What’s New In MyFleetistics Analytics

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New Safety Dashboard

Fleetistics is always working hard to improve the toolset we provide our clients in the MyFleetistics portal. Going beyond GPS tracking for fleet vehicles, MyFleetistics brings a variety of tools and views to the data our GPS tracking devices collect. One of our most recent additions is the Safety Dashboard under MyFleetistics Analytics. Driver Safety data is crucial to Fleet Managers. Accessing it quickly in an easy to use format saves you time and money. The Fleetistics Safety Dashboard provides users the most important information without the normal steps required in the GPS system.

Initially, managers can motivate drivers to improve safety by posting this information where drivers congregate in the workplace. Ultimately they can set goals and track the improvement together. We like to say, “Manage by exception and recognize by performance”.

There are several design elements used to make this dashboard pop with “at a glance” information. First, the top row displays the total number of safety exceptions in very large print. Next, there is a breakdown of the 5 performance indicators that are included in that total. Below are charts. First, we display the 5 assets with the fewest safety exceptions (5 safest drivers). Next, a chart shows the 5 assets with the most safety exceptions (5 most at-risk drivers). Finally, there is a graph of total exceptions by week. As a result, you can easily see if both positive and negative trends. One quick look at the dashboard answers three very important questions.

  1. Who gets a pat on the back?
  2. Who needs to have that safety chat?
  3. What driving behaviors should be discussed in reviews and driver meetings?

MyFleetistics Analytics Safety Dashboard

Odometer, Exceptions, Device Status With One Click

MyFleetistics Analytics reports are designed to filter through the data and display what you need to know in a clean and simple visual format. Additionally, reports are searchable and sortable to help you easily identify the issues you need to look into. Your GPS tracking system then provides the reports and tracking details needed to support the conclusions you come to and the decisions you make.

Odometer Analytics

Simple odometer analytics help Fleet Managers to ensure vehicles are not underused or overused. Odometer readings are part of the data you will find in many fleet GPS tracking system reports, but it becomes more usable when isolated in a more meaningful format. The odometer graph makes it easy to see which vehicles are accumulating miles much faster than others. As a result, it is easy to identify where transferring the workload to other vehicles would be beneficial. Who wants to run out a new vehicle warranty faster than necessary? Likewise, it can expose vehicles that may be making unauthorized trips.

Exceptions

Above we looked at total exceptions on the safety dashboard. The exceptions dashboard drills deeper into the details that show which driver or vehicle is generating what exceptions. Managing individual driver behavior with training and incentives for improvement pays off. Even more, identifying and discussing weak areas increases safety awareness and lowers risk.

If you would like assistance accessing the many features in MyFleetistics, visit our training resources page or call us at 855.300.0527.

Preparing Fleet Operations For The Coronavirus

Coroanvirus Preparation for Fleet Operations

Coronavirus Preparation

 

Experts are saying the Coronavirus is coming to America and there is little we can do to stop the spread. The good news is that it has proven to date to be less deadly than the flu by numbers but higher by percentage. The US has seen the impact on the Chinese, Italian and other economies and the impact is real; the stock market verified this. As the world’s largest economy, the United States will suffer directly as people and business slows due to infection and precautions taken and as a result of our trading partners taking measures to protect their countries.

Now is the time to get your business and fleet ready to battle the Coronavirus. There will eventually be a rush on basic supplies leaving some without. By stockpiling anti-viral supplies now, your business can remain operational longer due to healthier employees. Gloves and hand sanitizer are already in short supply.

 

Proactive Measures

 

The team at Fleetistics developed the list below of things you should be considering now.

