As you can see, transportation is developing at a very fast pace thanks to supply chain technology driven by data management and analytics. And digitization is revolutionizing and reshaping the industry which can support to adapt to the speed of change on the market.
Different kinds of data are asked to manage the road infrastructure. Inventory data will make a description for the physical factors of a road system. On the other hand, condition data will describe the condition of factors which can change frequently. There are also a lot of other technologies for the road manager to stack up the attributes of the road network. The difficulty is to choose the right equipment, and the way in which the data can be utilized. The purpose of this note is to provide you with an overall view of the current technologies used for pavements, bridges and traffic. This comes with an evaluation of the application of these technologies in developing nations. The goal is to support managers to set up a suitable and sustainable data collection and data management program and procure a suitable facility to gather the data.
Transportation data and analytics
The development of e-commerce keeps on driving better expectations in terms of speed, agility and visibility, as having just mentioned above. Also, transportation and warehousing vendors have been required to develop quickly according to the service demands, from manufacturers, retailers and customers.
Supply chain technology, which is enabled by data and analytics, is allowing for a transportation management change.
Those technological tools are supporting companies to get more informed, effective and sustainable.
Controlling and managing makes sure consistency and quality
In the last few years, technology has turned the industry more than just simple data into a whole new world of supply chain visibility.
Nowadays, customers are able to both track their packages via transport but also receive a text or mail notification when delivery vehicles have stopped operating for a specific time length.
The same data can also reveal that the delivery is within a mile of its destination so that the receivers can plan in advance without being surprised.
This greater visibility also has implications more than just punctual deliveries. More precisely, this data can result in the capability of carrying less inventory as companies can know better where their products are placed and exactly when they are needed. As a result, the cost can be saved significantly.
Moreover, data is also driving better customization and management throughout transportation. The Internet of Things sensors now allow for monitoring and reporting for temperature, humidity, movement as well as other vital factors and elements in real time so that a driver can take action before an issue would become a bigger problem.
Fleet management systems allow for more effectiveness and performance.
The next important role in data management for transportation is fleet management systems. It can help drive greater transportation effectiveness.
Systems can interact with vehicles regularly, collecting data about how long a car has been driven on the road, where it is going to head and which route would be the most useful and quickest.
These systems will then minimize the idle driver time, optimize fuel efficiency and promote safety while less paperwork is needed.
This constant communication between cars and the warehouse or manufacturing facility will also allow for higher flexibility and more responses in real time to unplanned situations.
For instance, if the driver who needs to get a pick up is delayed, fleet management technology can then re-assign that work to another driver automatically, downtime or late delivers can be avoided.
Moreover, some large carriers also utilize data to shorten the routes so that drivers can work near their home and finally job satisfaction is achieved.
Digital freight marketplaces are also allowing companies to consider further than just today’s shipment by offering more transparency in the trucking industry. Taking advantage of the technology, shippers are now capable of viewing regional trends and particular lane cost data, as well as driver preferences, while carriers have approach to such details as loading or unloading times and lane history information. All the data can be used to reduce operating costs without having to remove any service.
Vehicle-to-vehicle communication allows for platooning.
As a result, data will play an important role, together with other technologies, in one of the most vital developments in transportation: Platooning. Platooning connects three or four vehicles for trips on long distances of highways.
A driver is asked for the lead vehicle and the remained ones will follow within a short distance. The lead car will be responsible for controlling the speed, direction as well as braking of all vehicles. When in the range of a destination, the platoon will notify the vehicles about the delivery location.
Platooning is about to be a revolution for transportation.
This application will help driver save much expense on labor when only one driver is required for every three or four trucks on the road.
It is also able to increase safety while travelling, by removing human error and accelerating the pace of reaction. The technology also reduces the distance between cars while promoting road network capacity.
What is more, platooning also offers many benefits for environment. Vehicles operating at a steady speed will generate less CO2 emissions and utilize less energy. According to research, this technology is also able to save as much as 11 percent on fuel expenses for a three-truck platoon.
Also, although it may seem like a technology of future to take into action, there are some companies moving freight on autonomous vehicles nowadays.
Sharing the cost of technology
Currently, carriers and 3PLs are working together in order to make the most of data management as well as other technologies in order to bring about more effectiveness and cost savings throughout the supply chain without compromising service levels, which has been always expected.