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Making fleet management IVMS work for you

07 Feb 2014   |   Articles
Making fleet management IVMS work for you
GPS vehicle tracking can be a vital tool in making sure your fleet operates safely and efficiently, and provides a number of ways in which companies can boost their productivity.

A fleet telematics system allows your business to see returns on investment in three key areas:
- Improved driver safety
- Lower fuel costs and more efficient routes
- Improved vehicle maintenance and performance
Fleet managers have the task of ensuring vehicles are used efficiently, maintaining their fleet in peak condition and ensuring drivers are safe behind the wheel.
How to make that job easier?
Using an In-Vehicle Management System (IMVS), fleet managers are able to measure and report on a suite of useful, tailored data from their vehicles to ensure that the business is getting the best result possible out of its fleet.
We estimate that a company can save at least 8 per cent on its fleet fuel bills through vehicle GPS tracking. Some studies, such as the ' Service Workforce and Fleet Management' report from the Aberdeen Group, estimate the savings can be as high as 22 per cent.
An IMVS system allows fleet managers to monitor data for each vehicle and driver, which means they can more easily identify efficiencies that will allow the company to slash tyre bills and motor wear and tear expenses and other maintenance overheads, and ensure their drivers are operating safely and within speed limits.
So how does it all work?
It’s as simple as plug and play. A small GPS tracking device plugs directly into the car’s OBD port and from there you are away. Everything you need to know about the vehicle and driver behaviour is then tracked and can be compiled into a variety of reports to assist the fleet manager.
For instance, fleet managers can run reports on the amount of time each vehicle spends idling in order to address the issue - whether it is due to driver behaviour or route inefficiencies - and, as a result, cut fuel costs.
Furthermore, real time tracking allows you to see where drivers are at all times, making sure they are safe and sticking to their route, and it also allows companies to dispatch the closest driver when a new job is called in, helping increase productivity.
And this is just the beginning of where fleet management software can take you.
All in all, fleet telematics has gone from a “like-to-have” technology to a must have technology for any company which operates a fleet of vehicles, no matter whether they are small, medium or large.