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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

5 Ways Big Data Can Benefit Your Fleet

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

One of the unexpected innovations in fleet management has been the arrival of big data. On-board computers in vehicles track every mile of travel and collect information, and aftermarket accessories such as GPS guides and vehicle trackers let you collect even more. The main question is, now that you have all this information, what do you do with it? Here's a guide on how to effectively use big data to benefit your fleet.

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

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

Idle-Reduction Technology? We're Wired To Serve™

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Mar 18, 2016 1:55:30 PM

Anti-idling laws are a rapidly growing trend in fleet regulation. Numerous states and municipalities have passed laws prohibiting most types of unnecessary vehicle idling. The types of vehicles included by law vary by jurisdiction; some states and municipalities only regulate heavy duty vehicles of over 14,000 lbs, some restrict all diesel vehicles, while some laws include ALL motor vehicles.

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Topics: Industry Updates

Is Change on the Horizon for Ag Vehicle Braking Requirements?

Posted by G. Christianson on Mar 8, 2016 2:21:23 PM

Agricultural vehicles haven't had their braking standards revised since 2001. And increasingly standards groups feel that ag vehicles can better utilize braking. So what's on the table, and how will it affect your farm equipment lines?

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Topics: Industry Updates, Agriculture

Electric Vehicles: The Fleet of the Future?

Posted by G. Christianson on Mar 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM

New York City alone owns nearly 9,000 police vehicles, nearly a third of all vehicles of the state's municipal fleet, and spends a fair chunk of its $700 million yearly fleet budget on the fuel and repair for those vehicles. When considering costs like these, it's easy to see why many municipalities are looking to electric vehicles. But how, when and why will these be adopted? What about maintenance costs? Lets explore these questions...

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

The Purchasing Manager's Guide to IP Codes

Posted by G. Christianson on Jan 20, 2016 9:45:00 AM

Any product can claim to be "safe" or "waterproof," but when you're purchasing for a specific application, you need hard data, not vague promises. That's where ingress protection codes, or IP codes, come into play. Here's what they do, what they mean, and how to use them when purchasing.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Purchasing, Regulatory, IP, Ratings & Standards

SHIFTING PREFERENCES: Why the use of Electronic Controls is growing

Posted by B. Nowak on Jul 14, 2015 7:15:24 AM

The benefits of electronic controls align closely with the preferences of operators and fleet managers, as well as the OEMs and system integrators who design and build small and large vehicles. Consequently, electronic controls are increasingly used across a range of on- and off-highway vehicle applications, especially where uptime is key.

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Topics: Industry Updates, New Products, Resources & Tools, New Technologies, Vehicles

IP Code

Posted by J. Gieseke on Mar 17, 2015 11:02:20 AM

The IP Code, International Protection Marking, IEC standard 60529, sometimes interpreted as Ingress Protection Marking, classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion, dust, accidental contact, and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Resources & Tools, Regulatory, IP, Ratings & Standards


 

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