IOT enables Fleet Management Solutions to provide a consolidated map view, with the option to show all vehicles in the fleet, whether stationary or en route. The solution includes a feature to geo-code locations; pick up or delivery pointsgeocodeg stations, etc. Geo-coded locations are user-specific landmarks that enable notifications including Expected Time of Arrival (ETA), Turn Around Time (TAT), delivery status, route adherence, amongst others. Increased productivity of vehicles in logistics industry through GPS navigation and VTS technology has facilitated both savings and better journey risk management.
In just a few years, Fleet management has taken over administration of the transportation industry in a full-fledged manner, leading to improved management of not just the means of transport and vehicles, but also reduction of costs incurred in vehicle maintenance, fuel expenses and occurrence and consequences of accidents.
One of the main requirements of fleet owners today is to achieve the lowest TCO, which is Total Cost of Ownership of the fleet under their ownership. Elements like vehicle maintenance, driver performance, route management, and fuel consumption contribute towards the achievement of that objective, and organized management of these factors is only possible through IOT and Fleet management solutions.
What is IOT?
IOT (Internet Of Things) is the network processor that enables devices to function by means of the internet, sensors and other similar entities to automate and streamline various industrial and other functions. In the past few years, IOT revolutionized multiple industries, including the transportation industry, to make life easier and more convenient through application of technology.
The ease in management of a fleet is inversely proportional to the size of the fleet. This is where tech steps in and it’s one of the several reasons that has led to the expansion in the requirement of Fleet Management Systems.
Over the years, the development in a coherent fleet management system can be attributed to IOT and the vast customizable features that enable the user to control every device connected via IOT.
Through IOT, fleet owners not only track the location of their vehicles, but also get updates about every detail of their vehicle in real time.
For instance, earlier, it was nearly impossible for vehicle owners to know the fuel status or tire pressure of their vehicle in real time at specific locations during the fleet’s journey. However, through IOT and application of fleet management systems, fleet owners are now getting this information and are able to organize their fleet operations much better, thus minimizing errors and improving productivity.
The basic functions of navigation and tracking underwent an upgrade due to IOT, and consequently GPS (Global Positioning System) and VTS (Vehicle Tracking System) transformed the way fleet management worked.
Trimble’s presence in the world of Fleet Management Solutions:
Trimble is a leading brand in Fleet Management, GPS tracking solutions and VTS.
With the use of fleet management solutions such as Trimble Automotive Platform’s (TAP), fleet owners are now gaining more productivity, better utilization of vehicles, reduced expenses on maintenance and multiplied savings.
An owner can now sit back in his office and track the status of his vehicle in real-time. He can send and receive updates, instructions, and alerts, thereby controlling his vehicle with ease.
He can set speed limits for his vehicle that can be changed according to the location and surroundings of the vehicle. The same can be set for the route, and the vehicle can take the shortest and fastest route, thus optimizing the journey time. The behaviour of the driver while operating the vehicle can now be tracked and controlled in scenarios such as harsh application of brakes, rash driving, non-compliance with the speed limits or instructed route and even untimely and unnecessary stoppages.
Control on the driver’s behavior helps in reduction of wear and tear of the vehicle enabling the owners to save costs incurred in the maintenance of the vehicles.
Furthermore, fuel levels can be tracked and controlled, which facilitates savings and eliminates risks of fuel theft, thus leading to savings. In summary, result-oriented ‘Journey Risk Management’ is carried out in an organized manner and productivity is positively impacted.
IOT has revolutionized Fleet management and brands such as Trimble, through its TAP (Trimble Automotive Platform) and FMS (Fleet Management Solutions), has benefited numerous vehicles of fleet owners across India and the globe.