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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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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Axle weights, distribution and their configuration

Axle weights, distribution and their configuration

Knowing axle weights and their distribution and configuration is fundamental in the trucking industry.
Trailer weight distribution is critical while moving goods over long and small distances. Similarly, knowing the tractor trailer axle weights is essential for ensuring that a load is hauled legally. Driving with a trailer is substantially distinct from everyday driving.
It is of foremost importance to mention that Eagle-I offers axle load monitoring solution for various axle arrangements with diverse axle configurations under the license of the Transport General Authority (TGA) and connects your trucks and trailer to the WASL portal where the operation card is issued. As we all know, an operation card is essential in KSA for your heavy vehicle transport to haul loads on roads. Some of the configurations are mentioned below:

Steering Axle Configurations

The foremost axle is used to steers the tractor.

Single Axle

It is generally seen on a smaller tractor-trailer, a spread axle trailer, or as a booster.

Tandem

This is the most popular tractor trailer axle design configuration. There is usually a driving tandem and a trailer tandem.

Tri-Axle

An assortment of three axles that can be found on vehicles, trailers, or both.

Quad-Axle

A set of four axles can be found on trailers.

Weight distribution

Weight distribution is defined as the amount of total load capacity placed on the ground at an axle, set of axles, or individual wheel. In order to adhere to the axle ratings and weight laws, the weight of a vehicle must be spread on the axles specified by the chassis manufacturer. The axle capacity or legal weight constraints, whichever is lower, limit axle capacity. Besides the axle capacity, the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) is referred as the maximum operational weight of the vehicle specified by the manufacturer, which incorporates the cab and chassis, engine, and every other component of the truck.

The distribution of load weight must be carefully considered to establish how much of the total, including chassis, cab, body, and payload, will be carried on the front axle and how much will be carried on the rear axle, and the total. A few inches forward or backward movement of the components on the chassis can do the trick to adequate weight distribution for the vehicle.

Aside from being illegal, improper weight distribution and overloading cause excessive wear, untimely malfunction of parts leading to risky operation such as vulnerable directional control and inadequate braking capacity, and increased strain that may contribute to the frame cracking or breaking.

Whether your vehicle has a spring-leaf axle or a pneumatic axle, Eagle-I offers a reliable solution for both.

Eagle-I offers a high-tech sensor for spring leaf axles, which is installed on the differential axle to monitor the change in height of that axle as the weight increases. For pneumatic axles, the pressure sensor is installed to measure the air in the axle balloons which increases as the weight on the axle increases.

A trip report can be generated based on exact time and location, providing you access to monitor where and how much the weight changed to reveal underhand cargo. Besides the Axle Load Monitoring Solution, Eagle-IoT offers a comprehensive solution for Trailer GPS Tracking and weight Tracking, and Trailer fuel management solution.

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Carbon emissions of vehiclesas key driver of Global warming, says NASA

Carbon emissions of vehiclesas key driver of Global warming, says NASA

New research headed by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City’s Nadine Unger, focuses on a more intuitive approach by examining climate impacts by the economic sector to understand what’s influencing the Earth’s climate. Unger said. “This approach will make it easier to identify sectors for which emission reductions will be most beneficial for the climate and those which may produce unintended consequences.”
A distinct set of gases and aerosols are emitted by each sector of the economy that impacts the climate in diverse ways and over varying time periods. Some airborne chemicals can trap incoming sunlight and warm the climate, whereas others can help reduce the planet’s temperature by blocking the Sun’s rays. For instance, pollutants emitted by cars, buses, and trucks and greenhouse gases contribute to global warming while few emitted aerosols are responsible for mitigating this effect besides their health adverse effects. On the other hand, the industrial sector emits a high proportion of sulfates and other cooling aerosols that actually contributes a significant amount of cooling to the system.

