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Internet of things could improve the public transportation experience. In many cities of the world the public transport isn’t as popular as it could be. The main problems that people are complaining about are related to one common source: difficulties of navigation and high degree of complexity. In large cities the number of bus or tram routes can easily reach several hundred – for example, London has over 700 different bus routes and around 19000 bus stops, which makes it quite a challenge to pick the right route at the right time, especially when available time is very limited and decision to board a particular mean of transportation has to be made quickly.

The user interface of the developed micro- and macro-navigation system. Image courtesy of the researchers. Of course, the largest cities are the busiest as well, but if you travel to an unknown city for the first time you could certainly face similar navigation problems even when the number of routes is considerably lower than in London, New York or Madrid. Urban Bus Navigation system architecture.

What the Internet of Things Means in Fleet Management | Roadnet Technologies Blog | How To Deliver – Fleet Management and Vehicle, Routing and Scheduling Resources. The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be a buzzworthy topic that remains unclear to many. But the more IoT relates to our homes and everyday lives – including the industries in which we work – the more we need to pay attention to this phenomenon. provides one of the more simple explanations of the Internet of Things that we’ve seen.

The tech website says that IoT is “an environment that gathers information from multiple devices (computers vehicles, smartphones, traffic lights, and almost anything with a sensor) and applications (anything from a social media app such as Twitter to an e-commerce platform, from a manufacturing system to a traffic control system).” In IoT, “Internet” refers to a network or the internet, and “Things” refers to any physical “thing” that exists in the world, from appliances to objects to people. When the two are connected via sensors and unique identifiers, we can extract meaningful information. Fleet Management 2025 Forecast: Productivity Tools - Article - Automotive Fleet.

Dramatic changes are on the horizon for fleet productivity tools. Companies will continue to embrace the use of technology in fleet vehicles to reduce fleet costs, as well as drive employee productivity. Advancements in automotive technology will see future vehicles with integrated technology to directly manage fuel purchases and capture telematics data to manage driver behavior and proactive maintenance scheduling. One forecast is that the data coming from the vehicle itself, combined with maintenance data and general data on that model, will allow fleets to target replacement on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis rather than by a generalized replacement date.

The trend toward cloud computing will enable fleet solution providers to offer higher degrees of data and system integration. Here are the top trends that will impact fleet productivity over the next 10 to 15 years: 1. “Mobile devices will have tighter integration into vehicles. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

What the Internet of Things Means in Fleet Management | Roadnet Technologies Blog | How To Deliver – Fleet Management and Vehicle, Routing and Scheduling Resources. T-Systems-Use-Case_Big-Data-Fleet-Management. 3 challenges fleet managers wanting to use Big Data will face. Apr 30 Big data is set to transform the world of (fleet) management as we know it. The increasing vehicle connectivity and the Internet of Things will make data big, in the sense of it becoming an essential part of fleet strategy. Those companies that are able to derive the right insights from such a vast amount and variety of data will be able to create new and significant value for their own, and their customers’ businesses. However with the production of such massive data sets comes the obvious challenge of how to turn such complexity into valuable insights for one’s organisation.

In the first blog post of this series , Big Fleets, Big Data? Challenge: data complexity The increasing complexity of data can easily make one feel like you’re lost in a jungle of data sets and systems. To make big data work, you should keep in mind the key reasons for adopting it and make sure that you keep up with efficiency and accuracy in order to make smart decisions. Challenge: data integration. 1866E0615025.pdf. Big-Data Processing Techniques and Their Challenges in Transport Domain (PDF Download Available) Evaluating-Architecture-and-Deployment-Strategies.pdf. AvilesEtAl.pdf. SaaS? PaaS? IaaS? Which "as-a-service" is best for TMS?

Networked TMS: The Next Generation of Transportation Management Solutions | Descartes. Ken Wood is Senior Vice President, Product Strategy at Descartes Transportation management solutions have been offered to the public for several decades. The first generation of TMS solutions had to be implemented on premise, was extremely complex to configure, use and maintain, and focused largely on optimized load planning as opposed to the end-to-end transportation management process.

They were essentially complex consolidation math models wrapped in a package that did not support the complete transportation management business process to plan and execute freight. As a result, the first generation of TMS solutions struggled to deliver the value expected by their customers. Even today, a large number of TMS still apply the original design concept and, despite rewriting their architectures in more current technology, still put their customers through long, expensive, difficult to maintain and narrowly-focused TM implementations.

Sample list of multi-party TM processes: Order Management. SaaS? PaaS? IaaS? Which "as-a-service" is best for TMS? What Type Of Relationship Do You Have With Your TMS Provider? With Valentine’s Day around the corner, relationships of all kinds are celebrated (or scrutinized) this month. For us in the transportation technology world, that means examining the importance of network connections and the value of collaborating with all members of the supply chain when it comes to evaluating a transportation solution. More importantly, why is it important to have a technology partner that fosters a collaborative relationship? Today’s transportation management systems (TMS), much like relationships, come with many different ways of being connected.

The most popular platforms fall into one of these categories: On-premise or Installed: Technology is installed and runs on customer’s hardware, requiring administrative resources and additional cost for databases, infrastructure, and upgrades. Hosted: Technology is access on-demand, but requires separate implementations for each user, and integrations for each carrier. SaaS TMS Facilitates Carrier Management - Logistics Careerlink. Q: How can shippers navigate today's tight capacity market? A: For companies to have the assurance of consistent, competitively priced, service-oriented capacity through the ups and downs of the transportation marketplace, being a shipper of choice is imperative.

