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The Benefits of a Remote Fleet Telematics System

Posted by Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development on Apr 2, 2019 4:00:00 AM

You can’t always be working on site at your facility 24/7. In fact, many warehouse managers must oversee their facility and fleet from a remote location at least part of the time. So, having remote fleet telematics capabilities can be incredibly valuable in terms of saving time and finding effective proactive solutions. photography-731891_640

Here are a few key benefits of a remote fleet telematics system versus having to be on site.

1. Efficiencies can be vastly improved.

Advanced alerting capabilities let you know, wherever you are, when there is a time-sensitive issue or event. The sooner data is analyzed after collection, the better, so the speed of cloud computing impacts efficiency and reaction time. 

2. Instant background information is available.

Remote telematics delivers insight on maintenance, prior mechanical issues, and impacts the forklift may have had and been affected by. It can even provide information about how driver behavior, such as excessive speed, may be a contributing factor to the repair needed. 

You understand what is happening with your drivers and fleet without having to witness it in person or be on site to sort through reports.

3. Diagnostics can be done by someone offsite.

If your warehouse already uses telematics software to monitor safety and maintenance checklists, real-time movement of forklifts, and diagnostics, adding some expert repair guidance via remote telematic insight could be the next step to reducing downtime.

Advanced diagnostic tools allow remote service personnel to do all of the things an onsite person can do. This means preventing issues proactively, fixing potential issues before they occur. 

When downtime is reduced, so are associated costs and potential fines. Regulations require employers to put procedures in place to lockout a vehicle in need of repair. But, failing to use a lockout is one of OSHA’s most cited safety violations. One of the reasons for this is the amount of time it takes to get a technician on site to complete repairs.

4. Easy access to big picture, less demand on IT staff

Merging data from multiple systems to get a clear picture can be challenging, which is why another key capability is access to integrated fleet telematics data with other business applications. This provides a complete view into your operations and allows you to make better business decisions.

This expanded access doesn’t increase demands on your IT department. With the cloud, your enterprise does not need to run and maintain its own servers.

5. Granular insight into schedule changes and challenges

Every day, schedules and orders can change, problems occur, or vehicle assignments change. Telematics works to keep you abreast of any changes, even when you aren’t on site.

Leveraging a cloud-based telematics platform that facilitates remote system capabilities allows for greater control and management of all the moving parts throughout your facility.  Real-time monitoring and alerts, delivered instantly to the cloud, make effective remote management easy to achieve.

Topics: smart systems, cloud-based telematics, advanced location, cloud-hosting, fleet monitoring, fog and edge computing, Lean 5S, one-screen access, IoT

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