Extending wireless coverage outdoors allows companies to maintain a more seamless operation. It helps support sophisticated, bandwidth-intensive applications such as remote video surveillance and mobile voice, video and data connectivity. It increases efficiency by simplifying the monitoring and tracking of shipments, containers and contents in real time. Wireless networks also help minimize losses by
keeping track of all your assets, from reusable pallets to forklifts to 20-ton tanker trucks. In addition, overlay wireless narrow-banding solutions can offer cost-efficient connectivity for basic messaging or low-bandwidth telnet requirements across long distances and in especially challenging RF environments.
In many respects, you may be blind to the critical fleet assets you manage. While existing in-vehicle technologies like trip monitors report some details like mileage, oil pressure, telemetry and fuel utilization, they can’t tell you everything. RFID solutions provide different, more robust information, to offer a better view around critical fleet management assets. Available technologies make it easy to accurately track parts, tools, repairs, maintenance histories and business processes. Fleet managers can also use RFID to increase efficiencies by streamlining data capture procedures and minimizing or eliminating error-prone, time-intensive manual processes.
While every fleet operation’s needs and challenges are unique, industrial mobile technologies and software can transform how companies work, by facilitating:
- Fast and accurate vehicle check-in, fueling and weighing
- Instant access to vehicle maintenance and repair histories
- Locating and monitoring vehicles on the road or at company yards
- Automated inventory control and procurement of spare parts
- Improved equipment and personnel utilization
- Better use of labor pool
- Minimization of errors and equipment loss
- Enhanced visibility to driver behavior to increase safety and reduce risks
By capturing, moving and managing vehicle data across the enterprise, fleet managers can reduce maintenance costs and optimize fleet utilization. Mobile data capture solutions provide access to real-time information about driver and vehicle performance, location and identify opportunities for immediate improvement.
Wireless mobility changes everything
Time is money. When enterprises transition from a wired world to wireless, good things happen. The more critical functions can work in real time, the more visibility and control companies have across their operations. And productivity and profitability go up and costs come down.
Today’s industrial mobile solutions are designed to meet the rigorous demands of all industries but particularly those where real-time inventory and asset visibility, connectivity, control, accountability, customer loyalty, faster customer response times and higher profitability matter.
John Pomerleau is Principal of Motorola’s Industry Solutions Group, responsible for developing the strategy as well as the execution of business development initiatives for Field Mobility Solutions. Targeting applications that enable reduced costs, workforce optimization and enterprise visibility outside the “four walls,” Pomerleau is the resident expert for Field Service applications.
Mark Wheeler is the Director of Supply Chain Solutions for Motorola Solutions Inc., Schaumburg, Ill. Responsible for the company’s warehouse mobility solutions business in North America, Wheeler works with customer’s supply chain operations teams across all industries as well as Motorola’s product development teams for the warehouse solution space.