Internet of Things (IoT): Management of More Efficient, Safe and Connected Fleets
The Internet of Things (IoT) is undoubtedly one of the great technological innovations within the 4th industrial revolution. This revolution brings to us a connected world, where data management, artificial intelligence, and automation become critical for our business and way of life.
Among the many opportunities offered by IoT, “Fleet Management” plays a very important role in the way this industry can be revolutionized.
There are two main components that make the Internet of Things possible: connected devices (eg sensors, terminals) ,and the data generated. When applied to vehicle fleets, route and vehicle management efficiency, as well as instant reaction time in the event of an accident can be revolutionized and improved. Through real-time data management and vehicle information analysis, companies can optimize their established routes, since the IoT anticipates traffic variables, thereby improving travel time and providing alternatives. Therefore, an optimized route increases safety and reduces costs, thus generating operational efficiency.
The implementation of IoT in fleet management can provide a lot of benefits for all companies in the sector.
The following are some important implementations of Fleet Management:
- GPS tracking
- Driving speed measurement
- Automatic engine shutdown
- Travel history
- Detailed reports of the operation
- Customization of geographical locations (perimeter)
- Real-time monitoring
- Live communication
- Preventive Maintenance
With the benefits that fleet management provides, access to a level of knowledge that was previously almost impossible is now attainable. Also, all this information can be available at all times since it can be hosted in the cloud.
A fleet of connected vehicles not only collects information but also collects a multitude of data from abroad. Therefore, companies do not have to rely on external services that provide information on the state of traffic or road works. Personal vehicles report the variables in real-time, allowing for immediate recalculation of the routes.
Having a vehicle equipped with connected sensors also improves the safety of the employee and the vehicle in the event of an accident and minimizes its impact on the company. The Internet of Things helps to act quickly in case of an accident and accesses a large amount of data to define damages and responsibilities.
In addition, with all vehicles connected, companies can now optimize the operational cost of fleets. Thus, the large volume of data generated by a connected fleet is important for making decisions for the business.
It should be noted that with IoT Fleet Management, analysis of data increases efficiency and optimizes resources, as well as improves cybersecurity levels to protect companies and their customers.