Real-time Technology Glossary

An ever-growing repository of technical terms around real-time technology and beyond.

Fleet and vehicle tracking is the process of equipping vehicles so they can be tracked and monitored by a remote administrator.  Tracked vehicles can have their location and telemetry streamed to a real-time dashboard so their status can be visualized in real-time. 

Some typical examples are as follows:

Route optimization:

Driving directions can be enhanced with third-party data, such as weather or traffic conditions to optimize routes and journeys.

Service event monitoring:

Monitor fuel consumption, oil levels, vehicle performance, upcoming planned maintenance, or engine alerts.  Knowing the real-time condition of vehicles in the field allows you to be proactive rather than reactive and keep a higher percentage of your vehicles on the road.

Shipping and Logistics:

Today’s global supply chain relies on real-time end-to-end freight tracking from its origin, across oceans in shipping carriers, across continents with trucking or rail companies and finally to the last mile of delivery.

Detect counterfeit goods:

In conjunction with blockchain technology, real-time tracking is used to verify the integrity of all ranges of goods.  Ensure medicine comes from an authentic supplier; Check that fashion clothing is real and validate the source of organic food. 

Driver performance:

Monitor how many miles are driven, driver fatigue, driving efficiency, average speed, or seatbelt usage to ensure safety.

Communication with vehicles on the road:

Drivers and central dispatchers can communicate with live chat, push-to-talk, or streaming.  Use cases for vehicle communication can vary wildly, from police and emergency services to taxi dispatchers or the construction industry. 

PubNub has a range of customers in the fleet tracking and dispatch industry.

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