Sascar specializes in real-time vehicle monitoring solutions, with innovative and scalable technology, that allow significant savings due to better fleet use, with reduced operating costs and increased productivity and profitability for transport.
The company uses its proprietary software and GSM/GPRS and satellite technologies to track and monitor vehicles, providing information that helps clients in fleet, risk management, and transportation industries to improve security and productivity. Sascar draws has more than 200 representatives in 23 Brazilian states, and offers 24/7 telephonic assistance through a call center with 200 operators and online support to monitor over 230,000 active vehicles. This enables its customers’ transport and logistics managers to track transport-locations in real-time, online.
Sascar has 116,000 registered customers across 15,000 companies and must handle approximately 5,000 users accessing its web portal simultaneously. To support this high transaction volume, the company initiated an IT infrastructure modernization project, including the replacement of approximately 70 servers with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.
In addition to supporting Sascar’s mission-critical systems—which monitor vehicle paths and routes, speed, mileage, cargo, passengers, and motorcycle transport—Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic provide the foundation for Oracle WebLogic Suite 11g and Oracle SOA Suite, accelerating responses to customer inquiries about vehicle location.
By consolidating its applications into a more robust IT infrastructure with greater performance, stability, and agility, Sascar increased data processing speeds and simplified IT maintenance—essential for a company focused on real-time vehicle monitoring.
Vehicle information collected by Sascar currently generates up to 5,000 messages per second. The old infrastructure could not keep up, sending approximately 20% of the messages to a backup queue, which was prone to cause processing delays. The new system is built to scale to 50,000 messages per second, 10x the previous amount handled.
The newly consolidated IT infrastructure on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud also helped Sascar address many structural IT problems, like lack of storage space and poor core business system performance.
Upon migrating to Oracle Exadata Database Machine, the company implemented Oracle Hybrid Columnar Compression, achieving a 10x data volume compression ratio—supporting Sascar’s daily 6-gigabyte data growth and reducing costs by minimizing the need to acquire new storage systems approximately by 50%.
With a focus on delivering quality customer service, the company increased its processing capacity by consolidating all Java applications onto Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud—substantially increasing system availability and providing customers with easy access to cargo and fleet information. The improved application response time is important for Sascar’s customers, as they rely on data regarding things such as excessive speed and braking to make decisions that may reduce fuel consumption, cause less wear of the vehicle, decrease in road accidents, and improve maintenance schedules.
“Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is tailor-made for running Oracle WebLogic Suite and Oracle SOA Suite—on which we run our client-facing web platform—as well as other tools we use to determine vehicle positioning and routes over the past few hours, days, or months,” said Cristian Simons, systems development manager, Sascar.
With the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud implementation—the first project that combined the two platforms in Latin America—Sascar improved business-critical application response times when offering customers access to the data they need.
Sascar’s trackers collect vehicle data through the global positioning system (GPS), and its approximately 60 million vehicles’ positions are transmitted daily through the global system for mobile communications (GSM/ GPRS) network to the company’s data center, where Oracle Exadata Database Machine decodes and stores the information.
According to Simons, many of Sascar’s clients operate like air traffic controllers, planning risk management for load transportation from the moment of departure until arrival at the destination. “Each company must have a large volume of real-time information—such as about vehicle location, departure and arrival, and load/unload data—at hand to support the rapid decision-making needed to recover vehicles or loads when goods are lost due to traffic accident or theft. With Oracle, we can provide our customers with instant access to the vehicle data they need to have complete transport and logistics management.” Simons said.
By adopting a stable and superior IT infrastructure with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Sascar is positioned ahead of the competition in delivering their solutions.
After considering alternatives on the market, Sascar selected Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud due to their excellent cost-benefit ratio.
“In addition to the technology benefits of data compression, memory, and processing capacity, Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud enabled us to reduce a large number of servers, saving physical space and reducing maintenance costs,” said Cristian Simons, systems development manager, Sascar.
Before implementing Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Sascar carried out a number of proofs of concept.
"We tested Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud capabilities using applications developed especially for this purpose. In addition to proving a significant performance improvement, we rolled them out without any business disruption," Simons said.
Oracle partner Service IT Solutions supported Sascar in migrating to Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.
“Service IT Solutions professionals understood our business demands, as well as the Oracle solutions that we adopted, which helped us to put our resources to better use,” Simons said.