A Logistics service provider implements high-performance Fleet Management solution using Azure IoT platform

About the Client

The client is a logistics service provider based out of Middle East. They are the trusted advisor for logistics customers who have complex fleet and large mobile workforce. This customer offers top notch vehicle fleet solutions & services world-wide.

Our Results

The Fleet Management solution helps the client’s logistics customers take intelligent decisions to effectively manage their fleet of vehicles. Deep insights into Driver Performance, Real-time vehicle tracking, Predictive Maintenance of Vehicles and Fuel loss can help them improve their Fleet operational efficiency.

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Business Need

With over 20 years of experience in the Logistics space, the client’s leadership team was constantly seeking to adopt emerging technologies. Their logistics customers have four main business concerns; vehicle tracking & monitoring, driving habits, idling & fuel loss and vehicle failure. To overcome the underlying challenges, they wanted a fleet management solution which would help them track the location of every vehicle, their routes, status, driver location and reason for delay in delivery. The solution should also assist their logistics customers in fleet planning, vehicle monitoring, vehicle tracking, forecasting and preventive maintenance. To address these initiatives for its customers, our client wanted to build a fleet management solution to achieve customer delight and enhanced business performance.

The game changing aspect of the solution is providing visibility of real-time operations of each vehicle in the fleet. In order to achieve this, they would need diagnostic data of the vehicles, drivers and unplanned events to derive critical insights on operational efficiency. Such data can be obtained by installing GPS enabled devices (IoT assets) in the vehicles. These devices provide information such as vehicle speed, engine coolant temperature & RPM, trip mileage/fuel consumption, hard acceleration/brake, engine idle time etc. By performing analysis on this collected data, a complete picture of real-time operations can be made available.

However, to architect such a solution they required an integrated platform that supports any kind of device with an ability to perform analysis to derives critical insights. To create such an IoT & Analytics platform, they collaborated with Saviant as their IoT & Data Analytics consulting partner.

Technology Solution

Saviant’s cold-chain monitoring & logistics expertise helped create a Fleet Management solution that provides critical business insights to improve fleet operational efficiency. The solution creates a positive impact on vehicle management, preventive vehicle maintenance, driver performance and overall fleet management. The client’s logistics customers can login to web portal to track & monitor their vehicles, schedule maintenance activities, supervise driver behaviour and predict asset failure for improved operational efficiency and faster operational support.

Two major challenges were faced while devising the Fleet management solution; how to support any IoT device installed in the vehicles to receive the data and how to analyse these large data volumes. Saviant’s team of IoT & Data Analytics consultants overcame these obstacles by developing an IoT based analytics architecture leveraging Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. The IoT gateway supports any kind of IoT devices such as GL213 and 618 and collects the data related to vehicle, driver and unexpected events. The Analytics engine leverages this collected IoT data to perform real-time & predictive insights and generates alerts on conditions such as rash drive, vehicle idle, sharp turns, and temperature exceed. Power BI tool was leveraged to generate various analytics reports that help in intelligent decision making. Although this IoT & Analytics solution was delivered as a proof-of-concept, our logistics client was impressive on gaining visible benefits, one of which includes the system’s scalability to handle up to 5000 vehicles.

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Saviant at a glance

Saviant is the preferred Data Analytics & Intelligent Solutions partner for leading Asset-intensive and Field-force driven Enterprises across industries like Energy, Utilities, Logistics & Construction. We are the trusted Technology Advisors and Implementation Partners for their strategic initiatives around Data Analytics, IoT, Cloud & Mobility. Our teams enable intelligent actions & accelerated business outcomes for our customers across the globe, by defining their Technology Roadmap & Implementation Strategies.
Saviant is a Microsoft Gold Partner for Cloud Platform, Data Analytics, Application Development & Xamarin Premier Consulting Partner.

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