Unraveling the Web of the Internet of Things
With broadband Internet now a widely available utility, more and more devices are being built with WiFi capabilities and additional sensors for enhanced connectivity. The costs of technology and software development continue to go down while the presence of mobile devices and their integration with the marketplace is higher than ever before. This new connectivity between devices both in the home and the business has given rise to a network that allows data to be collected and shared—thus creating an “Internet of Things”.
This new concept is more far-reaching and influential than you may even realize. Some examples may already be in your home or business. From the thermostat in your home to the security system installed at your business, it’s likely you own devices that connect to the web and are ready to interact with all your other digital devices. The interaction refers to moving information from one device to another and controlling it all from the palm of your hand. And this kind of power isn’t limited to your home; it’s made its way to the highway with the ever-growing integration with a wide variety of vehicles from minivans to 18-wheelers.
What the Internet of Things Means for You and Your Business
Beyond the home, vehicles have become an important area that is seeing a surge of development and this is sure to have a major impact on any business that operates a fleet. With the integration of WiFi into fleet vehicles, drivers and managers are now privy to the real-time sharing of vehicle diagnostics, GPS-based tracking, routing information, and more. All this information, coupled with its speed and accessibility, allows for greater efficiency for your business from making more informed dispatching decisions, monitoring fuel economy, vehicle maintenance, and much more.
By going between the vehicle, the infrastructure, and driver simultaneously, managers can make quick, knowledgeable decisions while considering every possible step of the fleet management process. You can be informed about traffic, when a bridge is out, when infrastructure is in development, and any current detours, time delays, or an accident that could potentially affect routing. Being able to access this information as it happens, fleet managers are capable of applying informed solutions to get their vehicles on the road and to their destinations on time.
Get Ahead of the Game by Taking Advantage Now
As your employees, vehicles, and the world around you become more connected, it only makes sense for your business to take full advantage of this wealth of new information and opportunities. GPS fleet tracking systems are only one way the Internet of Things can have a profound affect on your business. Its influence and benefits will only be more apparent in the coming years.
To learn more about how GPS fleet tracking works and how it can leverage your business within the Internet of Things, visit our Fleet Solutions page.