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RFIDs: What Can They Do for Your Fleet? By Farsens.com

Posted by G. Christianson on Aug 23, 2016 2:57:36 PM

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is automatic identification technology which uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to identify objects carrying tags when they come close to a reader.

RFID was first used during World War II to distinguish between ally and enemy airplanes (IFF: Identify Friendly Foe) and later was instrumental in producing anti-theft devices for retail stores.

In the modern Internet of Things (IoT), this technology is being utilized by many commercial operations to track and monitor equipment and fleet vehicles.

Mikel Choperena, of Farsens.com, is a technology writer who specializes in autonomous sensors and RFID. We recently checked in with Mikel to learn how RFID sensors work and how they're being used in service equipment and elsewhere. Here's what he had to say:

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Topics: Fleet Management, New Technologies, IoT, RFID

Are Hybrid Vehicles Right for Your Fleet?

Posted by G. Christianson on Aug 9, 2016 10:01:20 AM

Rising fuel efficiency standards and memories of the days of $4-a-gallon diesel has many fleets considering upgrading to hybrids before the cost of fuel goes up or the inspector visits. The electrical supplies for hybrid technology are also improving constantly and becoming more appealing. But are hybrid vehicles a good fit for your fleet?

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Topics: Fleet Management, New Technologies, Green Fleets, Hybrids

Implementing a Telematics Solution for Your Fleet? Transparency is Key.

Posted by G. Christianson on Jul 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Are you planning to upgrade your fleet's automotive electrical system with a telematics solution?

In our earlier post, " What Are Telematics and Why Are They Important?", we introduced the concept of telematics and listed some common applications used by fleets to help improve business. 

While telematics are an incredibly useful tool for building a more efficient fleet, many fleets struggle with implementing them due to concern on the part of drivers about privacy and how the data will be used. In this post, we explore how to balance fleet efficiency with team morale.
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Topics: Industry Updates, How To, Resources & Tools, Fleet Management, Telematics

What Are Telematics and Why Are They Important?

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jul 12, 2016 2:43:58 PM

(Source: Telematicsnews.com)

 

What Are "Telematics"?

Fleetmatics.com defines Telematics as "any integrated use of telecommunications with information and communications technology. It is the technology of sending, receiving and storing information relating to remote objects – like vehicles – via telecommunication devices". This is often achieved through a combination of a GPS receiver and an electronic GSM device that use software to communicate vehicle data to another location.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Fleet Management, IoT, Telematics

All About the ELD Mandate

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jun 23, 2016 1:40:36 PM

In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) passed a mandate requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) to be used in all commercial motor vehicles where paper driver logs are currently required.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Fleet Management, New Technologies, Regulatory

Are Parasitic Loads Impacting Your Fleet's Battery Life? Here's How to Tell

Posted by G. Christianson on Jun 21, 2016 12:42:37 PM

Your fleet runs on batteries as much as fuel, and parasitic loads can reduce battery life, strand vehicles, and make life miserable across a fleet. So how do you find parasitic loads, and how do you get rid of them?

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Fleet Management, Battery Management

5 Ways Big Data Can Benefit Your Fleet

Posted by G. Christianson on Jun 14, 2016 12:08:36 PM

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Topics: Industry Updates, Resources & Tools, Fleet Management, Big Data

How to Choose a Power Inverter by Eaton

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jun 2, 2016 1:36:27 PM

Power inverters are an important tool for fleets, especially commercial long-haul trucks who want to attract and retain drivers despite the current labor shortage. However there are many technical aspects to consider when making this substantial purchase.

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Topics: How To, Fleet Management, Power Inverters, Eaton

4 Key Trends Impacting Fleet Management

Posted by G. Christianson on May 31, 2016 12:11:09 PM

Fleet management is a tricky juggling act at the best of times, and with everything from the regulatory environment to fuel prices changing rapidly, it can make it tough to see where things are heading in the future. Here are a few trends you should keep an eye on to anticipate the needs of your fleet.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Fleet Management

How to Develop a Preventative Fleet Maintenance Schedule

Posted by G. Christianson on May 24, 2016 11:30:00 AM


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old saying goes, and this is as true of maintaining your fleet as it is of maintaining your health. A preventative fleet maintenance schedule helps ensure your fleet is in top condition and reduces the amount of time you'll have to take vehicles off the road. But what's the best way to start?

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Topics: How To, Fleet Management, Vehicles


 

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