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In-Cab Video by Rosco Vision Systems

In-Cab Video by Rosco Vision Systems

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Snapshots by Exception

The Rosco Vision System Dual Vision video camera can be operated as a fully integrated solution with the Geotab GPS tracking device or as a standalone system. The integrated solution utilizes the Geotab rules engine to trigger snapshots which are automatically uploaded to the cloud. Fleet managers have a variety of options from this commercial grade video safety system. 

 

  1. Up to 3,000 hours of rolling video
  2. Forward and interior facing camera on the Dual-Vision camera
  3. Add an interior dome camera to monitor cargo
  4. Backup camera to reduce collisions
  5. Up to 8 exterior cameras
  6. Audio recording option
  7. Utilize with or without Geotab
Geotab Privacy Mode

Geotab Privacy Mode

Geotab has created a privacy mode that will allow drivers and fleet managers to temporarily hide their vehicle tracking in the Geotab application. When privacy mode is used, location, speed, and engine data will not be visible. The driving data will still be collected while in privacy mode, however, it will be stored as private.

The purpose of privacy mode is for companies to temporarily not track drivers that take their vehicles home after working hours. This feature can be set to automatically turn on when work hours are finished (for example 5 pm to 8 am) or when a vehicle enters a specific zone. This is a great feature for companies that will let their employees use company-owned vehicles for personal use. Privacy mode can also be used when operating in sensitive areas to hide vehicle movement.

The privacy mode feature is downloaded through the Marketplace inside of the Geotab application. Once it is downloaded, it can be configured so that privacy mode will turn on automatically or it can be left alone so that drivers can turn it on and off themselves. For a driver to enable privacy mode, they will need to install the Geotab Drive app on their phone or smart device. A member of the admin team will also need to create the driver in the database and set them up with a password so that they can log into the Drive app. If your company is using E-Logs/HOS, you do not want to download the Privacy Mode Add-In as it will affect your duty status logs and you may no longer be in compliance per the FMCSA.

 

Learn more and join our: Introduction To Privacy Mode Webinar

In-Cab Video Data Management

Data File Size

Be careful what you change to avoid expensive data overage fees

Controlling Costs

Understanding how camera settings impact your video quality and monthly cost will ensure you find a balance between the two. In general, the default settings have been found to be the best for the average customer. Changing these can increase your cost exponentially so be careful. In-cab video (ICV) is all about data transfer cost. The smaller the video files and the fewer you transmit, the less chance there is for expensive overage fees. These variables also determine how much data can be stored on the SD card in a looping memory. If you normally get 300 hours of recordings, you would only get 150 if you double the size of the data files. Learn more

File Sizes

There are 3 primary variables that impact the data volume used from the monthly data plan. Testing should be done on 1 camera before making changes to all to avoid expensive overage fees.

 

  1. Frame-rate-per second (fps) – The number of images that are captured per second. 7 fps is about what the eye can see. Moving this to 14 fps will double the data being transmitted and consume more of your data plan.
  2. Resolution – The quality of the images captured can make a big difference in the file size. This impacts the data transmitted as well. A standard resolution image is often good enough and produces a file of 2 megs. Going to HD might make the same file 8 megs or 400% more data.
  3. Exception settings – Video exceptions should be for the most important exceptions only. Exceptions such as accident detection or movement after-hours should produce video clips. Creating video exceptions for speeding events could create an excessive amount of exception videos that have no real value. Each in-cab video deducts from your data bucket so choose wisely. If you opted for the live streaming service, leave some data available to stream a few times per month without going over your data plan.

 

Live Video

Live video is an option for some in-cab camera systems. This enables a user online to “see” through the camera and view in the cab or outside the vehicle. This can be handy in specific applications but it consumes a lot of data. Live streaming should be limited to special situations or spot checking. Live streaming cannot be run continuously due to the cost so most cameras timeout after 60 seconds. You can then enable it over and over if needed.

SD Cards

The in-cab video cameras contain an SD card to store video continuously. The number of hours that can be recorded depends on the above variables as well as the size of the SD card itself. 64 gig cards hold a lot of data. If you use a slow or smaller SD card you can run into issues. If an event is not captured as an exception video clip, the SD card can be inserted into a computer and the looping video reviewed to find a particular date and time.

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Driving Productivity

Driving Productivity

Driver Productivity

Undoubtedly fleet managers are tasked with a multitude of different responsibilities and there is constant discussion about how busy fleet managers are in the workforce. The two largest and most expensive assets to fleet managers are their vehicles and their drivers therefore it is important to find drivers that are reliable, have the necessary requirements for the job and are productive. We will discuss three key aspects that help increase driver productivity.

Technology is a key component to increasing driver productivity. The use of GPS/Telematics solutions help save time and money. With better route planning additional stops can be generated along with a decrease in unnecessary mileage both generating additional profit. Having the ability to find the nearest qualified driver for unexpected calls saves valuable time as well as improving customer service. All of which drive productivity higher!

Proper vehicle maintenance is another factor when looking at increasing productivity. Implementing daily or weekly vehicle inspections will help maintain the vehicles key components. If combined with a GPS/Telematics solution engine management data that is otherwise unavailable is now at your fingertips. Less vehicle downtime = Increased productivity.

Finally let’s talk about driver involvement. Communication with the drivers is an absolute when working to increase productivity. Making sure the drivers are scheduled for training for refresher courses improves driving behavior which decrease wear and tear on the vehicle (as well as making them safer on the road). Coaching drivers on an individual level as well as the use of scorecard reports, will also have positive impact on productivity. Engage in a driving program that publicly acknowledges good driving behavior within the organization. Whether it is simply a certificate or an actual bonus type program working with drivers rather than against them will impact profits!

