As outlined in our 2016 blog, GPS: The Grandfather of IoT, GPS is a radio navigation satellite service (RNSS). Unlike IoT applications, GPS doesn’t require the user to transmit data and operates independently of any telephonic or internet reception, providing a powerful tool for companies around the world to locate and track assets wherever they are.
Even though GPS does not require the internet to operate, IoT connectivity greatly enhances its usefulness for both businesses and consumers. Since the last time we covered this topic, IoT developers have devised new applications for GPS tracking that have provided a more three-dimensional picture of an asset’s status. As part of a larger system, operators can use IoT-supported GPS tracking to enact greater efficiencies in real time, reducing costs and ensuring effective customer service.
GPS / IoT Logistic Vehicle Tracking
Fleet managers use GPS vehicle tracking to navigate fleet vehicles to their destinations, but IoT presents an active way for fleets to improve routing efficacy. Fleet IoT systems use vehicle-mounted sensors to track operational data, such as fuel consumption, vehicle health, speed, and road conditions. Armed with this granular vehicle and route information, an IoT infrastructure can use GPS to plot the most efficient vehicle route and reroute in real time should any internal or external obstacles arise.
Accidents, road congestion, and other route-interrupting factors are exacerbated by poor weather conditions that can add hours or days to travel times. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the estimated annual cost of weather-related fleet delay ranges from $2.2 to $3.5 billion dollars. With an IoT solution, operators receive up-to-date information to anticipate the effect of weather on scheduled vehicle routes and can reroute the vehicle if necessary to avoid weather delay.
IoT/GPS Enabled Panic Buttons
In an emergency, time is of the essence, and GPS tracking is an essential tool for first responders to locate an emergency in time to act. To enhance GPS effectiveness, IoT developers have devised SOS “panic button” systems that alert authorities as soon as an emergency arises.
In fleet systems, panic buttons can be triggered in the event of an accident or a breakdown, sending maintenance crews to the scene or calling the police if necessary. According to The Times of India, panic buttons have gained significant momentum as a solution to improving passenger safety on India’s public transit. The government recently has mandated that all public transport vehicles be equipped with GPS panic buttons in case of emergency.
In the medical field, panic buttons are integrated with clinical wearables that detect vital signs and alert healthcare providers if a serious event has occurred. From fall detection to cardiac emergencies, wearable IoT devices, fitted with GPS systems, can call in a first responder and instantly notify a patient’s location.
GPS and IoT: Working Together with Aeris
Through our cloud-based Aeris Connectivity Platform, Aeris enables businesses to deploy unparalleled IoT connectivity solutions, systems, and expertise. With real-time asset tracking through GPS integration, Aeris Global Carrier Solutions can help your business improve operational efficiencies and customer satisfaction.
To learn more about how IoT can help your business, contact Aeris today.