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Deploying Fleet Safety: Saving Costs, Saving Lives – New E-Book

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deploying fleet safetyVehicle collisions pose a significant challenge to organizations managing vehicle fleets or a mobile workforce. In addition to the irreversible effects of loss of life, motor vehicle crashes carry a hefty price tag, costing employers more than $60 billion a year in medical care, legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity. Every 12 minutes, someone dies in a motor vehicle crash, every 10 seconds an injury occurs, and every 5 seconds a crash occurs—often on the job or while commuting to and from work—making motor vehicle crashes the leading cause of death and injury for people of all ages and a key issue for employers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), 90 percent of vehicle collisions involve driver error and are largely preventable. Traffic deaths are expected to continue to rise with some of the leading causes including distracted driving, driving under the influence, driver fatigue and speeding. Implementing a comprehensive road safety program is crucial in helping companies reduce vehicle crashes, protect lives, improve driver satisfaction and retention, and achieve significant operational improvements and cost savings.

Our latest e-book, Deploying Fleet Safety: Saving Costs, Saving Lives, outlines elements that should be taken into consideration when implementing a road safety program and the role of telematics technology in successfully evaluating, coaching and rewarding drivers as well as assessing the success of a program. Some of these elements include getting buy-in from key stakeholders throughout the organization, clearly communicating objectives to drivers and employees, embracing safety as part of the corporate culture, and integrating the right technology to vehicles to accurately assess performance and progress.

A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation reveals that using in-vehicle monitoring systems along with new vehicle safety technologies can help fleets, regardless of size and type, reduce vehicle crashes by up to 30 percent, making a solid case for including telematics in a road safety program.

With over 25 years of experience in fleet telematics, ORBCOMM understands the needs of drivers and fleets. Our comprehensive fleet safety solution verbally notifies drivers of unsafe driving behaviors as they occur to help them develop situational awareness and self correct before those behaviors escalate into a fine or a collision.

Proprietary Speed-by-Street functionality alerts drivers when they exceed the speed limit on any given road with acute accuracy, helping fleets minimize speeding fines and crashes. These and other features built into our fleet safety solution have helped customers achieve reduce crashes by 90 percent, aggressive driving instances by 89 percent, speeding by 86 percent and seat belt violations by 88 percent.

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To learn more about how our technology can help you improve safety ratings and protect lives, download our e-book, schedule a demo or email us at sales@orbcommm.com.

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Taking GPS Tracking to the Extreme at Rhino Charge 2018

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IDP-782 dual-mode vehicle trackingORBCOMM devices and connectivity are designed to handle even the toughest demands of non-stop real-time security, safety and tracking in some of Africa’s most extreme locations. How rugged? Every year, ORBCOMM’s dual-mode cellular-satellite IDP-782 device is put through extreme data requirements in a harsh and dusty environment, in one of the world’s most exciting and challenging 4×4 competitions.

Once again this year, ORBCOMM’s IDP-782 devices were installed (with the assistance of our partner RiverCross Tracking) on all-terrain vehicles traversing the wild African back country during the “Rhino Charge” off-road vehicle event in Kenya, aimed at raising funds and awareness for the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust. All funds raised by Rhino Charge are donated to Rhino Ark to help conserve central Kenya’s Aberdare and Mt Kenya Conservation areas. The course includes checkpoints scattered over approximately 100 sq km of rough terrain, including ravines, boulder fields and dry river beds, proving to be a challenging setting for any security, safety and tracking application. The competition requires vehicles to drive the shortest distance between the 13 guard posts in 10 hours.

Finding the shortest distance between two points requires a certain amount of bravery and creativity

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Video Demo: Complete Transportation Telematics with FleetManager

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aobrd to eld telematics solutionsSome of the biggest names in the industry gathered in Atlanta last week for Transparency 18 to discuss the future of freight and see some of the most innovative technologies available in the market today. The event provided a great opportunity for ORBCOMM to showcase its fully integrated solution for transportation and logistics, which now supports virtually every asset type—including truck, trailer, reefer and container—making it the most complete transportation telematics solution in the business.

ORBCOMM’s FleetManager delivers asset location and status data, two-way control functionality, comprehensive reporting and analytics, real-time alerts and more. If you missed us last week, go to the link below for our complete Transparency 18 FleetManager demo:

A key player in cold chain and trailer telematics in North America, ORBCOMM’s solution now offers advanced truck management capabilities, combining reliable in-cab devices, state-of-the-art tracking hardware and powerful back-end reporting from FleetManager to deliver complete visibility of freight operations for improved business planning, reduced costs and optimized efficiencies.

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To learn more, schedule a demo or email us at sales@orbcomm.com.

