Smart Fleet Management: Supercharge with Open API and Third-Party Integrations

Modern fleet management makes use of data from the best technologies to determine the needs of your business. Separate innovations have given us GPS tracking software, temperature gauges within refrigerated trucks, video feeds from dashcams, and more data.

The way that those applications and programs interact with each other is essential to gathering clear information quickly.

By design, thanks to a public Application Programming Interface and third-party integration of other technologies, all of the data you need from a variety of separate tools can be accessed together and customized into a database. The data can be interpreted together in one place by computer, rather than by you as you look at separate reports from different programs.

When your applications work together, you get a bigger picture of what your fleet needs and what it can do.

Additionally, working with your customers’ businesses to design a programming platform that effectively communicates with their applications and yours will save you a lot of time and headaches. Customizing a platform with open API allows you to more easily interpret the information from a variety of sources and transmit the data where you need it to go.

What is Open API?

An Application Programming Interface (API) is a series of commands that can be used to send or get data from a web service.

An API is public, or open, when anyone can access the documentation about how the data is forwarded and execute the commands needed to interact with the web service, though you might still need to authenticate yourself for the sake of security.

Open API is a specific guideline created to standardize APIs, allowing services to communicate more easily. It essentially means that all the programs and applications will speak the same language.

For example, open API and third-party integration create an agreement among Internet programs to transmit data. It allows your Facebook or Google information to be easily entered into an order form for an online retailer.

Publicly accessible programming data and a common language among apps make it easier to do business over the Internet, allowing a large number of separate programs to work together to interpret the information you need with minimal fuss.

To put it more plainly, open API is like a restaurant waiter who communicates your order to the kitchen and then returns with your food. It is the go-between, allowing different programs to connect, interact, and relate to one another.

Open API and Third-Party Integration Can Build Your Business

Open API integrated with technology from third-party developers allows for the Internet tools that your customers use and the data that you gather for your fleet to interact. Understanding the programs that your customers have in place within their business allows you to customize a system that quickly, comprehensively, and securely works with your own.

This customizable technology best suits your customers’ business needs and your own. A shared language among applications allows you and your customer to be alerted when a shipment arrives at its destination or if an incident occurs. It gives you both access to data, for open API allows for communication among a variety of programs, even if you and your customer use different apps to receive information.

Openly available Internet programming information can also allow developers to create new ways to use data in the future by building upon the existing programs and information that came before. Perhaps with open API, your company and your customers can find new paths and build new tools together.

GPS Trackit API & Technology Partners

GPS Trackit uses an open API that functions as a web service. It enables customers and third-party developers to more efficiently move vehicle location, performance, and engine diagnostic data to other systems. This allows your business the opportunity to integrate your data across a number of platforms and programs, serving you and your customers. It communicates with the programs you use and with the programs they use, giving you both access to the interpreted data.

GPS Trackit’s existing products utilize Amazon Web Services Cloud Technology, Google Maps and LTE technology so that its clients have access to that data and those solutions. Additionally, it is possible to integrate third-party solutions into a specifically designed system for your business, making the Internet tools work for you and partner businesses.

GPS TrackIt integrates its programs with:
– SmartWitness
– Fuel Cards (WEX)
– ServiceTitan
– ProMiles
– Point of Rental
– SpeedGauge
– Fleetcor
– Jonas Software

These apps can be customized to suit your specific data integration needs.

A system designed specifically to pull the information that you need and make the best use of it will supercharge your business, giving you data gathered from multiple sources in one location and creating a resource vital to your fleet management business and its customers.

To learn more, speak with a fleet advisor who can answer your questions and discuss your needs.

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The History of Telematics and Fleet Management

Industries throughout the world heard from the 1970s forward that computers would revolutionize the world. By the 1980s, computers made their way into our business offices, our living rooms and school systems, available to more people than ever before, and the emergence of the Internet and the World Wide Web in the 1990s changed how we live our lives and conduct business forever.
Within the shipping business, technology like video telematics has evolved to transform the way vehicles are tracked throughout the world.

The Beginning of Telematics

The definition of telematics broadly involves the use of computers and telecommunications as a means of transmitting information, and the term was coined in 1978 to explain the coming computerization of society.
But in business, the term telematics has come to refer to vehicle tracking systems included in the automation of automobiles and commercial vehicles as that technology has developed to prompt safer driving and improved communication while traveling.
The broad uses of telematics and GPS technology can involve GPS navigation tools, GPS tracking, integrated hands-free cellular devices, wireless communication, and automatic driving assistance systems.

Creating Industry Standards in Fleet Management

The uses of telematics in fleet management have been standardized within the shipping industry since 2010 by the Association of Equipment Management Professionals, who worked with Caterpillar, Volvo, John Deere, and other industry leaders to define best practices in shipping and fleet management.
The AEMP monitored key data, such as operating hours, fuel, and the mileage traveled to determine industry standards. Through that, they developed easier ways to access and communicate data within the industry.
As a result, the trucking industry has evolved from weigh stations, handwritten reports and CB radios to faster, safer ways to monitor vehicles, communicate immediate issues, and track shipping throughout the nation and the world.

How Telematics Are Used In Fleet Management

Video telematics are valuable tools that can keep your fleet management business and your drivers safer while they travel. The AEMP continues to determine industry standards for the technology.

Video Telematics and Surveillance

GPS integrated dash cameras installed on every vehicle in your fleet can serve multiple purposes, providing you with risk protection in the event of an accident, giving you alerts to any emergency, and giving you eyes on the progress your team is making.

GPS Tracking and Fleet Management

Technology will now alert you to when your shipments arrive, when your trucks reach a certain checkpoint, how quickly your drivers are moving, and more. This can improve driver accountability as well, assuring that your team is operating efficiently and safely.

Temperature Monitoring and More

Information gathered through telematics can alert you to vehicle maintenance issues, including the temperatures inside your refrigerated trailers so that you know the quality of the goods you are shipping and can provide that assurance to your customers. Additionally, it will allow you the chance to keep safe vehicles on the road, saving extensive repair costs.
The future of telematics is evolving, but the technology will continue to revolutionize the industry, creating safer and efficient ways to conduct fleet management. Looking for some guidance or answers about what to implement next with your fleet? Speak to a Fleet Advisor to learn more.

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