By implementing a GPS/Telematics solution, properly maintaining vehicle maintenance and better driver communication and involvement, fleet managers across the board will increase their organizations productivity. For more information please contact Fleetistics.

ROI with Fleet Management

ROI with Fleet Management

Return On Investment (ROI)

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ROI with Fleet Management

Discovering the Hidden Savings with GPS & Telematics!

No matter what industry you are in whether it be HVAC, Construction, Landscaping, or Law Enforcement we all face the same challenges. How do we maximize our bottom-line to increase profit growth? The quickest and most cost-effective way to improve profitability is to reduce expenses.

Fleetistics understands that expenses make up for a large portion of any company’s budget. However, it can be tough looking for opportunities to locate cost savings. Incorporating your telematics solution into your daily tasks can assist with finding savings.

In this article, we will review a wealth of opportunities that fleet managers and fleet operators can use to help improve the company bottom-line.

What Is ROI?

To maximize ROI, you have to first understand what ROI is:

ROI measures the amount of return on an investment relative to the investment’s cost. To calculate ROI, the benefit (or return) of an investment is divided by the cost of the investment, and the result is expressed as a percentage or a ratio such as 3:1. At Fleetistics we like to express the ROI in the number of days to recover the initiial investment and then the benefit in comparison to the monthly subscription service.

 

Where Are the Savings?

Every fleet is unique and requires each fleet manager/operator to calculate cost differently. With our 16+ years in the telematics industry, we have concluded there are two common variables that impact operating costs: vehicle class and vehicle mileage.

If you take a heavy duty (HD) long-haul fleet compared to a light duty (LD) low mileage fleet, you will notice that these vehicles have very different rolling costs per mile. The HD fleet will have higher proportional fuel, maintenance, depreciation and labor costs per mile. There are also several other factors that we need to consider such as
fuel management, reduction in miles, reducing repairs, vehicle maintenance, and driver coaching.

These are all factors that will affect the bottom-line for any organization. How proactive you are in managing these variables will determine your potential savings.

 

Fuel Management

The Fuel Flex Card is one of the simplest ways to help manage cost. Fleetistics offers a fuel card option from WEX called the Flexcard. This card has several great options and features to easily assist in reducing operating costs. Fleetistics has integrated WEX data with your Geotab GPS data for more insight into fuel purchasing and use.
You can view fuel expense data such as:

  • Fuel Type
  • Price Per Gallon
  • Non-Fuel Purchase
  • Security and Protection
  • WEX Mobile App
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When integrated with your Geotab telematics solution, each of these features ensures that your fleet is only using the vehicle only for work purposes. You can also send an alert for unplanned or unauthorized transactions!

These features cut down on fraudulent actions. It will also provide another level of fuel savings.

 

Reduction in Miles = Reduction in Man Hours

Each company is different so the need for man hours and miles will vary. However, if each company can reduce the miles driven from A to B, man-hours will also decrease. By understanding the miles driven between each location, you can see the effectiveness of the routing and scheduling process. Working to reduce the average distance between stops means a lower rolling cost per mile per revenue dollar.

  1. You can monitor the route each driver takes to every stop. Are they taking the most efficient route? If several businesses are in one geographical area, are they completing those stops first or are they bouncing back and forth between stops across town?
  2. Is the driver following, or sticking to, the route plan? Holding the driver to the optimized route plan is essential. If a driver has a favorite spot they like to stop for lunch, add a geofence and view it on the GPS track data to understand the impact on the optimized route. We call this plan versus actual route analysis.

 

Reducing Repairs and Maintenance

Planned and unplanned vehicle maintenance is the one thing that is common among all fleets. As fleet managers know, unplanned maintenance or breakdowns caused by a lack of maintenance, vehicle misuse or aggressive driving can be a costly. This does not have to be the case.

Telematics engine diagnostics data can assist in keeping unplanned maintenance time down by as much as 14%. Interruptions can cost between $100 to $300 per hour. Using your telematics solutions engine diagnostic tool can help prevent large and costly repairs by notifying you of a small issue before it becomes a big issue. Preventing safety issue and roadside breakdowns also avoids costs maintenance related expenses.

 

Driver Coaching

GO Talk Driver CoachBecoming proactive with your fleet is an integral part of your formula for success. Implementing driver training and best practices can quickly reduce fleet operating expenses and help you achieve your ROI sooner.

Not every driver is perfect. Fleets often have good drivers with bad driving habits. These are the drivers you want to target with a telematics solution. The GPS system can see what risky moves they are taking on the road and the built-in driver coaching buzzer will alert them when they are exhibiting unwanted driving behaviors. Driver coaching not only saves the company money but also supports safer driving habits. The goal is to change behavior, not to change drivers.

Here are a few programs and tools we recommend.

  • DriveTRAX – What GPS tracking cannot tell you.
  • Driver Challenge – Raise awareness by creating competition (Gamification).
  • Speeding Violations – Use your reports to see has been violating company driving standards.
  • GO Talk – Verbal instructions through an in-cab speaker to relay a clear coaching message.

Each of these factors offers tangible and quantifiable savings that can be realized given careful examination. As you look to incorporate greater levels of location intelligence into your business, look beyond the obvious benefit of GPS tracking to find other ways your company can save money.

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