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IoT Fleet Tracking System

ThingsBoard’s IoT Fleet Tracking System is a comprehensive solution for managing and optimizing your fleet and assets. Our advanced fleet tracking software empowers businesses to oversee assets, monitor routes, and optimize fuel consumption seamlessly. By providing essential insights into asset conditions, this system enables decision-makers to strategize effectively and enhance the efficiency of key operational aspects.

Implementing the IoT fleet tracking template fosters improved communication among drivers, managers, and staff, fostering increased efficiency and heightened safety. 

Here are the benefits of using the IoT Fleet Tracking Software:

IoT fleet management software offers a unified view of data, making decision-making faster and more effective for fleet managers.

Take a step towards improved enterprise running — integrate IoT solutions for fleet management into your business framework and reap the rewards today.

Inside IoT Fleet Tracking

Main components of the IoT fleet management system:

Fleet Connectivity
The backbone of our system relies on robust fleet connectivity. Through GPS trackers, OBD-II dongles, and other devices, we gather comprehensive data on vehicle location, speed, odometer readings, fuel levels, engine health, and overall vehicle status.
Remote Fleet Configuration and Control (RPC)
ThingsBoard ensures secure data exchange and implements role-based access control to protect confidential information and comply with industry standards.
Define virtual boundaries with Geo-fencing, setting zones, speed limits, or duration parameters. Actions are triggered when a vehicle enters or exits a geo-fence, such as sending SMS alerts, raising alarms, or initiating workflows.
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Organize your fleet into custom groups with hierarchical structures. Manage drivers, vehicles, and configurations at different levels, offering tailored control at the fleet, group, or individual vehicle level.
Driver Management
Manage drivers and assign them to vehicles as needed. This feature ensures a cohesive coordination of personnel.
Real-time Monitoring
Access real-time insights through a dashboard. Monitor fleet status, locations, alerts, and events, with the ability to swiftly drill down to specific vehicles or drivers.
Generate detailed reports on fleet, group, vehicle, and driver levels. Reports, including: vehicle historical data, driver behavior analysis, incident reports, document reports, fleet utilization reports, driver reports.
Integration Module
Our system integrates with 3rd party apps via REST APIs, webhooks, queues, etc. This enables the configuration of end-to-end business workflows. For example, in the event of a safety incident, the system can send notifications to managers and create tickets in the ticketing system.

Additional Features of Complete Fleet Management using IoT:

Document Management — manage crucial documents such as driver licenses, insurance, registration documents, and maintenance records. Trigger notifications when these documents are nearing expiration, enabling proactive actions.

Automated Driver Assignment — streamline operations by using RFID cards for driver identification, allowing automatic assignment to vehicles at the beginning of each day.

Fleet Safety Notifications — receive timely notifications about safety incidents, allowing fleet managers to respond promptly or triggering emergency response services.

Fleet Tracking Dashboard Examples

As part of this solution, we have created a dashboard that displays data from tracking fleet management sensors. This dashboard helps to monitor and control location, speed, and fuel level in real-time. Our dashboard has multiple states — Main state and Bus state.

Main state contains an interactive map for monitoring the movement of transport, a list of existing buses with detailed information about them, and a table of Alarms.

Bus contains an interactive map of the history of the route, the current route area, detailed information about the bus, and corresponding alarms.

Collected data is processed via the rule engine to raise alarms when:

  • vehicle leaves configurable route perimeter;
  • the vehicle is not moving for 2 minutes while on the route;
  • fuel level is low;
  • violation of speed limits.

The following interactive dashboard presents an intelligent visualization of IoT data that you can easily integrate into your IoT solution. See more details here.

Fleet tracking dashboard

The following interactive dashboard hosted on live demo server represents vehicle routes and state indicators that may be embedded in your IoT fleet tracking project.

The live Fleet Tracking dashboard displays real-time data from several tracking sensors collected using ThingsBoard MQTT API. Collected data is processed via the rule engine to raise alarms on certain thresholds. You may export the dashboard from our live demo server and import it to your ThingsBoard instance.

Explore Our Fleet Management IoT Solutions

ThingsBoard’s fleet management IoT solutions are meticulously crafted to offer unparalleled insights, efficiency, and adaptability.

