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Today’s Telematics — Changing Your Mind About the Value of Telematic Data

Posted by Dick Sorenson on Sep 28, 2017 3:00:00 AM

If you researched telematics platforms in the past, you may have decided that deployment was too time consuming and data too difficult to understand. But, in the last few years, much has changed. Deploying telematics now could redefine your success in the coming year.new-years-day-2660925_640.jpg

Today’s system functionality and easy access to data-driven answers could surprise you. Fact is, the last few years of research and development has transformed advanced telematics to provide exactly what managers need most — easy, actionable information (the who, what, where, and why), delivered on one screen.

The result is an insightful management tool that leverages artificial intelligence to tell the user exactly how to achieve important objectives.

The value of telematic data is in instantly knowing:

  • What is going wrong?  roimaximage1.jpg
  • Who is involved?
  • Why is it happening?
  • How can this issue be fixed or/or prevented?

Without a doubt, answers to those questions are what you need. Systems today offer those cutting-edge insights and real-time data that help companies avoid safety issues, improve operator productivity, optimize utilization, and even target maintenance objectives.

It’s time to look at telematics again

Now, you know, telematics platforms no longer spout out piles of data. They deliver actual answers and solutions regarding all the moving parts of your enterprise, taking warehouse efficiency and productivity to a whole new level.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • A more intelligent warehouse — increased tracking of operator patterns, order picking, inventory monitoring, and “just-in-time” deliveries
  • Telematics systems that partner 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. Knowing exactly where inventory is located, down to the square inch
  • 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.
  • A telematics system that learns through matching patterns – increasing driver and fuel-cost efficiencies from knowledge of the shortest or least-congested path. Operator patterns pinpoint how and why impacts occur, which makes them preventable.

How easy is it to customize a telematics system?

Today’s flexible toolset is designed for ease of use and customization. Users can configure the feature to report out on goals or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) essential to the operation of the areas they manage or control.

For example:

  • Using customizable dashboards, charts, and data assessments, the feature presents a real-time, self-service, exception-based "single pane of glass" graphical user interface.
  • The user can view what is happening in a facility currently and over the past day, week, month, or year.
  • The toolset can be used to drive continuous improvement through managing to the KPIs/goals.

Today’s wireless telematics has evolved to provide exactly what busy warehouse and distribution centers need to succeed. Managers gain valuable insights instantly, which supports proactive — rather than reactive — decision-making and problem solving.


Topics: ugrade, SX/VX Advanced Telematics, real-time monitoring, continuous improvement

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