Mobile solutions for industry are rapidly evolving in the logistics sector. To get the most of their fleet, companies are implementing digital tools to track and monitor their assets.
Vehicule speed and RPM, fuel consumption, heat and emissions : all the engines performance data are now available in real-time, along with others to be monitored, like location, idle time, route.
The combination of IBM Maximo, the world's leading asset management solution, with today's telematics technologies is an obvious choice as it allows IoT solutions to be integrated into the toolbox.
That being said, with mobile solutions such as MAXapps, fleet management can become a much more effective process for maximo end-users.
Many fleet managers are looking for tools to streamline their operations and maintenance. Here are some of the most common challenges that face the industry :
- Monitor how company vehicles are operating : Two of the costliest issues for fleets today are accidents and excessive fuel consumption, both of which can be caused by speeding. Using sensors and speed limiters allow companies to better manage the fuel spend
- Manage driver hours, and keep drivers compliant with the latest changes to regulations. For instance, If your company's drivers are bound by Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations, you also will want a solution that includes HOS tracking features
- Optimize route management : because Regulations, customer demands, and outside disruptions are shifting, the ability for fleet managers to rapidly reevaluate their routes can significantly bring down the operational costs.
- Keep an eye on fleet health by monitoring in real time your assets condition. Preventative maintenance can help a company to keep better track of vehicle health and schedule maintenance in a way that reduces downtime. Moreover, some sensitive product transportation may also require advanced vehicle diagnostic.
Nowadays, telematics makes fleet operating data instantly available. Whether it is technology using the On Board Diagnostics port (OBD), or applications for smartphones using the 3/4G network, or a telematics control unit (TCU) with microcontrollers, these tools provide critical data to the fleet management applications.
From a Maximo manager standpoint, a fleet is a dynamic list of assets (like Engines, Rail Vehicles or Aircraft) that have some common association (like the same operator or a specific model)
Moreover, as mentioned on a previous article , each object (active or item) in Maximo is defined by a spatial reference. Here is how MAXapps steps in to assist the fleet manager.
MAXapps mobile solution relies on selected KPIs to detect unsafe driving behaviour such as sudden acceleration or harsh braking. Or to detect unwanted behaviour : Several cities across the country, for example, have passed anti-idling laws that penalize drivers leaving their vehicles running.
If required, MAXapps can automatically manage the alert by sending the driver a push notification on the screen of any device using android or OS. This solution has proven to be most effective to coach and train operators.
MAXapps GPS tracking capabilities means you will always know where each vehicle in your fleet is at any given time. You’ll be able to provide a client with highly accurate data if an immediate update on their shipment is needed.
Even more : you can let the dock manager at a distribution center know whether a vehicle is running on time or delayed. As a result, they can shift their workers as necessary to maximize dock efficiency. These are examples of how MAXapps can help optimize your business processes and workflows.
Dynamic routing management, which lets the fleet managers organize the routes based on current delivery needs, will rely on mobile solution that can relay information with Maximo.
Minute-to-minute data received let fleet managers identify the gaps in their planning and adjust their routes as circumstances change to improve efficiency and turnarounds.
At the end of the day, the main benefits for managers to get out of tracking their assets on a mobile-first platform is that it automates operations and securely centralizes all data.
Using the asset specs in Maximo, fleet managers can imports instantly a lot of specifications on each asset. Hence, they can using these specs to schedule a corrective maintenance, like a vehicule inspection and promptly assign the task to the driver or the maintenance crew through MAXapps.