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Next Steps for Fleet Managers: IoT Visionaries

07 Dec 2015 | Jason Compton

Tagged: Connected World, Planet,

As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows in prominence and power, it’s important to honor the contribution of fleet leaders — the unsung heroes of innovation.

Simply put, the information from IoT devices can put fleet managers at the center of the decision-making process on many issues.

For years, fleets have championed on-board technology to improve insight into supply chain operations, vehicle maintenance, and driver safety. Intent on improving efficiency, lowering operating costs, and improving customer satisfaction, they’ve long relied on tech to collect data and generate reports.

Now, IoT technology is moving the industry beyond individual, stand-alone systems to create hubs of insight. This evolution will make the fleet an even greater contributor to responsible business practices and bottom-line results.

Data, on the road and off

Consider the already-strong growth in telematics and devices that deliver information about fuel consumption, equipment wear, and frequency of driver breaks. When such technology is linked to an IoT hub, companies can use software to provide real-time coaching on shifting, braking, and acceleration to save on gas. They also can intervene with automated alerts if work cycles stray from contractual or regulatory standards.

Behind the scenes, fleet management can monitor driver trends and put drivers on the routes that are most efficient. By including real-time traffic data, management can explore why hard turning, speeding, and hard braking occurred, and whether drivers should be coached or reassigned.

Simply put, the information from IoT devices can put fleet managers at the center of the decision-making process on many issues.

Facing similarly complex logistical challenges, warehouse operations managers have integrated some of the same innovations. Warehouses in many ways are a microcosm of open-road transport, with goods flowing along routes on a finite number of forklifts and other vehicles, and workers racing to unload before the next delivery. IoT monitoring systems are working their way into lift trucks, where the data they collect can improve maintenance schedules, help warehouse managers monitor fuel status or battery life, and build a better understanding of inventory flow.

AT&T offers a fleet managers guide to IoT for managers looking to turn technology into the cohesive, integrated insights available using IoT devices.

This post originally appeared on AT&T's Networking Exchange Blog

Learn more about AT&T's fleet and transportation initiatives at about.att.com/content/csr/home/planet/connected-world.html#fleet

Jason Compton is an internationally published writer and reporter with extensive experience in enterprise technologies, including marketing, sales, service, and collaboration. All opinions are his own. AT&T has sponsored this blog post.

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Jason Compton is an internationally published writer and reporter with extensive experience in enterprise technologies, including marketing, sales, service, and collaboration. Based in Madison, WI, he is a regular contributor to Direct Marketing News, previously served as executive editor of CRM Magazine, and has been published in over 50 outlets.

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