Why Fleet Managers Should Continue Evolving

Reduced Fleet Cost with Video

Experts trace the beginning of the digital revolution all the way back to the 1950s, but it wasn’t until recently that technology became so disruptive. In the years following the financial crisis of 2008, industries across the world saw exponential growth — so much so that the ability to adapt to innovations in tech became one of the key factors for success. Some companies famously took advantage of technology to become giants in their industries, while some famously flopped, and even more have been steadfast in attempting to stay afloat without adapting, confident that their brands can survive on old business models.

Regardless of how disruptive technology may be, there is no denying that it plays a vital role in keeping a company or an industry afloat and thriving. A post on Medium reiterates how technology helps companies gain a competitive edge and provide better products and services through reduced costs, reduced time, and efficient processes. More often than not, distinctions are even given to institutions or companies that have been able to exemplify great adaptability to and utility of technological innovations. For instance, in the field of education, Maryville University notes that Apple has distinguished schools for their technological leadership, branding them as among the most innovative schools in the world. Across industries in the US, any manufacturer, designer, engineer, or promoter who has shown exemplary innovation in delivering products is given recognition through the Consumer Technology Association CES Innovation Awards. Brands who are recognized by the CES Innovation Awards often report a considerable increase in profits, as the award often increases visibility and is seen as a symbol of trustworthiness.

Despite the established benefits of keeping up with—or maybe even innovating—technology, the very act of doing so can still be a challenge to many, especially smaller brands. Green Fleet reported that 38 percent of managers still find it hard to stay updated with the latest developments in the fleet sector. Even though the industry is being changed by technology, as seen in the emergence of driverless vehicles as well as data and smart infrastructure, fleet managers are still having a hard time leveraging technology to stay competitive and promote efficiency. Nonetheless, as technology shows no sign of stopping anytime soon, fleet managers need to evolve and adapt. Here are some more reasons why:

Encourage road safety

Accidents are inevitable, especially when one’s safety on the road doesn’t solely rely on the way an individual drives, but also on the other drivers around them. Fleet managers can encourage safety through the use of GPS tracking that locates road hazards and car crashes, and applications that update drivers through text-to-speech features. Through innovations such as our Live Streaming Fleet Camera System, fleet managers will also be able to see their drivers in real-time. Among the many ‘Benefits of Fleet Cameras’, the most important is that camera systems can help manage risks by allowing fleet managers to monitor driver behaviors that could lead to accidents, as well as tailor training programs that will address these. Improved safety can help prevent accidents, which, in turn, can help reduce insurance claim costs and expenses.

Greater coordination and communication

It’s a well-known fact that technology has completely changed the way people communicate. However, it is even more crucial for fleet managers to have access to technologies that allow for easier communication, given that the people they handle are all in different locations at the same time. Through technology, fleet managers can keep in touch with drivers and better coordinate them, no matter how big the fleet may be. Ease in communication, for those in the fleet industry, also translates to better services as it enables them to answer to schedule changes immediately and adopt last-minute changes.

To save money and time

Operation costs take up most of a company’s income, especially for small businesses. Entrepreneur noted that for small fleet management businesses, when expenses increase, investments towards new technologies and systems that are instrumental for the business’ survival decrease. Luckily digitalization can help in achieving objectives despite limited resources. By embracing and understanding technology, fleet managers can employ and make use of applications that will cut costs and save time. For instance, fleet managers can use applications that locate traffic and suggest faster routes, as well as those that track working hours and delivery accomplishments.

By: Aria Victoria

How live fleet camera solutions bring positive change to fleet teams

Live Fleet Cameras in use

Keeping track of everything we do as business owners and managers can be difficult and especially stressful. It’s important to make sure you are keeping track of your drivers and your drivers’ safety. 

Why should I use live fleet cameras?

Do you worry about your drivers driving with the safest habits? Is the communication between driver and client effective? Is my driver safe? What happens if we have an accident? These are just a few worries that keep fleet owners up at night. Having that link between business owner and driver can be the key to successful deliveries, responsible driving, and efficient communication.

Using live fleet cameras gives business owners their own sense of safety. Having access to things such as travel logs, maintenance, driving habits, and speeding incidents can ensure your business is running efficiently and safely. When your drivers are out on the road, they are representing your company and your brand. Making sure that your company and brand are being reflected in the best way possible is key to a successful business – and live fleet cameras help you achieve that success. 

What should I look for in a fleet camera solution?

There are several different models of fleet camera solutions available that can fit your individual needs. If your main concern is safety, it’s best to find a live fleet camera that monitors driving habits such as speeding or whether or not your driver is alert. If you’re looking more towards monitoring timing, find a camera that has a GPS fleet tracking system so you can make sure your drivers are where they say they are and on schedule. Ideally, the fleet camera you choose should be able to show you real-time information about how effectively your fleet is operating. 

