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Sensor-based Logistics and the Arts & Entertainment Industry: Keeping High-value and Priceless Shipments Safe in Transit

Those in the arts and entertainment industry often work under tight deadlines. If a shipment doesn't arrive as expected, a film studio may have to delay production, a live music event may need to be cancelled, or a museum exhibit or gallery event may have to be postponed. The financial impact of that may be passed on to you. Cargo Signal's real-time monitoring can prevent that from happening.


Arts and entertainment are integral parts of our lives, adding meaning, value, and excitement. But that can’t continue unless that art is delivered safe and sound and the equipment needed to make and convey our entertainment are delivered in a timely fashion. If these things aren’t adequately protected in transit, there could be severe consequences. Here are just a few common challenges the arts and entertainment industry faces without real-time visibility of product on the move: 

  • High costs of hiring stewards to oversee and accompany artwork in transit
  • Theft or damage of high-value equipment and technology
  • Irreparable damage to highly-respected artwork or delicate museum installations
  • Inability to update museums, art buyers, or production studios on the location and condition of their shipments
  • Causing slowdowns in production schedules or special museum exhibits due to delayed cargo

The show must go on, but if things aren’t where they need to be, when they need to be, how can it? The arts and entertainment industry relies on a high level of visibility to keep entertainment equipment and precious artworks safe, secure, and delivered in a timely fashion. If you’re unaware of where your shipments are or what condition they’re in, you’re risking financial loss, unhappy customers, and bearing the responsibility of slowing down events and production.

How Sensor-based Logistics Can Help

  • Secure costly and fragile product against theft or damage in transit
  • Keep your customers satisfied and your services dependable and reputable
  • Ensure the timely delivery of high-value artwork and film/production equipment

Cargo Signal brings a revolutionary level of oversight to the arts and entertainment industry. The IoT-powered sensors that Cargo Signal attaches to global freight track real-time data about shipments, providing end-to-end visibility, security, and quality control. Our technology is supported by a Command Center staffed by logistics professionals who monitor your freight around the clock, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If anything goes wrong with your shipment, Command Center will intervene on your behalf to solve the problem. 

Protect High-value (or Priceless) Shipments

Moving highly desirable artwork, technology, and equipment from place to place leaves it vulnerable to theft or damage. Cargo Signal’s Security Alerts can prevent that from happening. If your freight falls vulnerable to theft, Cargo Signal will sound the alarm and our Command Center will get authorities on the scene immediately. And what about potential damage to your shipment? Moisture build-up, light exposure, extreme temperatures, and shock/tilt can spell disaster for many works of art or expensive electronics. Cargo Signal will automatically let you know the moment your shipment becomes vulnerable. If it does, Command Center will intervene to keep your shipment in pristine condition.

Maintain Timely Delivery of Goods 

Those in the arts and entertainment industry often work under tight deadlines. If shipments aren’t delivered on time, a film may have to delay production or a museum exhibit or gallery event may be postponed, resulting in financial losses that could be passed on to you. With Cargo Signal, you’ll be able to track the location of your shipment–whether it’s moving in close proximity, or from afar by land, air, or sea–in real time. You can rest easy knowing where your shipment is, what condition it’s in, and when it will arrive. If one of your shipments experiences unauthorized dwell times or falls behind in schedule, Cargo Signal will alert you and your chosen stakeholders so you can plan accordingly, avoid penalty fees, and maintain the satisfaction of your clients. 

Improve Customer Service

Art purveyors and entertainment enthusiasts have high expectations for service. Many customers anxious to receive their shipment may ask for regular updates regarding its location and security. If you can’t provide updates about their shipment on request, or can only provide milestone information, you risk sounding careless or unprofessional. This could tarnish your company’s reputation and lose you valuable business. With Cargo Signal’s real-time information at your fingertips, you can provide your chosen stakeholders with up-to-the-minute detailed information about a shipment’s location, security, and condition, so your clients can feel like their shipment is in good hands from the point of origin to the final destination. 

Is Now the Right Time for Sensor-based Logistics?

Ask yourself:

  • Am I paying an unnecessary amount for security of artwork in transit?
  • Am I experiencing theft or damage of high-value equipment and technology?
  • Do I have protection from irreparable damage to highly-respected artwork or fragile museum installations?
  • Am I unable to provide real-time updates to museums, art buyers, or production studios?
  • Is delayed cargo disrupting my clients’ abilities to maintain their production schedule, hold events, or time special exhibits?

If yes, contact Cargo Signal today so we can help you and your business get back on track.