Telematics has gain more recognition in the past years. For fleet managers, Telematics gives them more ways to run a safer, more efficient fleet. It also makes it difficult to choose among those telematics options available on the market. To simplify the process, the author from Geotab offers a list of tips.
The general features you should consider are the size of your operation, the type of vehicles in your fleet, the industry you are in, your users’ characteristics, and the business’ overall expectations.
Then asking yourself, what is your most significant problem or opportunities, and considers two or three improvements that would benefit your fleet. This Geotab report advices 4 broad areas of information that can reveal areas for improvements: positional, operational, diagnostic, and safety data. Positional information includes location and speed. Operation information includes productivity data, such as vehicle idling time. Diagnostic information includes vehicle condition and engine health. Safety data tracks driving behavior, such as harsh braking and seatbelt use.
Please note that the data that can be pulled from telematics devices is unlimited. However, the way TSPs translates the data into valuable and actionable information can vary. The reporting process should be easy to understand, so users should be able to draw conclusions with a glance at the dashboard. The provider should also provide alerts for fleet managers to take immediate actions if needed.
It is also important to identify operation pain point, and consider the complete benefits of telematics solutions. In other words, you should look at this as a long-term relationship rather than focusing only on the initial costs.