Safety Track has an extensive line of live fleet cameras that can help keep you in the loop of your drivers’ activities, your fleet’s maintenance needs, and also provide you with a sense of security. Live streaming cameras can help you cut unnecessary costs, correct issues with your fleet, and protect your company. 

Below we have outlined a few of the cameras we offer and how they can reduce owner liability and help your fleet become effective. 

UCIT Fleet Camera 

This camera features a low startup cost with HD quality video that gives you the ability to see how efficiently your fleet is performing. It also includes Integrated GPS Fleet Tracking so you’re able to make sure all drivers in your fleet are performing based on their assigned schedules. With the UCIT Fleet Camera, you’re able to monitor when they leave to hit the road, what stops they make and at what time, and when they arrive at their assigned destination. Our real-time camera can also be used to track driving behavior and reduce the drivers’ speed. If you’re able to track your drivers’ behavior, you’re able to monitor the safety of your fleet and the safety of your drivers as well. This effectively reduces the chance of accidents or other mishaps almost in half, saving you money and worries.

UCIT Dash Camera Solution

This solution allows you to keep track of the individual driver’s behavior behind the wheel. With this solution, business owners can make sure their drivers aren’t taking part in any reckless driving habits that could endanger your fleet. When drivers become distracted or start to fade in alertness, this can cause accidents, delayed deliveries, or even decreased communication. Using a dash camera gives you the reliability of your drivers being alert and distraction free. This camera solution keeps track of all driving conditions and simultaneously records interior and exterior views so you’re able to monitor their personal behavior and how it impacts your fleet as a whole. 

UCIT WIFI Camera Solution 

Our 2 Channel WI-FI Live Streaming Fleet Camera System is perfect for any size fleet. The WIFI Camera Solution records a long and continuous track to make sure you’re getting constant streaming of your fleet’s progress. Having access with this type of solution can help you figure out what kinks need to be worked on the most. Is your fleet hitting traffic at the wrong time? Is there a problem with the fleet’s time management? These are just two of the questions this camera solution can help answer. 

When you’re able to look at your fleet as a whole, you can see what your strongest and weakest points are and that can help you improve your safety records and ultimately reduce your liability.

Safety Track is a one-stop source for GPS tracking and fleet cameras. Since 2002 we’ve been providing companies with a complete line of fleet & trailer tracking along with (elogs) for DOT compliance. Safety Track provides the best solutions and applications to fit you or your company’s needs. Reach out to us at 1-888-286-9829 for more information.

“A Life Saver”: A Testimonial of the Importance of GPS and Fleet Sweeper Technology

Managing a fleet team comes with several risks. What if my fleet isn’t running as scheduled? Is my driver operating at the best of his/her abilities? Is my machinery being taken care of? These are all questions that arise in the mind of a fleet manager. Since most people aren’t able to be in multiple locations at once, most fleet managers are left without answers to these questions. Due to the increase in fleet sweeping technology, such as GPS monitoring and live streaming cameras, today’s modern fleet manager can rest easier. Using this technology gives managers the peace of mind of knowing exactly what’s going on with their fleet. President of Northwest Sweeping, Brady Costelow, has been using fleet monitoring technology from Safety Track for the past few years and he says, “it’s a lifesaver.”

The Joys of Technology

Costelow says he’s managed fleets for around ten years and says the sweeper technology has made his job much easier. He says he uses the app regularly, and it keeps his mind at ease. “I have a $100,000 piece of equipment that I can watch anytime I want with multiple cameras…it also keeps the guys honest because they feel like someone’s watching them and if there’s a wreck, we can download the video from an SD card and see what happened.”

Costelow usually monitors five or six trucks at a time and uses the app to keep track of the things that matter. “With street sweepers, we’re watching the performance of the truck, not just the driver. We’re able to have a record of how the truck is performing so if clients give us a hard time, which they don’t, but if they did, we’d be able to show them a video of it sweeping.”

Personal Experience

Recently, Costelow says using Safety Track’s technology saved a very important piece of equipment from being destroyed by a disgruntled employee. “We had an employee that was always wanting a raise and…he was denied this raise and I decided to watch him that night just to make sure he was doing the job right because sometimes they get disgruntled. I caught him on video driving a street sweeper at about 10-15 miles an hour over speed bumps over and over again.” While this type of behavior isn’t very common, Costelow says without the technology provided to him, he wouldn’t have known exactly what happened. “He was driving it in a way that would have made it more difficult for us to know exactly what happened to the equipment. Without Safety Track we would have never known that he was doing that.”

