With the logistics industry embracing technology with open arms, new ideas and innovations are on the rise, benefitting particularly the transportation sector. As a result of this complementarity, new features and value additions are surfacing the transport industry through logistics app development. Each added feature or value propositions is backed by a distinct technology, which fuels its working. These technologies are instrumental for the self-orchestration of the supply chain and augment the overall efficiency of the process by significantly reducing the costs. The 4 major functions of such apps have been listed below, with their respective background technologies.
The GPS has also been accredited for its ability to analyze driving patterns sand enhance driver’s safety. Besides, GPS and logistic apps allow their users to view the real- time traffic conditions of major routes all over the world. The traffic data and prediction are premised on road sensors and the drivers.
GPS tracker transmits the user’s location data to google, which mentions the relative driving speed and combining it with fellow drivers, paints a comprehensive picture of the traffic situation. Crowdsourced GPS and live traffic feed are also being accommodated in transportation apps for better results.
Cellular and Satellite Tracking
The logistic apps fueling the transport sector today have made possible the real-time tracking of vehicles and shipments. This location tracking is premised on the use of 2 technologies, namely- cellular and satellite tracking. Cellular tracking banks upon network coverage and is better suited for cities and towns with efficient cellular reception. Satellite tracking, on the other hand, relies on the technology of the GPS tracker, fitted in the vehicle, or through the driver’s phone. The former transmits the location coordinates over the cellular network to the server, the latter facilitates real-time tracking through the GPS tracker, which extracts location coordinates from satellites and communicates them to the server through mobile, radio or satellite modems.
Additionally, GPS tracking also enables the collection of crucial vehicle information, like the amount of fuel, the temperature of the engine, altitude, tire pressure, etc. location tracking is instrumental for both the dispatcher and the driver, giving an accurate real-time location, and an estimated time of arrival, respectively.
Logistic apps in the transportation sector can also improve the fleet management through in-app tools. For instance, the Keeptruckin app, allows the drivers to log in their driving time through their app interface, which can be accessed by the fleet managers for performance appraisals in real time. Also, apps are accompanied by technologies that enable the drivers to mark any problems they are facing with the vehicle to ensure timely service, and later check off the problem, once solved. This contributes to the better maintenance of the vehicle and also ensure fleet responsibility towards the vehicle in terms of punctuality of servicing.
Asset Tracking & Management
Asset tracking and management enables the dispatch to get the real time location of each trailer, independently of the entire fleet of vehicles. It also allows them to maintain an inventory of the shipment. This dual function performed by logistic apps facilitates the dispatcher to track in real time the exact location of each package without any physical presence. Inventory management is carried on the basis of 2 major technological principles. Firstly, the packages can be marked with individual QR codes which can be scanned using the logistic app and their location can be determined, without human assistance. Secondly, radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag and near field communication (NFC) tag can be employed. RFID is equipped with an antenna and a memory chip, which can be used for inventory management.
In a nutshell, the new technologies surfacing each day, are a boon for the transport industry. The technologies behind these new logistic apps are numerous and are significantly increasing the efficiency of the whole transportation process. Whether the emerging technological developments will completely eliminate human intervention is a question for the future, presently, transport mobile apps are trending.
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