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IoT Can Help Fleet Management Organizations Make More Proactive Decisions. Here’s How

Running a fleet management business in itself is hard. But imagine running a dangerous one at that.

That was the case for KS Industries, a leading service provider of engineering, maintenance, fabrication, and construction, for the oil and gas producers across six of the largest energy-producing states in the US.

In particular, however, KS Industries manage, build, and maintain the oil and gas facilities for their customers. That said, you’d know why their fleet is predominately concerned with safety.

KS Industries had over 1200 vehicles in their fleet, that is, 1200 vehicles whose safety was the primary concern. For a while, they tried to run their fleet the traditional and conventional way, but they were unable to establish touchpoints with their drivers on moonscape areas.

Their productivity was also hampered, and into the bargain, they had to wait for at least two weeks before they got the footage of harsh events on-site.

That was when the company’s Director of Safety and Risk Management at KS Industries, Phillip Clarke, decided to leverage IoT solutions.

Clarke partnered with Samsara, a pioneering leader in industrial IoT. And this is what KS Industries accomplished for its business.

  • Increased oil field safety
  • Better crew visibility with live fleet GPS tracking
  • Enhanced productivity via reliable network connectivity on site
  • Secured a consolidated platform that increased proactive safety measures

Unbelievable, eh?

Really, with IoT, there’s a lot more which you can also do just like KS Industries.

So, read on to find out how IoT solutions help you to make proactive decisions.

Smart IoT Solutions for A Smart Fleet Business Management

1. Remote Fleet Tracking and Assets Monitoring

Ever desired to track your fleet and assets in the remotest of places?

Telematics helps you accomplish this task. Now, telematics is basically the integration of telecommunication and informatics. It allows your fleet operators to monitor your vehicles’ location, besides tracking the movements of your assets.

Telematics helps you so by connecting your assets to sensors and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. This way, their co-ordinates can be accessed in real-time, anywhere.

What’s in it for you?

  • Maintain the safety of your drivers and your vehicles
  • Ensure the timely delivery of your goods

2. Automate Your Tasks and Processes

Did you know that 90% of the accidents are caused by human error behind the wheel?

While there’s nothing you can do to fight nature and thus annihilate accidents, you can surely endorse automation in your processes to mitigate the risks.

For instance, with an automation solution, your drivers will be informed in real-time about traffic congestion, or weather-based disruptions to efficiently re-route their direction.

Besides this, automation also helps to transmit notifications to the closet service stations in case of accidents or vehicle breakdowns.

3. Manage Your Fleet Operations Efficiently

You are living in the digital era where data is the name of the game for business success. This is why collaborating with technologies such as big data, cloud, and IoT is vital.

They would give you a well-connected ecosystem where all the important data flow seamlessly, from one department to the other.

You can simply integrate your smart fleet management solutions in the likes of the truck camera, trailer tracking device, and routing and dispatch software, with your existing ERP systems.

This will help your fleet managers and your monitoring centers to make informed decisions. You can also build a dashboard that can act as your KPI to give you a unified view of your fleet data.

Thus, with the information collected, you can carry out performance evaluation and operations research to enhance your productivity and efficiency.

4. Endorse Cost Optimization and Define Your Higher Bottom Line

If you want to circumvent the traditional means of running your fleet business, you must turn to IoT.

If you never considered doing so before, well, here are three powerful reasons to convince you to embrace IoT solutions for cost optimization.

  • Traditional functions are time-consuming
  • Traditional functions are costly
  • Traditional functions are inaccurate, they cause a communication gap between the stakeholders

But with IoT, you can enable your fleet operators to seamlessly connect with your non-management workforce, in real-time. You can also train your drivers by monitoring their driving behavior on the job.

IoT can be integrated with other technologies easily, so it’s economical too. What’s more, these solutions also help you to avail discounts on your insurance pricing.

Wondering how?

Well, with the smart IoT tools you would be provided with a higher degree of assurance, validation, and proof to your insurance provider.

5. Scrutinize Your Fuel Efficiency and Engine Performance

The conventional fleet solutions have failed to support you with the features to monitor your fleet vehicles’ engine performance and their fuel efficiencies.

But, the tables are turned with the implementation of smart IoT solutions. They make your reporting structure intelligent through digitally installed tachographs.

In simpler terms, your digital tachograph is the device that records your fleet vehicles’ complete data. It also allows you to transmit all collected data in real-time, with your stakeholders, to better analyze your vehicles’ health.

6. Facilitate Robust Driver Behavior

One of the metrics that you must measure while defining your fleet’s performance is driver behavior. How they behave behind the wheel is directly tied to your fleet business’ success.

While you might not be able to watch over your drivers with your physical eyes, through IoT you can deploy remote monitoring systems powered by GPS and dash cameras, to do so.

Since IoT uses sensors, you can determine from your office whether your fleet vehicle on the job is turned on or off. It also helps you study the braking, accelerating, and sleeping patterns of your fleet drivers.

It’s truly the lifesaver to your fleet drivers on night duty. It gives you image processing tools that recognize the movement of the eyes. This way, when your drivers fall asleep behind the wheel, an alarm is raised to awake them.

What’s more, IoT also helps your drivers to anticipate future detrimental events through its smart management tools. And, you can have Electronic Logging Devices to record your drivers’ driving hours, to thereby adhere to the DOT guidelines.

Immediate Steps

Now that you know how IoT can help you make proactive decisions, it’s time you implemented this technology into your workflow.

Do this for your customers, it improves their satisfaction.

Do this for your drivers, it keeps them safe.

Do this for your business, it drives more revenues.

Do this for yourself, it helps you to hit your pillow with ease.

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