Companies that transport goods face more logistical, regulatory, employee retention, and security challenges than ever before. Among these hurdles, the logistical challenges of managing fleet, drivers, and deliveries on the road are easy to overcome when the right telematics solution is implemented.
A good telematics system will:
- Reduce operating costs by saving on fuel, safety violations and idle time
- Divert drivers away from road delays and toward high-priority loads
- Monitor driver behavior
- Improve communication between drivers and dispatchers
- Deliver alerts about engine problems and other diagnostic issues, while informing routing centers when a vehicle is out of service.
- Improve regulatory compliance through ELD functionality by tracking IFTA miles logged, (HOS) Hours of Service per employee, and providing Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR)
When selecting a telematics system there are basic things you’ll need to take into consideration:
- The size of your company
- The industry your company is in
- Your business objectives
- The types of vehicles in your fleet
- The needs of employees who will use and benefit from what a telematics solution can offer
- The problems you are trying to fix
- Positional: Location and speed
- Operational: Productivity data, i.e. vehicle
- Diagnostic: Vehicle condition and engine health
- Safety: Driving behavior including harsh
braking and seat belt use
Components of a telematics system should include:
Rugged mobile devices that are built to withstand inclement weather, drops, spills, and long shifts. Consumer-grade can be substituted, however devices will need to be replaced more often, increasing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the hardware purchase.
Superfast web-based maps and easy-to-use dashboards are accessible from any device with an internet connection. Supervisors or drivers out in the field can see the same view a manager has back in the office.
Training & Support
Mobile solutions are only useful if they are rolled out and supported properly. We highly advise against purchasing a POD software and hardware solution online. Look for a company who provides onsite training, roll-out support, and who offers Tier 1 and 2 tech support..
Taking the First Step
To make an informed decision, you need expert advice.
Contact us via our website, by email or phone to schedule a time to talk. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and to give you food for thought as you explore investing in a telematics solution for your company.