Why Safety Track?

Northwestern Sweeping uses all of Safety Track’s technology and, Costelow says, it’s included in every truck in his fleet. “It’s part of every truck now. I would put one in my vehicle if I could…the coverage is good and the cellular seems to work just about everywhere.” Costelow adds that he loves the reliability of Safety Track’s technology and insists his business is better because of it. “I use the app on a regular basis. It’s never failed me and I appreciate that so much.” 

Costelow says he prefers dash cams “specifically because it keeps everyone honest. We can watch the drivers and see where they’re going and make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to do.” Monitoring employees’ actions behind the wheel can also mean GPS monitoring. If a manager can keep track of their drivers’ speed and their location at all times, that leaves very little room for error. This can save your business money and can help bring in more clients. “It’s changed everything. I wish I had it a decade ago,” says Costelow. “I would have been able to bring in other investors more easily if they knew they could look at that asset and see it anytime they wanted and see how it’s functioning and make sure it’s on the road. There’s nothing bad about the system. It works great.”

Brady is just one of the many people that have benefited from Safety Track’s technology. The ease of managing your fleet is literally at the touch of a button. If you would like to know more about Brady’s testimonial or find out more about how we can help your business, check out our website at https://safetytrack.net/contact-us/. We would be happy to bring you the same peace of mind we brought Brady Costelow and Northwestern Sweeping. 

Safety Track is a one-stop source for GPS tracking and fleet cameras. Since 2002 we’ve been providing companies with a complete line of fleet & trailer tracking along with (elogs) for DOT compliance. Safety Track provides the best solutions and applications to fit you or your company’s needs. Reach out to us at 1-888-286-9829 for more information.

Top 3 Pain Points for Fleet Owners

Top 3 Pain Points for Fleet Owners, safety track -truck driver

When customers call Safety Track about fleet cameras and GPS, it’s usually after an event, like an auto accident or a lawsuit. Safety Track’s fleet cameras and GPS tracking could’ve helped prevent both of those unfortunate events.

“A lot of our customers come to us after the fact, but we would like to get more proactive,” said Tyler Schneider, director of IT operations for Safety Track. 

Companies with fleets deal with safety concerns every day. Sometimes they are industry-specific. But others are universal to all fleet operators. Here are the top three safety pain points that drive customers to Safety Track.

Pain Point 1: Staged Accidents

Schneider says a lot of customers deal with staged accidents, where another driver targets a truck with a company name or logo on it and tries to cause an accident. Then the fraudster files a false insurance claim or a lawsuit against the fleet truck owner.

“Maybe a car cuts off a truck or a car stops suddenly, causing a truck to rear-end it. If they did it intentionally, we capture that with a camera system,” he said.

It’s such a dangerous problem that some companies have removed branding from their trucks to reduce the risk.

Safety Track can send the video of the event from a dashboard camera, side cameras, and a rear camera, so you will have proof to protect yourself. 

Some customers also use videos for training. One of the best ways to reduce risk is to train your drivers so they understand expectations and can respond appropriately in certain situations.

Pain Point 2: Distracted Drivers

Fleet owners rely on drivers to take care of their vehicle while they do their job. At a time when cell phones are ubiquitous, it’s no wonder that driver distraction is one of the top safety concerns for companies with fleets.

Another concern: falling asleep behind the wheel. It’s a legitimate concern, especially for people who make a living driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowsy driving may be responsible for up to 6,000 fatal crashes a year.

Safety Track’s newest camera system can sense whether the driver closes his eyes for too long, takes a drink of water, or looks at his phone. The system then issues a driver alert to the dispatcher and gives a verbal warning to the driver.

Some customers have used this feature to create an incentive system using the driver scorecard, which scores a driver’s performance based on alerts, Schneider said.

Pain Point 3: Tracking Fleet

Companies expect drivers to take lunch breaks and other breaks as needed. But in some cases, the breaks become daily pit stops off of the assigned route which can throw off a service or delivery schedule, increase gas costs, and reduce overall efficiency.

That’s why Safety Track offers GPS tracking services for fleets that can notify the company if a driver has veered off route, where they are, and for how long. Some companies even use the GPS tracking system as a timecard for employees.

Adding fleet cameras and GPS tracking system can result in lower insurance rates, because it helps improve driver performance and lower liability risks, Schneider said. The systems can also reduce insurance claim costs, said Schneider.

Safety Track is a one-stop source for GPS tracking and fleet cameras. Since 2002 we’ve been providing companies with a complete line of fleet & trailer tracking along with (elogs) for DOT compliance. Safety Track provides the best solutions and applications to fit you or your company’s needs. Reach out to us for more information.