Why Telematics Should Be Tailored to Your Fleet

Just as a hammer is the best choice for a nail, the tools of fleet management technology – GPS tracking, dash cams, electronic logging, maintenance software, equipment tracking, etc. – can also be selected for a fleet’s specific needs. 

Depending on the fleet’s size, primary vehicle type, and industry vertical, the way fleet management technology is deployed may look a bit different in each use case. 

Of course, GPS vehicle tracking will remain a core element of any telematics implementation. Federal regulation requires transportation fleets with trucks that travel more than 150 miles from their home base, to use an electronic logging device. And in recent years, especially with the rollout of A.I.-based dash cams, in-cab video has become more ubiquitous. 

Let’s take a closer look at the key product categories in telematics. Later, we’ll dive into several industries and how telematics meets their specific needs. Here are six leading solutions: 

  1. Dash Cams: In-cab video systems increase safety by providing greater awareness of risky driving, real-time coaching, and support for coaching workflows. 
  1. GPS Tracking: Real-time awareness of vehicles increases with precise location, geofencing capabilities, vehicle health status, collision notification, and advanced data capture. 
  1. Equipment Monitoring: Asset tracking systems use rugged trackers to return detailed, real-time intelligence about powered and non-powered assets such as trailers, heavy equipment, generators, and other equipment. 
  1. Maintenance Management: Notifications enable a systematic approach to preventative maintenance intervals, service reminders, and repair scheduling. 
  1. Fuel Management: Monitoring fuel spend at the point of purchase and in the field helps reduce your top operating cost by cutting idling, slippage, and theft. 
  1. Electric Vehicles: Adding electric vehicles and hybrids has become more common practice, but collecting telematics data requires a more targeted approach. 

Now that we’ve provided an overview of specific solutions, let’s dive into how your specific industry can benefit from them. 

  1. Construction: Managing a job site requires visibility into vehicles, equipment, and personnel. With equipment theft a nagging pain point, contractors can set up geofences and receive alerts when equipment or vehicles are moved. 
  1. Trucking and transportation: Operating a local or over-the-road trucking fleet requires compliance with vehicle health, driver hours of service, safety, and other aspects of the operation. Pairing vehicle location with duty status eliminates manual workflows and keeps violations in check. 
  1. Oil and gas: Working in upstream operations requires companies to closely monitor vehicles and personnel to increase visibility at oilfield sites, reduce data silos, and boost safety. Transportation also requires compliance with HOS and other regulations. 
  1. Field services: Customer-facing field-based businesses need to optimize productivity, monitor technician time, and lower risky driving. These businesses – a list that includes construction, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, landscaping, and pest control – need telematics systems that can integrate with back-office workflows, as well as dispatching. 
  1. Government: Public fleet managers use fleet tracking to improve service responsiveness with police, fire, and public works operations, including snowplows. Fleet maintenance facilities with their technicians, parts rooms, and bays need to be managed efficiently to reduce vehicle downtime. Telematics systems provide notifications and maintenance workflows, as well as public-facing portals that, for example, show the location of snowplows during severe storms. 

In recent years, telematics systems have moved away from dots-on-the-map functionality. They have become highly customizable systems that should assist fleet managers in meeting the mission of the organization. 

They can also deliver an array of customized reports to help fleet managers address almost any pain point of their operation. 

Choosing a customer-focused telematics service provider is the best way to get a system that leans into your business needs and helps you meet KPIs that work best for your mission. You’ll work with a strategic partner rather than a transaction-minded software vendor. 

EnVue Telematics has been helping its customers meet their business objectives since 2011. In 2023, we were chosen as one of seven Geotab resellers out of more than 250 resellers that provided top-shelf customer service. 

Whether you have questions, need a quote, or a free demo of our solutions, we are here to assist you! 

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