Be it manufacturing or services, logistics is an important part of any business. In the past, trucks and containers which shipped products across were essentially “lost” once they hit the road. There was no way to monitor their performance or provide support in case of emergencies. With technology, times have changed drastically and here we are — in the age of telematics which gives managers both a bird’s eye and a zoomed-in view of what’s moving, where and how.
A typical business day in any small or large enterprise involves the frequent movement of people and property. While many organisations consider transportation management an unnecessary cost, many others are discovering the efficiency benefits that accrue to a well-managed fleet.
Telematics is a technology that measures key data from a vehicle and relays it to a cloud-based telematics platform which can then be analysed to make effective decisions. From basic information such as GPS, speed, acceleration and mileage, advanced telematics systems today can capture even relatively abstract data such as driver behaviour and safety. This data can further be fed into other organisational functions such as Training & Development to improve driver behaviour and accountability, or Finance to cut costs on insurance premiums and fuel. The functions of a transportation management system can largely be categorised as follows:
Intelligent routing algorithms are designed to accommodate last-minute changes and unexpected challenges and find the optimum route. By assigning different carriers or pooling them together, companies can eliminate redundant trips, conserve both fuel and time and reduce their carbon footprint.
Be it people or property, tracking vehicles remains a key aspect of providing transportation support. Organisations that provide commuting facilities to employees through a fleet of company-owned cabs can deliver that superior Uber-like riding experience. When it comes to transportation of property or supplies, managers can track vehicles needing support — for example — in case of a breakdown, provide the necessary aid as soon as possible and immediately take action to minimize delays.
Solid planning is a key driver of efficiency in supply chain management though unexpected changes may render original plans futile and need agile decision making as new challenges emerge. Smart logistical solutions can make planning a much easier process by automatically forecasting demand, performing distribution planning, maintenance planning, and re-examining those plans periodically.
At RailsFactory, we love to create first-class telematics solutions using cutting-edge tools and technologies. If you would like to discuss how this can work for your organisation, we’d love to listen to your requirements and tell you what we can do. Visit or drop by at our office for a cup of coffee.