From raw materials to retail shelves, the Internet of Things (IoT) holds an unprecedented potential to transform supply chains. Businesses are beginning to understand this: In a recent survey of supply chain professionals (most at the executive level), 55% of respondents believe the IoT will create competitive advantages or disruption (pdf, p.43).

The data transmitted by IoT technologies can help businesses better manage uncertainty in asset tracking and improve operational efficiencies. Technology like AT&T Fleet Management Solutions can streamline logistics by monitoring assets in transit, automating delivery schedules, and improving fuel costs. Similarly, AT&T Asset Management Solutions for containers, trailers, and storage tanks can precisely track environmental conditions like humidity, temperature, and motion.

With opportunities come challenges, however. The IoT’s sprawling footprint requires businesses to integrate data from far-flung connected assets and make that data actionable. In doing so, they must make sure that equipment and data are secure. Protecting connected business requires integrated security that is embedded in endpoint devices, networks, and applications—and integrated with a threat-management solution that identifies and manages threats in real time.

Learn how AT&T Internet of Things solutions are helping to improve global supply chains by making them more secure and efficient. 

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