The Internet of Things (IoT) has extended its application in the area of transportation and logistics. Through various innovations, IoT has enabled industry experts to monitor their fleet. It has also enabled them to implement proactive measures and avoid risks that could disrupt daily operations through preventive maintenance and early detection of issues.
Transportation Logistics & Risks
As applied to the transport industry, the term transportation risk management covers various components. In an information brief from Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the concept has been described as managing anything that can hinder goals and objectives. In the area of transportation, avoiding risks involves monitoring and managing components from data to infrastructure and equipment.
The Risk Management Association and other organizations focus on specific concerns for the interest of their respective industries. These groups provide resource and information support on various aspects of risk management. These include logistics and regulatory concerns, among others.
Connectivity & Monitoring
Many companies involved in transportation and logistics have coopted IoT technology to improve various aspects of their fleet operations. From air to land, fleet management has become networked through smart devices, sensors, and wireless connectivity. But how do these transport-specific technologies look like when it comes to real-life applications?
Through IoT platforms such as SpotSee, monitoring transportation fleet and related equipment can be done remotely from the office or elsewhere. Trucks, heavy equipment, cars with enabled-devices are connected to the platform to perform various functions. These functions include security and surveillance to fleet maintenance, assessment, and monitoring.
These electronic devices can be attached to the vehicle where changes in overall auto performance can be detected whether the vehicle is in transit or at a stop. They can detect tilt and roll movements, unusual vibratory and temperature variations, and other external conditions that may impact the useful life of the unit. When the changes occur, data is then transmitted via radio frequency to an electronic device such as a laptop. Fleet location can also be monitored through GPS capabilities.
Maximizing Employee Time
Unlike before, diagnosing issues and performance of vehicles and equipment requires a physical checkup of the unit. While this is still an integral part of the process, issues such as engine vibration and engine shocks can be detected early even without an actual vehicle hands-on checkup. Temperature changes and other environmental risk factors can be detected and reported back to the main platform even without a unit check.
In terms of other benefits, these devices also facilitate savings through various ways. A fleet mechanic or technician does not have to go through unnecessary maintenance checks. This saves time and effort. With diagnostic data directly streaming into the platform, his explanation can be backed by real-time diagnostics should management require a fleet report.
Many solution providers have now moved forward into the new century with these new types of fleet technology. With their connected features, managers and business owners remotely track and observe fleet performance but they can also do it anywhere, anytime. For long-term benefits, the aggregated data can assist business owners and managers in improving their fleet management plan over time.