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ML-C in Action: A Field Trial in Logistics

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ML-C partners with an established German logistics provider who is running a midsized truck fleet  for transporting of high-value goods. ML-C deployed its cloud-based aftermarket telematics solution into a joint successful field trial.

STANDARD CUSTOMER BENEFITS FROM FLEET MANAGEMENT

Of course the standard benefits of fleet management have been implemented during the trial:

  • Improved fleet efficiency in terms of diesel consumption and wearout
  • Increased efficiency through realtime transport acknowledgement or denial
  • Accurate usage data to judge and optimize fleet size and type
  • Improved scheduling of service and maintenance time

ML-C Delivered Additional Customer Benefits

Beyond the standard benefits the ML-C system delivered additional essential benefits, which made the solution highly attractive for the customer:

  • Cost-savings through the ML-C Cloud Service Software:
    • The ML-C Cloud Service Software connects to all of the customers tracking devices in the field to collect the truck data and to manage the complete swarm of devices. The service requires no installation at the customer and doesn’t bind any IT personnel.
    • The ML-C Cloud Service Software is highly flexible to connect to the existing customer ERP system. Data is exchanged behind the scenes through standard software interfaces such that automated event-based processes are set up easily. These strongly contribute to the efficiency boost outlined above.
    • Customer-defined reports like “driving times”, “stop times”, “speed alerts” are easily created.
  • Cost-saving installation of the tracking devices:
    • The ML-C GG0Tele devices can be installed with only two wires. GPS/GLONASS and GSM antennas are integrated. No additional hard connections are required.
    • The reception quality of ML-C’s devices is outstanding thanks to the simultaneous reception and decoding of GPS (the American satellite system) and GLONASS ( the Russian satellite system).
    • The reception quality is even further improved through Assisted-GPS (A-GPS), where the satellite path data (ephemeris data) is injected via GSM to the device.
    • These three properties results in flexibility when choosing the installation position, because the devices operate reliably even in difficult positions or hostile environments, where other devices cannot operate.
  • Highest reliability and robustness:
    • Having only two wires reduces the potential failure sources to a minimum.
    • The design of ML-C’s device includes over- and undervoltage protection.
    • The vehicle battery voltage is monitored and a drop can be reported as alarm way before a costly breakdown occurs.
    • For the event of an outage of the vehicle battery, the ML-C device has a backup battery, which allows to continuously report status to the cloud server. As many as 1000 server connections can be accomplished without drawing energy from the vehicle battery.
    • The system is not bound to a country or region. Device-server communication worked seamlessly throughout Europe and across country borders.
  • Future proof system:
    • ML-C’s system is already prepared for COMPASS (the Chinese satellite system) and GALILEO (the European satellite system). This will add even more positioning quality and independence from single satellite systems.
    • The ML-C system is based on configuration through “business rules”. This adds flexibility in case the customer wants to change the device behavior of his fleet management system dynamically.
    • In case of major system changes the complete device firmware can be updated wirelessly through ML-C’s FOTA feature (firmware-over-the-air).
    • The ML-C system allows usage of so-called pseudo-lites. These small boxes send GPS-signals in warehouses or other indoor locations to localize the trucks there as well an not only on the road. Except for the installation of the DSL-router sized boxes nothing needs to be done to enable the feature.
    • ML-C delivers not only its GG0Tele product but also a battery-operated asset tracking system. It runs on the same firmware and cloud software as the telematics system. Should the customer want to extend tracking capabilities into more of his business processes, he will have a very smooth path to do so. GG0Tele and GG0Asset swarms can easily coexist in the ML-C Cloud Service Software realm or can also be mixed, while at the same time mapping different device behavior as required by the business process.
    • These technological advantages ensure the customer rolling out the ML-C fleet management solution is an absolutely future proof investment.

Summary

ML-C Cloud Service Software allows for speeds and cost-effective application development and dynamical changes of the GG0Tele smart devices behavior. Simultaneous decoding of GPS & GLONASS satellite signals delivered more accurate locations. No map snapping was required.

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