According to SurabiMenon, a co-author of the paper mentioned below and scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., also interprets how emissions from each sector of the economy might influence clouds, producing an indirect effect on climate. Some aerosols, notably sulphates and organic carbon, can intensify clouds and help them stay longer, resulting in a cooling impact. Concurrently, a form of aerosol known as black carbon, or soot, absorbs incoming solar radiation, warms the atmosphere, and promotes the evaporation of low-level clouds. This mechanism, known as the semi-direct aerosol effect, causes warming.

In an online published paper by NASA, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it was revealed that motor vehicles emerged as the largest contributor to global warming today and in the foreseeable future.
According to Unger and colleagues, “Targeting on-road transportation is a win-win-win,” adding, “It’s good for the climate in the short term and long term, and it’s

To play your part in reducing the carbon footprint and mitigating the effects of climate change, the Eagle-IoT carbon emission module is the perfect addition to your fleet manager’s arsenal. It improves your fleet emissions and reduces the carbon footprints of your fleet. Besides this, it can also decrease overall operational costs and improve entire fleet performance and efficiency.

 

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LoRa Alliance® announces to expands the coverage with battery operated relay for LPWANs

LoRa Alliance® announces to expands the coverage with battery operated relay for LPWANs

The LoRa Alliance®, the global community of businesses which supports the open LoRaWAN® standard for internet of things (IoT) low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) has announced on October 03, to expand the LoRaWAN link-layer standard with the inclusion of a relay specification.

A contender approach to achieve robust network coverage in challenging environments will be battery-operated relays that will be easy-to-deploy network coverage extensions at a minimal cost of deploying additional gateways. The battery-operated relay will be low powered, and standards-based approach enabling LoRaWAN to provide exceptional deep interior or subterranean coverage. Furthermore, it will also serve as relay data on nearby satellite-connected LoRaWAN devices.

Donna Moore, CEO and Chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance says “LoRa Alliance members identified that end users in specific markets needed a solution to achieve full network coverage due to environmental challenges surrounding their deployments.” She added: “With relay, we’re providing a standardized solution that allows for full end-to-end communications in extremely challenging underground, metal and concrete environments where sensor signals could use a boost or redirect to reach either the gateway or end-device.”

 “The new relay feature is a direct response to market needs and provides an essential building block to enable massive IoT.”

It is estimated that with the adoption of relay in metering the utilities for LPWAN communication services will generate the revenue upto $2.47 billion by 2025. Ideal use case application for relay. The inclusion of relay to the LoRaWAN standard to accomplish coverage for even the most extreme circumstances (e.g., meters inside metal closets) significantly strengthens LoRaWAN’s market position in metering and utilities, as well as across key verticals such as smart cities and buildings and industrial IoT. Relay is perfect for any solution that monitors static assets in harsh settings.

Although the LoRaWAN standard has establish itself for long-distance communications but there might be physical constraints where LPWAN communications may not reach(it includes turns, underground). The signal can be be reflected/relayed into a specified area. However, LoRaWAN relays now enable signals to travel where they could not previously.

The document LoRaWAN TS011-1.0.0 LoRaWAN Relay Specification outlines the relaying technique used to carry LoRaWAN frames bi-directionally between an end-device and a gateway/network server through a battery-powered node. In case of gateway’s insufficient coverage, the device can be set to relay, it will transport LoRaWAN frames between an end-device and the network.

This specification allows network coverage expansion using battery-powered relay while retaining protocol and security compatible with the LoRaWAN Link-Layer standard. The new relay nodes are battery-powered and can be deployed anywhere without the necessity of electricity or internet access making them relatively simple, cost-effective, and power efficient approach to enhance network coverage without the requirement for additional gateways.

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Advanced Telematics shaking hands with OEM

Advanced Telematics shaking hands with OEM

According to the report from Berg Insights, “Global Automotive OEM Telematics Market”82.7% of all vehicles manufactured in 2024 will have embedded telematics. So, what does this mean for your fleet?

