Getting up and running with a new telematics solution can be a big project and, in all cases, requires carefully planned project management. Often when considering the adoption of telematics or even re-implementation, our customers’ key concerns are around installation timeframes and vehicle downtime. With this considered, it is our primary objective to facilitate minimal disruption to their day-to-day business activities.
When I get assigned to a customer, one of the first things I do is to find out what each person taking part in the training uses the system for. Are they users of live or historical tracking? Do they look at driving behaviour, or are they extracting information to create customised reports?
MiX Telematics is strengthening its MiX Fleet Manager solution with the addition of MyMiX – an innovative driver engagement platform that further enables its customers to run safer and more efficient fleet operations. MyMiX provides professional drivers with easy 24-hour access, via the web or a mobile device, to key information about their performance – no matter the industry in which they operate. Driver scoring is the first module available on MyMiX, which boasts a sleek, engaging and user-friendly interface accessible from iOS or Android mobile devices.
Telematics is a system that uses in-vehicle information and communication technology to collect and monitor data on vehicles and/or drivers. It can be used alongside driver training and education and risk management policies to significantly improve fleet safety. Telematics can record harsh braking, sharp cornering or speeding and can reduce safety-related incidents by up to 50% . According to a recent fleet safety survey report published by the road safety charity Brake sponsored by the Licence Bureau although installing telematics does involve an initial investment, many organisations report recouping the initial outlay in safety-related cost savings within a year .
Former police officer Robert Peel, who was a key member of a project team which pioneered the use of onboard data recorders at Surrey Police, has been appointed to the position of Project Consultant – Emergency Services for MiX Telematics. In his new role Robert will work to further develop the use and application of telematics solutions by emergency services organisations nationwide.
Using telematics to capture driving information can deliver multiple benefits including reduced fuel consumption, fewer maintenance costs, increased safety and solicitation of compliance. But is the data delivered via your telematics supplier strong enough to be used as evidence in court relating to accident analysis?
Often the most obvious benefits of implementing a telematics solution are to provide visibility and improve utilisation. But as a business grows and develops, its requirements are likely to develop too. As primary benefits are realised and initial investment costs are accounted for, telematics objectives can transpire into new realms of an organisation such as driver behaviour, road safety and compliance.
Following the installation of a new system, it can be hard to set about the practicalities of working towards your Return on Investment (ROI) objectives. You know what they are, but how exactly do you achieve them?
With road safety being a major contributing factor to many of the products and services we offer, MiX Telematics is a proud corporate sponsor of Brake, a road safety charity in the UK. Our aim, since the start of our involvement six years ago, has always been to support the charity financially as well as to demonstrate our appreciation for the important work they carry out. In 2014, MiX Telematics entered the Brake Fleet Safety Awards and were delighted to win two awards, one for ‘Product’ and the other for ‘Innovation’.
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