Top 13 reasons for using GPS Tracking

Top 13 reasons for using GPS Tracking

In today’s world of technology, everyone would have used GPS navigation at one point or another. May it be for reaching the destination or to locate the nearest mall but what about GPS tracking, have you used this similar technology? We might have not realized the importance of using it. There are several benefits of using it. According to the recent studies reducing fuel consumption is the biggest advantage of using GPS tracking besides vehicle monitoring, reduced over-speeding, optimized routes and less idling time. Here are top listed benefits of using GPS tracking.

Less over-speeding

With integrated GPS tracking solution, drivers are more conscious about their speed. They avoid overspeeding, hence chances of an accident are also reduced.

Accurate invoice

Using GPS tracking solution helps you in creating an accurate invoice with its digital log of time, speed and consumption of fuel. You can easily calculate the time spent or fuel usage for a specific job.

Less fuel consumption

GPS tracking helps in saving fuel by providing insight. Avoiding over-speeding, optimizing routes and preventing unauthorized idling may save fuel.

Reduced maintenance cost

The insight of vehicle health before its breakdown is another way of cutting the cost. Well maintained vehicle run at the fuel-efficient level, hence reducing fuel consumption.

Increased efficiency and productivity

Implementing telematics in your fleet can increase productivity and efficiency. According to Bobit Business Media survey, 59% of survey respondents believed the topmost benefit of telematics was the enhanced productivity along with decreased fuel consumption and improved routing.

Better customer care

GPS tracking is not only beneficial for organizations or drivers but it also helps you in maintaining a better relationship with your customer. Knowing where your shipment is or the location of nearest available pickup service can help you increasing clientage.

Enhanced safety

With GPS tracking, you can always know the exact location of your asset. Tracking and monitoring of asset is very crucial for the safety of the assets. Virtual boundaries can be created to abide by the movement of a vehicle outside the safe zone.

Responsible drivers

Safety of fleet is largely dependent on driver performance. Drivers who know they are being monitored are more careful.

Better insurance rate

Many insurance companies offer a discounted rate for an organization using telematics for safety, maintenance, and tracking.

On time arrival

People value time more than money. With our fleet management solution, you can always get the realtime data about the on-road assets. Drivers can be informed ahead of time about traffic congestions and alternative routes can be assigned to avoid possible disruptions.

Precise overtime

With the digital log of time, you can always know when your employee is a service call with the exact working hours. Knowing the exact time helps in calculating the precise over time.

Optimized routes

Integrating tracking solution helps in optimizing the routes. Efficient routes can be designed and implemented which can help the fleet manager in making better use of employee’s time because of the ability to track working hours of driver and route chosen.

Reduced idling

An idle vehicle causes twice the wear and tear to the internal components than driving at normal speed.

Every hour of idling has an effect on an engine which in turn shortens the life of the engine and requires more maintenance, increasing the fleet cost without providing revenue. With Eagle-i, idling can be reduced.

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How preventing a road accidents within a fleet is a good idea?

How preventing a road accidents within a fleet is a good idea?

There are several industries whose business relies on the utilization of assets. While driving on the road is no more a walk in the park because of the increased distracted and aggressive driving by either party. One estimates says approximately 20 percent of the company’s fleet engages in an accident each year contributing to the significant cost of a company’s expenses.
These possible visible expenses would include medical bills, insurance deduction, and vehicle repair but what about the hidden blind spots? Depending on the accident severity these blind spot may be: lost productivity, increased insurance premiums, significant exposure to legal liabilities, and potential damage to your corporate image, depreciated vehicle value besides negative publicity.

Every time your fleet is on the road, your assets are on high risk of accidents if the driver behavior and safety policy of an organization are not effectively addressed. Generally, driver safety programs implemented in an organization are reactive in nature instead of proactive i.e. after the accident or driving infraction corrective training is prescribed. A proactive driver safety program is the monitoring of driver behavior in real time. This is now possible with the advanced telematics solution such as Eagle-i. Eagle-I helps you in identifying the risky drivers by driver behavior module.

Understanding the behavior of drivers helps an organization to pinpoint a risky driver and train them before an accident actually happens. Driver behavior modules give you the insight of speeding, harsh braking, acceleration, cornering, and speed belt buckling. Driver scorecard helps you in grading the drivers on their individual scores based on their performance encouraging them for a positive competition.

Implementing a combination of reactive and proactive driver safety program makes your fleet less vulnerable to crashes and empowers the fleet managers to improve operational performance; enabling them to discover the ‘blind spots’ that never existed before. Hence improving the bottom line of an organization.

