Is it possible to increase driver safety, productivity and fleet efficiency at the same time? How is it done?
Colin Sutherland, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Geotab, weighed in on that question in an interview for the PwC Canada Vision to Reality Awards, which celebrate innovation in the tech industry. Using telematics technology like Geotab’s, Sutherland says, can help fleets measure and improve vehicle and driver safety, reduce fuel costs, optimize fuel usage, and streamline the work of fleet managers — who already have their hands full with day to day operations.
Geotab Africa was recently represented at the annual Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention 2018. The convention took place at Emperors Palace and attended by Geotab’s Solutions Specialist, Rose Zitumane. Rose was nominated by a former Senior Manager at The Hollard Insurance Company. She was identified as possessing the traits of a future leader in corporate South Africa. This year’s theme was centered around the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0. The latter, is a space Geotab Africa has embraced and operates in, particularly in the digital transformation in the mining industry.
When do you use a Geotab GO fleet tracking device and when a GO RUGGED? The answer is actually pretty simple. If your fleet has heavy equipment, yellow iron, farm machinery, powered trailers and assets, or you are installing telematics devices where they will be exposed to outdoor elements, you need GO RUGGED.
If you are not using a ruggedized telematics device for these types of applications or harsh environments, you may not get the most from your telematics investment.
Geotab Africa has introduced a drilling productivity tool. This revolutionary technology is designed to monitor the productivity and depth of drilling equipment by detecting the maximum depth it has reached, instantaneous penetration rate and average penetration rate. Completely wireless, it gives a range of real-time data, no guesswork, no paperwork and no problems.
The system is built to eliminate human error and manual input logs. It ensures that your drilling equipment is operating in an efficient manner.
Digitization of supply chain and logistics is imperative in improving efficiencies, reducing costs and providing end-to-end visibility of operations. Businesses should have the ability to reflect on and react to what occurs in real-world supply chain, for example, tracking the condition or location of goods; analysing sensor or real-time traffic data to spot trends; and subsequently triggering appropriate changes.
The challenge most businesses face, is where to start.
In a world which is constantly trying to advance and evolve itself, Internet of Things (IoT) is a term we commonly come across.
Lucidea explains that IoT involves extending Internet connectivity beyond standard devices, such as desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets, to any range of traditionally dumb or non-internet-enabled physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with technology, these devices can communicate and interact over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled. With the arrival of driverless vehicles, a branch of IoT, i.e. the Internet of Vehicle starts to gain more attention.
The reasons for any misconceptions around GPS tracking or telematics are mostly due to a misunderstanding of the product. Common GPS tracking myths range from how the devices “monitor” vehicles and drivers, to what the capabilities are, to the types of businesses where it’s needed.
These myths also range within an organization depending on the person’s role — a driver could have an exaggerated view of what gets tracked, an executive could have a misunderstanding on the costs, and a fleet manager could have a misplaced fear on how will it change their day to day.
Reports can be found under the various tabs on the left-side menu in MyGeotab. MyGeotab is a web-based fleet management software that is available to all Geotab customers under any feature package: Base, Pro, and ProPlus. See all your vehicle and driver information in one place and use it to make quicker, better-informed decisions for your business.
Each report is found under the data it pertains to i.e. the Vehicles Report is found under the Vehicles tab. The Exceptions Report is found under the Rules and Groups tab; the Customer Visits Report is found under Zones and Messages. Wherever there is an options or view button, a report can be run.
With the current unfavourable economic climate in South Africa and recent fuel price increase leaving consumers panicked, businesses will have to be more vigilant than ever in saving fuel costs.
Technology and big data is pivotal in optimising the efficiency of business operations whilst enabling them to remain economically competitive. Data and insight into operations greatly assists in reducing kilometres travelled and the corresponding fuel usage. Fuel usage has become an integral feature that our customers are not only interested in, but rely on. Fuel remains one of the largest expenses for fleets.
One measurable method that helps drive fast fuel savings is to implement a GPS fleet management solution, also known as telematics. This post discusses some strategies for increasing fuel efficiency and will review fuel tracking basics in MyGeotab.
“Modernisation in the mining industry provides obvious benefits for cost saving and safety objectives.” SA Mine: 9th edition – Highlighting trends in the South African mining industry.
Geotab proudly showcased its complete mining solution at Electra Mining Africa on the 10th to the 14th of September. Our core focus at Geotab is technology and innovation, and the way they influence business operations. It is imperative that we in the industry stay updated on the latest trends. Each day focused on a different theme, namely the future of skills development, new product launches, proudly South African business, safety and celebrating diversity. The show provided us with exciting live demonstrations of new products and services, and we have greatly benefited from the insight and information gained at Electra.
What is distracted driving? It is defined as the act of driving while engaged in other activities, that take the driver’s attention away from the road. As the road accident rate continues to rise in South Africa, we would like to build an awareness about distracted driving as one of the leading causes.
Today’s news regarding car crashes and irresponsible driving has become too common. We hear about accidents on radios and are more likely to witness them in our daily travels. We have seen many drunk drivers swerving wildly on the road; sleepy drivers not waking up after a crash; and those careless drivers who can’t put their phones down for a second.
Geotab looks forward to yet another cutting edge mining event! Electra Mining Africa is taking place from 10 – 14 September 2018, at the Expo Centre Nasrec Johannesburg. Fusing its rich heritage with new innovation and technology, Electra Mining consistently delivers a world class experience that benefits individuals and businesses alike.
A key selling point in the Fleet Management industry, is that fleet management companies can reduce the high costs associated with running a fleet. Businesses are able to employ our products, optimize their fleet usage and significantly reduce running costs.
By now we know that reducing idle time, optimizing routes and monitoring how the driver gets from A to B, will reduce costs and wear-and-tear on the fleet. But what does this mean and how do we quantify it?
Geotab is Vesa-approved for Stolen Vehicle Recovery Solutions. VESA Stands for “The Motor Vehicle Security Association of South Africa”. VESA is a non-profit organisation which aims to set standards to facilitate and coordinate interested parties with technical interests in related areas.
What exactly is big data? And what about clustering or Hadoop? Our big data glossary will help you navigate the world of big data by walking you through key terms and definitions, from the basic to the advanced.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems prevent organizations from working in silos by facilitating the flow of real-time information across departments, so businesses can make data-driven decisions and manage performance – live. The MyGeotab software has integrated with an ERP system to create a batching plant control solution. This solution can automate core business processes, assist in maintaining regulatory compliance and ensure optimal fleet utilization.
Everyone is talking about big data. Maybe it has you thinking, “What is big data and why is it such a big deal?” Big data is not just a buzzword — it is so much more. Big data and IoT are transforming business, and some might even say it’s changing the world.
This year’s Geotab Connect program covered key industry topics and showcased the latest in technology.
Recruiting drivers is tough enough in this day and age. Retaining drivers is equally if not more difficult. Therefore, keeping drivers happy is very important. To avoid churn, it is imperative to create a positive culture and working environment for drivers.