Owing to the rapid technical progress made over the past decades, as well as the impact that digitalisation has had on even the smallest details of our everyday lives, it is safe to say that what was analogue has fully transitioned to the digital sphere. And Smart Things are the ultimate manifestation of this development: Smart Homes, Smart Phones, Smart Cities, Smart Watches. Objects have become intelligent, enabled by smart data.
Of course, these developments do not stop at mobility. Whether it is autonomous vehicles or connected cars, digitalisation has led us into a new era. Right in the middle of this are intelligent telematics and smart data. At the NMW 2018 in Hanover, a number of experts presented the opportunities of the digital transformation by using these intelligent data sets and telematics. Their products and visions revolved around how to use smart tachographs and augmented reality in the digital logistics business for cargo handling, improving safety and predicting future events.
These are the functions and improvements that will be exciting for years to come – and not only for the logistics industry but the automotive industry as well:
Intelligent Vehicle Technologies to Fight Against Cargo Crime
Theft and mobility are two terms that are unfortunately often mentioned in the same sentence. Truck trailers are broken into and the contents stolen, cars suddenly have an open door or a broken window, and in the case of bikes they simply go completely missing. Theft in freight transport, so-called cargo crime, is also increasing. Technological tools will play an increasingly important role in the prevention of burglary and theft in the future. Christian Verschuuren from WABCO took this topic as an opportunity to present possible solutions.
Even intelligent trailers cannot take burglars into custody; but by using modern sensors, camera systems or the connection with alarm systems, trailers can emit alarm signals or report an attempted burglary – while they are happening. Alarm functions especially can quickly demotivate thieves to continue in their illegal endeavor. But for these modern theft-alarms to succeed, the various parties involved need to work together. Freight forwarders, shippers, security agencies – they all need to develop common standards for the systems to work efficiently and effectively and reduce crime.
Connecting All Road Transport: Telematics Solutions and Digitisation in Logistics
Florian Modrich from Idem Telematics then presented the possibilities of digitisation and smart telematics in logistics: Increasingly intelligent transport components – vehicles, freight, drivers – generate huge amounts of data. This is data that enables all parties, whether freight forwarders, managers or recipients, more efficiency and effectiveness. But before this is possible, the data sets need be transferred to a central database which analyses the data chunks for the various stakeholders. The resulting reports would be highly personalised and specialised management tools that would enable intelligent digital tools to make important decisions. One example of this would be for the tool to predict the best and worst travel times or routes for the drivers.
Making Data-Driven Use Cases Happen
“More data leads to better business”. That’s how Geert-Jan van Nunen of Teraki commented on the possibilities of intelligent datasets in mobility – and thus struck a similar chord to that of Florian Modrich. For Van Nunen, the point is clear: the more data we have access to, the more new products and services can be created. He also named three concrete examples for this at NMW 2018:
- Higher crash detection: By using intelligent data and telematics, the consequences of accidents can be detected up to 30 percent faster. The resulting higher process efficiency would be particularly interesting for insurance companies.
- Predictive accident alerts: Digital helpers can calculate anormal behavior patterns several minutes in advance thus warning drivers of potential accidents early and ultimately saving lives.
- Predictive maintenance: We already reported on the subject of Predictive Maintenance in our last week’s post on the digitalisation of the aftermarket. And van Nunen also reaffirmed the benefits of predictive maintenance with extensive datasets. Higher efficiency, less waiting time and reduced workloads on repairs.
Finally, Marcus Claesson of Daimler Trucks, Buses, and Vans presented the possibilities of the Internet of Things for customer-centered mobility solutions. With many people already being intertwined with the trucks through connectivity (fleet managers, freight forwarders, freight managers), intelligent remote service, driver services, vehicle services, and fleet services capabilities will only increase the industry’s productivity.
Volker Hansen of Fleetboard emphasises that the technology for intelligent services, intelligent telematics, and intelligent data exists and is already in use. The next step: Now it’s all about improving usability and adding real value to customers and users.