The fleet management industry is slated to grow at an 18.3% CAGR from 2022 to reach USD 67.38 billion in 2029. Advancements in real-time communications, coupled with enhancements across cloud applications are seeing fleet management becoming a critical capability across industries such as logistics, insurance, automotive, field service and mining.
SMS: A powerful alternative to data connectivity
While fleet management typically revolves around cloud applications and Internet connectivity, there is a growing need for alternative means of communication for fleet management systems, in cases where data connectivity is not readily available and where immediate response is critical. This is where an SMS-based solution such as SMSEagle SMS/MMS Gateway comes into play. The solution offers seamless connectivity to 2G, 3G and 4G networks around the world and comes with rich features including email integration, callback support, SMS forwarding, auto-reply, failover and MMS support.
Unlike cloud-based SMS gateways which are Internet-dependent, the SMSEagle gateway allows information from vehicles, drivers and freight to be relayed to the relevant stakeholders reliably, at any time and in any location via a single, dedicated hardware. This is particularly critical in situations that require real-time actions from respondent teams. By using a local SIM card, SMSEagle ensures a cost-effective method for keeping the entire fleet, the stakeholders and the cloud application connected at all times.
Enhancing real-time fleet communications with SMS
From regular to predictive maintenance, fleet owners can program their telematics unit to trigger real-time SMSs every time maintenance thresholds are exceeded. These thresholds include component failures, temperature and speed limits. SMSEagle SMS/MMS Gateway enables immediate access to this information on the enterprise LAN network, including distress messages from the driver, regardless of Internet connectivity. This allows maintenance and emergency teams to be adequately informed of any impending incidents. In fact, leveraging the gateway, timely instructions and alerts can be relayed to the telematics unit and field staff, as well as onto the driver dashboard.
The SMSEagle gateway can also be used to send customized, personal reminders and notifications to drivers. To monitor driver behavior and ensure safety precautions are adhered to, in-cabin video recorders or sensors can be programmed to initiate emergency SMS messages upon the detection of irregular, careless or dangerous maneuvers. Emergency messages communicated via the SMSEagle gateway may include videos and images for easier monitoring and enforcement.
In terms of cargo management, the cargo monitoring device fitted with a local SIM can send information gathered by its temperature, movement and vibration sensors via automated SMSs to an SMSEagle gateway. The fleet manager with access to the gateway is able to retrieve the information on their systems and use this data to monitor the condition and location of their freight, as well as the progress made on each consignment.
As far as it goes
With fleet management increasingly spanning larger fleets and wider geographical boundaries, the need for reliable fleet communications and automated alert mechanisms has never been more imperative. SMSEagle SMS/MMS Gateway can be deployed as either the primary or backup communication channel that is highly cost-efficient and lean in terms of system requirements, and which can trail any fleet across any location securely and reliable.
Patryk Patej is the Marketing and Sales Manager at SMSEagle. He has over 10 years’ experience as a communications professional specializing in business development, marketing and customer engagement. Patryk attended the Keiser University-Sarasota, in Florida, USA for Business and Computer Graphics.