IoT in Transportation Case Study – AppWeigh

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Our client wanted to create an app for driver or trucking company with the principle of noscale load scale.

Customer Profile

AppWeigh is a Bluetooth onboard scale sensor and app for air suspension trucks and trailers that provides the weight information necessary to help ensure that loads are transported safely and legally.

Issue/Problem

How to get notified when the driver exceeds the weight of the vehicle beyond the preset limit and save the money and time of the transportation industry.

Result

We developed an app specifically for the transportation industry, which has changed the traditionally complex and expensive way of measuring the truckload. This app can be useful for individual truck owners as well as transportation companies.

Client’s Need

Our client wanted to create an app for the driver or trucking company with the principle of “no-scale load scale” providing load details very cost-effectively without the use of any complex hardware. This will help the driver to increase their profit by staying within legal weight limits and won’t need to spend much on the onboard scale.

Overview

AppWeigh is the only Bluetooth-enabled scale sensor app for the commercial transport industry. We have developed this app that calculates the load on the truck and trailer. Users can configure the weight of the truck and trailer with the help of sensors connected to the vehicle axles. This app generates alerts that help the user to ensure that the weight of the vehicle doesn’t exceed the preset limit. It continuously triggers the pressure values from the sensor and provides the weight reading through the App.

Mission-Replacing the complex, expensive and traditional load scale measuring methods with a low energy cost-effective method

Reality-Creating a new way for the transportation industry to excel in their process and save time & money therein.

Challenges

  • Truck drivers should be able to calibrate and configure the app for almost all kinds of trucks and trailers – we provided an easy interface to drivers to calibrate trucks and trailers in a single click
  • Preserve the load record data even when the app is out of network and sync with the server when the network is available – we provided offline functionality in the app such that data is never lost
  • Make it easy to pairing Bluetooth-enabled Sensors – we provided an easy and automatic interface for pairing different sensors for different Axles.
  • Extrapolate data received from the sensor into a shareable and printable format – readable format data that could be shared on social media.
  • Real-time data collection – collect data through multiple sensors corresponding to each axle so that total load weight can be determined
  • Display color-coded data for real-time differences in load – this was a really challenging task due to constantly changing dynamic weights when the truck is in motion on various roads.

Result

Many trucks and trailers can be configured in the app. They can add the truck and trailer details manually and enter details like name of the truck, truck’s license plate number, select the number of height control valves and axle weight limit for steer axle, drive axle & trailer axles, etc.

The user can themselves pair multiple sensors through the app for each axle group and also calibrate the sensors at axles (steer, drive and trailer) for their empty load and full load. The users can see the details and date of the last calibration and edit them whenever necessary.

Once paired and calibrated, the user can get the details such as lbs or kg load on all the axles, and the weight for each axle is color-coded to indicate safe weight, nearing max weight limit, or over the max weight limit.

The app can keep a continuous track of weight values in real-time. In case if the mobile goes out of network while the truck is on road, the data will get stored in the mobile local database, and it will get synced to the server when it comes back online, the user can share the details of the truck weight records at any time through email or other social sharing.