  • Meet to create an action plan
  • Brief the organization and get feedback for more good ideas
  • If a Coronavirus case is confirmed at your business, have an emergency plan to avoid taking it at home
  • Make online sales calls vs in person
  • Issue hand sanitizer to all employees and carry it in all vehicles
  • Bring meals from home instead of eating out
  • Avoid shaking hands or hugging
  • In the field wear 1 set of gloves per customer and train people how to properly take them on and off and dispose of them
  • Make bleach wipes readily available
  • Take temperature each morning
  • Do more teleconferencing and conference calls instead of meetings
  • Be more understanding if someone wants to go to the doctor to be tested if they do not feel well
  • Cancel social events
  • Protect your mail room personnel from the Coronavirus on packages
  • Increase cleaning in common areas
  • In a worst-case scenario, implement a work from home plan using tools like Office 365
  • Encourage employees to join a public safety network such as PubSafe to be prepared in the event public infrastructure is affected
  • Establish a hand washing policy before entering the break room.
  • Encourage people to eat outside in warm weather where the virus is less likely to survive

 

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Globally _ CDC

 

 

Coronavirus Facts

 

  • If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
  • Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
  • This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.
  • If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
  • If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
  • On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.
  • Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
  • Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
  • You should also gargle as prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
  • Can’t emphasize enough – drink plenty of water!

 

Corona Virus Symptoms

 

  • It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days.
  • The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
  • With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
  • The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.

The Alert Notification Conundrum

Alert Notifications… 3 enough? 6 too many?

One of the things users of GPS tracking systems struggle with is alert notifications. That is what you asked for when you deployed your system because alerts were going to solve a lot of problems. The plan was to be on top of everything going on. Soon after you deployed, your cell phone was filled with text messages and your email inbox was overloaded. You knew everything that was going on, but could not get anything done, so out of frustration you just turned those alerts off.

Some of you may not be old enough to remember the old Fletcher’s Castoria commercial from the 1960‘s. It made the phrase “three enough, six too many?” famous. The product was a mild laxative for children, said to be better than prunes because there was no guesswork regarding the dosage. Giving a child too many prunes was something mothers wanted to avoid for obvious reasons. But the right amount was a very good thing.
Similarly, alert notifications from your GPS tracking platform are a great solution to some of the big challenges fleet managers face. At the same time, too many alerts create disaster. With our cell phones constantly alerting us to every little thing we have become numb to the notification sounds and can easily learn to ignore them, or even worse, allow them to distract us unnecessarily. It can even lead to distracted driving!
Multitasking manager

Managing by Exception

In contrast, if we create rules to uncover the things we want to know, but we don’t get alerts and we don’t schedule reports, we are not getting the full benefit of the system. Your GPS tracking system was designed to save you time and money, not keep you at a desk reviewing everything everyone did. Managing by exception is key. Filter what should not occur to the top of the pile and use the system to find the details that paint the full picture of those events/

The answer is achieving balance using alert notifications and scheduled reports in tandem. Consider what the things are that you really need to know as soon as they occur. If a sewage pump stops pumping, you probably want to be on top of that in a hurry. When a collision occurs and your driver is perhaps unable to call you, that is critical information as well. But, if Billy drives 5 mph over the posted speed limit, we can probably deal with that later.

Keeping it Super Simple

The common denominator is simply deciding which events require immediate action when they occur. If you will stop what you are doing to attend to the situation as soon as you know about it, an alert notification is appropriate. Conversely, if it is just more information that isn’t necessary right now, there is no need to send a notification message. You can digest that kind of information when it is more convenient by using scheduled reports. Scheduled reports will get the same information to you. Moreover, it is condensed with all events for all drivers for a day, a week, or a month, allowing you to separate isolated events from trends and bad habits.

What About Critical Alert Notifications?

When critical alerts are necessary, even 24/7, consider subscribing to Fleetistics Priority Notification Service. PNS uses a round-robin notification process to alert key individuals of critical issues. This occurs outside the noise of the standard GPS service information. Notifications are sent via SMS and then a digital voice call. First, they are sent to the primary person responsible for critical issues. Then, if that person is unavailable due to travel, vacation, cellular coverage, or whatever, the next contact on your list is notified. By including multiple people in the notification process, others are automatically notified when the primary is unavailable. Sign up for a 30-day trial if PNS sounds right for you.

