Digital Technologies for Fleet Visibility and Responsiveness

Written by Malvina Ong Moy Geem, ADLSM

Digital Technologies for Fleet Visibility and Responsiveness

Written by Malvina Ong Moy Geem, ADLSM

by Malvina Ong Moy Geem, ADLSM

We are living in a progressing technology world where demand for development and progress arises from time to time and the need to stay agile. Technology revolved and improve rapidly, hence the need to stay agile is crucial for logistics business. Digital technology, on the other hand, has remained fundamentally the same since the beginning of digital media. Digital technology is essentially enabling immense amounts of information or data to be compressed.

It aids in breaking down messages, allowing a form of communication that can be preserved and transported easily at speed. The demand for traceability and real-time information has thus caused the reliance on digital technology to obtain value-added service.

Software Data Generator

Technology is now playing a major role in this fast pace world for the organization to remain accessible. Accessible data has to be reliable, enriched continuously to constantly remain valuable. The value of data starts with data strategies to a road map for a tech solution to articulate the data needed.

Software data generator, one of the most effective techniques to manage a fleet, uses data collected to make an analytic decision. Artificial Intelligent integrates various apps and tools into vehicles, parcel, and people to deal with the challenges that fleet management faces. Data collected will be used for analysis to anticipate business outcome; uncover new opportunities, and decision making to achieve effective and efficient planning and delivery. Predictive analytics is the demand and order of substantial stock on the basis of usage and actual demand, which is useful for the sudden surge in demand. Data analytics, are facts that captured past information, basically for statistic performance indication.

Software data generator like GPS tracking solution provides real-time and visibility of the information on delivery; efficient route planning; risk mitigation; and operational efficiency. The data obtained can be used for looking at trend, opportunities, and decision making for business continuity.

Fleet Management System

Fleet management system (FMS) uses software and technology to assist the transportation business to maximize efficiency; cost and risk minimization; and compliance with regulations for the management of the fleet. it includes vehicle maintenance; telematics; driver, speed, fuel, and safety management to facilitate a smooth and efficient transition of vehicles and operations.

It is vital to have visibility of mobile assets for loading tracking and delivery of the product; productivity improvement via asset management capabilities and reducing the cost in transport and manpower.

Increase Customer Satisfaction

ETA and information accuracy can be provided for a customer’s delivery. Any delay or delivery issue can be resolved instantly.

Increase Productivity

The dispatch and scheduling information allows access to route, schedules and upcoming customer delivery. Monitoring of speed; driving habits and harsh braking can be used to improve driver competency and fuel efficiency. Vehicle maintenance schedule makes use of the service history data from the system for scheduling.

Safety and Compliance.

Safety can be reduced or resolved as vehicle records dashboard video can be used as evidence and extra peace of mind can be achieved through alerts from data. Compliance-related issues can be eliminated with the collection of hours-of-service (HOS) data as it provides accurate driving records.

Shipment Tracking System

The shipment tracking system is to monitor data of objects on the go to provide real-time information on fleet, personnel or merchandise. It streamlines the overall delivery process experience with end-to-end visibility and control. Business is able to plan and manage both international and domestic shipments and determines the most cost-effective carrier and mode by using better route planning, load optimization, carrier mix, and model selection.

Tracking system assists in automation delivery allocation, tracking live location, optimize the delivery route, digitalize proof and ratings to ensure a great last-mile delivery. Customer delivery is enhanced and committed by the switch to real-time and electronic proof of deliveries thus empowering customers to track their orders in real-time and via the interactive channel. Real-time reports and KPI dashboards can be retrieved to allow tracking operational metrics for decision making.

There are many shipments tracking systems available in the market to suit the different mode of shipments. A tracking system service provider can design the tracking status of shipments until delivery. The system allows proactive track and traces real-time information to allow response and decision making at any time. Statistics can be derived from data for review on the efficiency of the shipment and effective shipment management decision.

Shipment Tracking System

Picture taken from https://arviem.com/

Internet of Things (IoT)

One of the key challenges is to manage and locate important assets for the business. Time spent to find critical equipment can lead to an extensive delay for deliveries. Regulations and initiatives have also prompted the development of vehicle connectivity technologies and have encouraged adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology. IoT is a network of sensors that data are embedded with electronics, enabling an outcome for greater value and service. IoT extends the connectivity of devices with unique identifiers (UIDs) for communication and interaction with the external environment via the internet. Monitoring and safety and security are some benefits of IoT technology implementation which needs robust infrastructure.

RFID tags or chip uses smart barcode attached to an object for identification and tracking. It transmits tolling and real-time tracking and is an excellent choice for even up-to-the-minute live tracking information. It can be used in toll payment transporter systems, cargo tracking application or device used to track human.

Passive RFID tags have a lower cost and are popular for file management and access control application. It does not require a direct line of sight to the reader and potentially can last a lifetime but has a shorter read range. Active RFID tags feature larger, more rugged design is suited for application where durability is required.

Autonomous Trucks

Advancement in route optimization, warehouse automation has a prompt business to move towards the fully automated direction. Using radar sensors and cameras, autonomous trucks can form a platoon like a strategy in delivery and present a giant conundrum for the trucking industry. This provides real-time visibility into the movement of parcels and dynamic path planning. It not only helps with traffic but also truck-fuel economy and path modification for cost efficiency. The effort is being put into truck automation around warehouse and port as it is able to handle stop-and-go traffic. To promote safety, autonomous trucks have sensors for the vehicle to move slow or respond to standard in AGVs.

Drones Technology

Drones or Unmanned Ariel Vehicles is for object tracking using wireless signals reflected from RFID stickers. When drone software integrates into the existing management system, data collected from tracking provide action making for timely and precise demand planning and inventory forecast. Using drone warehouse allows planning and movements of inventory to be more efficient. Drone delivery allows the customer to expect direct delivery and information provided for tracking the delivery status on real-time at any place.

Conclusion

Through the years, technology has transformed tremendously the way people communicate, learn and work. More companies will continue to explore solutions and reap the benefits of technology to retain competitive advantage with visibility and responsiveness. With improvised technology, it has now enabled the tracking and gains information of product from the point of origin to the destination at real-time. A single product can now be tracked literally within seconds! Thus, speed, accuracy and trust levels have resulted in better visibility across the supply chain at a click.

Fleet Management

Autonomous Vehicles


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About the Author: Malvina Ong has substantive years of experience in the field of logistics, procurement, and supply chain, and specifically in the procurement for plant maintenance; as well as managing bulk loading operations of chemicals and jetty planning for ship rotation and berthing. Malvina holds the Bachelor degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the University of South Australia, and a Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply from Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. She is a member of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM), and is currently completing the Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Supply Management (ADLSM) at SIPMM Institute.

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