ERP vs Fleet Management Software – What you need to know?

ERP vs Fleet Management Software - What you need to know?

Often organization with extensive operations, face an ongoing battle whether to use an existing ERP system by adjusting it for their fleet management or should they acquire a separate Fleet Management Software?Chances are that anorganization head will claim that the firm has already paid for an ERP system which incorporatesall operations into it. Why pay for an additional software that isn’t “necessary”?
Despite of several proven advantages of an ERP system when it comes to managing total corporate resources and integration, it often fails to meet the demands when it comes to the complexfleet management processes and operations. For instance, an ERP system provide the generic work order reports which lacks the flexibility to create intelligent reports to measure the KPI’s and performance of any fleet. Besides this,manual data entry makes it more prone to errors. In addition to this, it provideslimited interface with inventory control.
Since fleet operations require systems that are tailored to their specific requirements which considers their complexity and performance speeds, making it large-complex operation.

Does this imply that an ERP system is incapable of managing a fleet? While an ERP system may handle a portion of the tasks required, but an organization requires a full-fledged Fleet Management Software Solutionsuch as Eagle-I that not only collects the data but also perform strategic planning and make decisions to manage fleets throughout their whole operation.

Eagle-i has a centralized cloud-server that can be easily integrated into existing company systems including its ERP. To add expanded functionality, efficiency, seamless and efficient operation, organizationscan integrate their existing ERP and MIS system with Eagle-I advanced vehicle tracking andfleet management software with suitable levels of automation.

The integration of Eagle-I with ERP system provides you a single click glass pane view of work orders,expenses, repairs, inventories, suppliers, mileage, compliance, vehicle history, and warranties. Keep track of the fleet’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)andReturn of Investment (ROI): a critical statistic to enhance the efficiency and productivity of your fleet. Besides this, it can prevent future downtime by using preventive maintenance, provides real-time driver behaviour, and asset utilization

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Tesla plans to launch its own EV diagnostics system as an OBD alternative by 2023

Tesla plans to launch its own EV diagnostics system as an OBD alternative by 2023

On March 10, 2022, it was published that Tesla will launch its own EV-tailored car diagnostics and error reporting system in South Korea in October of next year as an alternative to the widely established OBD standard. South Korea will serve as a pilot for Tesla’s EV self-diagnostics standard and is expected to expand globally from there, in later stages.

Tesla has been granted an exception from the OBD standard requirements in Europe, China, and Japan. However, the Korea Transportation Safety Authority (KTSA) is pushing for the adoption of the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) standard for local inspections but Tesla has been in conflict with authorities and has refused to utilize OBD on its newest vehicles (the Model S/X have an OBDII plug).

The Korea Transportation Safety Authority (KTSA) has even conducted random spot checks on Tesla vehicles, inspecting wiring and dashboard error reports in the hopes that Tesla will relent.

According to Kim Pil-soo, professor of automotive engineering at Daelim University “OBD data works as a significant yardstick to check the vehicle’s condition, including if the motor properly exerts power. For consumers’ safety, it is necessary for authorities to receive related data from Tesla,”

The self-diagnostic capability of Tesla has raised credibility doubts with a fear that they can paper over major engineering flaws or glitches. As per the business insider: “Credibility of inspection outcomes through the Tesla-designated knowledge server shall be low because the carmaker can manipulate the information upfront. Whereas many Korean shoppers nonetheless clearly keep in mind the ‘2015 dieselgate’ by Volkswagen during which the German carmaker manipulated exhaust emissions to move the take a look at, Tesla ought to discover a truthful, credible method to assure car’s security as an alternative of relying by itself know-how,”

According to market analysts, Tesla’s self-diagnostic capabilities may appear creative, but given the rigorous safety checks for electric vehicles in general owing to potential concerns with the high-voltage battery pack, Tesla should figure out a compromise with the local authorities.

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Expense Management: Cornerstone to Optimize your Fleet Operations

Expense Management: Cornerstone to Optimize your Fleet Operations

Expense Management is the cornerstone of a successful fleet management plan, which requires insight of statistics in black and white to optimize your operations, stick to budgets and save money, and to precisely track of where you’re spending more than you realize. It’s a multifaceted process which needs an organized methodology for processing all expense reports and approvals, which entails more than just keeping track of employee-initiated costs. Expense management is a matter which can actually impact your chances of success and deserves the full attention.

