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The Future of Global Fleets: The Truck as Mobile Network Operating Centre

Prime-Suspect_Helen_MirrenFive people wearing masks enter a bank, guns raised. They begin looting the bank, but before they can make their exit, the police arrive and they are trapped. They take hostages and the stand-off begins. A mobile commandcentrethe size of a city bus rolls up and a cranky Chief Inspector finds himself taking orders from Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison, played by Helen Mirren.We follow Jane into...

the commandcentreand she begins barking orders while consulting the many monitors and keyboards. From here she can see all the cameras in the bank and follow the BBC news coverage of the crime. She can be in the ear of every SWAT sniper. Dozens of officers on the street await her command over their radios.

During the last 10 years, these mobile commandcentres have become televisions new toy for police dramas. It wasnt that long ago that we were amazed that so much technology could move around on a big truck. And it wasnt that long ago that only big city police departments dealing with threats of terrorism could afford these technical marvels. Today, every short and long haul truck on the road could deploy similar technology (no access to the bank cameras though!).

The new M2M/IoT telematics systems are capable of more sophisticated ordering, tracking and supply chain systems that increasingly integrate truck loads with customers in real time. These systems enable real-time changes to orders, which maximises the efficiency of deliveries. It will also become increasingly common to see functions like inventory and order management and even return management done right in the trucks. Industry leader PeopleNet is leading the charge with fleet management products that include route management, safety and compliance, end-to-end vehicle management, and supply-chain communications.

What solution is right for your organisation? How much and what types of technology can help you improve processes and create operational efficiencies? Check out these resources:

THE FUTURE OF FLEET: How M2M/IoT Telematic Systems are Transforming Trucks into Mobile Network Operating Centers

Top Fleet Telematics Providers in the UK (Telematics.com)

Telematics Overview by F16 Consulting (UK)