Jumpstart 2019 With These Three Telematics Resolutions

  • January 07, 2019
  • Kristy Cartier
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CalAmp 2019 Fleet Blog

A digital connection to assets and vehicles can provide fleet managers with hard data so they can make informed decisions on how to improve the utilization and health of their fleet. There are three resolutions that telematics helps operations to:

  • Reduce manual processes
  • Improve safety
  • Manage expenses

The first resolution, or decision to do something, is to use technology as a tool because it provides easier access to information that often took time and money to extract. For example, companies often had to call around or conduct a visual inspection to determine asset location(s) or their utilization metrics. However, implementing telematics has real-time and historical data that helps fleet managers get a clear picture of what is going on throughout the day, and over time. For example:

  • Use a dashboard to monitor routes and work vs. calling around to locate resources
  • Pull a report of utilization for the week vs. manually checking mileage or engine hours
  • View breadcrumb route details including activities vs. having the driver report from memory
  • Integrate into enterprise applications such as billing and workforce management

Automatic reports allow operations to utilize assets in a more efficient manner, schedule preventive maintenance and show regulatory compliance. This greater visibility provides insight into workflows, response times and customer service.

Safety is the second resolution because it is often a top priority for fleet operations. Many companies have goals for drivers, operators and assets. Some even offer incentives or rewards for achieving them. Telematics makes it easier to manage these programs. For vehicles and equipment, regularly scheduled maintenance based on utilization, not necessarily time, helps reduce the risk of unexpected breakdowns. The proper upkeep can prevent debilitating breakdowns and potential employee injury, or even worse.

For drivers and operators, managers often create scorecard reports to show which drivers are performing within company standards and which drivers need additional training. For example, CalAmp’s solution offers a speed report that highlights incidents that are over a company’s speeding threshold. Fleet managers can also receive real-time alert notifications, based on customized parameters, such as high idling and aggressive driving behaviors.

The first two resolutions assist with the third: managing expenses. Access to their fleets’ operational data allows fleet managers to analyze operations from the standpoint of routes, asset utilization and maintenance.

  • Breadcrumb and exception reports can reveal inefficiencies based on customer locations, traffic or construction areas
  • Asset summary reports offer insight into utilization and performance that show over- or under-utilized vehicles and equipment
  • Alerts for high idling, aggressive driving or unauthorized use incidents notify of inappropriate use of their fleet

The result? Operations that are more efficient translate into reduced expenses from better allocating resources, lower fuel costs, optimized utilization (mileage and engine hours) and decreased maintenance. If companies can stick to these three resolutions, their fleets should jumpstart into improved productivity in 2019.

To learn more about CalAmp’s fleet solutions for commercial and construction fleets, visit our page here.

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