Insights into the hidden fleet costs can be identified by using the digital trails left by drivers. Eagle-I expense management solution can provides the insights which can depict the escalating costs depending on the size of the fleet and annual trips made. It allows you to add cost incurred on each asset, in terms of

1. Maintenance (Oil change, tire replacement, engine check etc.),

2. Renewals (Vehicle insurance and registration, driver’s iqama, license and other official documents)

3. Fuel

 

Monitor and identify under-utilized and over utilized fleet assets to save costs and reduce risk. On the dashboard graphical overview of expenditures and performance of an asset or a group of assets are visible allowing you to analyze your assets which have become liability on the company and need to be retired from the fleet.

A whole year budget can be designed by using Service/Renewal module along with Analytics Dashboard, where each branch performance can be compared with expenditures. Just like performance comparison in analytics dashboard, a comparison of expenditure is available between assets, and between branches.

An expense management process ensures that every expense claim is accounted for and reimbursed as quickly as possible while keeping tabs on all activities to prevent fraud and promote compliance

Integration of an expense management solution not only boosts visibility, but also gives you full control over every aspect of your organization’s expense management process. These preventive strategies may sound hard to deploy but deferring

preventive strategies could lead to a lot more pain and expenses down the road.

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Top five reasons to have Ambulance Fleet Management Solution

Top five reasons to have Ambulance Fleet Management Solution

Every second counts in an emergency. This is particularly true for emergency responders such as ambulances and rescue squads. EMS response times are critical. The biggest challenge when dealing with an incident is determining the optimal route for the vehicles to undertake in order to arrive as promptly as possible. The success of delivering emergency response is determined by how well patients are treated. All patients want to be taken seriously and attended as shortly as possible.

1. Eagle-I provides the right tools for Emergency Medical Services Workers (EMS) to cope with emergencies and stressful situations in a more precise manner. You can track, analyze and optimize your ambulance fleet operations with Eagle-IoT ambulance fleet management and tracking solution. Accidents can be reported to the centralized system with a single click visualization dashboard for all reporting, tracking and monitoring.

2. Eagle-IoT live dashboard ensures movement of one or more ambulances can be seen and tracked. Zoom levels of map can re-adjust itself to ensure that selected fleet remain in focus. The status of the ambulance can be analysed by the color of icon on map.

Red icon indicates vehicle is stopped

Blue icon indicates vehicle is idling

Green icon indicates vehicle is moving

3. Eagle-IoT ambulance monitoring solution even ensures connectivity in remote areas. If the ambulance encounters a grey area where there is no GSM network, the tracking device will start working as a datalogger and will keep storing the data in the internal memory. Once the network is resumed, the data will be sent to the server and the memory buffer will be cleared.

4. Instantaneous alert can be generated from the driver/operator in case of an emergency with Panic Button. Besides this, Eagle-I provides you access to powerful driver dashboard which gives birds-eye-view of all driver behavior from harsh braking, cornering, harsh acceleration, harsh turning, over speeding etc. real-time monitoring of siren and light

activations and monitoring non-emergency speeding for improving driver safety.

5. Besides this, routes can be optimized and divided among drivers with Eagle-I RMS. Eagle-I’s ambulance route optimization provides an opportunity for dispatchers and route planners to plan routes, create a series of stops, add multiple zones for closer monitoring and alerts. The system not only generate the optimized routes, but also divide regions among the drivers, ensuring lower fuel consumption, carbon emissions and efficient task accomplishments.

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Why do banks need an effective ATM Tracking and Monitoring Solution?

Why do banks need an effective ATM Tracking and Monitoring Solution?

Automated Teller Machines widely known as ATMs had become an integral part of Montreal transactions. Despite the global shift to mobile and internet banking and forecasts of a cashless society, ATMs are still regarded as a necessary service. The convenience of an ATM allows user to undertake rapid self-service operations such as cash deposit and withdrawal, bill payment, and account transfers.

But the question arises why do banks need an effective ATM Tracking and Monitoring Solution? We have seen multiple cases where the ATM machines are either dislocated or are smashed and grabbed. which not only results in the loss of cash within the unit with heavy damage or even complete loss of the expensive machine.

In order to reduce the frequency and severity of ATM crimes, new legislation issued by the Central Bank of Saudi Arabia now requires all banks operating within the Kingdom to install GPS tracking devices across all remotely located and/or outdoor ATM machines. It is essential to implement effective monitoring and management solutions for predictive and proactive approach to prevent these problems in the future.

