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Digitisation is transforming fleet management by making information easier to process and understand. See how it can change the way your fleet operates.

Over the last few years, fleet management has shifted towards intelligent, digitised solutions. Traditional paper-based management systems have been replaced by software that provides up-to-date information powered by data – effectively laid out to allow you, as a fleet manager, to understand and act upon it.

When it comes to your fleet, digitisation can transform the performance of your drivers and vehicles on the road. It also impacts the majority of other processes involved in fleet management, making it easier to track, plan, manage and repair across your trucks, trailers and drivers.

What is digitisation?

Digitisation is about changing information and processes that were previously paper-based, or analogue, and turning them into a digital format. Paperwork is replaced with modern, more efficient solutions. These can be integrated with data-enabled solutions, which allow you to securely gather data and diagnostics from your trucks and use intelligent fleet management software to analyse it for you, as well as improving back-office processes.

Fleet companies are increasingly digitising their processes, saving time and money on operations. The shift from manually processing paperwork that held information on fleet performance and driver statistics, towards digital fleet management, is all about making life easier for you and allowing you to make better, impactful decisions in a shorter period of time. It also has the ability to save drivers time, which is important during periods of driver scarcity.

Digitalised solutions automate manual and paper-based processes to streamline your operations and make your fleet easier to manage.

How can digitisation improve fleet management?

There are numerous ways that digitisation can make fleet management simpler, quicker and more efficient than more archaic manual processes. For example, these can include:

  • Having a full overview of drivers’ real-time positions to prepare efficient planning and adapt tasks when necessary
  • Arranging repairs quickly and effectively, as information about a truck and trailer’s status is constantly captured and monitored
  • Improved route planning based on congestion and other issues
  • Cost-effective refueling, strategic fuel-consumption monitoring and the ability to check fuel policies are being followed
  • Automatically access data about mileage, fuel usage and more for trucks and trailers, without the driver having to record such information manually

Instead of having to trawl through mountains of paperwork related to fuel costs, driver statistics and maintenance scheduling, a comprehensive overview is available at your fingertips (and in real time) in the shape of graphs, charts and reports automatically generated from scores of processed data on every relevant factor your fleet faces. Dispatchers always know where their vehicles are, if their deliveries are on time, when the driver is on their break and more.

This means you can digest information quicker and more efficiently, speed up your decision-making process and become more reactive to issues affecting your fleet, allowing you to right the wrongs before they have too much of an impact. Digitised solutions present the bigger picture and ensure better-informed medium and long-term planning for fleet managers and decision makers.

It also allows you to access up-to-date statistics anytime, anywhere, with access via internet-connected devices – keeping you in touch with your fleet at all times to relay information and remain up to speed with what’s happening out on the road.

Digitisation helps to speed up your decision-making process and become more reactive to issues affecting your fleet, allowing you to right the wrongs before they have too much of an impact.

How can WABCO solutions help digitise your fleet?

WABCO can help digitise your fleet and transform your processes to ensure you are prepared for the future. Telematics devices like TX-SKY can fully integrate between the vehicles on the road and TX-CONNECT software back in the office. This gives you a convenient overview, providing real-time information from your fleet’s trucks, drivers and trailers.

The former is a touchscreen computer mounted on the truck, while the latter is a program that takes all the information flowing in from TX-SKY and divides them into nuggets based on their specific natures, which you can use. You can track vehicles, assess their health, monitor real-time traffic and communicate directly with drivers.

Alternatively, the affordable and easy to set up TRAXEE fleet management system is perfect for giving you a snapshot of the location of your fleet, driver activity and up-to-date data – an incredibly effective telematics system. This is a simple standalone FMS solution, designed to provide a basic overview on its own, unlike the range of TX solutions that integrate with each other for advanced information exchange.