Special Application Vehicle
Fleetistics works with city, county, and state government agencies which often have unique needs. The core business of Fleetistics has not shifted from GPS tracking and telematics for fleet management but we have added Sherp ATV sales to the list of available services. The Sherp ATV represents the never-ending drive to be the best we can be for our customers; hence the name Persistence was given to the vehicle.
The Sherp ATV sales program was implemented because Fleetistics is already talking to organizations that will have an interest and need in Sherp ATV sales due to extreme operating conditions. Also, let’s just face the truth that the Sherp is one cool vehicle and if you are into vehicles, mechanical items, automotive engineering and trucks in general, the Sherp ATV is something to see, ride in and experience.
Sherp ATV Sales Across America
Fleetistics is officially the Sherp ATV dealer for Georgia but Fleetistics can sell a Sherp ATV anywhere in the United States. Fleetistics has access to 44,000 acres in central Florida at a place called River Ranch, south or Orlando. We are also securing access to a smaller but equally tough and muddy location on the west coast close to Tampa. Customers will be able to fly into either location and go for a test ride to see how the Sherp ATV performs under the various conditions of swampy and wet Florida.
CLICK HERE for Sherp sales or call 813.699.9062.
Sherp ATV Test Ride
To fully appreciate the Sherp, one must go for a ride in extreme conditions. When you first encounter a mud bog or obstacle you think there is just no way. Then you start to recall some of the specifications such as 63″ tires that can deflate for more traction or inflate for more floatation, the super low gear ratio, the harden steel bottom and lightweight and you start to think just maybe we are going to make it. The first gush of water on the windshield as you hit the hole which is deeper than expected, you take a breath and look for the lifejacket. As the front end bobs up and you hear the paddles on the tires taking over you realize the rugged capable nature of a Sherp ATV.
Fleetistics is busy preparing Persistence for its debut at the Build Expo #416 in Tampa Oct 24th & 25th. Persistence is a Sherp ATV designed to operate in the extreme conditions of Siberia. With 63” wheels, the name Persistence represents the rugged go anywhere nature of the vehicle. Persistence is also the mantra of Fleetistics’ relentless pursuit of world-class service and GPS based solutions for our fleet management customers. It is also just cool if you are into transportation. Read more about Persistence Sherp ATV here.
Fleetistics also chose the Sherp ATV because many Fleetistics’ customers are in the utility, law enforcement, land management, mining, water management, and government sectors and have a practical application for a Sherp ATV. Recent hurricanes have highlighted the need to have amphibious vehicles in the inventory to respond to unique but critical emergencies and disasters. Accessing swampy, wet, deep snow, deep sand or entangled areas quickly can improve response time in an emergency but also be far more cost-effective than a helicopter or other form of transportation. With a payload of about 2,000 lbs, the Sherp ATV brings a “ton” to the table. Add a Sherp trailer which also floats, and you can do even more.
Fleetistics is a nationwide Sherp ATV dealer based in the Southeast. If your organization is interested in the Sherp ATV please click here to learn more about scheduling a demonstration. We have options to come to your location or you can come to Tampa and spend some time at the Fleetistics test track to see the Sherp in action and discuss your needs. Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, and North Carolina are logical choices for a Sherp inventory based on hurricane damage experienced this year.
Persistence will also be a platform for demonstrating some of the technology sold and supported by Fleetistics. Geotab is a key partner in normal fleet operations but they also provide asset tracking and satellite tracking solutions for remote operations or in areas without cellular service. In-cab video systems from Rosco Vision Systems can provide a real-time video feedback to the EOC. Information and file access is available through Microsoft Office 365 and supported by IGTech365. Online and offline mapping can facilitate navigation in remote areas without cellular network connectivity on rugged tablets. All
Persistence is available for an appearance at various events throughout the SE USA. If you would like Persistence at your event click here to learn more. With Persistence being a new marketing campaign now is the time to get your Persistence appearance on our schedule. To view our event calendar, click here. If your organization has a practical application on a Sherp ATV, you can learn more about our sponsorship program here.
Stay tuned to see Persistence in action at various events in the near future. For information on GPS tracking, telematics, Sherp ATV or other fleet management technology click here.
Services offered by Fleetistics as well as key partners.
Fleet Products & Services
Easy Online Ordering
Time is money and customers do not want to spend their time placing orders over the phone or playing phone tag. Fleetistics has made the process of browsing the most popular fleet products and services easy and convenient with our Products & Services catalog in the MyFleetistics fleet management portal.
