In the last several years the IoT (Internet of Things) has revolutionized the role of data in the transport industry. Fleet managers have had access to more information about their fleets than ever before. Sensors have provided much needed functionality insights and have digitized manual processes. And yet, disparate offerings served on individual platforms have only offered a piecemeal snapshot of asset performance. The lack of an end-to-end solution showcasing total asset health, efficiency, and performance has curbed the potential of this new age of data-driven fleet management, until now.
Not just another telematics company
Phillips launched PCT in 2017 to address a glaring technology gap in the industry—the need for a centralized hub to support the integration of all sensor data into a single location. With PCT’s TrailerNet, ChassisNet, and ContainerNet offerings, fleet managers are now able to utilize intermodal solutions that integrate data from different suppliers into a central system to monitor overall asset health and make actionable decisions with a holistic view of their fleet.
To accomplish this technological advancement, PCT patented a cable routing system. This system uses an electrical harness to generate power from the truck to send information from all of the sensor components—from different suppliers— to the cloud. It does this through the Sensor Distribution Module (SDM) a proprietary solution Phillips brings to the marketplace. A patented sensor interface board (SIB) allows data to easy port into single interface. The SIB supports data integration from any onboard sensor and the system automatically uploads information to the cloud where it integrates into the corresponding PCT system—TrailerNet, ChassisNet, ContainerNet.
PCT solutions make it easy to display, analyze, and share the uploaded information. These systems have been designed to provide the fleet’s operations/dispatch team with a clear picture of fleet assets. Information flows easily and automatically from PCT to the display systems.
That is the strength of the PCT systems—everything is handled automatically, behind-the-scenes. Fleet managers and operators are not expected to become computer experts. Fleet operators spend their time keeping transportation assets in service. Dispatchers focus on moving cargo, and not worrying about background technology issues.
A focus on Business Intelligence and ROI
While competitors monitor ROI, it is often through the basic picture of sensor data savings. PCT picks up where they leave off with a bigger picture focus on business intelligence. PCT industry experts support customers in closing gaps in reporting and creating a full picture of ROI for their individual fleets. They assist in defining KPIs for the business and set up a customized ROI dashboard based on goals and historical performance.
Using the ROI calculator tool and historical data, prospective clients can gain a clear picture of what they can expect to save using one of PCT’s systems before they even begin using the services.
Right from the login, users are presented with a full report of fleet health. Color coded icons show which assets are ready (green), which assets are warning of a potential failure (yellow), and which assets have triggered a breakdown alert (red).
A click-through map combines aerial photographs with colored icons. Assets can be located anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. Colored icons show assets that need service or have broken down. Fleet controllers can easily see which assets are in need of repair. Detailed maps make it easy to dispatch equipment to a repair facility, or send a mobile mechanic to disabled equipment.
The system provides a simple-to-use interface that provides a clear overview of fleet issues. Fleet controllers can easily dispatch assets using the map of the U.S. and Canada.
PCT has a series of selectable reports that provide a full overview of all tracked assets. Reports can be viewed onscreen, or exported in a variety of file formats.
Reports can be scheduled. PCT can prepare the reports, format the data files, and email reports to the responsible employee—every morning, once a week, a monthly summary, or whatever schedule best fits the customer’s requirements.
These are just a few of the ways that Phillips provides a better user experience.
Using the maintenance module, specific employees can be granted limited access to data and/or sensor information for a specific asset. This offers the designated employee access to important information from the reporting system, without letting that employee have unlimited access to all system data. This feature allows better exchange of information between departments, without jeopardizing security.
Click on alerts
Clicking on the asset that has a warning or breakdown opens a dashboard that shows which sensor is reporting an issue. These reports can be easily forwarded to the employee responsible for making repairs—using the internal email forwarding system. Phillips makes exchanging information easier.
Assets can be tracked in real-time, or previous movements can be tracked. Not only do the PCT systems display the path and route of the asset, but show any asset “snap shots” that have been logged by the PCT system.
As a bonus feature—post trip analysis of a driver’s route and activities can be used by management to assist in future trip planning. Driver training can guided by past activities.
The future of connected transport is here
With PCT’s TrailerNet, ChassisNet, and ContainerNet, smart trailer and container technology is changing the face of fleet management. Fleet managers now have unprecedented visibility into the performance of their assets—managing asset utilization, maintenance, and efficiency.