Werner Enterprises has teamed with fleet management service Platform Science to advance its technology initiative, the companies announced Sept. 16.
Platform Science provides fleet management tools through its platform using Internet of Things technology. Werner intends to use the tools to deploy new applications and services across its 8,000-truck fleet.
“Our drivers require best-in-class technology to keep them efficient and safe on the road, which is why we remain focused on developing new technology-rich solutions and offerings through our innovation initiative, Werner EDGE,” Danny Lilley, vice president of fleet systems and technology for Werner Enterprises, said in a statement.
Werner EDGE is an ongoing initiative to advance the performance and safety of drivers, shippers and carriers through technology innovations. The Platform Science integration is the latest step in that process.
“Incorporating Platform Science into our new tablet-based telematics solution allows us to provide a smart workflow, reduce manual data entry and improve navigation and safety features,” Lilley said.
Werner intends to use the tools to support its business needs, meet evolving compliance requirements and enhance the overall driver experience. The transportation and logistics company plans to deploy the platform with its new telematics devices to all drivers by the first quarter of 2021.
IoT platforms can be useful for transportation companies with how trucks and back offices communicate and share data. It describes the network of physical objects that are embedded with sensors, software and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data.
“Werner has consistently been a leader in developing and implementing cutting-edge technologies to improve its fleet operations and keep America moving,” Jake Fields, Platform Science co-founder and chief technology officer, said in a statement. “We worked closely with the Werner team to home in on their fleet’s unique needs.”
Werner trucks will be outfitted with a full suite of products through the partnership. This includes a catalogue of applications and access to a third-party app marketplace. Werner also will be able to customize and scale its in-cabin and back-end systems using the platform.