IoT in transport and logistics

Manage, track and monitor connected vehicles, freight or other assets in real time – across town and around the world – with the Internet of Things (IoT).

Azure IoT for transport and logistics

Bring greater efficiency and reliability to your value chain with world-class IoT and location intelligence services. Improve quality of service, increase safety and reduce cost by finding smarter ways to get people and products where they need to be.

Keep your business moving safer and more efficiently with IoT

Explore these common uses for IoT in transport and logistics and imagine how a new Azure IoT solution – employing Azure IoT Edge, Azure IoT Hub, Azure Machine Learning and Azure Maps – could help your business.

Smart city and urban mobility management

Manage smart transport infrastructure, assess road conditions and ease congestion with real-time and historic traffic intelligence.

Fleet operations

Streamline smart logistics using real-time data and alerts powered by Azure Maps to optimise delivery routes, monitor performance and respond to delays or issues as they happen.

Intelligent supply chain

Achieve greater security, efficiency and peace of mind for your supply chain. Track connected vehicles, cargo such as pallets, parcels and trolleys, and deliveries in-progress.

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Keep traffic flowing with fleet management

Anticipate and manage deviations with a fleet-management solution built entirely from Azure IoT products. In this demo, see how to detect a vehicle issue, calculate a new route, find the nearest service stop and minimise route delays.

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Fleet management

IoT leverages real-time device and location data, powered by Azure Maps, to manage daily operations, quickly analyse root causes and perform predictive maintenance.

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An alert signals an issue in the fleet

The fleet manager monitors dozens of vehicles on routes across Europe. Through remote maintenance, they can see that there’s an incident in Germany requiring immediate attention.

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A deeper look at the problem

The fleet manager checks which type of vehicle is generating this alarm. In Germany, there are 872 active vehicles carrying three types of goods: refrigerated, dry and hazardous. The alert is traced to one of the 370 vehicles carrying hazardous goods.

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A deeper look at the problem

The fleet manager traces the alert to one of the vehicles near Frankfurt. When they zoom in, Azure Maps dynamically renders greater levels of detail, including city names and major motorways.

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A real-time view of routes in Frankfurt

The fleet manager identifies the vehicle creating the alert near Frankfurt. In this view, they can visualise real-time traffic in the city.

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Route information

The fleet manager can learn this vehicle’s route, the driver’s name, the route origin and destination, the original estimated arrival time, the new delayed arrival time and the type of cargo the route is optimised for.

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Root-cause analysis

Finally, the fleet manager gets a closer look at telemetry from the various IoT sensors aboard the vehicle.

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Root-cause analysis

The alert was generated by the cooling-unit sensor, triggered by an increase in humidity.

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Redirecting the driver

Using Time Series Insights on the left, the fleet manager sees that the cooling unit’s humidity threshold has been crossed, requiring the driver to be redirected to the nearest depot. Using Azure Maps, they can identify the nearest depot and create a new route for the driver.

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Alerting maintenance crews and scheduling a replacement

Through Dynamics CRM integration, the fleet manager issues a ticket to alert the depot’s maintenance crew of the problem and schedules a replacement lorry and driver.

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Calculating a new route and communicating with the driver

The fleet manager calculates a new route based on the same parameters as the original route, including vehicle type, cargo type and destination, and it’s sent to the new driver.

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Issue resolved

The fleet manager identified the source of the sensor alert, calculated a new route for the driver and assigned the route to a new driver. The fleet manager can now return to the original view to oversee the rest of the fleet.

Transport and logistics are doing great things with IoT

The Alaska Department of Transportation (DoT) outsmarts Mother Nature with IoT.

"With WeatherCloud, we've empowered our staff to be more proactive in fighting winter storms."

Daniel Schacher, Maintenance Superintendent, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

TEXA S.p.A. Gives consumers, fleet managers and mechanics mobile access to insights from vehicles.

"By analyzing sensor data from a connected car in Microsoft Azure, drivers can see alerts about engine issues and metrics about gas consumption and driving performance, such as idle time. They can also configure their own recipe for rating their driving style and then drill down for details."

Riccardo Zamana, IoT Platform and Hybrid Cloud Services Director

Rolls-Royce helps airlines get the most out of their engines by analysing smart transport data generated during flight.

"We see real value in collaborating with an organization that is already leading the way with its established software capabilities and data analytics."

Alex Dulewicz Head of Marketing for Services Rolls-Royce, Civil Aerospace Division

Maersk overlays physical container-shipping with digital services that strengthen customer engagement.

"When topped with open source, Azure gives engineers freedom. Software developers have had enough of servers. They want to create."

Rasmus Hald Head of Cloud Architecture, A.P. Moller – Maersk

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