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Telematics in 5 Years — The Benefit of Artificial Intelligence to Warehouse and Fleet Management

Posted by Dick Sorenson on Oct 18, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Want to be more proactive than reactive in managing your warehouse and fleet? Within the next five years, artificial intelligence from advanced telematics could be telling you exactly how to achieve your objectives.hand-1571852_640.jpg

Without a doubt, today’s telematics platforms have revolutionized how we do business. They offer cutting-edge insights and real-time data that help companies avoid safety issues, improve operator productivity, optimize utilization, and target maintenance objectives.

But, even greater capabilities are on the horizon as the telematics industry is catapulting into a new age.

An Intelligent Future

It may seem like something out of a sci-fi movie, but many companies will have artificial intelligence overseeing and shaping daily warehouse operations in the next few years.

Here are a few improved capabilities on the horizon:

  • More intelligent warehouses — increased tracking of operator patterns, order picking, inventory monitoring, and “just-in-time” deliveries
  • Telematics systems partnering with other SMART systems — to monitor and learn behaviors within the warehouse environment to increase efficiency
  • Systems that all “talk” to each other — combined information supports improved timing and routing, product location, and traffic patterns.
  • Increased indoor locationing capabilities — more “context aware” systems improve locationing down to the foot to assist with optimum forklift routing
  • Tailored operational parameters — based on location, battery-charge state, presence of other vehicles, physical conditions at current location, historical performance and predictive calculations, etc.

The benefits

Companies that have implemented an advanced telematics platform, like TotalTrax SX200 cloud-based solutions, are already realizing benefits from today’s artificial intelligence systems. But, obtaining even greater capabilities will take warehouse efficiency and productivity to a whole new level.

Here’s how:

  1. Tomorrow’s telematics system learns through matching patterns. The result is increased driver and fuel-cost efficiencies from knowledge of the shortest or lest-congested path. (Think of Google alternate routes.)
  2. Learning operator patterns leads to safer equipment and better understanding of how and why impacts occur. Seven out of 10 forklift accidents are preventable if you have the right insight.
  3. Knowing exactly where inventory is located — down to the square inch — saves valuable time and increases productivity. Without precise telematics, managers can spend too much time searching for lost or misplaced pallets.

Today’s wireless telematics, like the TotalTrax SX/VX Advanced Telematics Platform, provides valuable insights that support proactive — rather than reactive — decision-making. But, within five years, upgrades to telematic artificial intelligence will offer even greater capabilities for achieving efficiency and meeting objectives.

Topics: Forklift, locationing, future, SX/VX, smart systems, wireless telematics

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