By John Tsoucalas - GM, Compliance Systems (Fleet Effect)
With rapidly changing technologies and the massive adoption by business of Cloud based software solutions, one of the biggest challenges faced by Transport Operators is connecting their systems with the multitude of in-vehicle devices and systems. It’s time for Transport Operators to refresh their technologies to remain productive and compliant. So how do you get connected? Consider a Plug & Play approach to systems integration across the growing multitude of devices found in a heavy vehicle. A recent approach to Plug & Play is the ConnectedTruck™ which utilises one single interface data source (Integration Core) into a Transport Operator’s ERP or TMS system, as illustrates below:
Typical in-vehicle systems that are critical for a Transport Operators business include:
GPS Telematics and engine data for use in location, speed, and maintenance management
Driver mobile data for use in maintenance, fatigue (EWD), timesheet, jobs and POD management
HD Camera’s for us in real time streaming of incidents, side loading and live driver video audits
Sleep & Distraction monitoring for use in incident prevention and fatigue management
Paperless Compliance management
Job Scheduling and POD automation that automates invoicing though TMS/ERP
Analytics analysis of big data
The use of a dynamic Integration Core that allows rapid integration between a single source data source in Argus Cloud with a Transport Operators’ systems is essential in attaining the ConnectedTruck™ outcome. Through the Integration Core any number of vehicle systems can be easily integrated, with vital data being available in the Transport Operator’s systems, such as:
TMS/ERP system for creating jobs and allocating them to vehicles, through to receiving job completion timestamps with Sign on Glass Proof of Delivery(POD) information
Payroll systems which receive daily work and break data automatically
CRM systems which require job history, POD details, and vehicle/job location data
Risk Management systems to be provided with incident reports, images, and video
TMS or other Workshop system to be provided with vehicle/trailer fault reports from drivers and to provide fault close out details to drivers.
Compatible with Translogix Sapphire TMS, SAP, Xero, MYOB, QB, with other systems progressively being added.
There is a growing demand by Transport Operator’s customers for real time information on their jobs, location of their freight, ETA on deliveries and validation that the Transport Operator is meeting their CoR obligations. This information is now easily available through the ConnectedTruck™ which can now become a strong value proposition in the marketing of freight services. A Plug & Play truck in the form of the ConnectedTruck™ is now a reality and Transport Operators are benefiting from 100% paperless compliance performance, much improved cost of operations and a quicker integration path for multiple systems. To discuss how the the ConnectedTruck™ could help improve operational efficiency and manage changes to CoR, phone 1300 786 272 or click here.
NOTE: This article was originally published in the VTA Priority Report Winter 2017