Accelerating Performance and Optimizing Costs with AWS Elastic BeanstalkMay 22, 2023
A Path to Net Zero for Australian Logistics
During 2020 and 2021, Australia experienced a significant pivot towards online shopping. For example, CouriersPlease delivered a staggering 28 million parcels in the previous year, marking a 53% surge compared to the volumes in 2019. However, this year we anticipate new challenges propelled by factors such as escalating living costs, cybersecurity threats, and a resurgence in brick-and-mortar shopping. To navigate these complexities, the industry will be called upon to seek solutions, potentially through technology innovations, strategic alliances, fresh customer engagement approaches, or a shift in market focus.
Australian businesses are keenly aware of this need, constantly seeking innovative ways to manage their fleet operations while striving towards sustainability goals. One of the main challenges is the Demand for sustainable deliveries.
According to the “State of the Connected Vehicle” report by the International Data Corporation (IDC), by 2025, data from connected vehicles will enable a 15% reduction in fuel consumption.
By enabling real-time data collection and analysis, AWS IoT Core and AWS Location Services can directly contribute to achieving this goal. These game-changing technologies enable effective fleet management and contribute to the vital pursuit of a Net Zero supply chain.
AWS IoT Core: The Digital Nerve Centre of Sustainable Australian Fleet Operations
AWS IoT Core is a managed cloud platform facilitating secure interactions between connected devices and cloud applications. It collects real-time data from various devices, such as GPS trackers and telematics systems, providing invaluable insights into vehicle location, fuel consumption, engine performance, and driver behavior.
By leveraging this data, Australian logistics businesses can optimize their operations, reducing unnecessary travel, improving fuel efficiency, and minimizing their carbon footprint. This forms a crucial part of any Net Zero strategy, allowing businesses to reduce their environmental impact while benefiting from increased operational efficiency. Given that the Australian logistics and supply chain sector accounts for approximately 50% of all road freight transport greenhouse gas emissions, the potential for environmental impact reduction is substantial.
AWS Location Service: Australia’s Smart and Sustainable Fleet Navigator
AWS Location Service allows businesses to optimize routing, improve efficiency, and reduce emissions. For instance, its geocoding and routing capabilities can be used to plan the most fuel-efficient routes. It also enables real-time tracking, allowing adjustments to be made in response to traffic or other conditions, further enhancing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.
The Role of Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) in Achieving Net Zero
Integrating Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) systems with AWS IoT Core and AWS Location Services can further contribute to sustainability goals. ISA systems help drivers maintain appropriate speeds, enhancing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. The data from these systems can be incorporated into the AWS IoT network, providing a comprehensive real-time view of fleet operations and offering invaluable insights into how efficiency and sustainability can be further improved.
The diagram below presents a high-level depiction of a typical use case. In this setup, a client transmits GPS location data to AWS IoT Core, activating an AWS Lambda function. This function forwards the coordinates to the Amazon Location Service. Upon detection that the asset has crossed into a preset geofence, Amazon EventBridge initiates a notification via the Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS).
This solution notifies a receiving department to prepare for a shipment to arrive and reduces processing time. At the same time, it can help operators track assets and prepare better routes.
The AWS Advantage for Net Zero Australian Logistics
In the face of the global climate crisis, the drive towards Net Zero supply chains has never been more critical. By harnessing AWS IoT Core and AWS Location Services, Australian logistics businesses can revolutionize their approach to fleet management and make significant strides toward achieving their sustainability goals.
These AWS-powered solutions are ideally suited to address Australian logistics companies’ unique challenges. AWS provides the tools necessary for success, from managing the vast distances between urban centers to tracking the real-time location of high-value and time-critical goods.