Carrier Joins Hands with AWS to Develop a New Digital Platform to Transform Cold-Chain Operations
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) and Carrier Global Corporation, a leading global provider of cold chain solutions, announce their multi-year agreement to co-develop Carrier’s new Lynx™ digital platform. The transformational platform is said to have a suite of tools that will enhance visibility, increase connectivity, and provide actionable intelligence across Carrier’s cold chain operations. As the world nears the arrival of Covid-19 vaccine, this move by the two giant multinational is expected to create waves around the globe in terms of improving the outcomes for temperature-sensitive cargo, including food, medicine, and vaccines. Carrier indeed had selected AWS as its preferred cloud services provider in February 2020.
In a statement, David Appel, President, Carrier Refrigeration, said, “Carrier is committed to delivering a healthier, safer, and more sustainable cold chain. Through this collaboration with AWS, we are developing a uniquely powerful ecosystem to give our customers greater flexibility, visibility, and intelligence across the cold chain. The Lynx platform will help our customers make faster, data-driven decisions to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of their supply chains. This digital solution will enhance connectivity across the cold chain, decreasing delays for cargo that is critical to global health and well-being, while reducing cargo damage, loss, and unanticipated costs.”
Commenting on the occasion, Sarah Cooper, General Manager, IoT Solutions at Amazon Web Services, Inc, said, “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.” She added, “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.”
As per the agreement, the AWS IoT services will be used to collect, integrate, organize, and analyze data from Carrier’s large installed base of refrigeration equipment and monitoring solutions, in addition collecting data from sources such as traffic and weather reports. The actionable information rendered by AWS will power Lynx platform to provide a comprehensive view of cargo location, temperature conditions, and external events that could impact cold chain operations.