Combined with the mobile order management solution M3, the open telematics platform Openmatics significantly cuts costs and allows greater transparency in fleet management. Open interfaces mean fleet operators can combine both systems without any additional hardware. Orders can be processed without paper and be accurately calculated using the data provided by Openmatics. Fleet managers can now fully benefit from the added connectivity functionalities in commercial vehicles.
For fleet operators and carriers an intelligent fleet management is becoming more and more a criterion for success. Thanks to digital disposition and IT solutions, operating costs can be reduced in the long term. About 70 percent of the total costs for a freight forwarder are equally divided between personnel and fuel. These resources can be optimized with Openmatics. Operators can streamline the data flow between scheduler, driver and vehicle with the open telematics platform from ZF Services. Software solutions from third-party suppliers and custom apps can be easily integrated.
Perfect connection: Openmatics and M3 Logisticware®
The combination of Openmatics and M3 Logisticware® from Dr. Malek Software GmbH offers fleet operators a turnkey solution for order processing and telematics. As a Transport Management Software (TMS), M3 is one of the leading solutions for order management for forwarding companies; it offers features such as a paperless transport order for all road freight transports, signing functions and a status report in real time. The M3 app is easy to install on tablets and Android smartphones, in fact there are no extra costs involved – as there are with interface coding which is common across the industry.
The data transmitted by Openmatics to the M3 portal provide more transparency for the dispatchers in their daily work. Precise information on the remaining driving time and rest periods allow for better planning. Specific vehicle and driver data expedite expense updates for labor and fuel - by far the two biggest cost factors.
The administrative cost reduction is also a significant improvement, as invoicing can be performed immediately after order processing. The M3 app can also be combined with all other shipping software solutions.
The hardware onboard unit "Bach" forms the core of the web-based Openmatics platform. Bach records and displays data for the driver. This small unit with three processors is very easy to install. Firmware updates, apps and configurations are installed while the system is online in order to avoid downtimes. Vehicle localization and consignment monitoring are standard features of the basic package.
Custom add-ons are a notable advantage of this open platform. System functionality can be upgraded with additional apps. Third-party suppliers – as is common with smartphone applications – are permitted to develop their own apps and offer them on the Openmatics platform. Additional tools that are already available today increase efficiency and optimize vehicle utilization:
* FUEL OVERVIEW identifies fleet vehicles with high fuel consumption and determines cost-saving options.
* GENTLE DRIVER/PROFI DRIVER analyzes driving style in terms of cost efficiency and ranks drivers accordingly. The results are presented on the web portal for quick and simple analysis and they are visible on the driver's console, providing more comfort and helping to keep costs low.
* DIGITACHO DOWNLOAD automatically downloads driver data, eliminating time-consuming manual downloads.
* DRIVING TIMES monitors the statutory driving and rest times and incorporates all legal requirements into the planning process. The app promotes better fleet utilization and stops any journey which is not in compliance with current legislation and which could result in penalty charges for the enterprise.
With Openmatics, ZF Services ensures the systems expertise of ZF Friedrichshafen AG is carried forward consistently into the aftermarket, and offers an open telematics platform that is independent of industries, vehicle manufacturers, and component makers. Openmatics is developed and upgraded continuously to reflect customer needs. In addition, the software development kit enables third-party suppliers and fleet operators to customize and code their own apps. Every fleet can thus create its own customized telematics package in a cost-efficient way. Also, security is ensured as every app is checked by ZF Services before it is released.