In years to come billions of machines and devices will be linked in the course of Industry 4.0. Innovative value added chains will be generated which substantially speed up processes. But what use is a superbly networked industry if the underlying logistics are not equally well connected? This is the challenge Schmitz Cargobull Telematics, a subsidiary of the trailer manufacturer of the same name, faces. With its networked telematics solutions, the company optimises transport chains and makes logistics processes as transparent as possible.
The telematics service portal 2.0 which T-Systems Multimedia Solutions developed in collaboration with Telekom Germany provides the data from the linked vehicles in an optimal form. The platform, based on M2M technologies, complements traditional portal ideas with innovative approaches from the Internet of Things – with data relating to locations, routes and the condition of the vehicle and the goods being transported. The new online service portal also provides approaches for a new business model – the new lessor-shipper strategy enables trailers to be shared between different transport companies.
T-Systems Multimedia Solutions worked with Telekom Germany to design and develop a brand new front and backend for the portal, based on M2M technologies. It was to keep the existing interfaces to third party systems and to the onboard units supplied to the vehicles by Schmitz Cargobull Telematics. This would make it very easy for users to switch over to the new solution. At the same time the modular system enables the customer to add to the portal as they wish so that it can grow organically – a key factor in terms of favourable market development. The brand new system architecture makes the portal very user friendly and far quicker than the previous version.
One of the new functions that has been integrated is “trailer sharing” – transport companies can use this to hire trailers and semi-trailers as required, on a pay-per-use basis.
The portal underwent testing relating to functions, source code, penetration, load and usability to ensure that it would run efficiently and reliably, and be secure and easy to use from the moment it went live.
Schmitz Cargobull Telematics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schmitz Cargobull AG. With an annual production of over 45,000 trailers, a workforce of almost 5,000 and revenues of 1.6 billion euros (2014/2015), Schmitz Cargobull AG is Europe's leading manufacturer of trailers, semi-trailers and truck bodies for temperature-controlled freight, general cargo and bulk goods. With many thousands of telematics systems installed, Schmitz Cargobull Telematics has led the European trailer telematics market for over a decade. The company received the “Best of” award in the “Telematics for Trailers” category at the 2016 German Telematics Awards.