Matt Cole at CCJ put together a concise and informative roundup of the top recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board, of which six have an impact on the trucking industry. Several of these recommendations can be met with the right Machine-to-Machine (M2M) telematics solution.
Fleet and logistics firms are increasingly turning to hardware, web reporting applications and software to optimize usage, reduce fuel costs, and improve preventative maintenance scheduling. The benefits of sending and receiving data over wireless networks can help lower costs, provide more on-time deliveries, and better manage operations. In addition, these solutions can help reduce risks, increase employee safety and streamline driving time.
- Driving habits can be more precisely analyzed and immediately acted upon. For instance, if a driver is speeding, braking harshly or shifting improperly, a message can be relayed and rectified immediately.
- The exchange of in-cab or text messages between dispatchers and drivers regardless of location can also prove beneficial when job assignments are modified, environmental conditions change or more efficient routing is available. The benefits not only include reduced use of fuel, but also lead to a lower number of insurance claims, an increase in labor efficiency and gains in revenue for the business.
- Trucks can be quickly located with tracking. This can be extremely important for ensuring the health and safety of drivers who may get caught in severe weather conditions, natural disasters or during a theft or highjacking.
- Time on the job can be reduced with the ability to connect in real time any place and at any time. Remote workers have the ability to transmit time sheets, work orders, service call notes etc. By sending data back and forth, intelligence from the field is immediately integrated with enterprise back-office systems.
Having the right information at the right time, no matter when or where, maximizes productivity, utilization and profitability. To learn more about fleet management applications for feature-rich vehicle tracking, visit www.orbcomm.com/en/solutions/viafleet.