Cloud computing is helping to better fleet management in many ways: from lowering cost of operations, improving safety of operators to delivering systems that are more environmental friendly. Today, it is easier to add more computing power with the cloud, and without exorbitant or prohibitive costs, thanks to cloud-based fleet management service providers.
The desire for fleet management varies from reducing fuel consumption, bettering route management, improving driver performance, to improving vehicle maintenance. The Internet of Things is playing a huge role in facilitating interconnection of devices to deliver more and accurate data about fleet in order to deliver these benefits.
For instance, increasing need for compliance with environmental and safety regulations is pushing adoption of better fleet management system such as AutoCam. Companies also want to optimize their maintenance and logistics to get best ROIs and there is increasing need for systems that help increase vehicle and equipment life-cycle, reduce fuel consumption, lower cost of maintenance, and optimize route selection.
Companies targeting higher return on investments can consider IoT-enabled solutions such as from AutoCam because the wireless technologies also support long lifecycles. In this case, a company should look for a solution that delivers robust connectivity, scalability, and flexibility to support new revenue models. Telematic devices that are designed to perform reliably in variety of environments (such as urban and rural) are more suitable. In addition, these devices work between network providers even as the networks evolve from 2G and 3G to 4G/LTE.
It would be advisable for a company to avoid the cost of upgrading in the field, and that can be achieved by deploying SIMs and modules that remain compatible even as these scenarios change.
In addition, it is wise to choose solutions that are scalable, easy to deploy, and which will still be compatible as standards evolve.
In addition to using interconnected devices such as AutoCam systems, modern-day businesses and fleet operators need flexible solutions that allow for changing future business needs. Cloud-based solutions that come bundled with connectivity services provide for this flexibility. They allow fleet operators to support flexiblebusiness models even in the future.
Using integrated device-to-cloud IoT platforms helps solution providers because they simplify development. With these systems, it is possible to do software updates across multiple types of devices. These system also allow integration with diverse range of solutions and service providers.
For growing businesses, cloud platforms are more versatile. They offer value-added cloud-based services such as online accounting, roadside assistance, in-cab fleet management systems and fuel cards. Businesses using cloud-based services do not need to shoulder the burden of owning and managing their own hardware because they can benefit from these services through plug in models.
Trucking companies also get latest technologies without having to shed off high cost in terms of investing in hardware, software and technical staff. Thus, they are able to focus on what they do and know best — to move freight to their customers.
At the end of the day, these businesses report better customer satisfaction, increased productivity, easier and cost-effective management of fleet, and better ability to make strategic business decisions.