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.
Being a great fleet manager doesn’t come easy. You are responsible, not only for the operation of the fleet but for the safety of the drivers and others that use the roads, to mention a few.
What is a Smart City and what does Smart City mean?
Techopedia explains ‘Smart City’
There is no definitive explanation of a smart city because of the breadth of the technologies that can be incorporated into a city in order for it to be considered a smart city. Mark Deakin defines it as a city that utilizes ICT to meet the demands of its citizens, and that community involvement in the processes is a necessity for a smart city.
Policies are important in a workplace as it helps reinforce and clarify the standards expected of employees and help employers manage staff more effectively as it defines what is acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace.
Processes provide a blueprint for the business, stating who’s responsible for each step and how and when they should complete it.
Your driver, Tim, hops into the company vehicle at 8:30 am and ends his shift at 4:30 pm. During his shift, the vehicle generated data raging from ignition, seatbelt usage, speedometer, gear change, brake, fuel level, fuel fill up, engine warnings, location, vehicle diagnostics, RPM, accident log & other rich & accurate vehicle data. Now multiply that by over a million vehicles driving across the globe, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, that’s a lot of information! GEOTAB collects about 1 billion records a day, this allows Geotab to derive knowledge and insight for clients and the telematics industry.
Driver and fleet safety are incredibly important here at Geotab and dangerous behaviours of road users, such as excessive speeding, remain important contributory factors in fatal crashes. Driver behaviour and its management can have a great impact on the activity of your fleet, but most of all, the total cost of ownership (TCO).
From 2011, any person who receives a travel allowance is required to present a logbook to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) before any travel tax claim can be processed.
Imagine doing your logbook manually. This can take up a substantial amount of time to backtrack and record trips accurately. The date, opening and closing odometer readings, destination, reason for the visit and whether it was business or private travel, had to be recorded in trip logbooks.
Concern over the cybersecurity of connected cars has been dominating the news. As everything around us becomes more connected, it’s only natural to ask questions about security. This extends to the connected devices and gear in our cars and trucks. How do you know your gps tracker is safe?
From time to time we receive enquiries on how to setup SMS alerts in the system. Due to factors such as controlling the costing, and rogue rules generating excessive exceptions, it was never introduced as a feature. With today’s advancing technology and the availability of such services on the internet we now have a way of offering SMS alerts as a Value Added Service.
As a business, whether you have one single vehicle or thousands of vehicles on your books, it can sometimes be a financial black hole. You pay a high price to obtain these vehicles only to watch them depreciate over the months. It is hard to appreciate depreciation, as it is a big contributor to a company’s bottom line. In the meantime you are also drawing funds away from the business in the likes of fuel, maintenance and accidental claims. Having a proper fleet management system to control and minimise costs, can make business expenses more manageable.
What is Bluetooth Technology?
Enabled devices contain a small computer chip that includes Bluetooth® radio and software that allows it to connect to nearby devices using radio waves. Bluetooth® technology has been built into nearly every phone, laptop, desktop, and tablet, and because of its low energy, sensors can last for months, and even years without replacing batteries.
A SIM card might seem like an insignificant part of the hardware that works with your unit, but it plays one of the most crucial roles in ensuring your data gets through to you.