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Top reasons for fleet manager’s failures

Top reasons for fleet manager’s failures

Finding the fleet manager who is capable enough to manage the fleet is hard to find. It’s not about finding the right individual who performs the set of roles and responsibilities but the one capable to cope up with current hanging conditions. Although core responsibilities of a fleet manager stretch between fleet maintenance to asset safety and smooth operations of the fleet, a little mismanagement may cause serious concerns for the bottom line of any fleet organizations.

Here are the common mistakes done by fleet managers that can be avoided to prevent future fleet failures.

Inefficient route planning

Inefficient route planning is a recipe for disaster. Inefficient routes not only cost you additional fuel but wastage of time, wear and tear of a vehicle, delayed arrivals, over-time of drivers and more stress.
Planning your route not only helps you in choosing the quickest route but the efficient one. To avoid this fleet managers need to use GPS technology to plan their routes, track them and modify them according to their desire without getting delayed.
Eagle-I offers route planning and route optimization to keeps your drivers organized, updated ahead of time and less frustrated. Happy drivers lead to happy fleet managers since drivers are fleet manager’s eyes and ears on road.

Ineffective communication

A fleet can only be as successful as its staff. To keep the fleet running smoothly, fleet managers need to keep these clog open and the only way to keep them open is effective communication.
Though it is fleet policy or decision making, involve everyone from technicians to drivers. As Ineffective communication flaunts the message of priorities and operation goal. Keeping all the staff on the same page is vital for the productivity and the efficiency of the fleet. Effective communication can be enhanced by holding regular one-on-one staff meetings.

Inaccurate reporting

The success of a fleet manager is based on the optimization of assets. To analyze the fleet and to identify the trends in data, fleet managers need the fleet management software. Fleet management software such as Eagle-I helps you in identify the trends, analyzes the data by its reporting modules. These reports can be generated on daily basis and help in lessening the burden of managers. These reports prevent the inaccuracies, leading to better operations.

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How the corporate fleet is being revolutionized?

How the corporate fleet is being revolutionized?

Fleet owners of corporate sectors are percolating the changes in their fleet by transiting their fleet from reactive to proactive with the use of connected technology. The technology of connecting vehicles has proven to be the turning point in the global economy, whilst leaving their impacts utterly on every sector of the industry, with fleet management be one of this multi-faceted change.
Besides vehicle connectivity, other factors contributing to this revolution is the migration to the IOT and the use of big data. Considering the aforementioned changes, they will be responsible for all aspects of fleet management from vehicle selection to maintenance management and the safety of the fleet. Big data being the sophisticated tool for analyzing, will help fleet managers to understand the relationships, recognize the trends and establish the new metrics for enhancing productivity and operational efficiency. For instance, data can be evaluated to identify the driving behavior trends for past accidents, and corrective measures can be done to circumvent the incidents.
Big data allows access to a huge amount of raw data of the fleet. This raw data can be used to take actions which will have a significant impact on all kinds of fleet regardless of their size and vocation. These next-generation productivity tools will aggregate and correlate massive amounts of data and turn these data points into the industry’s new best practices that, in turn, will evolve into the new best-in-class standards that will drive our industry.
If we say that productivity of the fleet revolves around the telematics it is not wrong. Since the adoption of telematics by the fleet owners, the fleet productivity tools have been swiftly progressing. The standards of collecting data between the telematics providers and their devices have been drastically improved. For instance, the data generated by the vehicle, when combined with the data of predictive maintenance and its own maintenance schedule will allow fleet managers to prevent the breakdown of vehicle and replace them on vehicle-by-vehicle basis rather than a generalized replacement for all vehicle. This strategy will not only prove to be cost-effective but will also be time-efficient.
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Distracted driving – It’s not just your cell phone

Distracted driving – It’s not just your cell phone

While the technology has allowed us to stay connected more than ever before but it has also produced the distracted drivers more than ever before. Distracted driving is one of the most serious concerns of roadways safety. Although some distractions are unavoidable but there are some actions that can be taken to avoid the possible distractions and can be used for keeping the focus on road.
According to the survey, there is accumulating evidence that 25% of all the vehicle crashes are because of driver distraction and driver inattention. Moreover, it has also been proved that distracted drivers are two times to 48 times more likely to get into the collision. The average time that a person looks down at his cell phone to text or email while driving is equivalent to the length of the entire football field at the speed of 55 mph with one’s eyes closed. The drivers that use their cell phones are reported to involve in 18% of fatal car crashes.
It is very important to understand the types of distraction. Distraction can be visual, Cognitive or manual. Visual distraction are the distractions that make you take your eyes off the road such as inputting an address in the GPS, placing a call, or reading a text while Cognitive distraction can be referred to anything that removes your mind from the task of driving, such as answering an incoming call, frustration with traffic or other drivers, or even daydreaming. Manual distraction requires you to take your hands off the wheel such as picking up something you drop, eating, grooming, or plugging in a power adapter.
Another possible distraction that can prove to be fatal is the external distractions such as rubbernecking as you approach an accident, window-shopping as you pass a mall, or looking at the scenery. The key to avoiding distraction is to stay focused on roadways and familiarize yourself with the vehicle’s system before setting off the road.
Stay safe and focused on roadways to avoid unpleasant incidents.

