Connected Vehicles: How smart data can lead to smarter business decisions

By: Jim McKinlay, General Manager, APAC, Verizon Connect


SPONSORED CONTENT: Maintaining safer vehicles and increasing efficiency are important priorities for any business operating a fleet.

Connected Vehicles: How smart data can lead to smarter business decisions
Fleet tracking software can help ensure that the fastest route is easily identified.

 

Maintaining safer vehicles and increasing efficiency are important priorities for any business operating a fleet.

While innovative developments in technology mean that tremendous amounts of data relating to driver and vehicle behaviour is available to transport managers, this is only the first step. 

The next big opportunity comes with being able to not only capture the data from connected vehicle solutions, but to truly understand how to harness it, and respond to data-driven insights to make effective fleet management decisions.

Let’s take a closer look at how smart data can be used to help make smart decisions and drive business profitability:

Take the most efficient route

Taking the most efficient route to the job will help save time and minimise unnecessary costs.  Fleet tracking software can help ensure that the fastest route is easily identified.

Such was the case for Alliance Climate Control. Since implementing fleet tracking software, fleet managers have gained better control of their fleet.

Through leveraging data provided by the live map feature, fleet managers help drivers locate work sites in an efficient manner.

They have insight to what time a vehicle was at the office and when they left their last job.

Should drivers arrive in the wrong destination, back-office staff can use the live map to point them in the right direction, even if it’s only another kilometre up the road.

In addition to fuel savings, live mapping can help eliminate time wasted talking drivers through their routes over the phone, helping allow for those resources to be deployed back into the business. As a result, Alliance Climate Control has experienced cost savings of ten per cent.

Enforce driving safety

Driving a truck has been identified as one of the riskiest occupations in Australia.  Encouraging drivers to maintain a high calibre of driving style at all times needs to be a priority for fleet managers.

Near real-time access to data on driver behaviour on the road helps provide visibility into who is driving too fast, braking harshly or taking corners too hard. The software sends configurable alerts back-to-base when driving safety thresholds are crossed.

This means managers can target relevant drivers with training, helping to curb unsafe driving habits before they lead to serious incidents. A safer fleet means a more productive, cost-effective fleet.

Ultimately, as a business owner, making the most of the assets you have – employees, vehicles and equipment – is key to helping streamline activities and driving inefficiencies out of your organisation.

The correct use of vehicle tracking software helps enable you to do just that, providing added insight to driver and vehicle behaviour. Now is the time to harness data to take control of your fleet costs, and help drive savings back into your business.

 

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