The desire for logistics organizations is to have pre-integrated solutions that combine the diversity of communications and wireless mobile technologies. It is essential to ensure that programs are in place to bring together software, hardware and wireless network partners in a unified solution.

Real-Time Planning

Mobile Resource Management (MRM) is designed to help logistics organizations plan, track and evaluate actual performance and increase the productivity of technology and human resources by integrating three areas of functional/technical convergence in the mobile space.

These include:

  • Logistics management and tracking of stop itineraries and route manifests;
  • Commercial global applications for handheld solutions that provide insight into what happens when someone arrives at a delivery destination; and,
  • Compliance solutions for capturing driver hours and other relevant data. 

MRM 2.0 address all three areas through a single solution, by leveraging the power of real-time planning and wireless mobile technology as if they were designed to work as one from the beginning. The optimized planning and wireless mobile technology within MRM 2.0 solutions are built on event-based architectures that allow for the bi-directional propagation of messages as they occur, from planning to the mobile applications. This architecture provides new, real-time capabilities that allow for more dynamic and effective command and control of resources in motion.

In order to support customers’ desires to have pre-integrated solutions that combine the diversity of communications and wireless mobile technologies, MRM 2.0 brings together software, hardware and wireless network partners in a unified solution. These solutions dynamically communicate through open standards and eliminate the duplication of data and functions inherent in disparate technologies.

Key Elements

From a functional standpoint, successful MRM encompasses a number of elements:

Route planning

With an integrated enterprise-wide route planning solution, users can build shipment schedules and route plans that can be regenerated in real time as each new order is received to optimize operating efficiencies, profitability and operational performance.

Automated Vehicle Location (AVL)

This capability provides rapid notification of critical events affecting distribution; as well as offers real-time information on an ongoing basis to enable visibility into supply chain activities and manage/maintain service levels.

Wireless solutions

Integration of wireless applications allows organizations to tie field-level information directly into logistics decision support, dispatch, AVL and compliance functions. Operational efficiency and visibility is improved though real-time data exchange with remote personnel.

Federated networks

Access to a global trading network of service logistics-intensive organizations can speed time-to-value by ensuring seamless interoperability between logistics management solutions, and those provided by supply chain partners around the world, encompassing all markets, modes and logistics related processes. Supply chain partners can also leverage a fully interoperable platform to extend their offerings and work together to automate and standardize business processes.

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