Why the utilization of assets matter?

Why the utilization of assets matter?

While managing a fleet, one needs to produce the optimal replacement schedule for each individual vehicle but have you ever thought for taking an extra step for executing the utilization analysis for the fleet as a whole?
The key to optimizing the cost of your ownership and utilization rate is knowing the details of what is going on with your fleet. For making the right optimal decision, one needs to know when the vehicles are being used, for how many days during the week and for how many hours of the day. Understanding the preferred choice of the vehicle by the driver, choice of vehicles for the trips, and understanding the vehicle specification needed for those trip will help in determining the vehicle’s utilization category which will help in determining a strategy that ensures the fleet is operating at perfect levels at all times, and that no vehicle is being under or over-utilized.
The utilization of assets can be categorized into four levels: reduce, replace, redistribute or monitor; depending on the threshold level established for the replacement and utilization. With the in-depth analysis of the entire fleet with Eagle-I fleet management and vehicle tracking software, you can easily categorize your fleet in the above-mentioned metrics.
Eagle-i has extensive experience in fleet management and has the report that will give you the overall overview of the fleet utilization. Reports are exportable into multiple formats like XLS, PDF, CSV and more. Moreover, reports can be sorted and customized in ascending and descending fashion as per utilization or distance traveled.
Eagle-I Summary Per Asset section gives detailed insight on the cost incurred by each asset as well as the performance of the asset for the selected date and time range. To ensure the best out of your assets, utilization asset is critical. With proper utilization analysis, you can get large dividends along with a more productive and efficient fleet capable of responding to any challenge the company might face.
Eagle-i offers several modules in the fleet management system that can help you in getting most of your fleet in different aspects from different measurable parameters.
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Fatigue: the overlooked reason behind most of the accidents

Fatigue: the overlooked reason behind most of the accidents

In our previous articles, we focused that how telematics can be beneficial for fleet owners. Whether to increase the productivity and efficiency of the fleet or just to track the movement or the assets, it offers all. But eventually, it all comes down to the safety of the drivers, passengers, and assets. Eagle-I being the ultimate fleet management application, provides a set of tools to achieve most out of the fleet by monitoring utilization, driver behavior, routes taken, and much more. It generates a drivers’ scorecard with complete details of their driving behavior.
Being the pioneers in the telematics industry, Digital Myth Solutions not only serves the industry with latest technologies and advanced features but we also provide insight on the issues the fleet owners are facing or may encounter, through our observations and feedback from our valuable customers. Our core purpose is to make roads safer and transportation more efficient.
What we have observed is the fleet owners tend to reward the drivers who are spending more time on the road. Higher the numbers that they see on the ‘distance traveled’ column, the better the driver is. But here we are encouraging a dangerous trend. The drivers always try to do jobs beyond their duty hours to earns some extra cash for their overtime works and with rewarding them for the high number of work hours is encouraging them to do more.
Forcing our drivers to do more is not the best choice. In fact, it should be taken as a factor of inefficiency. The reason is simple, the more a driver spends time on the road, higher his fatigue level will rise and eventually the risk of accident drastically increases. Most of the accidents happen due to the lake of concentration, which means a lack of sleep and overburdened routines. Whether these routines are forcefully implemented or the drivers choose to earn rewards, either way, it should be discouraged. There should be a limit to the maximum allowed work hours, and if the driver scorecard indicates such a value, the score of that driver should be deducted and he should be penalized rather rewarded.

How Telematics is Saving Lives Around the World?

How Telematics is Saving Lives Around the World?

Telematics is now being widely adopted by the companies of almost all the business sectors around the globe. It has been widely accepted that the benefits of telematics are enormous, not just in terms of a company’s productivity, but also as a social service.
Following is a study shared in the closing session of the Connected Fleet Conference, by Nikola Vuckovic, Manager EHSS & IFMS, Philip Morris International, on how telematics benefited the company and saved precious lives.
The outcome of opting telematics, as shared by Nikola, are worth sharing. These results should encourage other companies to follow the footsteps of PMI in fleet safety and management:

In an industry where the fleet management cost makes most of the revenue of the company, sparing the generous spender spot can badly affect the company’s bottom line. To detect such spots and finding the solution for cost reduction is the core purpose of COI.