Try Priority Notification Service, or any MyFleetistics service free for 30 days. No contracts! It’s easy, just log into MyFleetistics and go to:

MyFleetistics > Account > Administer Services

Priority Notification Service Free Trial

 

Click the button to turn on the service you want. Most services come with a 30-day free trial. Once the service is enabled the free trial automatically begins. The setup fee (if applicable) and monthly service will automatically begin billing after the trial ends, unless you switch the service off using the same button you used to turn it on. Once services are activated your panel will look like this:

 

Administer Services after Activation

Displaying Your Company Logo in MyFleetistics

Make It Your Own With Your Logo

Displaying your company logo to your internal apps adds a touch of professionalism. When you want to send a screen shot of the UI to show some critical detail to a customer or vendor, your logo displayed on the screen adds credibility. For that reason, Fleetistics has made it easy for our clients to add their logo to their MyFleetistics portal.

Easy as 1-2-3

First, log in to MyFleetistics and go to Account > Profile.

Next, click “Select Logo” and browse for your company logo in a jpeg or png format.

Upload your logo

Finally, open the file and click “Save” on the lower right. Your logo will now appear at the top left of the screen. Thanks to Woody at the University of Rochester for agreeing to be our example.

Upload your logo

All Done

Your company logo now shows where the Fleetistics logo was formerly displayed.

Displaying your logo in MyFleetistics

Before you go, take a minute to update or verify your profile.

The company profile section of MyFleetistics has areas for you to update your company information, contacts, addresses, and even add branch locations. This improves the accuracy of billing and the efficiency of support.In the future it will enable custom views on dashboards and other data.

Please take a moment to verify this information is current after uploading your logo. My Fleetistics continues to add features and services, and this information can be connected to pre-fill request forms with the needed contact details to save you time.

Please update: Account and Contacts at a minimum.

Tampa GPS Tracking and Telematics

Tampa GPS Tracking & Telematics For Fleets

Serving Fleets for 21+ Years

Fleetistics has been Tampa’s GPS Tracking and Telematics authority since the technology was in its infancy. We are recognized as a leading provider of fleet management technology both locally and nationally from Tampa since April 2001. Fleetistics was formally known as GPS Fleet Solutions for the first 15 years of operation. Over time the industry focus shifted from GPS tracking equipment to data-driven solutions. To reflect that shift GPS Fleet Solutions became Fleetistics (Fleet – Statistics).

Map Tampa GPS Tracking for Fleet

What the Future Holds

The long-term goal of Fleetistics is to translate data from any source and process it into readily consumable information. Data that comes from GPS tracking, dash cameras, sales reports, and other IoT devices provides a clearer picture when viewed contextually as part of a larger puzzle. We can leverage more out of every system when we use them together.

Additionally, the information provided at the right time, and in the right format, increases ROI. It enables fleet managers and field service operations to make good decisions quickly. By knowing the historical trend, a future trajectory can be projected. This allows fleet operators to visualize where their business is going in the next 30 to 90 days.

Tampa’s #1 GPS Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management Provider

At a glance safety dashboard

As part of transforming into an information company, Fleetistics has developed several key capabilities. We are focused on development that facilitates growth and success in the telematics industry in Tampa, Florida, and nationally. As a result, Fleetistics has custom-developed our tools to take complex data strings from IoT devices and decode the information.

Simplifying Complex Integration

When data is transmitted by an IoT device (Compare GPS trackers) the data is sort of like a VIN. The entire GPS coordinate, battery voltage, and other status data are not clearly included in plain language. Instead, the data is put into a code string and each letter or number, or combination, in the string represents something. It is very much like the VIN on a vehicle but more complicated. The reason it is done this way is to minimize the number of kilobytes being transmitted. Sending a complete latitude and longitude + other data might be 10 kilobytes but the same data is encoded in a string it is 2 kilobytes. Over the course of a day or month, the 80% savings is reflected in a significant cost reduction from cellular carriers like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Telefonica.

We process that complex data into a usable API saving our clients the time, cost, and frustration associated with complex development projects. Call us to learn more.