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How an In Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS) can help your fleet

By Jackson Hand December 15, 2020

How an In Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS) can help your fleet 

The boom in the use of In Vehicle Monitoring Systems (IVMS) is unstoppable, fuelled by the need for companies to improve driver safety, fleet productivity and fuel efficiency and  stay competitive. In Australia and New Zealand, more and more vehicle fleets are implementing intelligent vehicle tracking systems to help improve driver performance , tackle poor driving behaviours and realise fuel cost savings .

What is an IVMS?

An in-vehicle monitoring system is a network of vehicle tracking devices and centralised software that can be used to track vehicle speed, gps location and a wide range of telematics data. They can include additional Internet of Things (IoT) sensors such as accelerometers to ensure vehicles are driven safely and efficiently at all times.

Many companies use IVMS solutions to show vehicle locations in near real time as well as detailed vehicle performance and diagnostic information, monitor for harsh braking and harsh acceleration, excessive engine idling and even connect to workers’ mobile phones to assist with operations outside the vehicle. With a 360º view of all your equipment and vehicles on a live map, you can constantly receive insights from your daily operations to help you improve performance with a direct impact on your bottom line. 

Companies that have already implemented IVMS have achieved reduced fuel consumption, improved equipment productivity, reduced wear and tear on equipment  and improved profitability. 

How does IVMS work?

IVMS vehicle tracking devices  are usually installed in a vehicle’s OBDII port and track both GPS vehicle location as well as data from the engine control units such as fuel consumption data, engine idle time, Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) and sudden changes in speed.

The devices transmit this data back to a centralised server over cell phone networks to allow fine grained access control for fleet managers via user friendly client software.

Let's dive a little bit more into the potential of In Vehicle Monitoring Systems for your fleet and your whole business: 

Put your team’s safety first

Monitor all the operations of your mobile team to accompany them remotely. With an IVMS system you will be able to see a live view of your vehicle and driver location and act quickly in case of any issues or accidents. You will be able to send help promptly and better protect your equipment and vehicles on-the-go. 

Use geofencing functionality to know when equipment and vehicles are taken off of the worksite or used outside of normal working hours.

Identify poor driver behaviour that put the safety of your equipment and vehicles at risk. We are talking about speeding, rapid acceleration, harsh braking, hard cornering  and not wearing a seat belt

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In vehicle monitoring systems can help us to promote efficient driving between our equipment and vehicles that is characterised by promoting low fuel consumption, a reduction in environmental pollution, greater driving comfort and a reduction in risk on the road. 

Big Data for a better performance

Have a full view of the large amount of data about your fleet's performance in just one easy dashboard. Use important insights like job progress, vehicle activity, idle time, distance travelled, fuel consumption to analyse daily operations and help improve your performance in the field and reduce fleet operations costs.  

Big Data has led to a transformation of fleets and companies but thanks to telematics all this valuable data will be used to help identify the areas of your business that may have room to improve, uncover hidden costs from bad driving behaviour, and detect engine errors before they become a big breakdown. 

Reducing fleet costs is a priority to help your bottom line. A GPS tracking solution may help to reduce your fleet's expenses but also to improve your fleet's day-to-day. 

Improving productivity is a must

View job progress and your team's performance in the field. With better fleet visibility you can take stock of what you have and how your resources have been used. Then you can assess whether they could be used more efficiently to get more things done with fewer resources.

This will help to reduce inactivity periods and align customer needs with your business resources, vehicles and team to help boost productivity.

IVMS make fleet management easier

Telematics is a great ally to help boost your fleet's operations with ease. Supervise all daily operations and have your team and vehicles under control. Fleet managers must protect their team and vehicle and the good news is technology like in vehicle monitoring systems (IVMS) is on your side. 

 


Jackson Hand

An industry specialist and regular contributor, dedicated to help businesses of all sizes save money and overcome challenges associated with managing fleets.


Tags: Cost Control, Field Management, Performance & Coaching, Productivity & Efficiency, Safety, Training, Team Management, Vehicle Maintenance

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