Why Fleets Should Partner with a Telematics Provider
On the face of it, implementing electronic logbooks is a daunting challenge. But one relatively simple solution can make complying with the ELD mandate much easier: partnering with a telematics provider.
Integrating electronic logbooks and telematics systems creates a big-picture approach to fleet data. This is particularly true with functions such as a driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) system, which keeps even more-detailed records and increases maintenance efficiency. For safety, telematics can monitor driver behavior and identify risky behavior to prevent incidents.
It Saves Time
Already Use Telematics?
For fleets that already have a telematics partner, turning to them is obvious. Many offer proven electronic logbooks that provide solid results for many fleet customers.
Turning to an existing partner makes sense: It will save fleets time in implementing ELD. For many providers, adding electronic logbooks to an existing telematics account is relatively simple. You’ll also save time because the telematics provider is already familiar with the fleet, its vehicles, and its operations. That means less time building a relationship with a provider.
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This is a great time to consider adding telematics in addition to electronic logbook software. Telematics provides powerful tools to improve the bottom line from routing to anti-idling to monitoring reckless driving. Providers are used to scaling up implementation quickly and can guide fleet managers through all the issues related to ELD compliance.
Implementing both telematics and electronic logbooks is simple, often just requiring the telematics provider—if its system is compatible with the built-in device—to simply “turn on” the telematics capability.
It Improves Efficiency
Fleets that add ELD to their existing telematics platform will see several immediate benefits.
First, the ELD is generally built on the same platform as the telematics device. That flattens the learning curve. The function and functionality are usually the same or very similar.
Second, and perhaps most important, is the benefit of data integration. Whether it’s an existing or new fleet user, having data flowing through one stream is crucial for today’s data-driven environment.
Why Data Integration Matters
Data integration is a hallmark of today’s “Big Data” approach. Data in silos spanning different systems across the enterprise is inefficient and often requires more time to process and analyze. This adds to the fleet’s budget and impacts the company’s bottom line.
Integrating electronic logbooks and telematics systems creates a big-picture approach to fleet data, keeping the fleet in compliance and aiding efficiency. This is particularly the case with functions such as a driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) system, which keeps even more-detailed records and increases maintenance efficiency.
Telematics also addresses safety: The systems can monitor driver behavior and identify risky behavior before incidents. This can save the company time and money by preventing vehicle damage, injuries, potentially costly lawsuits, and negative publicity.
A Matter of Compliance
They’re Fleet Experts
Since they are experts in fleet operations, they are prepared to help fleets stay in compliance. They support their products, ensure that they are up-to-date, and meet Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) technical requirements.
They Understand How to Support Products
As software experts, they know the importance of providing ongoing updates to their product to ensure their customers meet FMCSA compliance. If there are changes to the rules down the line, they can adjust their products customers’ needs.
They React Quickly
Telematics providers are used to working with fleets and understand the importance of following FMCSA rules. They have mechanisms in place to cope with individual or large-scale technical issues or emergencies that may occur.
They Supply Technical & Customer Support
On a day-to-day level, telematics providers should support their products by providing ELD-support specialists to troubleshoot any questions from users. Many offer ongoing training where and when necessary.
Among its requirements, in order to transmit Hours of Service (HOS) data, fleets must either use Bluetooth and USB2.0 technology or a Telematics device. Partnering with a Telematics provider will allow fleets to quickly meet an important provision of the ELD mandate while reaping the benefits of faster implementation, data integration, and equipment support.