Dynamic Reporting and Data Visualization in Safee Platform by Leveraging Elasticsearch Engine Capabilities
With the large increase of fleets’ sizes and the steady growth of the number of vehicles equipped with GPS trackers, fleet management tasks become more complicated and the achievement of the main objectives of maximizing productivity, increasing revenue, reducing operational costs, and meeting customers’ needs become more challenging.
For the fleet manager, knowing all the details about the operations is crucial and it is exactly what helps him to make his workforce more productive and make the investment based on this fleet activity more profitable. Here comes the pivotal role of the most important service in the decision-making process, which is the service of creating dashboards for data visualization and analysis, and the generation of customizable and scheduled dynamic reports.
Safee platform development team has built the most powerful system for processing streaming data sent by GPS vehicle tracking devices in real-time, as well as developing the appropriate tools for creating, scheduling, and customizing dynamic reports that will enhance the process of shaping the entire management strategy of the fleet.
Safee empowers its users with a powerful fleet management system that provides huge possibilities related to preparing and displaying dynamic and customizable reports, starting from the processing of data streams sent by GPS tracking devices installed within vehicles in large fleets, using the Kibana tool, which provides amazing features that support the display and visualization of data through dynamic and user-friendly interfaces, and by employing the Elasticsearch engine, which is characterized by its great capabilities to process big data streams.
By integrating with Elasticsearch as a database and search engine, Kibana enriches the process of generating, scheduling, and displaying the reports of vehicle tracking services, such as:
- Trips reports.
- Statistical reports of vehicles utilization.
- Vehicle’s consumption of resources.
- Reports of entry and exit from geofences.
Vehicle tracking and fleet management system
GPS vehicle tracking system is a technology solution that collects, processes, and analyzes vehicle data to monitor fleet performance through a set of comprehensive reports and advanced dashboards. A GPS vehicle tracking device is installed within each fleet vehicle to collect tracking data and more information about the vehicle’s performance via the OBD port or CAN communication bus. The tracker constantly communicates with the messaging server and sends vehicle data in real-time using 3G, 4G, or 5G mobile networks.
The volume of data that should be received and processed varies according to the nature of the business of the fleet and the information type that the fleet manager has to know, and also depends on the frequency of messages he needs from the close/medium/diverged monitoring of the vehicle. Close monitoring requires a message from the vehicle every 1 to 5 seconds and it is used for vehicles carrying dangerous or expensive cargoes. Medium monitoring, which limits the messaging to every 20 to 40 seconds, this kind of monitoring is adopted by a lot of customers such as transportation and car rental companies. Diverged monitoring is around a messaging limit every 5 to 10 minutes and is used for slow-moving vehicles.
Stream data processing in real-time
Processing of data streams in real-time is defined as the set of procedures and techniques that collect, process, and analyze data within a short period of time or specific delay, where information is collected and acquired about events while they are in transit and in a continuous movement. Data is rarely static; it is constantly moving from the source or producer to the receiver or consumer. Stream data processing is of strategic importance for organizations seeking to build and shape insights into their systems and operational processes.
Safee GPS vehicle tracking system is a real-time data stream system. The streams of tracking data that are transmitted through the system consist of series of messages that are periodically sent by GPS tracking devices installed within the vehicles on highways and various work fields.
Typical structure of tracking messages
In general, the structure of the messages sent by the GPS vehicle tracking device over the mobile communication network consists of the fields shown in the following table:
The tracker can get more information about the vehicle via the OBD port such as:
Elasticsearch is a distributed search and analytics engine that supports all types of data, including text, numeric, geospatial, structured, and unstructured data.
Its robust and well-designed APIs, distributed nature, search speed, and massive scalability perfectly match the business requirements of Safee platform when dealing with large fleets. Elasticsearch is the main component of Elastic Stack, a suite of software tools such as Logstash, Kibana, and Beats for ingesting, enriching, storing, analyzing, and visualizing data.
Why use Elasticsearch engine
- Speed. Elasticsearch is based on Lucene, it excels at full-text search. Elasticsearch is also a real-time search system, which means that the response time between the stage of indexing the document and the stage at which it becomes searchable is extremely short, usually one second. Therefore, Elasticsearch is best suited for time-sensitive use cases such as fleet security analytics, asset monitoring, and vehicle tracking.
- System of distributed nature. Documents stored in Elasticsearch are distributed across different containers, which are duplicated to provide multiple copies of data in the case of any hardware failure. The distributed nature of the search engine allows Elasticsearch to scale its operations to hundreds or even thousands of servers and handle petabytes of data.
