Why use Fleet Telematics?
A lack of visibility on fleet operations costs the industry millions of Pounds a year due to inefficiencies and insurance fees.
The successful running of any business requires prioritising financial efficiencies which is why a crucial aspect of fleet management needs to involve telematics: that is, the monitoring of vehicle location, movement and status of a vehicle or fleet.
By fully utilising the data collected by managers it is possible to optimise both vehicle movements and fuel consumption and thus reduce per-mile cost.
The ability to track the movement, behaviour and deployment of your fleet assets gives fleet managers the insights necessary to improve the running of their operations.
Fleet Telematics is an interdisciplinary field that, among other things, encompasses vehicular technologies including road transportation, road safety and automotive navigation systems.
The use of this technology in commercial and fleet transport is generally known as vehicle telematics or fleet telematics.
In simple form, telematics is a way to collect and use vehicle data to accurately monitor and measure road fleet performance.
With a comprehensive and customisable suite of reports in either a standard or dashboard style, vehicle data, events and drivers can be assessed individually or collectively using full statistical reporting.
The collected data not only helps to improve daily fleet logistics, but it can also be used to educate your drivers, incentivising them to adopt a safer driving style, and reduce fuel costs significantly.
A GPS-enabled vehicle tracking device is installed on each vehicle of your fleet to collect and transmit tracking data whilst using either the OBD port or CAN connection to obtain deeper vehicle performance data.
Once installed the device then continuously communicates and delivers real-time data using the 3G/4G network to the fleet management software portal, which you access online, at any time.
The fleet managers are then able to receive real-time vehicle tracking alerts including location, direction, speed, idle time, start/stop, and G-Sensor events, allowing them to run and manage more efficient fleet operations proactively.
Whatever the purpose of running a fleet of vehicles, for deliveries or employee use, for example, the application of telematics software will benefit the delivery of goods or the timeliness of staff. This can only enhance a company’s reputation.
A healthy reputation for customer service leads to more business in the future.
Vehicles will be less prone to breakdowns because commercial telematics will keep tabs on servicing needs and on the actions of drivers.
How a vehicle is driven can directly contribute to the extra cost, possibly through unnecessary acceleration, for example, allowing managers to make informed decisions about driving training and welfare.
In the same way that black boxes for insurance purpose are benefiting young, newly qualified drivers, so commercial fleet telematics will aid driver performance.
Fleet telematics offer extensive data insights into the way drivers behave when behind the wheel, including aggressive acceleration, speeding, sharp braking and cornering.
These risky behaviours can be easily monitored in the telematics system and through the use of other in-vehicle technologies.
The data collected can then be used to encourage safer driving initiatives amongst the drivers, helping companies to develop a culture of safety within the business.
See how fleet telematics can work for your business:
By tracking every movement of the vehicle, fleet operators can easily identify over-speeding, excessive idling plus other types of aggressive driving that drains more fuel than required and increases accident risk. Fleets can also calculate how many tonnes of CO2 their vehicles are emitting.
Encourage your drivers to adopt a safer driving style by tracking, monitoring and reporting on driver performance and scoring. This allows fleet managers to identify those drivers that require further training.
Track where your fleet vehicles go via GPS. The trackers provide vital data such as exact location, vehicle ID, distance covered, vehicle stop/ start time, route playback, distance from the next job and much more.
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