Eagle-IoT has specially designed its ATM Tracking and Monitoring Solution to offer real time 24/7 insights with its sensors to use in ATM units, with long battery backup, call facility and of water proof casing in order to maximize the performance. The sensors installed in the ATM continuously push the data to the servers through a secure TCP/IP connection. The messages sent from the devices includes the location information along with other sensors’ telemetry. If the asset encounters a grey area where there is no GSM network, the device will start working as a datalogger and will keep storing the data in the internal memory. Once the network is resumed, the data will be sent to the server and the memory buffer will be cleared.

 

 

 

ATM Cabinet Door Monitoring

The ability to detect ATM cabinet door status (door closed, door opened) and displays it on the Platform.

Tilt and Vibration Monitoring and Alarms

To detect undesired movements a safety feature is integrated in the ATM Solution to issue Alerts, Alarms and Calls when the device is tilted or dislocated.

Temperature Monitoring

Alarm in the event of a sudden change in temperature of the ATM interior.

ATM Movement History Playback

Eagle-IoT allows its user to replay the entire history of your ATM at a single click. Historical ATM movement activity can be regenerated for a date range for the period of last six-month.

Geofencing

With the unique feature of geofence virtual boundaries with custom perimeters around meaningful geographic areas can be created to addresses the issue of asset deployment in undesired areas. Alerts can be issued once the assets are moved to a different location.

Temper Alert

Alarm can be issued if someone tries to tamper or blocks GPS signals (GSM Jamming).

Eagle-IoT ATM tracking and monitoring solution can be used a means of prevention, tracking and recovery to address the possible thefts.

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Vehicle insurance telematics a way to get hold of low auto insurance annual premiums.

Vehicle insurance telematics a way to get hold of low auto insurance annual premiums.

With ever-increasing inflation and fuel price hike, vehicle insurance telematics appear to be band-aid to get hold of low annual premiums of auto insurance. Besides low premiums, vehicle insurance telematics may prove itself as waypost for safer roads.
According to the poll conducted by MoneyGeek, of over 1,000 motorists which include 10% of Generation Z ((1997 – 2012), 31% were millennials (1981 – 1996), 32% were Generation X (1965 – 1980), and 26% were baby boomers (1955 – 1964). 39% of respondents stated they would opt into telematics for a 5% premium decrease, including 48% of Gen Z and 47% of millennial drivers. 37% answered they would prefer no discount, 11% a 10% discount, and 13% a 20% discount.
The survey was conducted to understand the confidence of drivers in theinsurance companies with their driving data. the results indicated that the majority would accept a discount in return for the data. More than half of respondents stated they would allow their insurers to monitor their driving in exchange for lower insurance prices.
Survey respondents highlighted three reasons for their reluctance to utilize telematics insurance services: mishandling of the information leading to a privacy breach, information being utilized for legal purposes, ordisclosure of their driving data might lead to marketing campaigns.
Less likely to share data about Comfortable in sharing data about
Location (25%)
Mileage traveled (51%)
Acceleration (31%)
Time of day driving (42%)
Hard braking or cornering (32%)
Frequency and duration of driving (41%)
Phone usage while driving (33%)
Speed (39%)
Telematics aids in the reduction of rates for safe or low-risk drivers. While people involved in frequent accidents may pay a higher premium, however telematics service providers such as Eagle-i can urge them to practice safe driving habits. Not only a better driver pays less for insurance but also scores good on Eagle-I driver scorecard.

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Fleet Data and Industry Trends in 2022!

Fleet Data and Industry Trends in 2022!

Covid-19 has expedited the digitalization of numerous industries. The fleet industry has also undergone a renaissance over the past two years. Telematics has proved itself now more than a tracking and cost-cutting tool for managers. The data-driven fleet assets have transformed the industry in 2022, requiring data-enabled infrastructure and data ecosystem to redesign the transportation economy to keep the operations well-organized and efficient, thereby keeping the economy going.

