By continually aggregating and correlating massive amounts of individualised data, telematics offer up the promise of a new frontier of fleet management, providing opportunities for deep operational visibility and insight, developing new standards of industry best practice and higher standards.
However, although the wealth of data now on offer, and the potential for logistical reform, is by all counts a huge advantage to the industry, the sheer amount of data produced can often obscure its own clarity, leading to missed opportunities and even less oversight than before.
For any business providing company vehicles, maximising safety for staff is a key consideration. Health and safety in the workplace extends to company vehicles, so the employer has a legal obligation to make sure employees are as safe as possible while out on the road. There are a number of steps fleet managers can take to ensure the safety of their drivers, such as offering them advanced driving courses, carrying out risk assessments or checking licence details. However, there is one more tactic businesses are increasingly turning to – a step that has been revolutionising fleet driver safety for the past decade: telematics. Read more
When used effectively, vehicle tracking can enhance business performance, reduce costs associated with insurance and fuel and improve staff confidence. However, it may at first have negative connotations with your staff. Some drivers may associate vehicle tracking with a lack of trust, leaving them feeling under suspicion and defensive. Read more
Following the election of Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London back in May, London is due to get a new ‘ultra-low emissions zone’ (or ULEZ) by September 2020. Now that the clock is ticking on what is likely to be a costly new set of charges for many of London’s millions of drivers, it is well worth looking at what this is likely to mean – and what you should do to prepare. Read more
Founded in 1991 in Holland, TomTom is an international company which started by making personal digital assistants (PDAs) for non-commercial customers and mobile apps for businesses. The famous TomTom Navigator launched in 2002, followed by the TomTom Go in 2004. While still making navigation devices for non-business use, TomTom now also provides a wide range of fleet tracking and telematics products and has recently moved into GPS sports watches. Read more
If you have suffered from a crash or other accident that has either left you out of work or with an insurance dispute to settle, then the future is being paved for you by a range of technologies. Read more
Vehicle Tracking Systems
Date posted: 23 February 2016
Commercial vehicle tracking systems may not be the first thing your company thinks about as it begins to expand its fleet of vehicles, but it could well be one of the most important technologies it ever invests in.