Cargo Tracking with GPS Devices

February 06 2024

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Cargo tracking is the process of monitoring the movement and location of goods during transportation. It can involve manual reporting and/or the use of various technologies, such as GPS and radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, to provide real-time information on the status of the cargo. This information may include details such as the current location, expected delivery time, and any delays or issues that may arise during transit.

Cargo tracking can help shippers and logistics companies optimize their supply chain operations, reduce transportation costs, and improve customer service by providing visibility into the movement of goods. Additionally, it can help to prevent theft or loss of cargo by providing a means to monitor the security of the shipment.

More traditional forms of cargo tracking, like manual reporting, can be highly error-prone and inefficient. In many cases, cargo tracking requires a large amount of paperwork, which can be time-consuming to manage and prone to errors such as missing or incorrect data.

Additionally, manual forms of cargo tracking may not be able to provide real-time updates on the location and status of cargo, making it difficult for businesses to forecast delivery times accurately and respond to any unexpected issues that may arise. Manual tracking can be expensive due to the high cost of paper, ink, and labor involved in managing the paperwork. As a result, many businesses are turning to automated systems such as cargo GPS trackers that offer greater accuracy, efficiency, and real-time updates.


Benefits of Incorporating GPS Tracking Devices

Cargo GPS trackers provide numerous benefits for logistics and supply chain management. By enabling real-time tracking of cargo, businesses have access to up-to-the-minute information on the location of their assets. IoT GPS devices for cargo tracking can improve supply chain visibility, enhance operational efficiency, and reduce costs, ultimately delivering a better experience for both businesses and consumers.

Real-time Location

Real-time location cargo trackers continuously monitor the precise location of packages. As international shipping continues to increase, cargo may pass through the hands of multiple couriers who may use varying tracking systems. This can lead to cargo getting misplaced or lost during the shipping process. By providing up-to-date location information, cargo GPS trackers offer recipients confirmation of when to expect the delivery of their cargo.

Improved Efficiency

Cargo trackers are a valuable tool for improving efficiency for businesses. By providing real-time tracking, automated monitoring, and increased visibility into the supply chain, cargo trackers can optimize logistics, reduce waiting times, and improve delivery times. The ability to monitor cargo movement in real-time helps prevent theft, damage, and loss of cargo while providing valuable data for planning and management. Improved security and visibility also enhance communication and collaboration between stakeholders, including shippers, carriers, and customers.

Theft Recovery

Recovery mode on Cargo GPS trackers can be a powerful tool in retrieving stolen assets. By providing real-time tracking and location data, cargo trackers can help identify the location of stolen cargo and assist in its recovery. If cargo is stolen, the tracking device can alert the owner or law enforcement to the theft and provide the location of the stolen goods.

The GPS data can be used to track the movements of the thieves and the stolen cargo, increasing the chances of recovery. In addition, GPS data can also provide evidence to support investigations and criminal prosecutions. With the help of cargo trackers, cargo owners can quickly locate stolen cargo and minimize the financial and logistical impact of theft.

Reduced Costs

Cargo trackers can significantly reduce operational costs for businesses by improving efficiency in cargo tracking. With real-time tracking and automated monitoring, tracking devices can optimize logistics and reduce waiting times, leading to faster delivery times and lower transportation costs. Improved security also reduces the risk of cargo theft and damage, which can result in significant financial losses.

Cargo GPS trackers also provide increased visibility into the supply chain, enabling better communication and collaboration between stakeholders, including shippers, carriers, and customers. By improving overall efficiency, reducing risk, and increasing transparency, cargo trackers can help businesses streamline operations and lower costs. This, in turn, can lead to increased profitability and competitiveness in the marketplace.


Digital Matter’s Battery-Powered Solutions

Our range of cargo GPS trackers are compact and rugged, ensuring they can withstand harsh environments while providing accurate, near real-time location data for analysis. These battery-powered devices can be discreetly concealed, making it difficult for potential thieves to locate and remove them. The devices are powered by user-replaceable off-the-shelf batteries, such as Alkaline, Lithium, or Lithium Thionyl Chloride (LTC), and are designed with a ‘deploy-once’ long battery life to help reduce operating and maintenance costs for businesses.

Additionally, our cargo trackers support global roaming by combining GNSS, wifi location, and cell tower location to ensure tracking anywhere in the world. Some devices even function as Bluetooth® Gateways, detecting nearby Bluetooth accessories to monitor environmental conditions and alerting distributors of any impacts that may occur during transit. This automated and comprehensive process for cargo tracking reduces the possibility of human error, lost, stolen, or damaged parcels, providing full visibility of shipment journeys and ensuring safe delivery.

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