Today, many businesses in the supply chain industry are struggling with an increasing need to control costs and meet OSHA and industry-related regulatory compliance. It is not always a simple task, but with the right tools, it can be.
To meet regulations or find ways to trim expenses, most enterprises must have the ability to track all the moving parts in their facility — including employees. The use of real-time telematic data and documentation addresses this challenge, bringing safety, efficiency, transparency and productivity back into focus.
The good news is that fleet-management software no longer pours out a bunch of complicated data and reports that take forever to digest. Telematics is designed to be user-friendly and steps beyond basic fleet management to deliver complete solutions.
Workforce management systems merge with telematics platforms
To be effective, telematics must be able to integrate with the management systems already in place. This is key. Not all platforms can do this, so be certain the one you choose has this capability.
Your platform should easily harmonize with your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Workforce Management (WFM) systems.
This means that:
- Data is automatically synchronized.
- Reporting is cohesively combined and includes all data.
- The platform is intelligent and can leverage rules to determine what information is sent to another application, and when.
Platform customization is a must-have
Telematics software should also give you, the user, the power to design, build, and control how work flows between applications using a visual interface.
This means you can:
1. Take control of your data.
It links your proprietary databases and third-party software, providing 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. Access easy-to-read, customized reports.
With the latest developments in reporting, you can choose exactly what information you wish to see so reports are customized to your business needs. You may choose to use real-time work hours and operator information to monitor working patterns, manage overtime, control costs, and integrate with payroll and billing systems. Or get instant access to automated records of each driver’s productivity. No more wasted time.
4. Merge advanced telematics with current systems.
Job-tracking information can be integrated into ERP systems and customer systems with per-job related information and 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.
Cutting costs while trying to create transparency is not a simple endeavor. But, an advanced telematics system can go far beyond optimizing a fleet. It provides real-time monitoring to track each vehicle, operator, and product inventory down to the square foot — even while in motion.