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How to Improve Vehicle Fleet Management with the Help of IoT Devices

Alexander Ivanov

Alexander Ivanov

Head of Logistics and Supply Chain Technologies

Logistics
Nov 30, 2021
5 minutes to read
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Fleet owners know that maintaining optimal vehicle performance indicators, such as tire pressure, prolongs the life of vehicles and saves them thousands of dollars. In this article, we'll tell you how IoT sensors for fleet management are improving the way companies operate and share some tips on how to implement this technology.

IoT for real-time monitoring

IoT devices allow for the real-time monitoring of vehicles via fleet management GPS tracking software and video streaming.

GPS enables managers to monitor the behavior of drivers on the road and analyze how fast they are moving, whether they obey traffic rules, and whether they make needless stops. This measure motivates drivers, eliminates potential risks, and enhances safety.

When using video streaming, the fleet manager connects to the dashboard camera installed in a car via API. By doing so, the manager can see where the car is going through the eyes of the driver. Such a telematics camera gives an idea of the driving behavior and the state of the vehicle. It can become rock hard evidence in case of a car accident, as all recordings are sent to the camera's video storage.

The time that used to be spent on tracking the location of vehicles and communicating it to clients can now be devoted to processing new orders, issuing invoices, improving logistics, and working on other priority tasks.

Applying fleet truck tracking GPS solutions and video streaming, operators inform clients about the exact time of vehicles’ arrivals and instantly update routes. If an accident occurs, the machine that is connected to the engine will send an alert to the office asking for help.

Any company - whether it is a logistics, courier, or taxi service - needs to deliver goods and passengers on time. Deviation from a schedule can negatively affect the company's reputation. If fleet managers learn about such delays in real-time with the help of a telematics device, they will warn clients and, if necessary, suggest a solution to the problem.

IoT for data processing

A car telematics device collects such vehicle data as speed, idle time, acceleration or braking, fuel consumption, breakdowns, tire pressure, and more. This helps vehicle fleet owners plan maintenance and avoid downtime and out-of-schedule repair costs. The good condition of vehicles, in turn, increases the loyalty of clients and even the fleet employees.

Every day, vehicle fleet managers handle large volumes of data: calculate fuel consumption, track speed, record which cars were used, and so on. In some companies, this is done manually, which is not always efficient.

IoT technology is fundamentally changing the work of fleets. Data is collected in real-time, so if a problem arises, managers promptly analyze the information and make a decision. In this way, companies improve their processes and increase their efficiency.

IoT saves a company money

Connected IoT devices measure important vehicle metrics and help fleet owners understand how productively their budgets are being spent.

For example, GPS devices provide operators with information about drivers’ speed and how hard they accelerate, and these indicators affect fuel consumption.

Austrian courier company J.R. Company GmbH has improved its logistics and driver behavior on the road with the help of the Fleet Tracker solution. More than a hundred fleet vehicles delivered nearly six thousand parcels daily. The business owner wondered how to consume les