  • In Africa, two deaths a month in road accidents have been dropped down to only one in a year or two. They are pushing hard to drop this figure to zero.
  • In Ukraine, where road safety is a huge concern, telematics systems have also had a significant impact on mortality numbers.
  • There are fewer traffic incidents. In all the equipped vehicles, savings have reached 96%.
  • Fuel consumption has also dropped by 70%.
  • Predictive maintenance has added 53% in savings.
  • There is a decrease of 33% of the total expense due to proper planning.
  • These results are self-explanatory and point to a clear direction where telematics is a solution to a safer and more productive fleet. We at Eagle-i, always encourage to our customers to keep a record on the fuel consumption, vehicle maintenance, and productivity, as it will help them calculate the ROI of their telematics services and will keep them up to date on the benefits they are getting through telematics.

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The future of aftermarket factory-installed telematics

The future of aftermarket factory-installed telematics

Through the years, we have seen it’s been a common practice for the fleet to implement the telematics system as an aftermarket option through the installation on vehicle’s onboard diagnostics (OBD-II) port but recently a new path is gaining momentum.
A new trend which has been observed is where vehicle manufacturers are signing for telematics services through factory-installed options: either with the telematics service provider hardware or through the manufacturers own embedded hardware.
Vehicle manufacturers such as General Motors or Ford are using both options to offer the web-based fleet management solution for their customers.
Since with the adoption of the OBD-II protocol, the complexity of data has been ever-increasing with the installation of each new sensor. However, the on-board diagnostics port was not designed as a gateway for complex telematics devices.
The initial objective of the OBD-II port was to use it for diagnostics purpose and to better troubleshoot the powertrain and emissions control systems.
Originally OBD-II port only has the ability to pull data from simple computers; it wasn’t designed to operate with firewalls, data encryption features, or anti-virus software. To tackle the aforementioned concerns, vehicle manufacturers are heavily investing in cyber-security and data management.
  1. Can they be made compatible with solutions offered by multiple telematics service providers?
  2. What happens when the vehicle is eventually sold?
  3. Will the system still work for the vehicle’s next owners?
  4. When should these systems be replaced or reprogrammed?
Even though a large majority of vehicles being manufactured and sold today have some form of factoryinstalled onboard telematics, the advantages of OEM data come with a number of potential technical hurdles. According to the industry experts, OEM will be not the only contender in the long term.
In this scenario where telematics service providers need to innovate to extend their ecosystem beyond the vehicle itself, new entrants with the compelling technology and a ‘data-first’ mindset such as computer vision, artificial intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities can stand out in the longer term.

Do’s and Don’ts of writing a fleet management policy

Do’s and Don’ts of writing a fleet management policy

Fleet management industry has been revolving since its infancy yet there is one thing which has never changed -fleet policy. Indeed a well written fleet policy has become more important with the passage of time.

But here comes the question of why we need a well-documented fleet policy? The answer is very simple yet needs to be understood fully. A documented fleet policy not only defines the expectancy of all parties involved with the use of a company vehicle but also clearly defines the set of roles, responsibilities related to the use and maintenance of the vehicle. Moreover, it helps in reducing the risks, increases the compliance and smoothes down the operational tasks of the fleet.

Writing a fleet policy is an ordeal task but it is worth it when end of the day your employees have a guide for managing fleet operations efficiently. However, there are certain things that needs to be kept in mind while writing a policy to avoid the traps
  1. Fleet policy should always be written by the fleet team. A single person may not address many concerns by overlooking things that may be important from the company’s or driver’s perspective. Or it is also possible that a single person writing a fleet policy may go into much detail resulting in a hefty policy. So two is better than one while writing a policy.
  2. . When writing a policy, a lack of knowledgeable oversight can lead to vague and problematic policy. The vaguely written policy not only increases the risk to the company but also adds confusion related to fleet operation. It is necessary to mention the details that in case of certain thing happened, what will be done or who will be responsible or who should be reported.
  3. Once the policy is completed, ask all the stakeholders to review it for completeness of the content before finalizing. While large concerns are addressed there may be some obvious concerns which need to be addressed but are missed in the policy.
  4. Regularly review the policy to ensure the policy is updated. Fleet policy should be reviewed annually at least to lessen the impact on an organization with ever-evolving outside forces.
  5. It is useless to write the policy if it is not enforced in an organization. While the policy does not needs to be a threatening document but there should be consequences for not following it
  6. Policy should be flexible enough to adapt to modern technologies such as telematics, fleet management solution, etc.
Once the policy is written, let everyone know about it and remind them regularly to follow it.

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