Advancements in IoT and cloud technologies have revolutionized the management of vehicles, people, and goods on the road in fleet and logistics industries. Our super-rugged in-vehicle computers, which are integrated with Microsoft Azure Cloud Services, provide a well-rounded platform that helps logistics and transportation companies obtain real-time information on a range of operations, including inbound and outbound asset management, vehicle status monitoring, human resource management, and communication with personnel on the road, all of which improve overall operational efficiency.
With the integration of Advantech and Microsoft IoT technologies, this solution allows companies to manage their operations from a centralized management room or by using a mobile device such as smartphone or tablet PC. Drivers can also keep an eye on their vehicle status via an in-vehicle dashboard, which can also help them better coordinate with headquarters. Such intelligent fleet management technology solutions can be applied not only to small passenger car sharing systems but also to road freight/logistics and bus fleet management.
As an example of a successful case, an electric car company responsible for developing a green eCar sharing system for Taoyuan City in Northern Taiwan has adopted the Advantech–Microsoft IoT solution as a platform for car users (e.g., identity registration, car booking/returns) and management centers (customer verification, driving behavior records, vehicle tracking/status monitoring) including tire pressure, battery charge/discharge rates, engine temperature, and so on. The provision of a car-sharing app for both smartphones and computers allows users to conveniently check for available cars and their location.
Another example is a Chinese logistics company based in Shanghai. This company recently deployed an intelligent management system to connect all of their distribution centers, vehicles, goods, and human resources to a real-time monitoring control network, achieving a marked improvement in operational efficiency. When the items are to be discharged from the warehouse, personnel scan a barcode to confirm that the correct products are being shipped, thus making it possible for the management center to control and track the items throughout the entire transportation process.