In the old days, the only real metric for determining how well drivers did their jobs was how often they made their deliveries on time. Today, however, fleets have access to a lot more information. Tech professionals working in the freight and logistics sectors should all be aware of telematics and the many benefits the technology can provide. With the data these systems collect, shippers can make better informed decisions about their drivers as well as their vehicles.
Telematics systems collect and process information from the vehicle at all times. This includes speed, location, acceleration, idle time, fuel consumption and more. That data is transmitted to a central server, where it can be accessed by the company for analysis. It gives managers, supervisors and tech pros exceptionally detailed insights into the performance of their fleets.
For example, driver behavior can be monitored to understand which employees are following safety precautions or meeting their projected arrival times. Knowing how soon each truck needs regularly scheduled maintenance can prevent breakdowns and increase productivity. Real-time updates on road conditions or traffic allow for routes to be adapted on the fly. Stolen equipment can be recovered thanks to GPS installed on each truck and trailer. Adjustments to fuel management can be implemented before inefficiencies cost the company too much.
Implementing telematics has the potential to improve freight transportation significantly, boosting revenue and lowering costs.
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