Thinking Differently About Telematics Deployment and Driver Safety

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Over the past few years, using telem­at­ics has evolved for fleets. What start­ed out as improv­ing dri­ver fuel effi­cien­cy has evolved into mul­ti­ple man­age­ment func­tions includ­ing track­ing dri­ver safe­ty and dri­ving habits – speed­ing, swerv­ing, wear­ing or not wear­ing seat belts, track­ing miles dri­ven, typ­i­cal dri­ving pat­terns, and oth­er behav­iors. In the whitepa­per, “The Next Phase of Telem­at­ics: Mov­ing Beyond Plug-and-Play,” inthinc Tech­nol­o­gy Solu­tions, Inc., describes what it calls its Effi­cient Exe­cu­tion Method­ol­o­gy (E2M). This “best prac­tices” approach helps cus­tomers max­i­mize val­ue by enabling suc­cess­ful, repeat­able and effi­cient deliv­ery of the telem­at­ics solu­tion.

For enter­prise telem­at­ics deploy­ment, set­ting the right goals and objec­tives is the first step to take in the project plan­ning phase. For one of inthinc’s clients, Cin­tas, a leader in spe­cial­ized busi­ness-to-busi­ness ser­vices, the com­pa­ny defined four main objec­tives for its telem­at­ics pro­gram:

1. Reduce speed­ing
2. Increase seat belt use
3. Reduce crashes/incidents
4. Reduce Idling

This made a dra­mat­ic change for the Cin­tas. By the end of the first year after imple­ment­ing its telem­at­ics pro­gram, dri­vers had reduced speed­ing by more than 85% in all three of its region­al divi­sions; seat belt use had increased in all divi­sions with an improve­ment of 79% to 89%; the North­east divi­sion expe­ri­enced a reduc­tion of 46% in vehi­cle inci­dents in the first six months; lim­it­ing the fleet’s idle time has sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduced the company’s car­bon emis­sions and fuel con­sump­tion.

One improve­ment method that’s work­ing well for a lot of fleet man­agers has been rel­e­vant data reports for analy­sis. Some of the data tracked includes hours dri­ven, which roads your dri­vers are on, miles per gal­lon dri­ven, and idling. Track­ing reports are a key ele­ment to suc­cess­ful dri­ver com­pli­ance pro­grams for many fleets. Fleets focused on increas­ing effi­cien­cy and reduc­ing envi­ron­men­tal out­put are gain­ing a lot from uti­liz­ing these data reports.

Click here to read about best prac­tices in enter­prise telem­at­ics deploy­ment and to down­load a copy of this whitepa­per.

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