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OCTOBER NOVEMBER 2015 Product information and performance claims are provided by manufacturers. 4 FEATURED SOLUTIONS (continued from page 1) However, analytics and understanding the data is only the first step. Automating the decisions and actions that are taken as a result of the data will take organizations to the next level. For instance, the platform will not only be able to detect when a vehicle requires maintenance, but schedule the maintenance with an approved partner within the maintenance window at the best negotiated cost. Biometrics and Wearable Technology Driver identification systems have transformed the fleet management industry, but can be taken to the next level with the help of biometric verification. Keys, while reasonably reliable, can be stolen or shared. With biometric verification, the vehicle can identify the right driver for the right vehicle at the right time. This technology is becoming more and more reliable. In addition, wearable devices, which have proven popular for personal use, may soon strengthen driver performance through aug- mented reality. Besides providing basic nav- igation, wearable augmented reality can de- termine whether a given driver is in the right location or delivering the right product to the right customer. Wearable technology can also enhance accountability as well as ensure safety on the road. Smart watches can de- termine whether drivers are awake and alert, while monitoring for urgent health issues. Eye movement tracking through smart glasses can be used to determine how often, and in which situations, drivers are distracted. Sharing Economy Spillover The sharing economy presents both significant challenges and promising opportunities for this industry. Companies such as Uber are beginning to expand the scope of their services, now delivering packages for customers. Logistics companies may mimic this approach by employing independent delivery contractors. These drivers can quickly deliver desired items upon request. Through the implementation of telematics, "Uber-style" delivery services can be optimized for both independent delivery contractors and logistics companies to optimize variable staffing during peak volume periods. Merging Mobile Apps and Fulfillment Mobile devices aren't just for getting drivers from one place to the next; the power of mobile can also be applied to face-to-face interactions. While drivers are meeting with customers, they can use applications on their mobile devices to suggest other products that a consumer might be inclined to order. Additionally, Google Wallet, Apple Pay, and other payment applications can be used to complete in-person transactions. While mobile apps are used to increase fulfillment for customers, they can also enhance the day-to-day experiences of fleet drivers. New solutions are now shifting the focus away from the threat of punitive measures towards the use of rewards in exchange for shortened routes and on-time deliveries. Drivers can use mobile apps to track their timing and behind-the- wheel habits, all the while accumulating points that can later be cashed in for special rewards. This element of gamification makes it more fun to drive fleet vehicles and increases drivers' willingness to utilize telematic solutions. Interactions With Non-vehicle Sensors A fleet vehicle is not an isolated environment, but part of a larger ecosystem that includes stoplights, toll booths, sensors, and other vehicles. Currently, interaction between fleet vehicles and their surroundings is limited, but that is expected to change in the future. Already, vehicles that refill tanks receive advance information from a resident sensor at the delivery location, indicating how much is needed. In the near future, vehicles will provide drivers and consumers with a range of useful information and capabilities, including the temperature of produce stored in food delivery trucks, the identity of drivers completing sensitive deliveries, and actuation of doors automatically to allow entry into the premises for a delivery. The ultimate goal is the development of an intelligent vehicle information system able to interact with a variety of stimuli while communicating with vehicle-mounted technology. Fleet management is evolving, with new technologies and mindsets, allowing for sig- nificant improvements in accountability and quality of service. Perched at the forefront of this exciting fleet revolution, TESSCO provides a variety of devices, platforms, and comprehensive fleet solutions, which propel logistics companies into the next era of fleet management. Sources: https://tessco-one.com/ http://contractormag.com/iot/telematics-and- future-fleet-management The Road Ahead: The Future of Fleet Management and Telematics Easily Achieve Gigabit Capacity Over Wireless With Millimeter Waves EVEN IN DENSELY POPULATED AREAS Submitted by Siklu It is true that some wireless backhaul systems have limited capacity. The typical throughput of a sub-6GHz system is around 200 Mbps while licensed microwaves will typically reach 400 Mbps. Getting more capacity out of these wireless systems requires using wider channels which take up a lot of the available spectrum, as well as additional heavy equipment. Bottom line: This is an expensive, complex and clearly not scalable process. With demand for capacity growing, network-operators and integrators are moving to the ample spectra available in E-band and V-band frequencies (millimeter waves), which are lightly licensed and unlicensed frequencies, respectively. With the utilization of millimeter waves, gigabit capacity over wireless is both achievable and feasible. E-band has 10GHz of available spectrum over paired 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz. V-band has 7GHz of available spectrum over 57-64 GHz frequencies. This huge amount of spectrum allows for wide, non-overlapping channels of 250MHz, 500MHz, and more. Wide channels allow millimeter wave vendors, such as Siklu, to deliver gigabit or multigigabit wireless systems without the necessity for high modulation schemes. The resulting modem complexity is low. This, combined with Siklu's in-house devel- oped, all-silicon radio frequencies (RF) solution, means these systems are both highly reliable and cost effective. That's more than enough to future-proof any service utilization ranging from LTE backhaul to wireless security networks and business broadband connectivity. The result is easy gigabit throughput over wireless links utilizing millimeter waves. Expanded Capacity in Urban Areas Millimeter wave wireless is particularly suitable for expanding capacity in densely populated areas. Three primary reasons are:

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