VIDEO: How Telematics with Fleetistics Can Improve Government Fleets

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It’s no secret to fleet and operations managers alike that telematics is vital to improving their fleet, whether it be an HVAC company or pest control or even a fleet of government vehicles. Telematics can provide efficient and effective data to improve fuel economy, driver behavior and even safety in the community.

In the video below, our Sr. Business Analyst, Kim Thoman, discusses the benefits telematics can have on a government fleet and our sales manager, Brandon Santiago, adds how easy it is to use Fleetistics to implement such a service.

How Can You Get Telematics on Your Government Fleet?

At Fleetistics, we can install GPS Tracking with our GeoTab trackers, which will give you a full array of telematics, even if your fleet is fully electric.

To learn more about this solution and how it could benefit your fleet visit www.fleetistics.com or call us at 877-467-0326.

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OEM Telematics Fleet Solutions Increase ROI

Manage Your Fleet Using OEM Telematics

OEM Telematics Fleet Solutions are now available on many new vehicles.  It is no secret that GPS/Telematics solutions help fleet managers across the world in improving safety, fuel efficiency, productivity, and maintenance just to name a few. An embedded device is a GPS tracking and telematics device installed at the time of manufacturing by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

With embedded devices from the automobile manufacturers, OEM Telematics Fleet Solutions provide features such as remote diagnostics, and GPS tracking. Recently they have expanded these telematics devices to include OEM-specific information as well as telematics data with consent from the customer. This makes this technology cost effective and convenient to fleet managers. Many OEM GPS/Telematics devices integrate with the Geotab platform used by existing customers.

OEM Telematics Fleet Solutions

What Do OEM Telematics Fleet Solutions Mean for Your Fleet?

All newer makes and models of most major fleet vehicles have this technology built in as of 2020 and others are following their lead. Soon all OEMs will have this capability. This includes vehicle manufacturers as well and equipment or “yellow iron” manufacturers CAT and Komatsu. The great thing about taking this third-party OEM data into existing telematics solutions is all the data, no matter what OEM, can be brought into a single web portal allowing you to manage all assets in a single sign-on platform.

Benefits of Using an OEM Data Platform:

  • Cost advantage – No device or installation costs
  • No moving devices as your fleet turns over
  • Ease of use – Use the same MyGeotab portal and UI for tracking. Use the existing database to view devices from several pre-integrated OEMs alongside GO devices.
  • Faster time to market – No delays related to device shipment or installation.
  • Access to additional data – OEM and sensor data is sent directly by the embedded OEM device such as tire pressure.

How can you use the OEM Telematics Fleet solution?

The process is simple and Fleetistics will walk you through it. You will need your FIN, or fleet identification number, and web portal credentials. With a few clicks and by selecting Geotab from the telematics provider list, one, a few or all of your vehicles will report into your current Geotab account once configured by Geotab and Fleetistics.

Geotab OEM

Once the devices are added to a new or current Geotab account, your vehicle will appear as any other vehicle or asset.  As the OEM device data is captured from third-party source, some built-in reports rules and exceptions may not be useful if the OEM data is not as rich as the data from a GO device. Geotab is building additional software capabilities to bridge this gap where possible and working with OEMs to help them improve their data. This will enable customers in deriving insights from the third-party vehicle data.

Current Integrations

We are working with several OEMs to pre-integrate their APIs on our platform. You can find out more about these solutions on our OEM Platform Page. To learn more about this solution and how it could benefit your fleet visit www.fleetistics.com or call us at 877-467-0326.

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Trailer Telematics Transforming to Increase Visibility

Trailer Telematics about to Shift Fleet Management

The data behind fleet management and GPS tracking continues to change to include more and better trailer telematics. While asset tracking has been prominent for years, there is a new shift in GPS tracking, and its not just for major equipment and vehicles anymore.

Transportation technology experts say trailer telematics have the potential to transform maintenance and freight management. However, emphasis on telematics options needs to step up because many fleets keep their trailers for 10 years or longer.  

