The “internet of things” and supply chain impact

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Dec 18, 2011) describes the role of smart sensors and cameras using real time information to impact health care, energy and water conservation and transportation. A GE project uses cameras in hospital rooms to alert physician or nurses hn steps in routine car are skipped, thus saving costs and improving health care. An IBM project monitors potential mudslides due to heavy rain and proactively evacuates. Another project monitors water use at homes and advises customers how to save 7 % of their water use. What potential role can such sensors play in fragmented supply chains, where decisions by one company impact costs aced by the other? How should OEMs encourage use of such sensors across supply chains to improve sustainability ? How should equipment manufacturer standards be managed to ease integration of smart devices ?

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