IoT for the Shipping Industry

OAS product features provide ways for continuous improvement in the Shipping Industry through monitoring, data collection and automation

Platform Components

Universal Data Connector

The core of the OAS Platform, enabling data connectivity, server-to-server networking, and more

Data Historian

Log data in open format to MS SQL Server, Oracle, mySQL, PostgreSQL, InfluxDB, MongoDB, SQLite, MariaDB, Access, SQL Azure, Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, Amazon Redshift, Google Firebase, and CSV files

Alarm Logging & Notification

Log events to open databases, and send notifications via SMS, email, and voicemail

Device & Data Connectors

Read and write data to Allen Bradley, Siemens, and Modbus devices, Universal Drivers, OPC, OPC UA, databases, Excel, and read MTConnect.

IoT Connectors

Connect to cloud-base IoT gateways such as AWS, Azure IoT Hub, Azure Event Hubs, Kafka, MQTT, and Sparkplug B

Visualization Tools

Build custom Visualizations, User Interfaces, HMIs and Dashboards for Windows, web, as well as native iOS and Android devices


Develop custom automation apps for Windows, web, and mobile devices. Integrate with .NET and REST APIs. Build custom integrated device drivers.

Networking Features

Provides the most robust, scalable, and reliable distributed networking platform for IIoT solutions

The shipping industry plays a major role in facilitating domestic and global trade via the transportation of commodities and finished products. The global economy, in fact, relies on the movement of goods across oceans, in the air, and over railways and highways. This industry consists of four major modes of transport: marine; air; rail; and freight (trucking).

IoT for the Shipping Industry

As compared to other industries, the shipping industry has always remained way ahead in grasping the possibilities of data-driven technology. To achieve greater efficiencies and competitive advantage, many shipping companies are already pursuing new, advanced technologies such as IoT, AI, data analytics and blockchain. And with the implementation of new sensors and connection technology, IoT is set to dramatically change the industry for the better.

IoT applications can be deployed throughout the shipping vertical.  The OAS Platform is used by several companies to generate mountains of robust data, which can be used to extract insight, trends and predictive patterns. One of the major reasons for implementing IoT in the shipping industry is the escalating popularity of e-commerce giants. As more and more consumers prefer online shopping, parcel volume has increased considerably. For this reason, the shipping industry has demonstrated maturity in embracing the enormous potential of IoT.

New Opportunities via IoT in Shipping

Internet of Things (IoT) can greatly reduce the amount of paperwork, and enable a holistic, real-time, data-analytic management of the entire supply chain. IoT-driven solutions offer new opportunities for shipping providers that move objects by air, sea, rail, and ground. For instance, Cargo Tracking provides data related to the location, security, status, and settlement of cargo for customers, clients, shippers, ports, and landline partners. Similarly, Smart Ports with sensors can collect, process, and analyze real-time data to check the availability of berths, weather, tide, and other information for efficient decision-making.

IoT offers solutions like mobility, asset tracking, ship capacity automation, berthing and loading analytics, and environmental conditions. Also, by installing sensors on the ships and at the docks, it becomes possible to monitor the volume of goods and unloading speeds. The IoT-enabled cranes that lift the heavy containers off the cargo ship and onto a truck can also reveal the health of the equipment. The sensors gather data from motors, control valves, relays, and other moving parts to avoid sudden equipment failure.

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