Piloting Supply Chain Transparency Using Satellite Data and Big Data Analyses

As part of a pilot project with Satelligence and Sourcemap, the BMW Group used satellite data and big data analyses to achieve far-reaching supply chain transparency, all the way through to the origins of a raw material.

The company needs this transparency to be able to track compliance with the strict environmental and social sustainability standards required throughout its supplier network.

Based on a single raw material the company procures directly from five suppliers, it was possible to identify 50 subcontractors and 9,000 raw material sources.

The results were then linked to data from satellites, geo-information systems and supply chains, allowing the environmental impact to be monitored in selected regions of the world in real-time.