Traditionally, a standard telematics system immediately notifies the fleet manager of the fault code that occurred (critical or noncritical), rather than providing a probable cause and a recommended solution. A fleet manager supervising 1000 machines may receive 100 or more emails or texts per day containing noncritical fault codes with a probability offraction of those alerts, if not addressed quickly, could lead to a major problem, such as engine failure. With a crowded inbox full of noncritical alerts, the probability to acknowledge critical alert are lesswhich could potentially result in downtime that could have been avoided if fault code alerts were sorted based on their nature.
To assist the fleet managers in navigating the overwhelming quantity of data emerging from their vehicles, fleetscollaborating withOEMto provide alerts and break down actionable reports to improve uptime and efficiency. The software in an OEM-managed telematics system sorts through machine fault codes and only alert the user or fleet manager when they are critical. An advanced telematics system alert should consist of the exact reason for the alert, what is causing the problem and what will happen if action to fix the issue is not taken
Telematics service providers, such as Eagle-I, provide raw data to OEM partners, who can then translate it into severity codes, which are then analyzed by the OEM and uploaded to the Eagle-I platform, resulting in a single platform for more accessible and informed fleet choices.
Furthermore, fleets may reduce unnecessary downtime by conducting preventive maintenance (PM) alerts on monthly basis to highlight specific areas of focus in order to eradicate potentially critical warnings. Eagle-I delivers a stress-free fleet maintenance solution that will enhance your fleet’s productivity and profitability by eliminating unexpected downtime and enhancing overall efficiency in the maintenance and repair process.

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Fleet Data Vulnerabilities: Handle with care!

Fleet Data Vulnerabilities: Handle with care!

Big data has created a significant impact on practically every industry in recent years and the fleet management industry is following the ongoing trend without any reservation. The potential of big data has elevated fleet management to a notch higher. Businesses that manage fleets are investing significantly in telematics. The extensive data collected by the fleet vehicles via telematics technology has enabled fleet managers with real-time feedback when coupled with data analytics but this connectivity also raises security concerns.

Endpoints in connected fleets are quickly becoming more prevalent with the advancement of IoT technology.

Identifying fleet data vulnerabilities is the preliminary step in evaluating the security of fleet data

1. Choose your telematics service providers wisely

The first step in protecting fleet data from both device and user vulnerabilities is research. Prior to beginning business with a potential telematics service provider, organizations must assure that they comply with security regulations by CITC Cybersecurity Regulatory Framework (CRF). Since the majority of firms have suffered a third-party data breach as any flaws in these areas might undermine all other security measures. Fleets should look for vendors such as Eagle-I who can give solid confirmation of strong security standards complied with the CITC Cybersecurity Regulatory Framework (CRF).

2. Ensure data encryption

Fleets must ensure their telematics devices enable higher encryption levels. Data encryption at rest is as crucial as it is in transit to ensure confidentiality. Many IoT devices do not activate encryption by default, fleet security experts must ensure that it is enabled before deploying it to their systems.
Know the encryption policies of your telematics service provider, how their security is validated, and how they maintain their infrastructure. All information kept in a fleet database should use the same encryption standards to mitigate the consequences of a breach.

3. Limited Access Privileges

Access to data should be just as limited as access to vehicles. Identity and Access Management (IAM) techniques such as role-based access restrictions should be implemented. It will aid in tracing the source of a breach if one occurs. This accountability can also aid in network enhancements and deter hostile insider behavior.

4. Two-factor authentication

IAM is one-half of controlling access privileges. Fleet security teams must also create mechanisms to authenticate device and user identities to guarantee that everyone who accesses a database is whom they claim to be. Besides practicing good password hygiene, multi-factor authentication should be used. As part of IAM measures, authentication methods such as tokens and cryptography should be used to secure telematics devices.

Eagle-I uses the above-mentioned strategies to recognize, manage, and minimize data vulnerabilities and security risks to ensure fleet data delivers its full potential without introducing unnecessary hazards.