Ultimately, trailer telematics is becoming more commonplace as cost and availability of critical sensors for telematics continue to decrease in acquisition and operational cost. The operational data provided by telematics allows fleets to better understand how trailers wear and how components perform, in addition to providing real-time telemetry on freight. This data can be used to provide a better understanding of all performance aspects of trailers and the loads they carry.

Where in the World is My Trailer?

As with all assets, fleet managers can be left wondering, where in the world a trailer has gone. Mor advanced telematics for trailers is about to change all that.  It’s come a long way from just being able to find the physical location.

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Telematics can provide instantaneous data to be used to identify many common trailer issues, including tire pressure issues, wheel-end heat issues, braking systems, light outages, and other maintenance events in real time.

The insights from telematics on trailers can deliver a mix of preventive maintenance and usage data, from knowing how many actual miles are put on the trailer tires to real-time alerts that can help identify door openings in the event of an attempted theft.

To The Future with Trailer Telematics

As fleets get into more advanced telematics systems that integrate many more component data points, managers start to unlock the potential for predictive maintenance and even higher level data.

Trailer Telematics

And the amount of data that trailer telematics will provide will go beyond reporting on a shipment’s whereabouts. These telematics will be able to give real-time cargo updates such as trailer door opens and closings, cold-chain verification for food shipments, and even real-time video or photos of cargo in route.

Moving forward, trailer telematics will soon become a vital and maybe even essential aspect of shipping and fleet management. Trailer telematics will emerge with the logistics technology that will supercharge transporting and delivering goods and services.

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Fleetistics Benefits Government Agency Fleet Management

Beyond GPS: 5 Ways Telematics Improves A Government Agency Fleet

When it comes to fleet management, GPS tracking is the first and sometimes only thing many people within government agencies think can be provided. However, more can be provided and at great depth – such as telematics, fuel economy, driver coaching and more.

Government Agency Fleet

This is optimized and reliable data that can be utilized to improve safety, savings, service and effectiveness. It provides fleet managers the knowledge and the right technology to protect their drivers and employees by making data-driven decisions.

Manage Fleet Utilization for Best Investment

First off, a fleet manager must prepare to implement a GPS Tracking and Telematics system and testing one to find the right fit for an agency can feel overwhelming. However, there are options to protect an investment in vehicles and assets, whether those be a new fleet of electric cars or even heavy-duty construction equipment.

Fleetistics offers a pilot program: a short-term test to confirm what has been presented to small fleets or fleets with fewer needs. But there is also our SEP, or Solution Evaluation Process, and is attractive and beneficial for large fleets with complex GPS Tracking and Telematics requirements.

Either one of these evaluation processes, can easily provide fleet managers and government agencies the necessary information and data to make the right managerial decisions that will provide more return on their fleet investment.

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Promoting Safer Driving Behavior With Coaching

When it comes to fleet management in a government agency, driver safety will be of the utmost importance. That, of course, translates to the safety of those on the same roadways as the drivers.

It is important to be able to access data that will allow fleet managers to coach drivers to improve driving behaviors, such as avoiding reckless operation or excessive speed. Fleetistics can provide your agency with digital Driver Safety Scorecards, which focus on three primary elements of unsafe driving: aggressive driving, seat belt usage and speeding.

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This data can then be utilized to coach better driving behaviors from drivers in your fleet. That way your agency can avoid more far-reaching financial and psychological effects on employees, their co-workers, family, and supervisors, as well as the community at large. It is far more practical to coach a driver to exhibit safe driving habits than it is to go through the process of recruiting, hiring and training new drivers with no track record. Understanding how to introduce GPS tracking to drivers will improve the overall result.

 

Reduce Fuel and Maintenance Spending

With any operational government agency fleet, fuel and maintenance is a significant expenditure. It factors into the total cost of ownership, rolling cost per mile, unplanned downtime and the overall fleet budget.

With an integrated fleet fuel management system, government agencies can monitor fuel usage and gain useful data to make more economical decisions. While there are many factors that determine this data – idling in traffic, excessive speeding and harsh braking, and even weather that affects use of the internal heating and cooling systems – fleet managers will at least have data to proactively make adjustments to reduce fuel expenditures.

