IOT and the Benefits of Digital Transformation for Commercial Fleets
IOT alongside M2M (Machine to Machine) communications are revolutionising electric and hybrid fleets. Having your fleet communicate with your HQ and other devices helps you deliver a better service and improves productivity. IOT is the fleet management system of the future.
What is IOT?
IOT stands for Internet of Things. It is a network of physical objects or devices such as vehicles which have been digitised with software and other technology components in order to connect and communicate with each other over the internet.
How can IOT Improve Fleets?
Interconnecting your vehicles within your fleet allows you to troubleshoot and gain insight into the ways your vehicles are being driven and the journeys they are taking, instantly. Your connected network is able to have access to all your vehicles’ specifications, allowing it to make decisions and provide you with information specific to certain vehicles.
Here are some of the ways in which IOT benefits fleet management:
- Tachograph Data
Having all of your vehicles interconnected on the same network allows you to view them all on one digital map. With this technology you are able to keep track of where all your vehicles are alongside providing you with information on optimising their journeys.
With tracking, you are able to inform your customers and delivery recipients of exact arrival times as well as proving delivery. This allows you to optimise your fleet management and deliver customer satisfaction while maintaining control and certainty over the whereabouts of your vehicles.
Similar to tracking your vehicles, this technology allows you to monitor the status of your vehicle interconnectivity and makes proactive maintenance and spotting problems on vehicles far easier. This saves your business the extra costs associated with sudden vehicle problems which can also have a negative impact on your delivery times.
Tachograph data is important for electric fleet management. A tachograph is a device fitted to a vehicle that automatically records the vehicle’s distance, speed and the driver’s activity. They provide you with information directly from the vehicles.
Implementing IOT with Tachograph data allows you to download the information remotely. This in turn allows you to improve your fleet management with specific information, alongside ensuring your drivers take the required breaks.
We can help with Tachograph data monitoring, if you wish to learn more about how it works visit our TACHOfresh section.
IOT is changing the way charging is conducted. Interconnecting your in-house chargers as well as your vehicles can be beneficial for electric fleet management.
With IOT you would be able to monitor the performance of your charging stations as well as the system they run on. You could check usage and initiate maintenance as required, helping you optimise your charging infrastructure.
Alongside this, IOT is allowing for developments in the EV charging industry.
One development we could see implemented in the future which would help with fleet management is the introduction of smart charging stations. With the improved connectivity, drivers would be able to book slots at charging stations, similar to restaurant bookings. The app drivers would use to make these bookings would communicate with the charging stations, informing it of the vehicle registration number it is connected to. This would mean that the charging station would reserve the slot for that specific vehicle and not allow other vehicles to use it.
This would make planning for journeys more efficient as well as limit the time it would take to charge. Thus optimising the electric fleet. Alongside this, as charging vehicles takes time, the driver would be able to take a break whilst getting updates from the charging station and vehicle directly through the app.
We hope you have found this article helpful. If you are interested in IOT and what it can do for your fleet contact us today.
Byon Jul 21 2021