Has Connected Intelligence Improved Fleet Management?
There have been endless conversations in tech circles regarding the relationship between the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data. Take the case of fleet management that is driven by connected intelligence. That is, fleet managers and business owners are excited to learn about the endless possibilities associated with increased visibility for management. A good example is real-time monitoring and visibility of the vehicle location without having to call the driver.
All this is powered by connected intelligence which is generally about connecting assets, vehicles, people and the work that is being done in the field. The aim is to optimize and even transform the way in which the work is done.
Connected intelligence coupled with telematics has proven to have a positive influence in making fleet operations productive and efficient. Through fleet asset management, you can monitor safety, eliminate idling, keep tabs on assets and increase efficiencies around GPS.
- Addressing fleet safety
Fleet safety is one of the numerous things that you can improve with the help of connected intelligence. You can customize the fleet asset management system to take into account parameters like speeding, braking as well as the use of seat belts.
Consequently, this has seen a significant reduction in the number of unfortunate occurrences as well as their degree of severity. Safety is a critical concern when it comes to a driver. Furthermore, in cases where the vehicle remains parked over a long period and is idling with the engine on, you may have oil changes set up after a specified number of miles. That is, you may set a plan for those hours where the vehicle is running idle towards the set mileage that is not counted. This is very instrumental in minimizing catastrophic failures.
- Tracking assets
Businesses which face unique situations with their fleet asset management wherein their vehicles and even assets cannot be accessed easily when they are on barges, can also benefit from connected intelligence. In such scenarios, the managers can track these vehicles and assets without even being physically present at the job site.
Most importantly, it is the equipment hours that are measured. Remember, the most important thing is monitoring when the equipment is functional. You can also monitor where the equipment is being driven, the behavior of the driver and kind of vehicles that have been assigned.
- Get rid of idling
With the installation of a connected intelligence fleet management system, small business managers are able to eliminate excessive idling especially when the vehicles are loaded. This is because you are able to tell how long the truck has been in the yard and the duration for which the engine was running. It is also a great way of verifying as well as improving the efficiency of route selection.
You can choose the best routes to help reduce the number of miles driven, thus reducing the cost of fuel required as well. Thus, with a telematics system in place you can be sure to control the idling time for your fleet and improve driver behavior by reducing incidences of speeding.
Increased efficiency around GPS
The integration of connected intelligence in your fleet management also goes a long way in increasing efficiencies around GPS. This is achievable through conversion from manual routing so that the daily jobs are mapped together. This way, it is able to record the efficiency of an employee over a period of time in various jobs. Blending various relevant technologies together with the telematics solution definitely supports employee productivity.
Overall, the ability to monitor a large fleet of vehicles as well as manage mobile equipment can be quite challenging. Especially when it comes to organizing and allocating preventive as well as predictive maintenance tasks.
Hence, connected intelligence has really revolutionized the fleet management system by addressing its unique challenges. It is easily possible to generate work order for vehicles as well as equipment, schedule their maintenance and do much more with this amazing technology.
About the author: Lindsey Walker is the marketing manager for NEXGEN Asset Management. She excels at business development, project management and asset management. Her passion for writing allows her to share her knowledge on asset management, mobile geographic information systems (GIS), mobile CMMS, software implementation, training curriculum development and similar topics.
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