A new integration between fleet telematics provider, Zonar, and geographic information system (GIS) provider, Esri, delivers real-time fleet data layered with sophisticated geographic map information. The resulting system helps companies determine capacity enhancements, improve fuel efficiency, optimize routes and share interactive transportation maps on the Web.
Early adopters of this technology use the integration to:
• Determine fuel efficiency rates of specific routes with elevation information in addition to longitude, latitude, speed, odometer and fuel usage data.
• Track vehicle location and diagnostic data in real-time on a map containing company facility and asset locations, preferred fuel stops, maintenance and service locations, or customer delivery points.
• Provide advanced operational awareness via the integration of real-time vehicle locations with traffic, weather, work orders and any company-maintained GIS data.
• Publish Web-based maps displaying real-time locations or recent activity of snowplows and whether the vehicle is actively plowing, de-icing or spreading salt.
"Esri is a perfect complement for Zonar fleet data," said Mike McQuade, chief technical officer at Zonar. "Zonar tracks longitude, latitude, odometer, speed and fuel, in addition to vehicle diagnostics in our core platform. Esri allows display of fleet locations and other data specific to their operation integrated through Esri's mapping technology.
"Our customers asked for the ability to easily integrate fleet data into their own GIS," said Wolfgang Hall, business development manager for Tracking Solutions at Esri. "It is very exciting that we can now help our users by merging the two technologies. The ability to display and store Zonar's detailed GPS location data inside GIS allows our users to leverage advanced spatial analysis and to publish the combined data to mobile units and the Web.
"Fuel efficiency is extremely important to our customers and the Zonar and Esri integration provides additional data sets including elevation to the fuel capture data Zonar provides," adds McQuade. "In addition, private and public fleets are improving customer service by sharing interactive location maps and expected arrival information to customers over the Internet and mobile devices."