Trucking is critical to India’s economy and future growth. Yet important as it is, it’s all too often a black box for the operators who rely on it, to say the least.
Nine million truckers and transporters move 69 percent of the freight traffic in India. Truck drivers are operating in an environment where 500,000 accidents happen a year; every four minutes, in fact, there is one car- or truck-related death in the country. To say that trucking plays an important role in keeping India’s economy vibrant is a serious understatement. Truckers are its lifeblood. And more can be done to help the industry keep productivity high, costs low, deliveries on time, and so on.
The safe operation of this crucial part of India’s economy -- to say nothing of its general efficiency and reliability -- is hampered by a lack of visibility. India is vast, with a communications infrastructure that presents serious challenges to the managers and operators seeking to monitor important checkpoints and warning signs.
But new technologies are changing that, presenting an opportunity to make truckers’ jobs a little safer, healthier, and more lucrative. We’ve already seen how relay trucking ensures proper handoff so drivers can get rest and see more of their families. App-based sharing technology is also helping drivers find work opportunities on their way back from runs, turning what would be an unpaid trip home into a productive journey back.
Advanced communications and sensing technology can make a big difference. Today.
At Skylo, we’ve launched an end-to-end IoT solution that uses satellites to give customers the ability to deploy continuous real-time fleet and product monitoring. For trucking operators, that means fuel-level awareness and breakdown alerts across entire fleets, through the use of an elegant mobile platform that’s continuously connected 100% of the time, everywhere across India. Because they can more efficiently communicate with customers, reduce shipping costs, and make it possible for drivers and shipments to be safer and more predictable, users can improve business operations on day one.
Here’s how: we put a rugged, small and easy-to-install hub (think of it like a hotspot for sensors) on a truck or directly onto goods. This device takes sensor data from the vehicle and transported goods and sends it to our always-on satellite network, which transmits data back to our platform for customers to see. This is the impact:
Truckers work incredibly hard and often in dangerous conditions. In that respect, very little has changed over the past few decades. But with the advent of digital transformation technologies like ours and others, the trucking industry has the opportunity to make it much safer and easier. It also helps them, and the organizations they drive for, achieve success.
It’s time for this lucrative industry to take its next evolutionary step in one of the world’s most important economies. And we’re proud to offer the solution to get the job done.
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