The latest version of fleet management software TIS-Web® Motion simplifies the daily work of dispatchers not only through numerous new planning functions, TIS-Web® Motion also offers Geofencing for the first time. The technology based on geo localisation data increases the safety of transported goods, drivers and vehicles. It has the potential to significantly improve the logistics process along the entire value chain.
Setting digital borders
The term Geofencing refers to the virtual fencing of predefined geographical spaces with the purpose of triggering a warning when a vehicle approaches, enters or leaves specific areas. The vehicle position is transmitted using GPS, Wi-Fi or mobile internet and set in comparison with predefined boundaries.
In TIS-Web® Motion, fleet managers can select geographical areas and narrow them down individually. National borders, nature conservation areas, truck prohibition zones, etc. The areas can be defined in the form of circles, squares, polygons or map points. A Notification inside the Application dashboard indicates as soon as the vehicle has violated a defined border.
Control and planning reliability
In this way it is possible to react immediately if, for example, the vehicle is moved across a national border without authorisation. Fines for driving through areas closed to trucks can also be avoided.
For valuable or time-critical freight, fleet managers can use geofencing to track the exact route of a vehicle and ensure that it does not deviate from the predefined route. The virtual border is continuously monitored. If the driver deviates from this, the fleet manager can contact him immediately and instruct the appropriate measures.
Above all, Geofencing enables dispatchers to announce the arrival of a delivery to their customers to the minute. By defining rooms in advance, they receive continuously updated delivery times as the distance to the destination decreases. The dispatcher also learns when a truck leaves a defined geo-zone - for example after picking up or unloading the load. This increases transparency and the possibility of planning further or new routes for the dedicated trucks.
Opportunities for the future
Linking this automated geofencing information from TIS-Web® Motion with the loading yard systems for time window management could also simplify truck handling at the loading ramps. After all, unproductive waiting times often occur when loading or unloading at peak times. What applies to the ramp could also be extended to the workshop. Digital data transfer between fleet management and the dispatchers of maintenance and service companies could also help to avoid unnecessary downtimes.
With Geofencing and the numerous innovations in TIS-Web® Motion, VDO is consistently focusing on building a digital infrastructure for the transport and logistics industry - for greater efficiency in a competitive environment driven by time and cost pressure.