Additionally, government agencies can program advanced engine diagnostic alerts. These can be based on hours, calendar days, or miles driven. At Fleetistics, our Enterprise Class Fleet Maintenance Software, reduces unscheduled downtime for vehicles and assets, that way your government fleet can stay optimized for the best usage at all times.

Optimize Disaster Preparedness and Response

Fleet managers are now using GPS Tracking and Telematics systems to be more proactive in preparing for natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding. Government agencies can take advantage of having a reliable, integrated system to be an invaluable tool for disaster preparedness and response. From vehicle and equipment locations to current fuel levels, a tracking and telematics system will provide the tools necessary to prep for the before, during and aftermath of a disaster.

Communications to Municipal Services in the Community

Beyond that, government agencies can be more visible, transparent and reliable by providing its community with real-time, up-to-the-minute locations and information about its fleets and services. By also using a citizen help network, such as Pubsafe, citizens can easily see location and/or response times during emergencies, power outages or critical weather events. Fleet management solutions allow managers to display the location data for an entire fleet in popular third-party outage management applications, and display problem locations on their internal tracking maps.

The bottom line is that an integrated telematics system that includes GPS tracking is so much more than dots on a map or vehicle tracking, especially for a government agency.

With access to critical information such as fuel usage and driver behavior data like speeding and idling, agencies can quickly identify cost-saving opportunities, drive-behavior-coaching modifications and implement proactive-maintenance plans. In the end, it helps your government agency become the invaluable service to the taxpayers expect it to be.

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To learn more about getting your government agency fleet started with a telematics system, contact Fleetistics today!

Beyond GPS: 5 Ways Telematics Improves A Government Fleet

When it comes to fleet management, GPS tracking is the first and sometimes only thing many people within government agencies think can be provided. However, more can be provided and at great depth – such as telematics, fuel economy, driver coaching and more.

More Than GPS Tracking

This is optimized and reliable data that can be utilized to improve safety, savings, service and effectiveness. It provides fleet managers the knowledge and the right technology to protect their drivers and employees by making data-driven decisions.

Manage Fleet Utilization for Best Investment

First off, a fleet manager must prepare to implement a GPS Tracking and Telematics system and testing one to find the right fit for an agency can feel overwhelming. However, there are options to protect an investment in vehicles and assets, whether those be a new fleet of electric cars or even heavy-duty construction equipment.

Fleetistics offers a pilot program: a short-term test to confirm what has been presented to small fleets or fleets with fewer needs. But there is also our SEP, or Solution Evaluation Process, and is attractive and beneficial for large fleets with complex GPS Tracking and Telematics requirements.

Either one of these evaluation processes, can easily provide fleet managers and government agencies the necessary information and data to make the right managerial decisions that will provide more return on their fleet investment.

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Promoting Safer Driving Behavior With Coaching

When it comes to fleet management in a government agency, driver safety will be of the utmost importance. That, of course, translates to the safety of those on the same roadways as the drivers.

It is important to be able to access data that will allow fleet managers to coach drivers to improve driving behaviors, such as avoiding reckless operation or excessive speed. Fleetistics can provide your agency with digital Driver Safety Scorecards, which focus on three primary elements of unsafe driving: aggressive driving, seat belt usage and speeding.

Tracking Large Fleet YT

This data can then be utilized to coach better driving behaviors from drivers in your fleet. That way your agency can avoid more far-reaching financial and psychological effects on employees, their co-workers, family, and supervisors, as well as the community at large. It is far more practical to coach a driver to exhibit safe driving habits than it is to go through the process of recruiting, hiring and training new drivers with no track record. Understanding how to introduce GPS tracking to drivers will improve the overall result.

Reduce Fuel and Maintenance Spending

With any operational government agency fleet, fuel and maintenance is a significant expenditure. It factors into the total cost of ownership, rolling cost per mile, unplanned downtime and the overall fleet budget.

