The most advanced Fleet Management Solution on the market

Together with FleetConnect, Future Mind has had an opportunity to work on an ambitious project that aims to re-engineer fleet management software.

FleetConnect is an online fleet management system, mobile work monitoring solution and multilevel analytical tool. It offers support for business management that works perfectly in the field, where the crucial activities of many businesses take place.

Client & Goal

FleetConnect is an experienced team specialized in vehicle fleet management, whose goal is to introduce a new approach to the sector by using the latest technologies and data.

Client & goal

The founders of FleetConnect wanted to create a platform that “serves as a tool for effective management and supporting the employees working in the field”. All of that requires a unique connection of different software, including:

Client & goal

Various layers of data presentation

Online fleet management system, that enables the access to various information such as detailed data about all the trips, accurate map, technical condition of the cars, fleet costs, and more.

Client & goal

Much more than just vehicle tracking

A mobile solution that monitors and reports the work of sales representatives, service technicians and any other fleet vehicle users.

Client & goal

Unique and automated conclusions

Business Intelligence analysis tools with data visualization that allows creating flexible and regularly generated reports in the areas of customers’ interest.

Challange

To achieve the above mentioned goals, we needed to implement a new approach to fleet management, in fact, even to re-engineer it. The main challenges were:

Architecture

Designing modern highly scalable architecture based on microservices.

Security

Security and data queuing to power the web panel and mobile applications with reliable data.

Dashboard

Developing a web dashboard that shows the data in a smart way and enables the generation of custom reports and analyzes.

Approach

We started to get to know the requirements and the devices (telematics) that were going to be used by FleetConnect. Despite the Agile approach, we decided to spend the first month on deep analysis and creating specifications.

Approach

FleetConnect’s team has a vast knowledge about the domain and technologies they use and it was crucial that Future Mind’s team deeply understands the business aspects of the project. At the same time, the client was open to our suggestions, which allowed us to work on the foundation of trust and good cooperation for over a year.

High-level documentation

The first stage of work brought high-level documentation which was later supplemented and updated during implementation and which included the following elements:

Documentation parts

High-level architecture diagram

Documentation parts

A series of descriptive documents, including those describing the role and operation of individual system components

Documentation parts

An approach to the architecture of the authorization system and responsibility of individual system components, such as Postgres, Redis and MongoDB databases

Documentation parts

Infrastructure diagrams

Documentation parts

Server-side architecture, API specification and mock - a communication layer specification thanks to which it’s possible to run a server and create web and mobile applications at the same time.

Documentation parts

A document structure in the MongoDB database for the journeys, stops and other key aggregates

Documentation parts

Diagrams for key microservices, such as data gateway and data collector

Architecture and technology stack

We used to develop IoT solutions for our clients before and usually, we recommended using the microservice architecture, which makes it easier to separate the services and to create structured and efficient information flow between them. It was also a natural choice for FleetConnect, which now has 30 microservices. We also kept it in mind that it’s crucial to manage and collect data in a highly secure way, especially in IoT-related projects.

High-level Architecture

* Simplified for this presentation purpose and security reasons

Architecture

In terms of the architecture design, we knew that the system must be bullet-proof. To ensure data security and to keep it in order, we used a Distributed Streaming Platform Apache Kafka®, which is used for building real-time data pipelines and streaming apps.

Back-end Nodejs
Front-end Angular
Infrastructure Azure
NodejsKafka

Back-end

For the back-end, we decided to use Node.js, which is the perfect choice for IoT solutions based on WebSockets, micro-services, event queues, and jobs, with real-time push capability. It helps to get the most out of applications that are data-intensive and run across

Kafka is horizontally scalable, fast and fault-tolerant, which makes it a perfect solution for FleetConnect. Besides, the solution needs numerous mechanisms that automatically scale traffic in case of any malfunction to prevent server overload. For that, we use Azure Insights monitoring to gradually handle the traffic queue in order not to process too much data at the same time after a malfunction.

Angular

Front-end

For the front-end, we’ve chosen Angular 8, the framework that provides comprehensive, fully-functioning and regularly updated solutions, suitable for applications that are complex and rich in data. Its simplicity and scalability make it the best fit for FleetConnect.

Azure

Infrastructure

All of the abovementioned solutions require top-notch infrastructure and servers. After analyzing the leading cloud service providers, we’ve chosen Microsoft Azure, which focuses on enterprise applications and is considered one of the fastest cloud solutions available. On top of Azure cloud VM-s, besides various Azure PaaS-es like SQL Server or Azure Cache, we use our own docker infrastructure with auto-creating docker images.

Results

The result of our cooperation has been an innovative solution for fleet management, a comprehensive web panel and a mobile application.

Web panel for Fleet Management

Mobile App for Drivers and Fleet Managers

The FleetConnect mobile application offers a package of functionalities, including:

History of rides, customer visits, refuelling

History of rides, customer visits, refuelling, etc

Marking business and private trips

Marking business and private trips
Sending location

Sending your location along with the estimated time of arrival to the customer

Reporting status

Reporting work statuses, recording visits regardless of vehicle location

Assessment of driving style

Assessment of driving style, speeding, registration of dangerous road behaviour

FleetConnect is a game-changer in fleet management,
and at Future Mind, we’re glad to be involved in making it happen.

Testimonials

Jakub Jałbrzykowski
CTO, FleetConnect

Providing a wide range of technical knowledge and experience, Future Mind has developed a product that stakeholders are extremely pleased with. The team is focused on high-quality development with minimal errors.

Project in numbers

3

Back-end developers & devops

3

Mobile devleopers

2

Front-end developers

1

1 UX / UI designer (client’s team)

1

Project manager

1

Product Owner & CTO (client’s team)

12

Months of work

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