Carrier, AWS team to improve safe transport of perishable goods

October 13, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Carrier, AWS team to improve safe transport of perishable goods
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and building and refrigeration solutions provider Carrier Global Corporation have announced a multi-year agreement to co-develop Carrier's new Lynx digital platform, extending the company's current digital offerings for managing the temperature-controlled transport and storage of perishables.

Combining AWS's IoT, analytics, and machine learning services with Carrier’s refrigeration and monitoring solutions, the Lynx platform will provide Carrier customers around the world with enhanced visibility, increased connectivity, and actionable intelligence across their cold chain operations to improve outcomes for temperature-sensitive cargo, including food, medicine, and vaccines. Customers using the Lynx platform, say the companies, will benefit from end-to-end tracking, real-time alerts, automated processes, and predictive analytics to help them deliver temperature-controlled cargo more efficiently, in turn decreasing the cost of cold chain operations by optimizing resource utilization and reducing cargo loss and spoilage.

"Carrier and AWS are tackling the complexity and fragmentation of the cold chain to give supply chain customers the transparency, flexibility, and insights they require to reduce risk and deliver food, medicine, and vaccines when and where they’re needed," says Sarah Cooper, General Manager, IoT Solutions at Amazon Web Services. "This project, which combines Carrier’s cold chain expertise with AWS’s digital experience and unparalleled portfolio of services, highlights how entire industries stand to benefit from digital transformation through increased efficiency, reduced costs, and greater dependability.”

Leveraging AWS IoT services to collect, integrate, organize, and analyze data from Carrier’s large installed base of refrigeration equipment and monitoring solutions, along with sources such as traffic and weather reports, the Lynx platform will provide a comprehensive view of cargo location, temperature conditions, and external events that could impact cold chain operations. This information will feed into a data lake built on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) where Carrier can use AWS machine learning services to identify potential issues that could impact cargo, as well as run sophisticated analytics to develop recommendations for improving outcomes.

For example, by analyzing historic and real-time performance data from Carrier’s cloud-connected equipment, the Lynx platform could suggest proactive maintenance to maximize a specific piece of equipment’s availability. Looking ahead, say the companies, they plan to introduce a capability for the Lynx platform

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