Harnessing Telematics to Increase Your Uptime
Posted on August 1st, 2019
Transportation is like a technology industry all in its own. Trucks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, like computers on wheels that just happen to haul tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of products and materials. While it’s easy to get caught up in all of the bells and whistles, the key is harnessing those technologies that make sense for your operation—those that are going to increase efficiency and, ultimately, help your bottom line.
One universal concern is uptime. This industry buzzword is often focused on, and for good reason. The better your uptime—when your trucks up and running—the better your customer service, reputation and overall operation. It also means you’re not spending time and money on repairs, particularly those far from home.
Aim utilizes a wide variety of vendor partners so that we can provide solutions tailored to exactly how you do business.
So, how can you employ technology to sustain uptime? One way is through telematics. At its simplest, telematics allows you to monitor almost every detail of your vehicle, such as: location (GPS), speed, fuel usage, tire pressure, idling, accident detection and much—much—more. It also provides the capacity for remote diagnostics and even predictive capabilities, which is particularly important for uptime.
Take for instance: Your diver is on the road, and the check-engine light comes on. You have a decision to make: Do you let him ride on it, hoping nothing goes disastrously wrong before he gets back to your base of operation; or do you find the nearest vendor and send him there for costly (inflated) repairs? With remote diagnostics, making this decision would be much easier to make and gives you the kind of control—and peace of mind—that makes managing your fleet all the more manageable.
But it’s not just about diagnosing your truck’s issue. It’s also about preventing it. These devices are beginning to have the ability to pick up on things that are amiss long before it was ever possible before this technology, taking the surprise out of a breakdown.
At Aim, we’ve launched a campaign encouraging customers to sign up for our telematics program. With a quick and easy setup, our lease partners’ power units will talk to our Road Rescue department (available 24/7-365) when something is wrong or about to go wrong. This allows us to proactively service the vehicle before a catastrophic breakdown occurs, preventing those inconvenient interruptions to your business and exceedingly expensive repairs.
Aim has been working with Geotab, an industry leader in telematics, to ensure its customers are compliant with current regulations and have the ability to put their trucks’ data to productive use.
Much of this can be accomplished with little to no additional investment, particularly for carriers who lease their fleet through a company like Aim, which has the capability and manpower to receive, interpret and act on the data provided through telematics. You see, a lot of engines now, such as those built by Cummins, come off the factory floor with telematics built in. Additionally, with the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) Mandate—requiring an electronic logging device be used to track hours of service instead of using paper logbooks—millions of vehicles now have this capability right at their fingertips. ELDs not only record a driver’s hours of service digitally, they’re also synchronized with the engine’s control module, which allows the device to report on a truck’s overall fitness.
Utilizing this technology is a no-brainer, particularly in today’s on-demand world where being prompt and efficient all the time, every time is expected.