Road Ready, a division of Clarience Technologies in Southfield, has unveiled its next-generation connectivity platform, Fus1on, an IoT solution optimized for cloud computing that provides the ability to scale delivery of tailored fleet data solutions to commercial transportation customers.
Unveiled at the 2022 ATA Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, Fus1on will serve as the new foundation for Road Ready connectivity solutions as the brand thinks beyond smart trailers and toward smart fleets — then to its ultimate goal — solutions that bring total visibility into the supply chain.
“We set out nearly two years ago with a bold vision — to lead the way with breakthrough connected technologies that bring total visibility to the entire supply chain,” says Nada Jiddou, executive vice president of Clarience Technologies and general manager of Road Ready. “The Fus1on platform is a significant leap forward in advancing that vision as we seek to help customers harness the power of the possible.”
With technology changing transportation at an accelerating rate, Road Ready set out to create a product that would not only serve customers today but also continue to serve them as the fundamentals of the transportation industry change with time.
To determine the product requirements needed to support this change, the Road Ready team focused on its target customer — the fleet manager — considering all aspects of that person’s typical day. From there, the task was simply to imagine the power of the possible.
“Although most fleet managers will tell you there is no typical day in the job, the pressures they face are striking,” says Mark Johnson, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Clarience Technologies.
“From the moment they wake up in the morning, the nature of their business requires them to continue to prioritize and reprioritize their day to complete what’s important — urgent priorities impacting today, operational priorities impacting performance this month, and strategic priorities impacting whether or not the company outperforms competitors long term.”
Road Ready imagined a scenario where a typical fleet manager relied on a single source of data that could be analyzed and acted upon in different ways throughout the day, from a critical item checklist that prioritizes overnight issues that would be reviewed at home, to a comprehensive fleet performance dashboard that could be shared in real time with the entire fleet operations team to drive key performance indicators.
Every scenario included a “single pane of glass” approach showing trailers, tractors, drivers, and all other fleet information in one place.
The company defined the product requirements of the Fus1on platform. To integrate data more easily from a growing number of data sources, Road Ready Fus1on is built as a true IoT platform. The platform is designed to accept and integrate API feeds — a standardized approach that allows disparate apps to exchange data between one another at scale — without the extensive programming time required with custom integration.
Fus1on is built to be able to accept an infinite number of APIs, each of which run queries for specific data requested by the Fus1on platform, which helps Fus1ion quickly request, process and display data from multiple sources.
Additionally, Fus1on is purpose-built for cloud computing. For the platform, Road Ready partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS), leveraging a proven cloud computing system that offers significant built-in features — including leading data security protocols as well as artificial intelligence and robotic process automation functions that will ultimately make Fus1on a safer, more reliable, and more advanced connectivity platform.
The technical architecture of the Fus1on platform only matters for one reason — to deliver a better product to customers. Road Ready wanted to ensure this is not only true at launch, but that the platform will continue to provide a better customer experience over time.
Initially, Fus1on will be introduced as a replacement platform for the current Road Ready and Fleetilla platforms. Soon after launch, Road Ready plans to integrate increased functionality into the platform, including the ability for fleets to see the data from all their assets — trailers, tractors, trucks, containers, and other equipment — all on a single fleet dashboard.
Fus1on will also enable near-complete customization opportunities, including the ability to incorporate any data feed they deem necessary, from electronic logging devices (ELDs) to repair service platforms to even enterprise resource planning (ERP) system data.
Ultimately, Road Ready remains steadfast in its pursuit of total supply chain visibility. While that milestone remains on the horizon, the power of the Fus1on platform to rapidly integrate data being generated by the entire supply chain puts the brand one step closer.
“Achieving total supply chain visibility is not impossible — it will happen in the near future,” Jiddou says. “When that day arrives, we will attribute the development of this platform as the major inflection point — giving our entire industry the ability to harness the power of the possible.”