Improve data connectivity in fleet management

Issue 5 2022 Transport (Industry), Integrated Solutions, Products & Solutions

The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) has impacted many industries, including fleet management. According to a new research report, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in South Africa reached an estimated 2 million and is anticipated to reach 3,6 million by 2026.

Fleet management is a growing market in South Africa, with the total number of installed telematics solutions having increased by more than 50% over the last decade. While the market is still dominated by tracking systems, more advanced fleet management solutions are gaining traction on the market.

The increasing competition and device deployment volume in the fleet management industry requires telematics providers to adapt new technologies easily, supply reliable connectivity and accurate real-time data. While competing in the tracking and logistics industry, the following three tips should help you improve your business data connectivity in fleet management.

Unlocking futureproof IoT connectivity

Second and third generation (2G and 3G) cellular connectivity have been the backbone of tracking devices and GPS tracking in the fleet management industry for more than a decade, but this is changing and evolving. Since their rollouts began, 4G, 5G and NB-IoT continue to gain traction and the end of 2G and 3G is almost here. Most operators have already stopped their 2G service in developed countries. In South Africa, networks have already indicated when these spectrum sunsets will begin.

Before the shutdown, mobile network operators were looking to next-generation LP-WAN technologies such as LTE-M and NB-IoT as a replacement for 2G and 3G. At SIMcontrol, we have expanded our offering to include NB-IoT on Vodacom South Africa’s mobile network as part of our managed APN solution in an effort to make device connectivity easier and more cost-effective.

The benefits of this technology include improved battery life, low power consumption, greater penetration for indoor and outdoor locations, and perhaps most importantly, lower costs. It is also futureproof to avoid obsolescence for many years to come.

Using multi-network SIMs to solve network downtime

The main goal of the fleet management system is to have full visibility into the real-time status of your device, to know and manage who's behind the wheel and keep the fleet up and running all the time. But even the most dependable telematics solutions are not entirely error-proof, and the best networks can go down from time to time. For many of our customers, there is a real fear around the impact of network downtime, both from a reputation and an efficiency perspective.

This is where multi-network SIM cards are a game changer. As the name suggests, multi-network SIM cards can connect to multiple mobile networks within a country.

Deploying devices across multiple countries requires careful planning and demands that you have a data roaming solution suited for the specific project. Having control over the deployed SIMs from both a technical as well as a cost perspective is critical.

With SIMcontrol, you have access to an online SIM management platform which is quick and easy to use, offers reliable IoT-focused support and allows you to manage your mobile connectivity spending.

Accelerating your device connectivity

We are in the midst of an unprecedented phase of digital transformation. Tracking is no longer only about location. Technological changes are reshaping companies not only because it prevents theft, loss and damage, but also because better asset management is essential for meeting operational and compliance targets. The API – once seen as a tool for programmers – is now providing both a new route to market as well as a value chain for businesses.

Businesses are turning to integration not only to rapidly access business-critical data, but also to build a scalable infrastructure that is resilient in times of change. It is now more important than ever to futureproof your IT infrastructure, and leveraging APIs is the most scalable and secure way to do so.

With SIMcontrol's advanced and easy-to-use API integration, you can integrate SIM management into your existing platforms or business processes.

Simplify IoT data connectivity

For the fleet management industry, the ability to track and manage connected devices at scale can be a challenge. SIMcontrol is a solution for companies that need reliable mobile network connectivity. It has the advantage of being network and SIM-type agnostic, which allows customers to manage multiple networks without issue.


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