Great strides have been made when it comes to telematics technology, which has resulted in bigger potential impacts and advantages for fleet management. Telematics can help greatly with your fleet performance efforts, driving fleet productivity forward.
Telematics is a combination of different technologies, sciences, and methodologies, including vehicle and mechanical technologies, electrical engineering, telecommunications, computer sciences, and GPS tracking.
A telematics system leverages this mix of technologies and can be used as a fleet management solution to increase efficiency and productivity. Fleet telematics collects a breadth of telematics data that can be used to enhance operations.
A fleet telematics system collects data from telematics devices attached to vehicles and other assets, such as GPS trackers, ELD, dash cameras, temperature monitors, and trailer trackers. The data is captured by either wifi, satellite, or cellular network, and sent on to an accessible platform, usually in real-time, and processed using AI. The fleet manager or other end user can then view the information on computers or mobile devices.
A range of data from the vehicle and other fleet assets, including GPS location, speed, acceleration, harsh braking, excessive idling, fuel efficiency/usage, engine hours, and even vehicle health indicators like battery life and engine status, can all be tracked by a vehicle tracking device.
All of this information can be analyzed by the fleet manager to determine ways to lower operational costs and improve productivity.
Telematics technologies can help fleet managers in a range of ways, from eliminating inefficient routes to ensuring compliance, and more. They assist business owners on a variety of fronts, such as allowing them to obtain information that can help them optimize business operations, as well as providing a comprehensive solution that addresses many company concerns and issues.
Telematics will support fleet managers by streamlining and automating processes, providing actionable information on the entire fleet and related assets, and enabling automatic reporting and analysis for informed decisions. Both short-term tactics and long-term business strategies can benefit from telematics data.
Telematics systems also help provide baselines to measure against, and ways to divide up data with geofencing, so different branches and regions can be effectively assessed and compared against each other.
Compliance with company guidelines, industry standards, best practices, and government regulations becomes measurable, which means any noncompliance can be addressed to improve accountability.
Optimize routes, maintenance schedules, and predictive maintenance to reduce downtime. Maximize utilization of assets.
Telematics helps decrease fuel costs by optimizing routes to reduce time and distance and avoid traffic, reducing idling in these dense traffic areas. Tracking also enables drivers who are excessively idle to be identified. As a result, fuel consumption can be significantly reduced.
You can get more out of vehicles, with better maintenance and reduced wear and tear on them. Predictive maintenance ensures optimal care for vehicles, and asset tracking ensures that poor driver behavior, like harsh braking, does not cause premature deterioration of vehicles.
Telematics systems enhance productivity by optimizing routes to ensure the timely delivery of products. Good routing means more jobs can be completed in less time while covering fewer miles.
Fleet operators who go off-route, idle excessively, or have other habits that limit the number of deliveries made can be identified.
Real-time data and automated processes mean immediate decisions and actions can be taken to counteract any issues or delays that may come up, so on-time performance is not impacted.
Maintenance and utilization of fleets are also optimized, so fleet assets are available and ready to go.
GPS data and monitoring driver behavior ensure driver safety since risky actions like hard braking, speeding, sharp cornering, and other poor habits can be caught and addressed before an accident happens.
If an accident does occur, the vehicle tracking device will provide an alert with the vehicle location to enable a faster response. Dash cams provide footage to determine who was at fault.
Unauthorized use of vehicles and vehicle theft can also be prevented, to control costs related to security concerns.
As telematics solutions improve, and more fleet companies leverage the benefits of these solutions, it becomes increasingly important for fleet owners to join the trend, just to stay competitive.
Implementing a superior telematics system that will boost productivity, while cutting costs, is key to gaining a competitive advantage.
Connected Vehicles can tailor the most optimal solution for you, and guide you through implementation for the best results.
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