The RIO Box is now included as standard equipment with all brand-new MAN Euro 6-standard truck series in Europe. In ensuring this, MAN is laying the first building block for an infrastructure whose services will be able to connect the entire transportation and logistics sector in the future. By means of RIO’s cloud-based technology solution, customers will soon be able to access their fleet’s vast range of data in a central location and use a variety of services from the transport and logistics sector. Here, the RIO Box acts as an interface between the vehicle and the platform.
“Equipping our MAN trucks with the Box is an important first step that will bring us one step closer to our vision of a completely connected transportation and logistics supply chain. At the same time, as soon as the platform is up and running, it will serve as a basic foundation enabling our customers to access value added digital services. In assuming this pioneering role in the sector, we are actively shaping the logistics of the future in the interests of our customers,” says Joachim Drees, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus SE.
The RIO Box is compatible with all systems and manufacturers. It is designed specifically so it can be used in mixed fleets, offering small and medium-sized logistics companies the chance to become part of the transformation to Logistics 4.0. In the future, it will also be possible to retrofit RIO Boxes in vehicles with an FMS interface. Current users of the MAN Telematics® system have the option of securely transferring their collected data to RIO.
“As RIO is rolled out, the customers of MAN will be among the transportation and logistics sectors’ digital frontrunners. In future we will use RIO to provide not just our own services, but OEM services and partner services, too. We have big plans ahead!”, announces RIO’s CEO, Markus Lipinsky. Alongside leading service providers, some other current partners of the platform include start-ups LoadFox, Evertracker, and Synfioo. The number of prospective customers is vast.
When developing the RIO Box, the highest standards were applied in terms of privacy and data security. The customer themselves can decide whether they want to share data with RIO and benefit from the platform’s digital solutions. A security server certified under European standards and based in Germany transmits the data encrypted by the Box, before supplying this to the customer via a platform. This then enables additional functions which include the analysis of vehicle data, e.g. engine speed, speed, fuel level, or brake usage by the driver. The number of services offered on RIO will grow steadily in line with customer needs, and existing services will be continually improved and automatically updated for the user.