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Mobile Technology Plays a Vital Role in Transportation Management?
by Brianna Fisher
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Technology and human life are intertwined; our society is co-dependent on the use of technology with in our daily life the demand and need for it keeps on rising. We as people use technology to travel, to communicate, to learn, to do business and to live in comfort. Therefore, it is not top secret that anything "mobile" is the obsession. However, mobile technology was not just recently developed in the world of transportation. As a matter of fact, the launch of Qualcomm's OmniTrac in 1988 and UPS's DIAD (Delivery Information Acquisition Device) are paramount exemplifications of businesses devoting money and time in mobile technology as a means to be efficient and generate a competitive edge.

The pioneers of mobile technology in transportation had the assets along with the persistence that were vital to work through the inherent problems associated with applying flourishing technologies. Now we are able to obtain the benefits of their thoroughness and the maturation of this equipment. With the information, we have obtained and with the right tools in place, businesses can enable virtually any shipper to benefit from the "continuous connection" model.

Mobile technology plays a crucial role in transportation management that influences all positions along the supply chain. Because of the nature of the environment in which they work, many logistics and transportation personnel are using multipurpose or commercial-grade mobile devices because they allow supply chain management to work from wherever they are located. The technologies within mobile phones that help managers be more flexible and efficient include built in cameras, handheld computers, tablets, barcode and label printers, scanners, RFID tags, GPS, near field communication (NFC), voice recognition software, and shared logistics networks.

So, where is this heading and what is the impact on the supply chain of the future? While each of these technologies can be used single handedly, the latest movement is to conglomerate many of them into one total mobile solutions that can incorporate the whole logistics and supply chain operation. Majority of these solutions are downloadable apps that let managers track and trace shipments, get rate quotes, and receive shipment notifications. However, it is not just logistic managers who are using this technology other people include truck drivers, sales personnel, dispatchers, and receivers. Overall, mobile technology in transportation management gives those who are in transportation an upper hand that their predecessors did not have. Specifically, companies now-a-days have the advantage of endless connectivity with their drivers, assets and cargo. The capability to connect this knowledge in a way that enhances worth to your business and your clients will separate the leaders from the underdogs.
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