Fleet management and tracking are a part of Logistics. Factors such as fuel consumption, route management, driver’s performance and vehicle maintenance are included in it. Managing all these tasks pretty exhausting and time consuming; fortunately Internet of Things is bringing new capabilities to the fleet manager.
IoT’s role in fleet management is pretty straightforward. Vehicle tracking component is the most basic function in entire fleet management system. It can track the fleet along with Driver’s behavior, provide better analysis, easy maintenance, and visibility and carry preventive measures. All the complicated and prolonged tasks will be easy to handle with the use of IoT.
It would be much less tiresome if we knew what the problem with our car was before hand. Internet of Things provides the connectivity with the fleet which enhances the tracking of vehicles’ health. With push notifications and alerts, one can self-diagnose the defects in our vehicles and take preventive actions to solve them.
Newer trucks equipped with embedded sensors can send signals when monitored parts are close to failure or are in need of a tune up. For example, sensors are often used to monitor each tire’s pressure level, allowing the driver or fleet manager to address the problem before it becomes a costly blowout. All these things help in easy maintenance of the vehicle also it helps in taking corrective actions and quick decisions with respect to the pre planned schedule and the vehicle. All this will result in improvement.
A driver’s behavior also affects the fuel efficiency. IoT enables the Fleet manager to track the driver’s behavior from the time he is in the vehicle; how frequently they are drifting out of their lane, how long the truck is idling, acceleration, decelerating, what is the average speed and so on. This complete behavior can be taken into consideration to save the fuel and help the ecosystem.
The drivers can’t cheat the manager in such circumstances, most of the times the fuel and time both are wasted by the driver. IoT can schedule the entire activity for the driver as per the need of the situation. The driver will also be assisted in selecting the route based on the traffic conditions and thus saving time.
IoT sensors will also help to keep a track of all the products in the fleet. Few goods are critical and need to be handled carefully. Sensors analysis data will again help in supervising the goods and taking utmost care of the same.
The Fleet Management software system is built on highly proven and reliable software architecture. The technology consumes very little bandwidth to enable access through low cost / low power consuming computers, smart phones, tablets or any other device with internet connectivity to enable managers remote access the data for inspection purposes.
IoT technology aims at giving extensive range of solution to the fleet management companies; this connected solution will provide real time tracking and maintain the eco-system of the vehicles.
Fleet management solutions can thus take advantage of IoT and internet connectivity to deliver data and services that make fleet operations safer, and more cost-effective.