Rogers partners with Fleet Complete to offer fleet management tools

Rogers partners with Fleet Complete to offer fleet management tools

TORONTO, Ont. – Rogers Communications has partnered with Fleet Complete to offer customers a full range of commercial fleet management and asset tracking offerings, the companies announced.

The collaboration will offer connected technologies, including vehicle and asset GPS tracking, to fleets that operate across Canada and the U.S.

“In partnership with Fleet Complete, Rogers is bringing Canadian businesses the latest in critical fleet management solutions,” says Dean Prevost, president, Rogers for Business. “With Fleet Complete’s innovative IoT platform, powered by Canada’s most trusted network, we are enabling fleet-owning businesses of all sizes to elevate the customer experience and use smart technologies to drive cost-effectiveness and improve safety.”

Tony Lourakis, founder and CEO of Fleet Complete added, “We are very excited to partner with Rogers, a leader in IoT, to bring leading-edge telematics solutions to more Canadian businesses. Together, we will deliver smart solutions to municipalities and bring new opportunities to the people they serve.”

Published at Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:23:17 +0000

Omnitracs lab focusing on hyper-local weather, parking deserts

Omnitracs lab focusing on hyper-local weather, parking deserts

TORONTO, Ont. – Today’s vehicle-based data offers information about trailer locations and more. But work at the Omnitracs Innovation Lab is taking a hyper-local focus – building new insights into everything from local weather conditions to parking deserts.

The Chicago-based group, which operates like a
separate start-up company within Omnitracs, was created a year ago with the
goal of using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to solve
industry problems.

Location-based data about hyper-local weather or parking deserts could be integrated into Omnitracs products within the year. (Photo: Omnitracs)

“With enough of the right kind of data, we believe most events are predictable,” says Michal ‘Mic’ Yariv, vice-president and general manager – strategic initiatives, during a related webinar. And that even refers to events like mechanical breakdowns, accidents, and detention times at a shipper’s location.

With
the right information, the trucking industry can focus more on time than
mileage as a key metric. That, she said, is particularly important in an era of
electronic logging devices (ELDs).

There’s
already a lot of data to be had. Omnitracs has 10,000 customers, and monitors
about 1.2 million trucks per day, generating 30 terabytes of position-related
data per year.

“Having
so much of this data allows us to produce insights that you can’t really
produce on your own,” she said.

Still, the local details make a difference. It’s why drivers still turn to their peers on social media for insights into how long it takes for a particular customer to unload trailers. There are limitations to social approach, though, since the answer can vary depending on the day of week, time of year, and type of equipment.

It’s led the lab to focus on activities around 6.69 million unique locations, tapping into the anonymous, aggregated data from individual trucks.

Looking beyond traditional geofencing, the Omnitracs lab added a layer of GPS points to see where trucks accessed the locations, and related spots like security shacks and bobtail parking lots. From there, they began to calculate dwell times. Online posts by drivers were analyzed to add yet another layer of data.

“If you
do this across thousands of trucks, and thousands of visits, then you can start
understanding the patterns,” Yariv said.

Patterns
in weather can be monitored more closely as well.

“There’s so much work being done right now in generating new source of weather data, it really helps,” Yariv said.

Connected cars can identify when a group of vehicles have activated windshield wipers. Artificial intelligence can monitor the images on traffic cameras.

Even the signals from microwave towers offer insights.

“When they’re emitting microwaves and sending them, there’s a difference between a perfect wave and a wave that’s distorted,” she explained. The end result can identify precipitation at a hyper-local level, generating alerts within a truck, or notes for safety and operations teams.

By plotting locations when drivers are in their sleeper berths for five hours or more, Omnitracs is also looking to identify parking deserts — the locations where drivers might be forced to stop on a highway or park at an interchange.

“Our
work here isn’t done,” she said, referring to the lab’s ongoing work to
identify acceptable locations like terminals, gas stations, and rest areas.

It’s all
closer to science fact than science fiction. Omnitracs expects to roll out some
of the related location-based intelligence data in its products within the
year.

Published at Thu, 14 May 2020 18:06:49 +0000

Testing of e-documents for dangerous goods shipments underway

Testing of e-documents for dangerous goods shipments underway

Transport CanadaOTTAWA, Ont. – Transport Canada has begun testing the use of electronic documents for dangerous goods shipments, the federal agency announced on its website.

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations currently requires a physical paper shipping document to follow most dangerous goods while they are in transport.

The documents include information on the goods being transported and give first responders the information they need to respond to incidents when they occur.

“Unfortunately, paper documents can be lost or destroyed, which can cause delays in emergency response,” Transport Canada said.

It said electronic documents offer a number of potential benefits, as they can be:

  • Easier to read;
  • Simpler to update;
  • Quicker to share with emergency responders;
  • Integrated with other digital business processes;
  • More flexible and able to give Canadian businesses a competitive edge; and
  • Aligned with international regulations.

The two-year project will look at using electronic documents across four modes of transportation: air, marine, rail, and road.

“No specific technology or system will be imposed by this project, because we are interested in evaluating a variety of platforms and technologies,” Transport Canada said.

The agency is looking for carriers, shippers, first responders, enforcement personnel and other stakeholders to participate in the project. They can do so by submitting feedback or completing questionnaires.

More details are available here.

Published at Mon, 03 Feb 2020 14:51:46 +0000