Telematics in Fleet Management

by Brian Frederick
August 22, 2017

Using Telematics to Enhance Fleet Management

Telematics technology has been on the market for over a decade now, but many companies didn’t start to see the benefits of using it for fleet management until recently. More and more organizations are recognizing the benefits not only of GPS location and tracking for their fleet, but also how it can be used for fleet maintenance management and to provide a clearer picture of just how equipment is being used. And with the arrival of the ELD Mandate, it’s not something companies can afford to ignore anymore.

Telematics provides the tools for better fleet management

A successful telematics solution is more than a vehicle database management system, it provides users with the ability to analyze routes and movement, providing opportunities for increased efficiency, saving time and money in the form of:

• Improved overall productivity

• Reduced labor costs

• Controlled fuel costs

• Reduced operating expenses

• Improved dispatching

Improved safety through driver tracking and maintenance reports

Telematics offers data on exactly how vehicles are being used. If you have a driver who consistently drives in an aggressive manner, whether it’s speeding, over-acceleration or simply driving too hard and spiking RPMs, a telematics solution like ES Track can help you identify it. You can take steps to address that individual, and simultaneously remind your other drivers that they need to be courteous, because you’re keeping an eye on what they’re doing. This helps reduce accident rates, fuel consumption and insurance premiums, while maintaining your company’s good reputation.

By using a telematics solution equipped with remote shut-down and a security keypad (like Sentry Keypad), you can also eliminate unauthorized operators from using your machinery. This helps protect the machinery from damage by people who shouldn’t have been using it in the first place, reducing your costs and improving safety.

Additionally, maintenance reports and alerts help you keep a close eye on how your machinery is running. This helps prevent breakdowns that are both expensive and potentially dangerous.

There are lots of benefits of using a telematics solution for fleet management. From cost savings to improved efficiency, security to maintenance, there’s really no reason not to.

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