VTS As A Boon To Traffic Management

Krishnakumar Madhavan, Head IT & Innovations, KLA India | Tuesday, 05 January 2021, 10:34 IST

Krishnakumar Madhavan, Head IT & Innovations, KLA India

Since the turn of the millennium, one of the technical megatrends observed on the market is the replacement of isolated control units by intelligent (inter)connected devices, named today as the Internet of Things (IoT). Fundamentally, the IoT is considered as a network of physical objects with embedded sensors and communication capabilities allowing remote control or monitoring via an internet-like structure. Among the myriad of IoT devices available on the market today, GPS trackers are offering a wide scope of applications and benefits.

The use of GPS trackers may be a great help in various situations, as their satellite-controlled positioning function can help to find persons in need of protection such as children, patients suffering from alzheimer disease, elderly persons or even pets who ran away. Being able to locate and find our loved ones using easy-to-use tracker systems offer security and peace of mind. But GPS trackers can also be used to locate and protect various types of assets such as vehicles, cars, bicycles or any valuable (and moving) object. In a business environment, fleet management is one of the applications offering immediate benefits and quick ROI of using tracking devices.

How IoT Supports VTS Internet of Things is a vast subject. It has introduced connected devices of household, commercial appliances, or gadgets that are controlled over a personal network or the internet. It lets you connect the air conditioner with your smartphone and enables the controls from anywhere through the internet. Imagine how innovative it is to keep your assets connected for improved monitoring. We can only anticipate how IoT is revolutionizing the industries.

“Many logistics companies are switching over IoT powered vehicle tracking systems to obtain higher benefits and make themselves capable to analyze the real-time fleet data”

Taking a look at the logistics and transportation industry, a vehicle tracking system plays a major role. Different types of sensors can be planted on the vehicles to

• Measure the load in real-time,

• Identify the exact speed of the vehicle,

• Know the driver’s driving habits,

• Track the delivery process,

• Monitor the cargo condition, etc.

The vehicle tracking system does it all. With the help of IoT, VTS is the new advancement in the logistics sector. The authorities appreciate its functioning and demand for more innovative ideas to help them facilitate quality product delivery.

The vehicle tracking system works on 3 main technologies,

• RFID - helps in tracking the live location of the products

• GPS - helps the managers to obtain real-time information of the vehicle’s route

• On-board diagnostics II - provides the information for vehicle maintenance and driving conditions

As we all know, the Internet of Things architecture comprises of three phases - endpoints, gateways, and platform hubs. Similarly, when a vehicle tracking system is installed, the vehicle collects the data through GPS and OBD II sensors, the gateway sends the information of speed, location, direction, load, and other variables to the network server, which is further sent to a secured application server in the cloud for storage and data analysis.

Benefits of Using a Vehicle Tracking System

Many logistics companies are switching over IoT powered vehicle tracking systems to obtain higher benefits and make themselves capable to analyze the realtime fleet data. The Internet of Things is helping fleet companies by offering various tools to collect, share, and take real-time actions to make quick decisions. Furthermore, using the entire data from the IoT devices, the managers can track the vehicle's condition, driver's behavior, and benefit with the improved operability through smart wheels.

Let’s have a read about the key advantages of implementing an IoT-enabled vehicle tracking system with your business.

Real-Time Location Tracking

How would you feel if the cargo goes missing in the midway of its journey? You’d definitely feel the urge to find out what happened. Isn’t it?

Hence, the vehicle tracking system. The IoT powered VTS is designed to perform real-time operations. It collects the location data through sensors and processes the information through gateways over a smart platform. The GPS sensors are used to detect the live location of your vehicle and provide valuable location data for further analysis and decision-making.

Proper Resource Utilization

Imagine a normal vehicle is appointed to travel long distances for product delivery and its fuel tank empties up on the highway with no fuel stations nearby. This situation would not only hamper the product’s condition but also delay product delivery.

On the other hand, you have a smart vehicle that is enabled with an IoT powered vehicle tracking system. Your driver gets prior notifications about fuel consumption and how much extra is needed to get to the destination. Will it not be helpful for the driver to serve an on-time delivery?

Track the Driver’s Route

Many-a-times a situation arises when the vehicle drivers turn up to be untrustworthy and intend to do something wrong like fuel theft. Even if his intentions are not negative, his personal driving habits can delay the delivery. A vehicle tracking system lets you keep a check on the driver's driving habits and what route is he taking. Along with keeping a track on his route, the VTS lets you stay connected with the driver so that he does not opt for any kind of off-track situation.

Eliminate Road Accidents

Taking an example of a human body, a brain functions well to make your body move and enables the reflexes to take turns if any obstacle arises. Similarly, the Internet of Things works as the brain of the connected assets. An IoT powered vehicle tracking system allows the authorities to keep a check on how fast the vehicle is moving and take necessary actions.

Additionally, vehicles that are connected through IoT tend to identify the empty spaces by sensing the position of other vehicles and move smoothly without causing an accident. IoT powered vehicles are a boon to taking the road safety measures to an advanced level and thus, avoiding road mishaps.

Undoubtedly, the advent of IoT has empowered the transportation sector. Tracking the shipments, monitoring the vehicles, cargo conditions, everything is now possible through IoT. The Internet of Things has emerged with an efficient vehicle tracking system where the fleet managers experience the taste of technology with the effective functioning of the transports.

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