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Harness the Power of Real-time Data with Job-Tracking Telematics

Posted by Thelma Marshall on Nov 15, 2016 4:00:00 AM

analytics-1368293_1280.pngFacility management means tracking many moving parts — including employees. With so much to monitor, it is easy to lose sight of important objectives. Telematics' real-time data addresses this challenge with insightful solutions, bringing safety, efficiency, and the productivity of fleet operators back into focus.

Many enterprises that have an increasing need to control costs and meet OSHA and industry-related regulatory compliance are turning to fleet-management software. If you are still on the fence about deploying telematics, you may not realize that advanced software is user-friendly and delivers much more than fleet-management solutions.

Telematics Supports Workforce Management Systems

You may wonder if telematics can harmonize with the management systems already in place in your facility. After all, in order to be effective, the two must work together seamlessly.

It can, but this was not always the case. In the early days of facility telematics, many found it was is great for improving fleet efficiency, but was a challenge to harmonize with their Enterprise Resource Plan (ERP) or Workforce Management (WFM) systems.

Yesterday’s challenges included:

  • Increased labor costs because of inputting data twice
  • Data synchronization issues — increased IT costs
  • Reporting inaccuracies due to attempts to cohesively combine all data

Today’s advanced telematics platforms have come a long way.

Seamless, enhanced business logic

Telematics software has evolved — creating intelligent rules that determine what information is sent to another application, and when. This allows users to design, build, and control how work flows between applications using a visual interface.

You can:

1. Harness the power of your data.

Telematics provides you with all the development tools you need to link your proprietary databases and third-party software, giving you the flexibility to choose how you leverage your data.

2. Deploy job tracking.

An optional job-tracking feature allows operators to record the time they start and complete a job. This creates a metric monitored in job-tracking reports, so you can determine operational efficiency and trends.

3. Leverage reports for time management and better communication.

Use real-time work hours and operator information to monitor working patterns, manage overtime, control costs, and integrate with payroll and billing systems. Automated records of each driver’s productivity offer insights into working patterns and overall fleet performance — identifying cost-cutting opportunities. No more wasting time on manual paper timesheets!

4. Integrate with current systems.

Job-tracking information can be integrated into ERP systems and customer systems with per-job related information. This gives you data to support charges to your customers. For example, job-tracking data can help calculate the cost of labor per customer order. You can also use data to ensure employees are paid appropriately, like employees that get paid by the job. This is useful for organizations with a heavy union presence.

The advantages of an advanced telematics system go far beyond optimizing your fleet — it includes your valuable operators. Providing a smooth integration with ERP and WFM systems, it delivers detailed insights to better manage your workforce and support their productivity.

Topics: big data, advanced locationing, job-tracking, fleet telematics solution

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