Navman Wireless launches Dynamic Dashboard for fleet managers

Navman Wireless unveils new fleet management add-on tool for GPS tracking systems

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Worrall | December 12, 2011

Satellite navigation provider Navman Wireless is expanding its offering to fleet operators with the release of its new Dynamic Dashboard add-on, providing graphical displays of vehicle data.

Navman Wireless Asia-Pacific Vice President Ian Daniel says the Dynamic Dashboard is being released to Australasia ahead of other global regions and is one of a suite of major updates planned for fleet users.

The new add-on tracks a variety of vehicle data including the number of vehicles in use, speeding and time spent on site, allowing managers to pinpoint fleet inefficiencies and identify potential savings.

Daniel says the Dashboard collates the available data and gives it to decision makers in an easy to read format, allowing them to set targets or trends for fleet operations.

"It doesn’t read truck data, instead it uses the data collected by the on-board cube, such as ignition on-time, road speed and GPS location, so it does not interfere with the vehicle, it only uses pre-defined parameters," Daniel says.

"It looks at data like how many idles per day a particular vehicle has, and also what is the average idling time."

Excessive speed events can be preset by the fleet manager and do not rely specifically on posted speed limits, such as fleet maximum speeds for fuel economy. The system can also calculate average speeds to ensure drivers obey regulations.

Daniel says the system uses multiple satellite fixes to establish road speed, allowing the speed thresholds to be monitored.

"This allows managers to identify specific areas of driver behaviour, such as excessive speed or heavy braking, and cross reference with maintenance and fuel bills to ensure cost effective operations," he says.

"Also, it is a measure of the effectiveness of driver training and education, the system can tell you if a particular measure is having the desired effect, or if it is being ignored."

Daniel says with this data available it is easy for someone managing a fleet to detect operational issues and react to them.

"By using the GPS location, it allows managers to define sites with geo-fencing, such as a port or delivery centre and establish waiting times, so they can charge contracted penalty rates for excess standing."

Daniel says the GPS tracking also enables managers to trace different routes and identify the best path for a particular vehicle to use for timeliness and economy.

Existing Navman Wireless customers will receive the Dynamic Dashboard update free of charge, while other updates will be uploaded into the system as they come on line.

Daniel says the system uses Telstra Next G mobile coverage, which is receiving good reports from operators in terms of remote area access.

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