Technology has been changing everything ever since its boom! And the case with logistics and transportation are no exception to this. The various methods of logistics and transportation used in the past are entirely different from the latest methods followed. Let’s have a look at the Technology Stacks and Costs in Developing Logistics and Transportation Apps!
One of the greatest examples includes the ever growing Mobile Application Development, which is an integral part of the logistics and transportation field now!
Dive into the details on the integration of technology into logistics and transportation.
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1. Ideal Features in the App
Some of the ideal features which need to be included in the logistics and transportation include:
- Admin Panel
- Management of Fleet
- Monitor Window
- Push notifications
- Tracking of fleet/assets
- Log reports
- Schedule Maintenance Calendar
- In-app chat
- Fuel Consumption
- Live Racking
- Vehicle Handling Characteristics
2. Solutions which are needed by Fleet Manager
The solutions which are needed by Fleet Manager should mainly concentrate on meeting the basic need of the service.
For example, in case of the services involved in the transportation of a consignment from one place to another within a stipulated time safely, requires the fleet manager to track it live.
This service enables us to know the up to date information, about the exact position, ETA of the consignment at the destination.
Moreover, it will help the manager to guide the driver regarding the traffic updates and thus the driver can reach the destination quickly and safely.
Ideal features of Fleet Management Solutions include:
- Telematics-GPS system
- Geofencing and Fleet Management
- Traffic updates for route optimization
- Telematics- Asset tracking
- Fuel calibration
- Vehicle handling characteristics
- And, M2M communication
3. Telematics-GPS system
GPS system is popular nowadays even to the youngest generation. Thanks to the various taxi dispatch mobile apps and of course the Google maps!
A GPS system (which helps to navigate and track on a real-time basis) allows the fleet managers and drivers to work in tandem and thus to take the consignments safely to the destination.
In the near future, we could see the GPS systems, in the form of OEM and it will be made mandatory.
Telematics systems allow us to design and customize them as per the various requirements of the users. Some other major benefits of the system include advanced embedded solutions, that link driverless trucks into a convoy.
4. Geofencing and Fleet Management
Geofencing proves to be very useful when dealing with the operations of the vehicle on a particular route. This is actually a separate feature of the GPS systems.
For instance, a self-driver car agency will be needing to contact the managers once they are about to head towards a border checkpoint, because the car agency may not have permissions to drive beyond that point.
And, in such situations, getting alerts about the vehicle serves very useful!
5. Traffic Updates for Route Optimization
The drivers need not worry now about not knowing the routes! Since there are a lot of third-party apps and Google apps, which has made navigation from one place to another so easy!
It also enables the managers to reroute the path in case of contingencies.
6. Telematics- Asset tracking
The modern fleet manager requires asset tracking in which the client needs to receive regular updates about the movement of the consignment on a real-time basis. And telematics asset tracking provides this option!
7. Fuel Calibration
Fuel Calibration is another major factor to consider in the fleet management and it requires to calculate the tie!
Some petrol stations are even helping the fleet managers to calibrate their vehicles out of the Goodwill!
A vehicle is calibrated at selected pumps for a long time, periodically.
With the advancement of technology, the fleet management system is able to take care of the vehicle calibration, even without taking the vehicle to the filling station. Such features allow in saving a lot of time for calibration, and thus increases productivity.
8. M2M communication
M2M means machine to machine.
This has made it possible for automobile manufacturers to monitor the health of their machine remotely!
And such technologies allows the fleet managers to ensure the smooth running of their vehicles!
9. Vehicle Handling Characteristics
Vehicle handling characteristics are very much important. Because it enables to make sure about the safety of the passengers as well as the consignment.
To keep a record of the constant control of a vehicle by a fleet management system, will help to avoid a lot of accidents due to unsafe driving. Also, it also makes sure that drivers follow safe driving practices.
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10. Some of the Popular Technology Stacks For Different Applications
There are a variety of options available for choosing the best technology stacks for integrating various features. Some of the popular options are:
- Nexmo or Twilio, for authentication of credentials
- Braintree & PayPal, Stripe or popular E-Wallets, for payment gateways
- Twilio or push for notification triggering
- MongoDB, HBase, Cassandra or Postgresql for database requirement
- Hadoop, Spark, Big Data, Apache Flink, Cisco, IBM for real-time analytics
- AWS, Google, Azure for cloud platforms.
11. Cost for Developing the Logistics and Transportation App
Just like anything else in the market, there are both cheaper as well as the highest options.
But it’s always advisable to opt something in the medium range so that all the above-mentioned features will be there and also the overall quality of the app will be really good.
The costs involved in developing logistics and transportation apps differs from app to app as the requirement of the technology stacks required will be different for various apps.
It all depends on the integration of additional features into the app.
In India, the estimated cost of logistics and transportation apps ranges from 20,000$ to 30,000$ and is also varies with the requirements.
Moreover, testing is also one of the most important factors to consider at all stages of the app development!t requires regression testing.
Finally, it is best to have the services with all the major features incorporated in it.
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Well, hope the article gave you a detailed view on the things to be noted, before getting into the development of logistics and transportation applications.