API stands for Application Program Interface. If you are having difficulty understanding the importance of API for application development, it is paramount that you study APIs and see how they influence your information and data transmission processes. In the most basic sense, an API is a set of commands that allow two software systems to communicate with one another. If the commands are not followed, valuable data may be exposed.
It is through APIs that users can receive reports, charts and graphs, all of which can be used to streamline business operations so that efficiency and effectiveness are enhanced. By using the collected and analyzed data, business owners can enjoy the benefits of:
- minimizing risk
- controlling cost
- being more productive
- gaining a competitive edge
- delivering more efficient services
- having greater sense of control
Let's take a quick look at just how precise and helpful APIs can be when operating a fleet of vehicles, which applies to just about any type of big business. This is a step-by-step overview of what happens when a fleet management platform using its own APIs integrates the correct set of APIs; real-time solutions become possible, which decreases downtime.
A refrigerated Volvo truck is halfway through completing its stops for the day when the GPS tracking and/or OBD device monitoring the truck's vitals starts to experience a mechanical issue. The device then transmits an initial message to the Fleet Management Platform for processing. The Platform stores the message and soon after decodes the message to generate the data indicating the state of the vehicle. The Fleet Management Platform then provides the information to the company's monitoring station, the fleet manager, driver and dispatch, notifying them that the truck is experiencing a trouble code 7. The diagnostic system using APIs is able to read trouble code 7, understanding that the code means the truck has a bad alternator.
- It is then communicated with the fleet manager, mechanic, company owner, driver and customer service manager that an action needs to be taken.
- The fleet manager approves the purchase of a new alternator.
- The customer service manager lets the customers know their goods will be delivered 45 minutes late.
All in all, the Volvo's downtime is minimized as well as customer delivery delays. Because downtime is minimized, the refrigerated products are less likely to go bad. The APIs understand that the mechanical work needs to be prioritized in order for internal purchase orders to be processed quickly. The primary benefit gained is that your customers continue to trust you and the critical information you supply.
With Position Logic software, you'll enjoy a robust, versatile and completely configurable API program that is easy to use, easy to teach, and most importantly, easy to deploy. Being that it is fully scalable, the software's capabilities can easily be expanded as your business grows. You can migrate hundreds or even thousands of devices over-the-air without compromising speed. And being that our technology gets updated every three to four weeks, you can rest assured that our software always operates according to today's latest technological practices.
With valuable APIs in place, the entirety of your company, including your customers, can communicate in timely and effective manner around the clock, thus bringing about enhanced product delivery. APIs help create innovative solutions to any and all of your operational issues. To learn more about APIs and their importance, make sure to contact us today.