3 Ways Telematics Can Help with Fleet Management

Technology is rapidly advancing. With the IoT (Internet of Things) and M2M (machine-to-machine) technology, we have new capabilities today that previously we would have never thought were possible. It’s important to stay on top of technology trends, to avoid falling behind the curve.

One of the tools that is being adopted by more and more businesses is telematics technology. Fleet managers across every industry are looking to telematics for its ability to capture rich data that can be used for greater business insight. Fleets in construction, engineering & utilities in particular, rely on telematics as a key part of their asset maintenance and safety programs.

How does telematics work? In the Geotab fleet-management solution, a small GPS vehicle tracking device is connected to the OBDII (on-board diagnostics) port of a vehicle or piece of heavy equipment. The Geotab GO7 device collects and transmits data on many different things, including GPS position, trip distance and time, speed, and more, and makes it accessible via a software platform. With that critical data, a fleet manager can analyze the overall health and performance of the fleet and find areas for improvement. It tells you what’s going on with your vehicles and drivers — and puts you in the driver’s seat.

Telematics offers numerous benefits, such as helping improve productivity, safety, compliance, and find cost savings. The top three benefits are provided below.

Top three ways telematics helps with fleet management:

  1. Maximizes uptime — Downtime of vehicles or equipment is costly. Telematics allows you to focus on proactive vehicle maintenance by detecting issues early on and having the ability to set-up maintenance reminders. The Geotab fleet management solution alerts you to potential critical engine health issues so you can prioritize repairs. The result is more working time and cost savings.

  2. Asset management — Telematics can tell you where your vehicles and equipment are at all times, for added security and peace of mind. For example, Geotab’s Active Tracking feature allows you to watch the fluid movements of your vehicles in real-time on a live, animated map.
  3. Reduce accidents — Driver safety is a top priority for fleets. With telematics, you can assign a risk and safety score to individual drivers based on speeding, idling, after-hours vehicle usage, etc. Geotab’s advanced reports illustrate daily, weekly, or monthly driving trends so managers can develop performance benchmarks.

Author: Maria Sotra, vice president, marketing, Geotab Inc. Maria manages global marketing and communications for Geotab.

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