We’ve had the software and technology for a while, but now we are finally seeing the results of using big data to revolutionize fleet management. According to a Gartner study, one trillion sensors will be active and providing us with raw data by 2025. If we are to enter a new era of smart transport and trucking industry management, then there must be proper utilization of the expected super-abundance of data sources.
Big data, big changes
The main partners in the fleet management industry have already designed and released a whole range of new solutions aimed at improving industry aspects as diverse as fuel savings, safety, and even driver logbooks. These services, products, and software have one thing in common: big data is the fuel.
We see positive outcomes for the industry specifically in maintenance scheduling, route management and the way logs and records are kept.
Better routing data, faster deliveries
Fleet management is efficiency management. When you need to get a truck from one point to another in the shortest possible time, you must consider factors such as road construction, speed limits, stop lights, weight stations, rush hour traffic, weather conditions and even human factors like driver ability and the nature of the load. Multiply this complexity by a factor of 10 or 50, and the challenges of daily efficiency management become apparent.
Fleet management systems now collect data and can analyze and use that information to calculate the most efficient routes to deliver cumulative savings. It also frees fleet managers from having to concentrate on minutiae, allowing them to think in a more strategic manner.
No more log books
The use of log books is widely regarded as antiquated and inaccurate, but the practice is still pervasive in the industry due to a lack of cost-effective and reliable options. Around three million truck drivers still use the paper logging method, which adds to the need for more office support staff, slows down the entire office process and adds another complex factor to fleet management. Perhaps the most damaging aspect of this method is the opportunity for false data to enter the system.
The new systems can finally overcome this deficiency with electronic logging to track every aspect of driver performance accurately, and can specifically prevent driver fatigue.
Optimized maintenance scheduling
Preventative maintenance is crucial to big and small fleets. It saves money in the long term by preventing breakdowns and maintaining fleet capacity for efficient fleet operation. Traditionally, truck maintenance programs just relied on servicing specific parts at scheduled mileage intervals, which added another factor of uncertainty into the already sophisticated fleet management program.
Big data can now take the real condition of each vehicle into account to let managers isolate precise preventative maintenance needs, which allow for remarkable long-term cost savings.
The internet is coming to the trucking industry
The trucking industry is massive, and it is critical to the country’s infrastructure. It will take a long time to overhaul the entire industry, but as we harness the world’s growing ability to produce data, we will find new solutions.
The combination of industry-specific software solutions and the profusion of useful data harvested from the Internet of Things (IoT) will make the industry cost-effective and profitable.
This information assembled by DFM, fleet management experts and the company behind Fleet Wellness®.
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