SPAR of Austria is one of the leading manufacturers in the European logistics industry. In recent years, SPAR started to establish a new generation of in-vehicle management systems with three main features: stability, wireless communication, and ease of use.Advantech-DLoG with its professional expertise in this field helped build the required high quality in-vehicle management systems for SPAR.In the past, logistics companies had little control over vehicles in the field due to the lack of communication equipment, but as technology has developed we now have IoT, Cloud Computing, and Big Data to assist us.Fleet management systems have also undergone huge changes in both depth of technology and breath of application, allowing companies like Austrian SPAR to introduce state of the art in-vehicle management and logistics systems.
Industrial Grade Design with Stability and Flexibility
SPAR is a world-renown logistics enterprise focused mainly on Europe. It owns several meat processing factories in Europe which deliver products throughout the European Union using its own freight dispatching fleet. SPAR logistics vehicles have had IT devices installed for a long time. Initially, they used an in-car driving recorder similar to a flight recorder which was required in Europe by statute and these provided basic information for estimating a vehicle’s state if accidents occur.
The hardware for the driving recorder adopted by SPAR used a consumer brand product integrated with Android software. However, the consumer product wasn’t able to take into account the entire vehicle’s usage. Conditions such as wide temperature between summer and winter meant the lack of air conditioning put the cargo at risk of damage. Considering the fact that equipment stability and reliability was a priority for SPAR, and that breakdown shappen frequently, SPAR had to again consider replacing the equipment with another in-vehicle system.
The main function of this replacement system was recording in-vehicle operations. Compared with the former setup,the new system performed better but still lacked networking features. Consequently, all of the inputs for dispatching tasks and software updates needed to be uploaded and downloaded first through the company’s computers, then manually back to the devices in the vehicles. This process was not ideal and caused scheduling problems.
Eventually, SPAR approached Styletronic, an Austrian system integrator, and asked them for a third system; a new in-vehicle management and logistics system that was 100% reliable and stable, had wireless communication, and had user friendly interfaces. SPAR’s new in-vehicle management system was a customized solution which was co-developed by Styletronicand Advantech-DLoG. Styletronic took charge of the Windows interface software and system integration, while Advantech-DLoG provided the industrial grade in-vehicle devices plus hardware in interface integration.