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Technology delivers transparency to ensure timely freight arrivals at Linfox 07 January 2019

Accelerating machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities across a new range of applications

Linfox has introduced new technology into its network to give customers real-time freight arrival information and meet their unloading and delivery requirements. ‘Smart Fox’ was developed by Linfox in collaboration with Industrie & Co, MTData, Amazon Web Services and Google. The system uses live GPS location information and Google traffic data to predict truck arrival times and provide early notice of possible delays across the network.

Truck routes and on time status are visualised through Google Maps. This information can help customers prepare for unloading or can inform the Linfox Transport Office if a redirect is required.

Data from every journey is collected through MTData in-cab technology, which is installed in 75.0% of Linfox trucks in Australia. This technology records the accuracy of estimated arrival times and collects data on route changes once the truck has left a depot, enabling continued learning and improvement of the system.

The development of Smart Fox highlights the value Linfox places on partnering with leaders in technology and innovation. Collecting more data through these systems can help Linfox improve algorithms and enhance the visibility of parts of the network which are key to innovation. This will help accelerate machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities across a new range of Linfox applications.

Linfox is rolling out the latest MTData in-cab technology to its Australian truck fleet. 75.0% of vehicles have now received the technology, referred to as ‘FoxTrax’, which provides customers greater visibility of stock movements and simplifies critical safety and compliance processes. The technology enhances safety for drivers and the public through improved fatigue management processes and on-road communications.