Modernizing transport and logistic industries with cellular connectivity

Modernizing transport and logistic industries with cellular connectivity

Transport and logistics

Cellular IoT-connectivity is transforming the way global transportation industries manage their fleet, and how micro mobility companies expand public transport options. As fuel prices rise and the need for quick, eco-friendly transport increases, technical innovation and adaptation is a must to compete and succeed in this challenging industry.


Evolving with IoT in an ever-changing industry

Global transportation and logistic industries have experienced major transformations during the last few decades. With the introduction of internet shopping, where customers have grown to expect fast shipping, the supply chains have been forced to adapt to meet these new standards.

Likewise, solutions to getting around and delivering goods easily in the fast-paced, cramped atmosphere of the city is constantly evolving. The introduction of e-scooters and last mile-services changed city transportation immensely in a short period of time, but with a new introduction to the industry, the rules and regulations are ever-changing. Due to this, the day-to-day management of a fleet of assets has become more important than ever.

Evolving with IoT in an ever-changing industry

Ericsson’s cellular technology is
inspiring transport companies to:

Create agility

by having a real-time overview of the health and location of your valuable assets.

Advance operations

by connecting assets seamlessly across borders and telecom networks.

Unlock intelligence

by optimizing the management of your assets and gathering real-time and historical data to predict future needs.


Shifting the transport industry into a new gear

The transport and logistics industry are facing several significant challenges now and in the immediate future. We explored how much money a mid-sized European truck transport company can save by adding fleet telematics, a technology enabled by cellular IoT.

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How cellular IoT helps the micro mobility industry

As cities become increasingly congested, getting somewhere quickly becomes more difficult. Electric e-scooters are addressing these problems with innovative solutions that rely on cellular IoT, powered by advanced connectivity management platforms such as Ericsson IoT Accelerator.

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Create agility

Technology that delivers cost-effective solutions

Monitor maintenance needs, consumption and the environmental footprint across entire fleets

The regulatory, economic and workforce challenges present in the transportation and localization industries, are driving leaders to embrace innovation. IoT connectivity and telematics offer several effective solutions that enable industry leaders to manage and scale their global business, while simultaneously tackling the day-to-day challenges, such as fuel consumption or planned – and unplanned – maintenance, using a single IoT platform: IoT Accelerator.

Cellular IoT connectivity has the potential to achieve huge cost savings just by tracking and monitoring your assets, no matter if it's a truck that moves over large distances and cross borders on a daily basis, or if a small, micro mobility vehicle in a hectic city that needs to be geo-fenced in order to keep the service level up to standard.

Use cases

Predictive maintenance

Both truck and trailers and micro mobility scooters need monitoring capabilities to gather real-time data on the state of each individual vehicle, enabling you to serve them in a timely fashion before they break, saving your business both time and money.

Environmental benefits

Is the motor running as it should? Is the tire pressure in an optimal state? IoT Accelerator enables you to optimize fuel consumption, tire pressure, oil levels and more. If you need to go somewhere quickly within the city, e-scooters are a better option than going by car.

Last mile solutions

Cellular connectivity provides the ability to efficiently plan outes and track goods for fast inner-city transportation, a huge benefit when it comes to insurance costs, but also provides a way to lower the carbon footprint of last mile transportation, especially when using electronically powered vehicles.

Advance operations

Move seamlessly across the world

Unlocking new levels of tracking, safety and security

Connected trucks and fleet telematics offer several exciting solutions. The number of global cellular IoT connections are expected to more than triple from 1.7 billion in 2020 to 5.9 billion in 2026 as more industry leaders see the benefits of bringing their assets online.

Delivered through our global partner network, Ericsson provides complete control of all IoT-connected devices throughout their entire lifecycle, no matter where they are in the world. Crossing country borders, or relocating assets to any corner of the world, without losing connection or needing to change operator contracts, are some of the key benefits of using Ericsson-based technology.

Use cases

Global asset lifetime management

Cellular connectivity offers complete control of all IoT-connected devices throughout their entire lifecycle, no matter where they are in the world.

Asset tracking

Locate your fleet no matter where they are in the world. Regardless of if it consists of hundreds of trucks or thousands of e-scooters, you will be able to follow each vehicle individually and on a group level.

Trigger management

If one of your assets starts producing unauthorized amounts of data, or starts behaving suspiciously, the system will flag it by sending out a warning. IoT Accelerator enables you to take speedy action and deactivate the asset right away before any harm is done.

Unlock intelligence

Empowering drivers and fleet managers with real-time data

Manage a whole fleet on a global level from one place – with one supplier

One of the challenges transport companies face is the requirement to comply with a wide variety of different regulatory authorities. Everything from truck driver’s working hours to fuel tax reporting is often managed manually, an expensive task often lacking in time efficiency. At the same time, the ever-growing inner cities can see a benefit of using micromobility transportation for last mile deliveries rather than cars or minivans that are easily held up by traffic.

Constant connectivity gives business managers and insurance administrators a full range of metrics to assess risk management in a brand-new way. This includes everything from speed, hard breaks, harsh acceleration, and safety measures. Real-time data can also predict congestions and predict potential traffic hazards, which is key for both public and private transport companies.

The data provided by cellular connectivity helps fleet managers build a safer environment for drivers while also providing insurers with safety records. Some personal auto insurance companies claim that driver coaching saves up to 50% on premium costs – commercial drivers could see similar cost reductions or greater.

Use cases

Automate reporting and compliance

Manage labor regulations and data easily by connecting fleet telematics with IoT. Automated tachograph reporting reduces manual labor and provides accurate tracking of working hours, reducing the administrative burden and time spent on manually logging such things.

Data collection and dynamic pricing

Get a real-time overview of where your assets are being most used, from country to country, city to city, event to event. This allows you to adjust pricing, so that more of your vehicles are driven to and out of busy areas as needed. This works well with both micro mobility businesses and to maximize utilization of a truck fleet, never having to drive a truck without a load ever more.

Driver coaching and feedback

Provides the driver or any vehicle – from e-scooter to a truck – with important feedback based on driver patterns, from hard breaks to harsh acceleration, that helps instill preventative, forward-thinking driving behavior over time. By driving in an eco-friendly way, benefits like bonuses or reduced fares can be introduced on a driver-to-driver level.

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