Exploring Fleet Management Scenarios with Azure Maps

Published Aug 05 2021 09:00 AM 1,437 Views
Microsoft

Benefits of fleet management solutions include decreased equipment downtime which increases profitability while improving driver safety and operational efficiency. At the core of understanding where “assets” are, Azure Maps reverse geocoding service can be leveraged to convert a vehicle's GPS (Global Positioning Service) point into an easy-to-read road name, city, and state. Using that detail, displayed on a map, service administrators see the location of their fleet and its current operation, giving an instant picture of the state of the business. Azure Maps offers a suite of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to assist, starting with this most basic concept of knowing where you are now and moving to planning where to be in the future to meet project schedules and business needs.

 

Asset Tracking - Location services for tracking vehicles and assets to and from sites (personal and private location mapping).  

  • Geocoding - Transform location description to coordinates, address, name of place to gain a visual understanding of where assets are now - Know the location
  • Geofencing - Create geographic boundaries to trigger notifications of asset entry or departure from depots or worksites - Know the safety zone
  • Creator - Generate facility floor plans and custom maps - Know the plan

Fleet Logistics - Routing services to improve efficiency, fuel consumption and reduce overall operating costs.

  • Save time and fuel - Choose best and most efficient route by leveraging Waypoint Optimization & Distance Matrix APIs.
  • Route by Vehicle type - Prevent route issues by using vehicle information and load characteristics as shown by Car Vs Truck sample.
  • Post trip analysis – Use collected GPS coordinates to understand route deviations, impacts and benefits using Snap to Road API.

Azure Tutorial: GitHub - Azure IoT Workshop to Implement Real-Time End-to-End Asset-Tracking Sample

Customer highlight: Microsoft Customer Story-Tagdat improves construction site safety and efficiency with IoT

 

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Scotland-based firm, Tagdat, uses Azure Maps to overlay construction site blueprints on Azure Maps base map and track the location of connected devices on-site. They also created custom geofences to designate hazardous zones within construction sites. 

 

-> Check out using the Azure Maps Web Control Image layer to add custom overlays.

Overlay private floorplans or blueprints on maps to visual contextual data for routing, navigation, and asset tracking.

 

-> Check out building your own floor plans using Azure Maps Creator.

 

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Create custom on-site geofences around hazardous zones to avoid misplacing assets, damaging expensive equipment, and preventing onsite injuries.

 

-> Check out Azure Maps Android SDK (Software Development Kits) for mobile application development.

 

Thank you for reviewing Azure Maps for Fleet Management. All the samples above are directly accessible through the provided links and have Github repositories for you to leverage the sample code within your solutions. If you need assistance or have any questions, feel free to post them in our Q&A (Question & Answers) section, we are here to help!

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