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Hours-of-Service Under the Microscope for International Roadcheck 2018

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Fleets and drivers in North America will need to buckle up in early June as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck 2018 takes place from June 5 – 7.

International Road Check

The main focus this year is on Hours-of-Service compliance, something that is already under the spotlight with the implementation of the ELD hard enforcement and the announcement of the violation severity weighting.

The CVSA says the event is the largest, targeted enforcement program for Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) in the world. On average, 17 trucks and buses are inspected every minute in Canada, the United States, and Mexico during the 72-hour inspection period. More than 1.5 million inspections have taken place since the inception of International Roadcheck in 1988.

The focus this year is on hours-of-service (HOS) violations. HOS violations were the highest occurring violations during the 2017 blitz. The CVSA says 32% of drivers were placed out-of-service during 2017 International RoadCheck for HOS violations specifically. CVSA President, Captain Christopher Turner of Kansas Highway Patrol says: “the top reason drivers were placed out of service during 2017 International Roadcheck was for hours-of-service violations.”

Roadside inspectionDuring the roadcheck timeframe, inspectors will primarily go through the North American Standard Level I Inspection. This 37-step procedure examines the driver and vehicle mechanical fitness.

Officers will ask drivers for their operational credentials and HOS documentation, check on correct seat belt usage and look out for any drug or alcohol impairment.

At the same time, vehicles will be checked for a number of items including brake systems, lighting, exhaust, tires, wheels, steering, windscreen wipers, fuel systems and driveline components.

If a critical violation is found, enforcement officials may render the driver or vehicle out of service. This means the driver cannot operate the vehicle until the violations are corrected.

If there are no critical violations found, the vehicle will receive a CVSA decal to indicate it successfully passed the inspection.

aobrd to eld telematics solutionsInternational Roadcheck is organized with participation from the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

To discuss more on AOBRDs, ELDs and how to avoid hours-of-service violations, visit  http://www2.orbcomm.com/eld or contact us at sales@orbcomm.com.

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A Bright Idea: Utilities Turning to Satellite M2M and IoT for Smart Grid Visibility

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Smart Grid initiatives are grabbing headlines all over the world:

New York Power Authority (NYPA) ANNOUNCES $9M FOR DEPLOYMENT OF EQUIPMENT SENSORS TO FURTHER ADVANCE NYS POWER SYSTEM

What’s driving global smart grid initiatives?

How Southeast Asia is innovating with smart grid technology

Smart grid informationBut what does Smart Grid really mean?  The traditional electrical grid is a ‘one way’ system with power going from the grid operator (Utility) to the customer with no feedback loop. The term ‘Smart Grid’ describes a power grid that’s integrated with a computerized, two-way communication network. Power is provided to the customer and feedback is provided on system operation, outages, and electrical use (among many possible parameters) to the Utility and power suppliers. Using this information, operators and suppliers can optimize the performance of the power grid to accommodate peak loads and anticipate problems and service disturbances. In addition, by being aware of how the grid is performing, operators can ensure that small local problems do not become large regional outages.

The power grid is a fundamental infrastructure in modern society and the Smart Grid is a work in progress that takes it to the next level. In fact, there will be several stages in evolving from the traditional ‘dumb’ grid to a mature Smart Grid. The first stage is focused on traditional ideas like adding more wire, installing better grid protection, and improving reliability. The next stages involve integrating information technology and creating the ability to add capacity from non-traditional sources like wind and solar power to accommodate fluctuations in power demand and ensure increasingly reliable and cost-effective service to create a true Smart Grid.

Today, many electrical utilities have implemented equipment to do just that. For example, reclosers1 have been implemented in electrical distribution systems to keep segments of the grid active even after temporary short circuits like when a small tree branch temporarily leans against a power wire in a wind storm. Without reclosers, grid protective equipment would take that segment of the grid offline causing a power failure that would require a crew to come out to reactivate adding to the operational cost of managing the grid. There are many other examples of intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) that are installed on the grid that make it more reliable and robust.

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Satellite-based monitoring solutions allow electricity distribution companies to ensure proper operation of equipment in areas with limited cellular coverage.

These devices can send information like voltage, power factor, current, and more back to a centralized operations center which is vital to improving the integrity and reliability of the grid. The key is to reliably communicate this information to the operations center.

satellite tracking device kitUnfortunately, there are some serious challenges to reliably getting this information from the source (reclosers and IEDs) to the operations center. Read more ›

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Moving from AOBRDs to ELDs: The Guide for Carriers and Drivers

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aobrd to eld telematics solutionsDecember 16, 2019 may feel like a long way away, but for truck carriers and drivers using existing AOBRDs to comply with the ELD mandate,  time will surely fly by.

On that date, the final phase of the ELD Mandate will kick in. Carriers with existing AOBRDs can continue to use them until then but, from that point, carriers that fall under the rule must move from using AOBRDs to use certified and registered ELDs or face operational, financial and safety scoring penalties.

