Defining the Role of IoT in A Vehicle Tracking System and Benefits
Taking a look at the role of IoT in the transportation industry and the benefits of a vehicle tracking system.
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A GPS technology works wonders in showing the directions during the travel journeys. It is the most innovative technology that has simplified our direction hunts. All you need is a smartphone and a will to go places — google maps will do the rest.
Apart from commercial and private usage, several industries have come up with embracing the vehicle tracking system (VTS) technology. As it significantly reduces the on-site or excess manual work and increases the automation levels, the industrial owners are now adopting the advanced technology and IoT to perform fleet management. A VTS technology uses a global positioning system (GPS) that operates through satellites and ground-based stations. This is further termed as an application of a fleet management solution which makes easier to track the vehicle’s location.
How IoT Supports VTS
Internet of Things is a vast subject. It has introduced connected devices of household, commercial appliances, or gadgets that are controlled over a personal network or the internet. It lets you connect the air conditioner with your smartphone and enables the controls from anywhere through the internet. Imagine how innovative it is to keep your assets connected for improved monitoring. We can only anticipate how IoT is revolutionizing the industries.
Taking a look at the logistics and transportation industry, a vehicle tracking system plays a major role. Different types of sensors can be planted on the vehicles to
- measure the load in real-time,
- identify the exact speed of the vehicle,
- know the driver’s driving habits,
- track the delivery process,
- monitor the cargo condition, etc.
The vehicle tracking system does it all. With the help of IoT, VTS is the new advancement in the logistics sector. The authorities appreciate its functioning and demand for more innovative ideas to help them facilitate quality product delivery.
The vehicle tracking system works on 3 main technologies,
- RFID - helps in tracking the live location of the products
- GPS - helps the managers to obtain real-time information of the vehicle’s route
- On-board diagnostics II - provides the information for vehicle maintenance and driving conditions
As we all know, the Internet of Things architecture comprises of three phases — endpoints, gateways, and platform hubs. Similarly, when a vehicle tracking system is installed, the vehicle collects the data through GPS and OBD II sensors, the gateway sends the information of speed, location, direction, load, and other variables to the network server, which is further sent to a secured application server in the cloud for storage and data analysis.
Benefits of Using a Vehicle Tracking System
Many logistics companies are switching over IoT powered vehicle tracking systems to obtain higher benefits and make themselves capable to analyze the real-time fleet data. The Internet of Things is helping fleet companies by offering various tools to collect, share, and take real-time actions to make quick decisions. Furthermore, using the entire data from the IoT devices, the managers can track the vehicle's condition, driver's behavior, and benefit with the improved operability through smart wheels.
Let’s have a read about the key advantages of implementing an IoT-enabled vehicle tracking system with your business.
Real-Time Location Tracking
How would you feel if the cargo goes missing in the midway of its journey? You’d definitely feel the urge to find out what happened. Isn’t it?
Hence, the vehicle tracking system. The IoT powered VTS is designed to perform real-time operations. It collects the location data through sensors and processes the information through gateways over a smart platform. The GPS sensors are used to detect the live location of your vehicle and provide valuable location data for further analysis and decision-making.
Proper Resource Utilization
Imagine a normal vehicle is appointed to travel long distances for product delivery and its fuel tank empties up on the highway with no fuel stations nearby. This situation would not only hamper the product’s condition but also delay product delivery.
On the other hand, you have a smart vehicle that is enabled with an IoT powered vehicle tracking system. Your driver gets prior notifications about fuel consumption and how much extra is needed to get to the destination. Will it not be helpful for the driver to serve an on-time delivery?
Track the Driver’s Route
Many-a-times a situation arises when the vehicle drivers turn up to be untrustworthy and intend to do something wrong like fuel theft. Even if his intentions are not negative, his personal driving habits can delay the delivery. A vehicle tracking system lets you keep a check on the driver's driving habits and what route is he taking. Along with keeping a track on his route, the VTS lets you stay connected with the driver so that he does not opt for any kind of off-track situation.
Eliminate Road Accidents
Taking an example of a human body, a brain functions well to make your body move and enables the reflexes to take turns if any obstacle arises. Similarly, the Internet of Things works as the brain of the connected assets. An IoT powered vehicle tracking system allows the authorities to keep a check on how fast the vehicle is moving and take necessary actions.
Additionally, vehicles that are connected through IoT tend to identify the empty spaces by sensing the position of other vehicles and move smoothly without causing an accident. IoT powered vehicles are a boon to taking the road safety measures to an advanced level and thus, avoiding road mishaps.
Undoubtedly, the advent of IoT has empowered the transportation sector. Tracking the shipments, monitoring the vehicles, cargo conditions, everything is now possible through IoT. The Internet of Things has emerged with an efficient vehicle tracking system where the fleet managers experience the taste of technology with the effective functioning of the transports.
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