Real-time GPS vehicle tracking and management — aka fleet management — gave rise to the notion that complete logistics visibility could be achieved by tracking all the fleets in the world. This is also known as the “connected fleet” model in smart logistics.
The connected fleet model is a system by which vehicle tracking/telematics systems coupled with fleet management software creates a logistics tracking solution that’s able to Track your goods by Tracking the vehicles that they’re in.
While that may have been a good place to start, a tracking system based solely on location, and that too the location of a vehicle, is insufficient.
Data about movements simply isn’t enough when you need to develop actionable intelligence.
You need more than just location, you need details about your shipments, details like their current condition, expected time of delivery, reliable confirmations about actual deliveries, as well as any deviations from the norm.
If you have experimented with vehicle tracking or fleet management systems for logistics visibility, their drawbacks illustrated below would sound familiar!
To get good grip of your logistics operations, it is time to start thinking of visibility at a package-level. Hybrid IoT solutions like the Bee and BeeBeacon make this possible.