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Logistics 4.0 and digitalization, the new security challenges of the logistics sector

The reference scenario

In recent years, digitalization has led to an important evolution of the logistics sector towards what is now called Logistics 4.0, i.e. the application of Industry 4.0 paradigms to the supply chain world, which translates into new storage, handling and transport systems.

Security must therefore include a large-scale integration between physical and logical protection of critical logistic assets.

The main risks of physical assets are represented by thefts, both of goods from storage warehouses (less frequently during the transport phase), by external parties or unfaithful employees, and of vehicles (almost 1,500 truck thefts per year, with only 47% of them recovered).

It is also essential to ensure the integrity of goods, safeguarding them from fire in the warehouse and from spoilage during transport, e.g. by ensuring the cold chain.

Not only security: one option in the logistics sector is to have platforms that help to interpret big data and be even better performing in a competitive, increasingly difficult and crowded scenario: being able to monitor sensor data, IoT device data and dat about vehicle and movable object movement, helps making time and economic efforts more effective.

The driver’s work quality is also extremely important. They must be put in a position to travel in complete safety and to know the routes without the risk of finding themselves in difficult situations. In particular, in companies with a considerable number of vehicles, it becomes essential to track the transports accurately, in order to constantly monitor the service status of the entire fleet and organize the work in an optimal manner.

The new major challenge for the logistics sector - also in light of the exponential e-commerce growth of e-commerce - lies in cybersecurity management.

Today, cyber threats increasingly and more dangerously affect logistics and procurement phases and processes, dangerously undermining business continuity, which is crucial in today's just-in-time production and distribution system. The slightest malfunction of an information system component, due to a cyber attack can therefore have serious consequences in terms of direct costs, loss of customers and damage to reputation.

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Companies in the transportation, warehousing and delivery industries were among the top three targets hit hardest by cyber attacks in 2019.

Axitea responds to the logistic sector’s security needs with an integrated service that offers protection to physical and digital assets.

Through the Fleet Management web portal, customers will be able to locate their vehicles wherever they are, view the routes travelled and receive alerts if they stray from the designated route, all correlated with detailed reporting (kilometers travelled, fuel consumption, hours and driving styles, etc.).

Vehicle security is guaranteed by monitoring alarms for unauthorized vehicle access and start-up, tailgate opening and fuel theft, carried out 24/7 by Axitea's Security Operation Center.

Physical and cyber protection

For the drivers’ safety and for regulatory compliance purposes, Axitea offers panic, sickness and cabin-door-opening alarm services and real-time data downloading from the digital tachograph.

Protection against theft and damage of the goods stored in the warehouse and vehicles is entrusted to the video surveillance and alarm monitoring systems (theft, fire) and to transport integrity control system (e.g. cold chain).

In order to secure the IT infrastructure, there are several solutions available to protect the data network, workstations (PCs, Servers), and e-mail traffic, plus an in-depth analysis of the cyber risks of the entire Supply Chain (e.g.: company, suppliers, shippers, carriers, customers, etc.).

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Vehicle Security and Mobile Assets

Solutions for the protection of vehicle fleets, drivers and transported goods:

Satellite Systems & IoT Solutions

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Digital Tachograph Data Download

Solution that allows you to monitor and manage, in real time, the driving hours of the drivers...

Fleet Management Software

Tools for monitoring and localization of a fleet or single vehicles, route and path planning, maintenance scheduling,...

Vehicle Satellite Control

Vehicle Satellite Control Satellite monitoring of vehicles and goods transported 24/7/365, by the Security Operation Center.

Cyber Security

Axitea identifies the most suitable solutions for protecting data & information and avoiding disruptions in service delivery:

Log Retention

Solution that allows the collection of critical events that occurred in the network, to verify causes and...

Ransomware Incident Response

Support provided to the customer in the event of a ransomware attack, to try to recover encrypted...

Data Center Protection

Monitoring and protection of single applications and processes within a corporate network, through non-IP-based segmentation.

Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

Timely and targeted protection of the most critical business data based on specific rules (blocking of database...

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Physical Security

Physical security solutions aimed at safeguarding the goods stored in stocks:

Fog Security System

Security system that, in case of attempted intrusion, spreads a dense and persistent blanket of non-toxic fog...

Intrusion Detection Systems

Design, implementation and installation of solutions to protect sensitive areas against the risk of intrusion.

Fire Detection Systems

Design and implementation of certified fire-prevention systems for the protection of people and goods against fire risks.

Physical Security Information Management System (PSIM)

Physical security management solutions through software platforms that integrate different unrelated security systems.


Axitea's experts in data protection are available for the verification and implementation of data management systems in compliance with the latest privacy regulations:

DPO as a Service

DPO as a Service Data protection experts, whose job is to evaluate and organize the management of...

GDPR Compliance Consulting

Verification of potential GAPs in the mandatory protection measures compliance requirements, and security of personal data processed...


Solutions for health protection of employees in logistics centers and drivers:

Social Distancing Solutions

Worker-distancing management, by tracking their movements and interactions, in order to retrace the chain of transmission.

Body Temperature Measurement

Body temperature detection solutions on individuals or groups, to check that the temperature is below the threshold...

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