When preparing for this transition, many fleet executives see technology as the highest priority for change. However, the technology that allows AOBRDs to change to ELDs is straightforward for the most part. AOBRDs can be updated via over-the-air software updates, as long as the hardware is ELD ready.

Instead, the real challenges are expected to come in the non-technology processes and procedures, which will affect almost all areas of carrier and driver workflows—from safety and compliance to driver training, dispatch, shipper and receiver relationships, right down to the driver’s daily routine in the cab. Drivers have more control over their own RODS but also new responsibilities to account for their activities. Fleets must adjust also, from helping drivers to deal with a lack of parking before their hours run out, to identifying tardy shippers who delay drivers unnecessarily at the dock. Read more ›

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Fleet Safety Takes Center Stage at the National Private Truck Council Conference

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aobrd to eld telematics solutionsThe National Private Truck Council (NPTC) annual conference drew more than 180 exhibitors and 1200 attendees who gathered in Cincinnati last week to learn about the state of the industry and share insight with peers and subject matter experts on how to overcome new and existing challenges. Over the course of three days, participants were treated to a series of networking events, interactive workshops and roundtables, educational sessions and an exhibition showcasing some of the latest products and services available to the trucking industry.

Many of the formal (and informal) discussions at NPTC revolved around fleet safety and what companies can do to ensure that every single employee returns home safely to his or her family, every day. According to Greg Molloy, Group Safety, Health & Environmental Sustainability Leader for Nestle USA, accident reduction is no longer good enough—one accident is one too many—which is why companies like Nestle are constantly in pursuit of perfect safety records. Drivers want more than compensation, said Molloy, making a case to improve the overall quality of life for drivers on the road, to improve driver satisfaction, recruitment and retention.

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Private fleets like Nestle’s are constantly in pursuit of perfect safety records.  Accident reduction is no longer good enough. 

Road collisions are the leading cause of workplace fatalities in the United States. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 2,000 occupational motor vehicle deaths occur every year, accounting for 30 percent of the total number of fatalities from occupational injuries. Driving a truck, says Forbes, is one of the deadliest jobs in America ranking at number seven, reinforcing why safety needs to be a top concern for any for-hire and private fleet operator. Read more ›

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Top Telematics Resources You Should Bookmark Today

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aobrd to eld telematics solutionsFor the most reliable and informative online resources pertaining to transportation telematics, here is our list of blogs and websites to bookmark today. Covering everything from telematics-related news to articles on fleet management, compliance, fleet safety and more, these resources provide valuable collective insight into how technology is driving change in transportation. Read on for our picks, in no particular order: Read more ›

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AIS Data Helping Track Fisheries’ Global Footprint

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ais data advantagesAccording to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), there are approximately 38 million fisherman or fish farmers in the world, and fishing and aquaculture provide direct and indirect employment to over 500 million people the world over. In fact, fishing is the most widespread means by which humans harvest natural resources.

Given the importance of fishing to the global economy, the better this sector is understood, the better we can ensure the resource is available for future generations. This is an objective of the paper, “Tracking the Global Footprint in Fisheries”, by Global Fishing Watch in collaboration with their research partners and recently published in Science.

The paper analyzed billions of AIS messages provided by ORBCOMM to develop insights into the global fishing industry. Global Fishing Watch and their partners took advantage of new technology and creative use of data sources to identify over 70,000 commercial fishing vessels, the sizes of and engine powers of these vessels, what type of fishing they engaged in, and where and when they fished down to the hour and kilometer. This new global view of fishing takes advantage of advances in satellite technology and big data processing and opens a new window to improved ocean and fishery management.

ais data showing global fishing activity

New research by Global Fishing Watch, aided by ORBCOMM AIS data, reveals when and where fishing occurs on a global scale for the first time, expanding opportunities for marine conservation and ocean management.

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Telematics Helping Private Fleets Tackle Industry Challenges: 5 Hot Topics Ahead of NPTC 2018

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Free e-Book: Distracted DrivingDriver turnover of more than 80% at some for-hire fleets? 22% increases in spot rates in the last year? It’s a good time for corporations to own a private truck fleet. A huge competitive advantage in the current market, private fleets are a critical in-house competency which protect companies from some of the challenging conditions the transport market is experiencing.

This week, private fleets are gathering to review best management practices and model benchmarking standards. The 2018 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition of the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) takes place in Cincinnati from April 29 to May 1, 2018.

On the agenda, there are challenges common to all fleet types: driver scarcity, rising fuel prices, ELD regulations and driver safety challenges. Not surprisingly, technology will play a significant role as the solution to many of these themes but five hot topics to be discussed can benefit specifically from telematics: Read more ›

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