Data is the new currency of the 21st century. To outperform the competitors, businesses need to derive useful insights from the gathered data to manage it effectively. Data monetization based on business models is no longer confined to Silicon Valley behemoths. Connected cars which were once a vague promise have now improved safety and efficiency determined fleet sustainability (carbon emission) and regulated compliance.Yet, we are only successful in tapping the tip of the data iceberg!Some of the latest tech trends established themselves as a game changer for fleet operations in 2022, reducing monotonous tasks, and ultimately making life easier for fleet managers:

TSP marketplaces

In 2022, we have seen telematics service providers such as Eagle-IoT expanding marketplaces for third-party fleet applications such as fuel management, route planning, maintenance, video telematics, carbon emission monitoring, thermal mapping and more. These marketplaces provide fleets with access to solutions through a pre-integrated dashboard on their existing telemetry systems, avoiding the need for costly corporate solutions with separate connections. The management access to real-time critical information (a dashboard) and data on vehicles, monotonous tasks can be transformed into the seamless functioning of telematics.

High-speed data towers (5G)

The bandwidth requirements of fleets have mounted. Vehicles that used to generate 10 MB a month with a fleet device on a 2G network can now generate 25 GB of data per hour. Although data needs of connected devices are well managed by 3G and 4G networks, but rapid data transfer switches the decision-making from reactive to predictive, opening the pathways for advanced telematics and predictive maintenance.

ML and AI managing fleet

ML and AI has added value to all aspects of the fleet data. Eagle-I has incorporated these technologies to analyse and score the drivers’ performance and schedule the best routes through route Optimization. With Eagle-I ML-trained models, drivers can be assigned and dispatched to their destinations. Fleet operators can leverage AI to exploit the data gathered, to optimize the fleet’s overall financial and operational performance by maximizing uptime and revenue miles.

Smart fleet management systems such as Eagle-IoT based on ML and AI are more capable of recognizing diagnostics issues than traditional ones. Fleet managers are capable of making better overall judgments when they can access the larger picture of the fleet in one place.

Big Data analytics

Once fleet data was stored in ledgers and hard drives which were then analysed by fleet management companies for decision-making and to set metrics for fleet customers. However, with the growth of telematics, fleet operators can now gather larger data sets and parse them by region, driver, fuel type, mileage, and vehicle class. Without data mining and data analysing platforms such as Eagle-IoT, the achievements of monitoring the live location of vehicles, planning optimized routes, providing online traffic and weather condition assistance to drivers, and supporting telematics-related industries (such as auto insurance) could be next to impossible. Data without analysis and reporting is meaningless. To discover the worth of data, one needs to have access to platforms such as Eagle-IoT, capable of data mining and data analysing.
Whether you’re looking to retrofit your existing vehicles with a telematics solution, or simply want to know more about how telematics can improve fleet management, contact Eagle-IoT for a free consultation. We’re here to help you.

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IoT developments to Improve Sustainability and Reduce Carbon Emissions in the Automotive Industry

IoT developments to Improve Sustainability and Reduce Carbon Emissions in the Automotive Industry

Do you know that the transportation industry accounts for one-fifth of global carbon dioxide emissions, while road vehicles account for 74.5% of global transportation emissions? Sustainability is an increasing priority for nearly every industry — and it is no coincidence that IoT technologies can be incorporated to increase vehicle economy and lessen their environmental effect. The trend toward increased environmental sustainability provides an opportunity for businesses to explore beyond standard climate management. Combining IoT and sustainability has many faces. For the last 10 years, IoT solutions have been widely available and firmly established themselves in the automobile industry. By 2025, it is expected that there will be more than 163 million active IoT connections in automobiles.

Driver behavior

One of the faces of achieving sustainability by implementing IoT is by monitoring driver behavior. Eagle IoT sensors track location of a vehicle besides monitoring driver behavior on the road, providing long-term insights as well as instant alerts that allow managers to solve issues and improve routes, reducing gas usage and idling time.

Keeping an eye on the details is critical to enhance fleet management sustainability initiatives. Eagle-IoT Driving behavior analysis solution was designed to monitor how your vehicles are being driven and help drivers to improve their driving behavior. Harsh cornering, harsh acceleration-and over speeding generates instant alerts in Eagle- IoT driver behavior monitoring systems. These alerts are issued on the web portal, emails, and push notifications to inform managers.

By avoiding aggressive driving such as harsh accelerations and braking, idling and overspeeding, drivers will be safer and your fleet fuel consumption will be reduced, resulting in a reduced fleet’s carbon footprint and better fleet sustainability.

Predictive Maintenance

CanBus data loggers can be installed in vehicles for logging information. It can be a valuable tool for troubleshooting and remote diagnosis. It tracks the condition of components and systems of vehicles, providing insight that allows fleet managers to predict and prevent mechanical problems, allowing them to maintain vehicles in a proactive manner.

