Satellite monitoring: Bringing new dimensions to the technology
Over the last two decades, fleet management software has beenÂ steadily gaining popularity around the globe. According to theÂ MarketsAndMarkets report the Fleet Management market is expected to reachÂ US$27.9 billion by 2021.
The reason is simple, there is a huge demand for the technology. FleetÂ management systems help companies save millions of dollars by elimination ofÂ fuel thefts and waybills falsification.
For instance, Belsotra, a European logistics company, has managed to saveÂ about US$67,000Â in a year by cutting fuel costs thanks to the fleetÂ management system, while a security company Avantern prevented a client from aÂ loss related to US$3,325,000Â â€“ the cost of the stolen vehicles, which wereÂ successfully found with help of Wialon system.
Certainly, these numbers impress, yet the potential of GPS tracking goes farÂ beyond. Tracking systems ensure control over manufacturing processes, monitorÂ any moving or stationary asset, or finally serve to save human lives.
Fleet management solutions for children safety
Three years ago in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) a four-year-old girl diedÂ after she was locked and forgotten in a school bus parked under the sun. HadÂ the bus been equipped with a GPS tracking system, the tragedy would not haveÂ ever happened. To avoid tragic accidents in future, Gurtam, an internationalÂ IT company, has developed a special â€śPassengersâ€ť module for publicÂ transportation. This RFID-enabled tracking solution allows for accurateÂ passenger count in real time.
Therefore, in case a child doesnâ€™t drop off theÂ bus on time, the system would immediately notify a driver and schoolÂ authorities. This way a kid who fell asleep or lost consciousness would beÂ quickly found. Aside from decreasing the level of child mortality, theÂ technology gives parents the tool to ensure their child got to and from schoolÂ safely.
Still school bus tracking is in high demand not only in hot countries. ForÂ example, in North Carolina, USA, school buses were equipped with Wialon-basedÂ solution MiFleet in order to decrease the number of road accidents. The systemÂ controls school buses location and speed as well as sends instant alarms inÂ case of over-speeding or any other violation. If an accident occurs, theÂ dispatcher receives a notification and calls emergency services if needed.
Alan Justice, director of transportation in Transylvania, says that theÂ implementation of Wialon-based solution has significantly improved driverÂ behavior as all of their harsh braking and over-speeding are now registered inÂ the fleet management system.
Satellite monitoring for manufacturing processes control
Road safety cannot be underestimated, yet there are many other domains whereÂ satellite monitoring can be of use. Machinery breakdown can cause seriousÂ financial losses, but whatâ€™s more, it can negatively impact employeesâ€™ health.Â Therefore, industrial safety remains a priority for companies around theÂ world.
Take, for example, food industry. Cast Engineering Company has implemented aÂ Wialon-based solution at a dairy factory in Bulgaria. Monitoring of allÂ manufacturing processes ensured high quality production.
The system controls diesel generators and power supply to productionÂ equipment. Apart from real-time fuel consumption control, operators areÂ getting live information on generator status (standby, switching mode and gridÂ status).
Also, the system monitors water supply in tanks and water pumpsÂ outages/work stoppage as well as controls temperature regimes at the factory.Â When water level in tanks reaches minimum or maximum levels or the temperatureÂ exceeds safe values, a responsible person gets an alarm notification, thusÂ preventing the spoilage of tons of dairy products.
Collected by special hardware, data is transferred to Wialon system forÂ further handling and analysis. As a result the client acquires visualisationÂ of all factory processes and can respond promptly to any emerging issues.
Aliaksandr Kuushynau, Wialon chief officer, said: â€śThe latest developments inÂ telematics and the IoT provide companies with an opportunity to greatlyÂ improve living standards for people worldwide. Here in Gurtam weâ€™re workingÂ hard to address many problems the society faces nowadays.
Yet we are not onlyÂ focused on developing the tools for businesses, being it fuel thefts detectionÂ or logistics improvement, but also put an emphasis on far more valuable issuesÂ like saving peopleâ€™s lives.”
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