Here are a few tips to get started: Go beyond rates. Best practice suggests taking a multi-tiered approach to secure carriers, using various types depending on network needs. Focus on carriers with the best mix of service and rates for the region. Create a matrix of tiers, defining expectations concerning on-time performance, tender acceptance, and rate competitiveness. Know your business. Q: What should shippers evaluate in next-generation transportation technologies? A: There is the opportunity to improve service and performance with Web-based transportation management systems (TMS).

Cloud-based: Many cloud-based solutions offer storage and infrastructure as a service accessible through the Internet. Choosing Enterprise vs. Software-as-a-Service TMS - Logistics Careerlink. By Tom Heine Tags: Logistics I.T., Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing Q: What platform options are available to companies investing in transportation management systems? A: Transportation management systems (TMS) come in two essential forms. The traditional form is enterprise software—applications installed on servers that you buy and maintain. The more recent—though hardly new—form is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), which is provided and maintained by a vendor on the vendor's servers, and made available to you over the Internet.

Although software users see little or no difference between the two, enterprise and SaaS TMS solutions are very different. Q: What are some of the financial considerations when choosing a TMS? A: Enterprise software represents a serious upfront investment, whether accounted for as an operating or a capital expenditure. Equipment costs are another consideration. Maintenance can be an issue, too. ChainLink Research : Research :SaaS Pricing: Part One - Insanity or Good Deal for Users? Full Article Below - The last two years have brought an explosion of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions.

Both new app players and traditional enterprise software license providers have provided new versions of their software and services to ensure a market presence in the cloud delivery model. Along with this change we have witnessed new models in pricing strategies. The problem is that it is very hard to compare pricing—not just between the competitors—but also for same-company cloud vs. on-premise options. So, as the customer, how do I know I am getting a good deal? To answer this question we will review the approaches now on the market and demystify the pricing methods and what they mean, so users can evaluate their options. Technology architecture, the way it is delivered, and to whom it is delivered affects the cost of a solution.

There are many other costs associated with selection, purchase, implementation and ongoing technology management. What You Are Buying Enterprise vs. The Case for SaaS TMS | Eyefreight. Software as a Service (SaaS), also called “on-demand software,” is a software delivery model in which software and associated data are centrally hosted on the cloud. While the SaaS model has been on the software product menu for almost 30 years, it is only now this offering is gaining in popularity and revolutionizing both the software industry and the way in which companies manage their IT infrastructure.

As a result of this surge, the transportation industry is now fraught with discussion around the differences between Saas/On-Demand and Traditional Licensed Software, with heated debate surrounding the pros and cons of each. Before you can “take a side,” however, it is important to understand the differentiating characteristics of each model. SaaS is distinguished by a “pay for what you use” approach. In other words, customers pay based on their actual use of the application.

Another characteristic unique to the SaaS model is multi-tenancy. The Case for SaaS TMS: Flexibility. Enhanced Visibility: The Future of TMS. By Chris Timmer Tags: Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Chris Timmer, is SVP of Marketing & Strategy, LeanLogistics, 616-796-6400 Q: How does a SaaS transportation management system (TMS) encourage collaboration, and why is collaboration important in today’s challenging economic environment?

Timmer: In a SaaS multi-tenant TMS environment, all community members of the transportation network operate from the same instance of the TMS software, regardless of their point or date of entry into the network community. That means that all members—shippers, carriers, suppliers, and customers—view the same permission-based data to identify collaborative solutions and improvements to the community. In an unbiased network, as is the case with LeanLogistics, the relations are on par; the software provider does not own any relationship or control any pricing. Q: What’s next in TMS technology? There will also be a growing number of task-specific applications available. How to Select a Transportation Management Solution. Tags: Logistics I.T., Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Selecting a new transportation management solution (TMS), whether fully outsourced, hosted, or internally installed, requires much due diligence to pair functional need with strategic vision.

Shippers can get the most out of their TMS solution and service provider by following five progressions. Know what you need before you look for what you want. Identify current resources and capabilities, then look for TMS providers whose capabilities complement existing strengths and long-term strategies. Define project scope and expectations. Engage change management and obtain buy-in.

Implement a successful program. Ensure ongoing success. Software as a Service: Changing the TMS Landscape. By Eric Rempel Tags: Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) In 2009, a major cable manufacturer was faced with rising LTL costs, a disorganized supply chain, and a severe lack of reporting capabilities. The recovering freight market forced carriers to raise rates, and the manufacturer was told by its LTL carrier base it was at a "less than optimal operating ratio.

" The shipper needed a solution beyond the capabilities of the traditional 3PL. After scouring the marketplace and exploring several models, the shipper found that no provider offered a comprehensive solution. The answer came from a young startup company who offered a new model that would address all of the manufacturer's issues. The new model allowed the shipper to operate normally while leveraging high-tech tools for real-time reporting, EDI integration, and a fully automated load life-cycle. In today's market, it is not enough to just deliver a product.

How to Benefit from SaaS TMS  Tags: Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Emerging technology platforms are accelerating the maturation of transportation and logistics solutions, particularly those that enrich and empower the user community by integrating partners and aggregating data. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) transportation management system (TMS) is a prime example. SaaS TMS is a single-instance, multi-tenant environment where customers and their partners access a shared solution via the Internet.

Transportation feature functionality is comparable to other hosted or on-premise solutions. What makes SaaS unique, however, are the intangible benefits that exist by being part of a community as opposed to simply working siloed within the four walls of an organization. Once a carrier is in the network, it is connected to all appropriate partners. Cost Structure. Scalability. Accessibility. Visibility. Collaboration.