Eagle-IoT can bus data allow drivers and fleet owners to access diagnostic information via a mobile app or a web portal, where they can get alerts and analyze information to arrange a service. This not only reduces downtime but also keeps cars’ operation smooth and efficient by reducing fuel consumption by up to 10% which in turn reduces carbon emissions, besides being cost-effective

Route planning and optimization

Another valuable tool for fleet managers is the Eagle-IoT route planning and optimization solution. By carefully planning routes, you can not only optimize route execution and notice a reduction in overall mileage, but also a reduction in your fleet’s fuel expenses and carbon emissions.

It’s crucial to note that most emissions happen when you start a cold engine. Driving is more environmentally friendly when multiple short trips are combined into one. Since a catalytic converter must be heated to a specific temperature in order to function properly and generate fewer emissions.

Besides Eagle-IoT several solutions to aid sustainability efforts in the automotive sector. Eagle-IoT has good news for you! Now you can also measure what your fleet’s carbon footprint and contribute to net zero emission by reducing it.

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How to effectively secure your vehicles from cyberattacks?  

How to effectively secure your vehicles from cyberattacks?

The topmost goal for automobile manufacturers is vehicle safety, which now corresponds to cybersecurity more than ever before with software-driven automobiles. Considering these smart automobiles which are incredibly digitally transformed data centers; that is part mainframe, part mobile device, with loaded Internet of Things (IoT) devices make them more prone to targets for cybercriminals. 

Earlier in August 2022, a report was published revealing the six vulnerabilities found in in-vehicle GPS tracker MV720 of MiCODUS, if compromised in a cyber-attack could affect over 1.5 million vehicles in 169 countries. The hackers could retrieve sensitive data, manipulate the data, track or even immobilize a vehicle using these GPS trackers. 

How the companies relying on similar vehicle GPS trackers can enhance their security and manage vulnerability without compromising their assets? 

Safe coding practices (preventing shutdowns when the vehicle is moving, providing backups in the event of errors) should be made indispensable during software development. In case of overlooked security developments in software, analysis and threat assessment should be utilized to discover potential threats. 

Alongside architectural analysis and threat modeling, penetration testing should be conducted to identify vulnerabilities incorporated into production systems as a result of earlier analyses. By simulating the behaviors of a cyberattacker, cyber security specialists can uncover potential threats and assess the overall effectiveness of an organization’s security. 

To swiftly repair security vulnerabilities without creating additional attack vectors when loading updates and configuration data packets from the internet, institutions must use secure over-the-air (SOTA) updates. Trucking firms and GPS/fleet management suppliers must both be diligent when it comes to cyber security. 

In the coming years, the automobile industry’s reliance on software and networking will only expand; for the automobile industry’s future success, it is of fundamental importance to incorporate comprehensive cybersecurity into all aspects of autos and systems with better vulnerability management which varies in complexity depending on different architectures and does not clutter the communication and workflow of security assessment, analysis, and remediation. 

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What is multifactor authentication and how does it work?

What is multifactor authentication and how does it work?

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) – also referred to as Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is a layered approach to secure data and applications, by extending a combination of two or more credentials to verify a user’s identity for login in order to prevent it from being compromised.

How does multifactor authentication work?

MFA is a fundamental element of a successful identity and access management (IAM) policy. MFA reduces the risk of a successful cyber-attack by requiring one or more extra verification criteria, rather than just a login and password. In case of one credential compromise, unauthorized users are unable to manage the second authentication criterion and hence cannot access your computing device, network, or database.

Multifactor authentication involves combination of different kind of factors to authenticate your identity, when you try to sign in first time into an app or device. It can be done by

Inherence based MFA

  • Fingerprint, or facial recognition or voice

Possession based MFA

  • OTPs generated by smartphone apps
  • OTPs sent via text or email

Knowledge based MFA

  • Answers to personal security questions
  • Password
  • Memorized PIN.

However, the second step authentication will not be required quite often.

Multifactor authentication is not as cumbersome as some people think; it is often used just the first time you enter into an app or device, or the first time you sign in after resetting your password. Once done you can use your primary factor to sign in, (which is often a password), like you do normally.The added security comes from the fact that anyone attempting to hack into your account is unlikely to be using your device, so they’ll need that second factor to gain access.

Eagle-IoT supports Two-Factor Authentication for your account security, and Telematics services to enhance the stability and security of our partner organizations.

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