The term “situational awareness” may conjure the darkened situation rooms of many a summer blockbuster movie in which vast video walls and flickering computer banks capture humanity’s struggle against gigantic mutant beasts or other world-threatening entities.
Manufacturers (probably) don’t need to worry about creatures from the deep trying to eat their facilities. Yet events ranging from traffic jams to a partner’s production backlog to hurricanes and tornados can pose real threats to a manufacturer’s operations and ability to meet customer expectations. Situational awareness helps manufacturers anticipate and respond effectively to these events. That makes developing situational awareness capabilities a risk management priority.
Situational awareness also sets up a manufacturer to develop new services, either on its own, or in concert with other partners as part of a data monetization ecosystem. (Read more about data monetization in manufacturing here.) The same insights a manufacturer’s systems distill about an emerging supply chain issue may be a key part of a solution for another party.
A food processor expecting a shipment of seafood arriving at the Port of Los Angeles might monitor shipping schedules and land traffic routes to ensure the perishables will arrive on schedule. Predictive indicators of a major traffic slowdown alert the processor to reschedule driving crews and re-route its trucks; that intelligence, and recommended next best steps, would likely be of value to other companies, too.
While it’s a staple of Hollywood drama, situational awareness is practical and achievable today. Learn more about what it is and how to achieve it in the following video.