Back in May at the Future of Supply Chain event, I had the opportunity to speak with the team at Platform Science to learn more about the company and offerings in the logistics space. They can be roughly considered the “app store” of the industry, making their name by building out customized user interfaces for in-cab and in-office devices.
At last week’s Future of Freight Festival, aka F3, I was able to get a look inside their mobile display trailer that was parked outside of the Chattanooga Conference Center. They had some new tools out for display, peripherals that collect data and images from the tractor-trailer as it is on assignment, which would benefit the driver and companies using the equipment.
While driver-facing cameras are a hot-button issue, there were several tools on display that would benefit everyone in the logistics ecosystem
While some drivers absolutely despise having the ol’ Eye of Sauron staring at them to make sure they are looking at the road and not into space, there are a plethora of devices that can be integrated into an app-based device to help out drivers.
Tractor-mounted cameras that monitor blindspots, in-trailer sensors that alert drivers to the temperature and movement of freight, and that lovely little GPS transceiver that alerts you to movement of your trailer after the yard truck moves it from the loading dock out to the temporary drop lot down the street, in the bushes, are some of the tools drivers would love to have access to on their dashboards.
Different companies have different needs
Platform Science showed off some of the prototype interfaces they have developed with collaboration from the biggest names in logistics. Walmart, C.R. England, Werner Enterprises and First Fleet were examples used that had different configurations of interfaces designed to meet their different needs.
While all had the basics of a great trucking interface, navigation, hours of service, workflow and communications, some had extra tools such as trailer temperature monitoring, in-trailer cameras and truck diagnostic tools like error code explanations. Getting as much data as possible into driver’s, operator’s and customer’s hands is a big part of what drives Platform Science to the forefront of the marketplace.