Started in January 2013, the prototype “App for the Yard” is one of the selected ideas in Volvo IT’s global ideation contest in 2012, posted by Attilio Zanelatto (Volvo IT – Curitiba). The “App for the Yard” idea was based on the challenge for most of the yards to locate easily where the different chassis are parked on the production yard for production of distribution purposes. It is particularly time consuming when the truck is not where it is supposed to be! It can indeed take up to several hours to find trucks through similar models and within big production yards. The idea explored in this prototype by the TechWatch & Business Innovation team was to use consumerization of IT, and particularly in this case the smartphone capabilities to achieve geolocalisation of several trucks on different yards.
After developing an android based application we were able to test the prototype in real conditions and with over 20 end users both in Curitiba and Ghent.
Results & Next Step
“The overall prototype is well received and the feedback is positive. From a technical point of view, the accuracy reached is good (between 2-5m) which enables the end users to locate the truck easily, can in some cases simplify existing processes with less movements (for keys, manual registration …) and is easily scalable compared to professional yard management solutions”, says the prototype leader Guillaume Favreau. Apart for its cost advantage, it naturally reduces the search times for trucks and could have many other applications.