IoT technology helps fleet management significantly. Applications in this industry continue to increase at a rapid rate. There are a number of reasons for this significant occurrence:
• Efficient wireless capabilities. This enables fresh possibilities in fleet management and tracking. Fleet owners are greatly interested in using connected technology in optimizing processes and boosting their efficiency.
• Government mandates. Transportation companies are given mandates such as the ELD mandate by the U.S. government. That is why IoT technology is the default for fleet owners.
• RFID technology. Radio-frequency identification technology’s use is slowly increasing. This is another enabler of IoT technology in fleet management.
• OBD II. Onboard diagnostics (OBD) is another IoT based technology used in fleet management. OBD II acquires information on driving conditions and vehicle maintenance through a single device, plugged into the OBD II port of the vehicle. This technology has been present in passenger vehicles manufactured since 1996. Once the OBD II is connected, the device starts reading the data from various vehicle sensors such as oxygen sensors, engine speed sensors, and voltage sensors. It then transmits different types of data about any possible engine problem and how it operates.
• GPS. Global positioning systems have definitely changed navigation. GPS connects to vehicles via special trackers to acquire real-time route information.
Core Focus Areas
Optimization of maintenance costs. Maintaining vehicles and keeping them running costs money. When it comes to managing hundreds of vehicles, manual checks are quite a difficult feat. With the help of IoT applications, predictive maintenance becomes even more effective. Predixion Insight, courtesy of Intel, is an efficient precautionary analysis system designed for the fleet. Predixion Insight gathers information such as hydraulics and tire pressure. After doing so, the on-vehicle portal either passes it to the cloud for longstanding analysis or assess it for quick alerts.
Consolidated delivery management.
With the help of IoT technologies such as RFID and GPS, fleet managers can schedule shipping times automatically so that the right number of vehicles are deployed, the vehicle temperatures can be regulated, and the products are delivered ably.
More fuel efficiency. Fluctuations in the market impact the prices of fuel, which then affects the entire transportation industry. Sensors of the HID Global IdentiFuel system can determine the vehicle’s idling, acceleration, braking or other activities. The data can then help optimize the driver’s behavior.
Enhanced safety while driving.
Fleet managers prioritize road security. IoT applications can promote safety and allay risks. Aside from OBD II, external devices such as Stopsleep (for the finger), or Advice Drive (for the wrist) can help monitor the driver’s condition. They can determine if the driver’s state is not good for the trip.
The latest Iot advances enable software developers to create efficient fleet management systems to face and handle spotted problems. As these IoT devices become more affordable, more fleet companies can have access to them. Because of this, even the small competitors can have the edge.