin-hubtek |
14 September, 2023 |

Logistics operations are a complex and critical part of the supply chain. They involve the movement of goods and materials from the point of production to the point of consumption. This process can be vulnerable to a variety of security threats such as theft, vandalism, and cyberattacks.   

We spoke with experts in our company, and this is what they had to say: 

Juan Manuel Rodriguez, Hubmaster at Talentek powered by Hubtek said, “when we are talking about the tracking process in logistics operations, how can automation help us in this? It does a great deal in reducing manual processes such as data entry and verification processes, and this obviously helps reduce security breaches because there’s not a person taking the customer’s credit card and other sensitive information, it’s just a machine on artificial intelligence. So, this helps reduce security breaches. It also helps reduce errors and basically, delays.” 

“Blockchain technology protects the data of the customers, of the loads, improves visibility, and just overall efficiency. We can also implement artificial intelligence, or this automation process, in inventory management. It can track the inventory in real-time, it can send alerts to avoid stock out or excessive inventory, and this automation is able to take a bunch of data and produce reports regarding risk management, because this is really a critical part of the logistics operations as well, and sometimes we fail to identify potential risks that lead to delays, safety hazards and other disruptions in the supply chain. So, there are algorithms that can analyze historical data, identify patterns and indicate all these red flags, to help us minimize the potential risks and proactively impact the project in a beneficial way.” 

Ben Marsh, Account Executive at TABiConnect powered by Hubtek said that automation is already being used in other industries to help improve security. “By using technology to conduct routine tasks, you are able to remove the human error factor and ensure that security policies are being followed 100% of the time. This frees up people to focus on higher priority tasks. This is the overall theme of automation, not just in the security space. It is to free up humans so that they can focus on the high value, people facing jobs.”   

Matthew Smith, Account Executive at TABiConnect powered by Hubtek, affirmed that the obvious benefit of using automation is to improve efficiency, streamline processes, and reduce human error. “Maximizing your monitoring capabilities is a crucial way to protect your company from any security threats. A few examples of different strategies to consider when using automation for these potential security issues are utilizing blockchain technology, secured communication protocols, as well as access control and authentication. You can also use automation to ensure compliance with all security regulations.”  

Finally, we heard from Alejandro Muñoz, Growth Master at Talentek powered by Hubtek. He argued that “We all know that today’s businesses are rapidly evolving to be able to adapt to the new way of doing things that technology has brought to us. Logistics companies can´t be blind to this reality if they want to thrive in our changing market. In this line, the security of supply chains has become a paramount concern for businesses and governments alike.” 

“The increasing complexity of global trade and the potential for vulnerabilities at various touchpoints in the supply chain underscores the importance of innovative solutions. One such solution is the strategic integration of automation technologies to bolster the security of logistics operations. But how can automation be used to improve security? Well, we could consider the following topics about how this could happen: 

1. Enhanced Access Control: Automation can revolutionize access control in logistics facilities. Biometric scanners, RFID tags, and smart locks can only restrict access to authorized personnel. These technologies prevent unauthorized entry and create a comprehensive digital record of who enters and exits, adding transparency to security efforts. 

2. Real-time Tracking and Monitoring: Automated tracking systems, such as GPS-enabled sensors and IoT devices, provide real-time visibility into the movement of goods. This level of transparency allows logistics operators to identify anomalies, detect theft or tampering, and respond swiftly to security breaches. 

3. Predictive Analytics: Machine learning algorithms can analyze historical data to identify patterns indicative of security threats. By predicting potential vulnerabilities or risks, logistics companies can proactively take measures to prevent security breaches, such as rerouting shipments or increasing security in high-risk areas. 

4. Blockchain for Secure Record-keeping: Blockchain technology ensures the integrity and security of data in logistics operations. It offers a tamper-proof ledger of all transactions related to shipments, contracts and payments, reducing the risk of fraud and data manipulation. 

5. Cybersecurity Automation: Automation is crucial in safeguarding digital infrastructure. Automated cybersecurity tools can detect and respond to cyber threats in real time, protecting sensitive data and systems from cyberattacks that could disrupt logistics operations. 

6. Compliance and Documentation: Automated systems can ensure that all necessary compliance checks and documentation are in place. This reduces the risk of regulatory violations and associated security threats, particularly in industries with strict regulations.” 

“In a nutshell, integrating automation technologies into logistics operations offers a multifaceted approach to enhancing security. By reducing human error, providing real-time monitoring and data analysis, and improving access control, logistics companies can fortify their supply chains against a wide range of security threats. To remain competitive and secure in an ever-evolving world, embracing automation is no longer an option but a strategic imperative for logistics operations.” 

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