By Brian Albright, Field Technologies magazine
Automated dispatch and cellular signal boosters have helped this oil transporter improve efficiency and collect more accurate data.
Managing a large fleet of trucks can be difficult under the best of circumstances; trying to do so in an area where new roads are perpetually being added to the map, and while using manual data collection methods, is a monumental challenge. Oil transportation company LT Enterprises has automated its fleet management activities using a combination of mobile phones, fleet management software, GPS technology, and cellular signal boosters. As a result, the company is collecting better data in the field, more efficiently dispatching its trucks, and saving fuel.
LT Enterprises carries crude oil (along with other materials, such as wastewater and dirt) from local oil well sites using a fleet of 75 trucks. The oil is picked up from tanks at the wellhead and then delivered to other locations owned by the company’s customers. In the past, LT Enterprises dispatched trucks and collected data on load volumes by having drivers call in or text the information.