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Russia-Chinese cooperation: Using GLONASS and BeiDou for peaceful purposes

Russia-Chinese cooperation: Using GLONASS and BeiDou for peaceful purposes

On July 26th, Russia passed a law named “On ratification of the agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in the use of GLONASS and Beidou global navigation satellite systems for peaceful purposes” which approves the cooperation of using GLONASS and BeiDou for peaceful purposes between Russia and China.
According to the report, the law was approved at a meeting of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. The intergovernmental agreement was initially signed in Beijing, on Nov 27th, 2018 during the 23rd regular meeting of the heads of government of Russia and China. Under the agreement, both the countries are planning to place measuring stations in their own countries for the other country’s GNSS, on a reciprocal basis.
This agreement provided the framework for institutional and legal cooperation in the development and manufacturing of civil navigation equipment using GLONASS and Beidou systems. Not only this, but it will also establish cooperation in the development of Russian-Chinese standards for the application of navigation technologies. Moreover, it will also set standards for controlling and managing the traffic flow across the world’s sixth-longest international border (4,200 kilometers long) between Russian and China.

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Smart policies underpin smart technology

SMART POLICIES UNDERPIN SMART TECHNOLOGY

Never before has it been more vital to make the most of your resources. Telematics is a term that is ongoing buzz word used in the transportation and automotive industries. Yet it’s also an enigma to several.
Today telematics and fleet management has converged with AI. It would be hard to find a new bus from a vendor that did not have an integrated system installed through it. Dashcams and other vehicle-mounted technology augmented with artificial intelligence (AI) is certainly not a new concept, but many in the industry may also be unaware of the benefits associated with having these systems in place. This technology can be used to prevent accidents happening in the first place. They not only improve road safety, but they save lives.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is a part of an advanced vehicle safety technology. This technology use cameras and sensors to monitor and minimize distraction behind the wheels, provides real-time feedback, improve training, and aid in post-collision investigations.

With forward-facing AI dashcams, the lens is centered on the road ahead, can offer drivers with early warning signals regarding tailgating, speeding, hard braking, or deviating from a lane while driving.
Meanwhile, driver-facing AI cameras may keep an eye on individuals behind the wheel, detecting symptoms of distraction, unauthorized phone usage, or even dozing off. This will not only improve road safety, but will also boost operational efficiency, and be cost effective.
With the deployment of artificial intelligence based dashcams in commercial cars, ethics, privacy, and data protection are just as crucial as the technology itself. It is of significant importance to consider regional and country-specific legislation on this subject.

Fleet operators can avoid the risk of privacy implications by complying with existing regulations, stay abreast with emerging legislation, and ensure that data-driven schemes promote safety, trust, and respect for all.

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New TGA Compliance Requirements for Hazmat Trucking in a nutshell

New TGA Compliance Requirements for Hazmat Trucking in a nutshell

What is Hazmat Trucking?

Hazmat trucking is the transportation of hazardous materials, which includes petroleum products, hazardous gases, chemicals and radioactive materials.

Being a transporter dealing with hazmat trucking, safety is the foremost priority. Drivers hauling a hazmat load and petroleum products have the added stress of ensuring they are following the additional regulations for this type of cargo.

What are the TGA new compliance requirements?

Recently a new regulation has been issued for transporters of petroleum products and hazardous materials to have an online electronic permit issued by NAQL to ensure the safety and quality of goods. The permit will be used as evidence that the material at the time of delivery to consignee is in the same condition as described in the document by the transporter. It will secure the rights and responsibilities of the parties involved in the transportation process

“Getting your fleet equipped with Eagle-I Fleet Management System will let you generate the operation card, a prerequisite of Hazmat Trucking Permit”

What are the prerequisites for generating a permit?

All the transporters should have a valid operation card before they bring their fleet on road and operation card can only be generated if a vehicle is connected with WASL through an TGA authorized vehicle tracking service provider.

What is WASL and how to connect your vehicle?

WASL is platform developed by TGA to monitor the transport vehicles. Location, speed, driver and vehicle load are some of many parameters that are being tracked by TGA. In order to connect your vehicle to WASL, you have to contact TGA authorized service provider Digital Myth Solutions and get your vehicle installed with Eagle-I Fleet Management System. The system consists of an AVL device, driver identification system (optional) and most importantly Load sensor.
After installation, your vehicle will be registered with WASL, and once validated, you will be able to generate the operation card.

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