Fleet management and telematics applications have become well-established features in the first generations of connected vehicles. The data generated from those vehicles is now laying the groundwork for a wider transportation IoT.
But to capture the promises of new mobility and IoT, manufacturers need to evolve their connected offerings to the next level. Telematics and fleet management applications are no longer a nice bonus, they are must-haves in every car, truck, bus, yellow machine – or any other piece of equipment involved in transportation and logistics.
Data is the fuel for transportation IoT
Finding out how the IoT transport ecosystem fits together will require new ways of working. This ecosystem is expanding to include everyone from application developers and third party service providers to city planners and traffic officials.
The data that flows between each point in the ecosystem holds a value that is waiting to be unlocked. Inside that data is the formula for safer vehicles, more efficient transportation and shipping, and value-adding services that hold the potential to transform any piece of equipment.
The carrier for this data is mobile/cellular connectivity, which binds the mobile ecosystem together. This means the manufacturer’s relationship with their mobile network operator is an important one.