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Fleet telematics – A new tech solution to old fleet management problems



Fleet telematics will help you solve the old fleet management problem of not knowing what is happening with your fleet as it happens. Effective fleet management requires real-time data.

Every day you send out a fleet of expensive vehicles filled with expensive products to your customers as safely and efficiently as you can. You hope nothing goes wrong.

Service delays, traffic delays, and accidents all impact performance. Most importantly, customers expectations are not me when your daily plan goes wrong. Without fleet telematics, the data you need to make decisions is limited and arrives too late to impact events in a meaningful way.

Stay in the game with real-time analytics

Fleet telematics provides real-time data that helps you understand vehicle usage and creates programs to keep expenses at a minimum when surprises happen. It also helps you on a micro-level, like reducing idling and improving vehicle maintenance programs.

The value for vehicle-centric improvements is clear, but that is only half of the opportunity. The ability to use telematics to impact driver behaviour is the most important, yet most overlooked value of this technology. Using telematics will assist in reduced kilometres driven as drivers become aware their vehicles are being monitored. Tracking vehicles will ensure drivers stay on their route and practice safe driving practices. Telematics acts as your eyes to manage your fleet and people in real time.

Understand how your people drive

A true awareness of what your drivers are doing with their vehicles can’t be achieved without data, without a tool to manage your drivers in the field. This is why telematics is so important.

Telematics technology improves fleet management by giving a manager the ability to engage in their daily operations, for a single vehicle or the entire fleet. It lets you gain a comprehensive understanding of how your people drive, improving efficiency, route plan adherence, and safety compliance.

 

How fleet telematics can help you

Fleet telematics provides higher situational awareness by letting managers know where every driver and vehicle is in real time. You can use this data to understand and change behaviours and unnecessary costs.

The telemetry data provides evidence to understand what happened before an accident, before an off-route event or after a service failure. Without telematics, investigating and resolving these issues is tough because there is little information available. With telematics, all the data you need is there. The right data helps protect you and your team from safety, false legal claims, and unjustified expenses.

 

Tracking KPIs that matter

Capturing fleet management key performance indicators is crucial. Without it, you lack the data you need to make informed decisions that impact your bottom line.

Fleet telematics reduces speeding, harsh braking, harsh acceleration, and harsh cornering. Additionally, since your drivers will be safer, accident claims and overall insurance costs will also decline. It’s powered by GPS technology, allowing managers to locate stolen vehicles, track vehicles 24 hours a day and know immediately where there is unauthorised vehicle usage. GPS tracking improves daily route adherence, routing metrics, and the routing process (such as service times and geocode validations).

Now you can capture actual arrival, departure, and driving time, which lets you optimise departure based on traffic congestion, delivery windows, and frequency of visits.

Fleet telematics also empowers you to save fuel by ensuring that routes are optimised and scheduled routes match actual activity. Telematics data helps you do this by integrating into your routing process.

And none of these options can be easily accomplished without fleet telematics. This is the catalyst for change. Given the competition of operating a fleet in today’s world, the question isn’t why don’t you have telematics — it’s how can you function without it?