By Mark Botticelli, CTO, PeopleNet, www.peoplenetonline.com
The impact IoT can have on fleet performance is impressive.
Looking ahead to 2015, it’s clear that one topic will continue to dominate conversations around innovation and efficiency: IoT. It’s not a new concept to the trucking world and is often touted by integrators, software designers, and telematics companies.
What’s important to reiterate is that the future of transportation and IoT lies in integrating enterprise (back office systems) and mobile (GPS tracking, communication, telematics) technologies with real-time predictive analytics that help all carriers make more effective decisions about people, trucks, routes, etc. But beyond higher levels of performance and efficiency, IoT offers new possibilities for the field service industry. This includes the ability to solve some of its biggest challenges surrounding fleet performance, safety, compliance, efficiency, and maintenance. Yet many in the industry are still not convinced of its efficacy. That’s why it’s important that fleets and field managers acknowledge the top four ways the interconnectedness of all of their devices can improve operations.