When an order is placed through the portal for fleet products the account manager receives the order for review. Since parts change and it may be confusing, Fleetistics built in a process of checks and balances to reduce the time spent redoing orders or asking questions.
Each product or services can be expanded to view more information (left). Features, documents, videos and web pages may be listed with more information.
When you select an item it moves to the cart (right) where you can review before placing your order. Your order is not actually being place so there is no obligation by using the cart. If you change your mind or want to update the list, just contact your account manager.
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.ÃÂÃÂ
- Up to 3,000 hours of rolling video
- Forward and interior facing camera on the Dual-Vision camera
- Add an interior dome camera to monitor cargo
- Backup camera to reduce collisions
- Up to 8 exterior cameras
- Audio recording option
- Utilize with or without Geotab
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
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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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A Car Somehow Crashed Into the Second Story of a California Building
A dash camera caught a car traveling at a high rate of speed crashing into the second story of a dental office. The car hit the median at a which acted as a ramp, launching the car into the second story office. The passengers were relatively unharmed and one person was able to escape from the vehicle before fire rescue arrived. The passengers admitted to being literally high on narcotics.
Dash cameras are about the only defense a fleet operator has to combat a wild story such as this. The Fleetistics GPS tracking system, includes telematics and HOS but can also be integrated with in vehicle camera systems to capture exact information during an accident. GPS tracking is great but there are behaviors and situations that a dash camera can prove invaluable. When it comes to proving your innocence, there is nothing like having dash camera video. The flip side it, dash camera video can be subpoenaed and quickly be used against you. If your company is focused on fleet safety, a dash camera system is a good investment.
What is the cost to the employer in time, liability, and fuel?
We’ve seen this a thousand times over the years. Company fleet vehicles being used to facilitate recreational activities. Car trackers can sometimes highlight this type of vehicle misuse but it can be difficult. What you want to look for in the GPS tracker website is vehicle activity that is off route, movement after hours, or a vehicle that stops tracking unexpectedly. Other indicators might be low productivity per hour compared to others, higher fuel costs or lower MPG per dollar generated or higher wages and fewer service calls completed.
Addressing unwanted driving starts with proper implementation. Read the Fleetistics guide to introducing car tracking to your employees.
Weather Radar Improves Trucking Safety
Weather radar enables dispatchers to account for delayed delivery, slower travel times and HOS exceptions.
Weather Radar with GPS Tracking
When Time Counts
When the weather turns bad, consider how frequently you check the weather radar. You recognize the importance of good weather radar and data in your personal life, but do you apply the same to your fleet management practices? Weather radar provides information on more than just rain and snow. There are weather services that can predict black ice, surface temperatures and even tornado several hours into the future. The impact of good weather radar for drivers and dispatchers cannot be overestimated.
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When a team of people in a New York call center are dispatching trucks across the country, they must understand the weather factors in areas they are unfamiliar with. When there is 5′ of snow on the ground it is foolish to attempt a delivery to some areas. When dispatchers are able to see areas of heavy snow or probable black ice, they can route vehicles around hazardous weather and produce more revenue than otherwise possible. Drivers arrive alive. Trucks are not stuck or involved in accidents and customers expectations are managed and met more consistently.
Wouldn’t it be great to know what is going to be needed before you received the order so you can offer just in time delivery of inventory? Everyone is familiar with the challenge of having the right inventory on hand to meet spikes in demand. Understanding where short-term demand will take place and how to get the supplies to meet the demand, can result in significant revenue increases. Of course you have the option to continue to do business the old way and respond two weeks after the demand has passed.
With almost everything in this country moving by truck at some point, knowing how weather impacts supply on short-term demands is critical. In many industries weather impacts demand in addition to supply. If a cold snap means the corns gets picked early, having trucks available to transport the corn is vital. If more tires are needed when the temperature exceeds 110 degrees in Arizona, having a 2 day heads up to move inventory can mean a spike in revenue. Being HOS compliant means not getting stuck in a hotel for 12 hours.
Weather Radar Integrated with GPS Tracking
With over 17 years of experience working with fleets, Fleetistics recognizes the need for fleet operators to see the location of their vehicles on same map during major weather events. Fleetistics customers utilizing Geotab telematics devices can choose from a variety of weather map layers depending on their location and transportation needs. Companies providing roadside assistance, to truckers, can deploy their technicians in a safer manner or change the schedule based on weather conditions to keep employees safe and customers serviced.