Fleet Tracking Solution Overview. At the core of our offerings is the fleet management system using IoT, illustrated below in a comprehensive diagram.

You may notice plenty of connectivity options for the vehicle trackers: direct connection to the cloud, through the IoT Gateway, or integration with a third-party system. Most of vehicle-tracking projects today use a direct connection to the cloud using MQTT or CoAP in the case of NB IoT. ThingsBoard supports either plain JSON or Protobuf, which significantly optimize network traffic and increase battery life.

Robust Security Measures. Ensuring the utmost security, ThingsBoard incorporates industry-standard encryption algorithms and supports various device credential types. Data is stored in the fault-tolerant and reliable Cassandra database, assuring the integrity and resilience of your IoT fleet monitoring data.

Rule Engine for Advanced Analytics. A standout feature of our solutions is the Rule Engine, facilitating the forwarding of incoming data to various analytics systems. This includes but is not limited to Apache Spark or Hadoop, achieved through integration with Kafka or other Message buses. 

In essence, ThingsBoard’s fleet management tracking solutions transcend the ordinary, offering a versatile and adaptive framework for businesses seeking to optimize their fleet tracking endeavors.

ThingsBoard benefits:

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Scalability and high availability

ThingsBoard supports high-availability deployments on cloud and on-premises data centers using K8S or bare-metal deployments. Platform components are horizontally scalable. ThingsBoard has production deployments supporting more then 18 000 vehicles and 500 000 devices connected.

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Connect devices directly to the platform via the following built-in protocols: HTTP, CoAP, MQTT, LwM2M, and SNMP. Connect devices in your local network to the cloud using ThingsBoard Gateway via Modbus, BLE, BACnet, OPC-UA, and other protocols.

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LoRaWAN & SigFox Support

Connect LoRaWAN devices via integrations with standard network servers like TTN, LORIOT, ChirpStack, Actility, etc. Connect SigFox devices via integrations with the SigFox backend.

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ThingsBoard supports industry-standard encryption algorithms like RSA and ECDSA to ensure the data is secure during transfer via TLS(TCP) and DTLS (UDP).

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Data processing

ThingsBoard allows you to define application logic with drag-n-drop rule chain designer. The Rule Engine is a robust and scalable processing framework that leverages industry-standard message queue implementations like Apache Kafka or AWS SQS to ensure data durability and guarantee data processing. You are free to process data with the Rule engine or push it to further processing in external systems.

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Data visualization

Visualize collected data using rich interactive dashboards. Develop multi-state interactive dashboards with zero coding efforts and built-in charts, gauges, maps, tables, and control widgets. Customize every dashboard aspect using advanced widget settings or even custom widget bundles. Low latency updates are possible with embedded web-sockets support.

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Mobile application

Build your own IoT mobile application with minimum coding efforts using ThingsBoard Mobile Application, an open-source project based on Flutter. Leverage a built-in set of mobile actions to take a photo, scan QR code, update location, and more directly within the dashboard.

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ThingsBoard provides UI and API to manage tenants, customers, users, devices, and assets. Single tenant may have multiple tenant administrators and millions of devices and customers. It also offers out-of-the-box support of OTA updates for your smart meters.

Our cases:

Efficient logistics optimization

Streamlined fleet operations with real-time tracking, leading to optimized routes, reduced fuel consumption, and enhanced delivery precision.

Enhanced vehicle maintenance

Implemented predictive maintenance protocols, leveraging ThingsBoard's analytics, resulting in decreased downtime and extended vehicle lifespan.

Smart driver performance monitoring

Implemented predictive maintenance protocols, leveraging ThingsBoard's analytics, resulting in decreased downtime and extended vehicle lifespan.

Enhanced vehicle maintenance

Successfully built and managed complex multi-tenant fleet solutions, demonstrating ThingsBoard's adaptability for diverse customer needs.

Experience the power of transformative IoT fleet management with ThingsBoard’s IoT fleet management open-source platform. From optimizing logistics to predictive maintenance, safety enhancements, and multi-tenant solutions, our software is poised to revolutionize your fleet operations. Empower your fleet, empower your business.

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