- Integration with Kibana. Elasticsearch offers seamless integration with the most powerful data analytics and visualization platform of Kibana that provides real-time visualization of Elasticsearch data as well as essential UIs for quick access to business metrics and fleet performance indicators.
Kibana software tool
It is an astonishing data visualization and management software tool that allows via its advanced user interface to display and visualize Elasticsearch data, manage Elastic Stack, and navigate between its various sections. By Kibana it is also possible to track messaging load and query requests and deeply understand the way the data flows through the system.
Kibana provides real-time graphs such as histograms, line graphs, pie charts, and geographic maps. It also includes advanced applications such as Canvas that allow users to create custom dynamic graphs based on their own data and analytics requirements, and Elastic Maps for customizable geospatial data visualization.
Kibana features in Safee fleet management platform
A centralized monitoring and management system is not complete without a data analysis and visualization tool, since with no ability to analyze and monitor data efficiently, there will be little benefit in just collecting and storing it. Kibana plays a pivotal role in Safee fleet management platform as the most powerful data visualization and analysis tool running on top of the Elasticsearch and Logstash layers of the Elastic Stack.
With the incredible dynamic reporting and data visualization features available now on Safee platform, you are able to:
- Build comprehensive dashboards that combine together charts, maps, and filters to show the whole story of your business data.
- Create customized dashboard-to-dashboard drill-downs that enable insightful analysis.
- Move from analysis to action by enabling users to move directly from the dashboard to any other web application or URL.
- Share data visualizations with team members, management, compliance managers, and contractors easily.
- Embed dashboards on other websites.
- Export reports to PDF, PNG, or CSV files and send them as attachments.
- Use RBAC role-based access control model to let users access specific content from your dashboards, visualizations, and reports.
- Define metric-based thresholds and create alerts that trigger notifications to specific users via email, SMS, and mobile app.
Fleet management and vehicle tracking reports
Undisputedly, reports generating, data processing and visualizing are the most important features that every fleet management application should provide to its users. Without the capabilities of generating comprehensive and detailed reports, the vehicle tracking platform diminishes its ability to assist the fleet manager in developing a management strategy that increases the efficiency of operational processes.
It is not just about the number of reports that the system can generate and present to the user, but the nature of these reports and their ability to detect problems in real-time and help develop appropriate solutions and build and define future visions that boost the growth of the fleet business and make the company more profitable. This is exactly what Safee system provides through its advanced tools for generating and creating dynamic, scheduled, and customizable reports that provide a solid understanding of everything that happens within the fleet and create better opportunities to reduce costs and improve efficiency and productivity.
Some of the most important types of dynamic reports
- Trips reportsThis type of report displays information about all trips made by the fleet’s vehicles during a given time frame, including:
- Engine running time.
- Departure date/time.
- Arrival date/time.
- Stop locations.
- Idling time.
- Driver performance.
- Geofences reports
- Times of entry and exit.
- Time spent by vehicles in a specific geofence.
- Frequency of vehicle visits to geofences.
- Statistical reports on vehicle movement and consumption:
- Fuel consumption.
- Fuel purchases information.
- Wasted fuel.
- Vehicle health status.
- Total daily costs for each driver or vehicle.
Report data can be filtered and aggregated according to the time range, province, city, driver, vehicle, and geographic area.
Customized reports to enhance your business growth
For fleet management and vehicle tracking systems, there is an amazing ability to collect a huge amount of data about vehicles, drivers, and all their activities in the field. But the real problem is that not all data has the same effect on the efficiency of fleet operations. Therefore, comes the pivotal role of the dynamic report generation tool that will help the fleet manager to filter and aggregate data in real-time based on customizable report models according to methodologies that fully serve the real goals of the business in increasing productivity, enhancing profitability, and ensuring customer satisfaction through continuous improvement of the quality of service based on data-driven decisions.
These new kinds of reports display vital information about the fleet in a dynamic manner according to the latest data processing and visualization methods, while providing the necessary tools to customize the structure of these reports and how they display data, as well as the mechanisms and times for delivering these reports to relevant employees and managers through accurate scheduling.
Safee, the industry leader in fleet management dynamic reporting
There is widespread adoption of Elasticsearch and its software tools: Logstash, Kibana, and Beats. Elastic Stack is used now by major technology companies from different industries, such as Netflix, LinkedIn, Cisco, and Walmart.
Elastic Stack offers many features and enhances operational efficiency for a wide range of industries. The development team of Safee was able to bring successfully the great advantages of Elastic Stack to the cloud fleet management industry and to employ its amazing features in its GPS vehicle tracking platform, which is a breakthrough and innovation for the currently existing approaches in the fleet management sector. This makes Safee the pioneer in this field compared to the other companies operating in the same sector.
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