With an integrated fleet fuel management system, government agencies can monitor fuel usage and gain useful data to make more economical decisions. While there are many factors that determine this data – idling in traffic, excessive speeding and harsh braking, and even weather that affects use of the internal heating and cooling systems – fleet managers will at least have data to proactively make adjustments to reduce fuel expenditures.

Additionally, government agencies can program advanced engine diagnostic alerts. These can be based on hours, calendar days, or miles driven. At Fleetistics, our Enterprise Class Fleet Maintenance Software, reduces unscheduled downtime for vehicles and assets, that way your government fleet can stay optimized for the best usage at all times.

Optimize Disaster Preparedness and Response

Fleet managers are now using GPS Tracking and Telematics systems to be more proactive in preparing for natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding. Government agencies can take advantage of having a reliable, integrated system to be an invaluable tool for disaster preparedness and response. From vehicle and equipment locations to current fuel levels, a tracking and telematics system will provide the tools necessary to prep for the before, during and aftermath of a disaster.

Communications to Municipal Services in the Community

Beyond that, government agencies can be more visible, transparent and reliable by providing its community with real-time, up-to-the-minute locations and information about its fleets and services. By also using a citizen help network, such as Pubsafe, citizens can easily see location and/or response times during emergencies, power outages or critical weather events. Fleet management solutions allow managers to display the location data for an entire fleet in popular third-party outage management applications, and display problem locations on their internal tracking maps.

The bottom line is that an integrated telematics system that includes GPS tracking is so much more than dots on a map or vehicle tracking, especially for a government agency.

With access to critical information such as fuel usage and driver behavior data like speeding and idling, agencies can quickly identify cost-saving opportunities, drive-behavior-coaching modifications and implement proactive-maintenance plans. In the end, it helps your government agency become the invaluable service to the taxpayers expect it to be.

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To learn more about getting your government agency fleet started with a telematics system, contact Fleetistics today!

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Is an Electric Vehicle Fleet Smart?

Flipping the Electric Switch

Thanks to the Carbon Disclosure Project, an international, non-profit organization that helps companies and cities disclose their environmental impact, many government agencies in cities nationwide are switching to an electric vehicle fleet. These agencies have made it one of their top priorities to convert to a 100-percent electric fleet in a certain time frame.

Electric Vehicle

Many cities, such as Tampa, have adopted an initiative to switch to an electric vehicle fleet in the hopes to become the leaders of minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing their carbon footprints.

It is important to Understand the Value Electric Vehicles, especially compared to ICE, or Internal Combustion Engine, vehicles, if and when your agency moves forward to convert your electric vehicle fleet.

It is also up to these government agencies to obtain a fleet analysis. That way the agency can oversee management of the electric vehicle fleet.

An Assessment Suited For You

An EV Suitability Assessment, is an accurate, data-driven and, most importantly, personalized EV recommendation tool that takes the guesswork out of electrifying your fleet.

Instead of guessing, an EVSA will suggest vehicles to be replaced by range-capable EVs, estimate the cost of savings and give a layout the reduction of emissions. The EVSA does this by using telematics data from existing fleet vehicles, identifies vehicles with a range-capable EV replacement and then determines vehicles that are cost effective to replace with range-capable EVs.

Electric-powered Questions

Most likely, there will be questions already posed when switching to an electric fleet, such as:

Performance requirements

  • Will an EV meet my drivers’ range requirements?
  • Will the battery still perform in extreme-weather conditions?

Vehicle selection

  • Which model of vehicle is best for each vehicle class I have?

Return on investment

  • What will the impact of EVs be on my fleet’s operational budget?

Environmental impact

  • How much will my fleet’s carbon emissions be reduced?

Ultimately, many of these questions can be answered with an EV Suitability Assessment.

This simple tool and analysis can save time and money for your agency and is highly recommended before moving forward with a conversion to an all-electric vehicle fleet. Our EV Expert, Kim Thoman, can help you obtain a

Contact Fleetistics today for your personalized EV Suitability Assessment today!

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