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TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS: 7 EXPERT TIPS FOR USING TELEMATICS AND VEHICLE CCTV

04 Apr 2024 by Emma Foster 5 minute read

Justin Stronge from Simplicity Group

Fleet efficiency is the foundation of successful fleet management. Today, vehicles in fleets up and down the country are likely to have at least some form of camera and telematics system installed.  The transport and logistics industry is no different.

There’s no doubt that telematics and CCTV can have huge cost savings for any fleet, but using the right system and getting the most out of it, isn’t always easy.

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That’s why, we’ve outlined some of our top tips for choosing and using your vehicle telematics and vehicle CCTV systems for logistics and transport companies.

 

TIP 1- MAKE SURE YOUR VEHICLE CCTV AND TELEMATICS INTEGRATES

Common issue- Transparency of your fleet

Integrating Vehicle CCTV and Telematics is crucial for anyone in the automotive industry. It enhances various aspects of fleet management and overall operation efficiency. With an integrated system you can;

Create bespoke reports and data anaylsis– Integration enables the creation of customised reports that cater to specific business needs. By consolidating telematics and CCTV data, you can generate detailed reports on vehicle performance, driver behaviour, and incidents.

Build Scoring Data for Driver Behaviour– Make sure systems can combine to create accurate scoring data for driver behaviour, training and asset monitoring.

Advanced Asset Monitoring and Security- Tracking data merged with real-time footage gives you a clear picture of most incidents. Everything you need to prove non-fault accidents or abuse.

 

TIP 2- BENCHMARK YOUR DATA (IDLING, ACCELERATION, BRAKING) / ESTABLISH KPIS

Common issue- Driving inefficiently

One of the most important parts of bringing telematics and CCTV into your business is to create a baseline of data and plan on where you can improve that. Transport and logistics companies spend their time on the road and if they are driving routes that take longer, speed or idle too long, this can all affect fuel efficiency. So, when you initially bring a system in, you will record exactly how your fleet is being driven and where the data can be improved.

Vehicle telematics will monitor harsh breaking, over-acceleration and engine idling. Creating a scoring system to highlight this and target improvements provides the business with important KPIs which will inevitably result in a better-driven and more efficient fleet.

 

TIP 3- MAKE SURE DATA ISN’T CAPPED & SYSTEMS ARE MULTI NETWORK

Common issue- Protect against non fault accidents & incidents

Data caps are one of the biggest issues in the vehicle CCTV market. If data is capped, then devices can stop working at important times. Imagine your phone running out of data when you’re lost.

Additionally, check your CCTV uses multi-network capabilities. This means it will always use the strongest signal to transmit data.

A working camera will make it much easier to prove when there’s no fault on the driver.

Find out more about MANTIS Live vehicle CCTV solutions with no cap and multinetwork capability.

 

TIP 4- ENSURE YOUR SYSTEM WILL DELIVER EXPENSE MANAGEMENT 

Common issue- Rising Costs for Fuel and parts

Managing expenses involves minimising unnecessary trips, ensuring that business mileage is essential, accurately recording it, and reconciling the information with payroll.

Online journey reporting has led to a notable reduction in mileage bills. Additionally, efficient driving will generally lead to a longer life of the vehicle and likely lead to fewer parts breaking down.

 

TIP 5- CHOOSE SOMEONE WHO WILL OFFER TRAINING & SUPPORT

Common issue- Inefficient System Utilising & increased downtime

Selecting a provider who offers comprehensive training and support is crucial for any system’s successful implementation and ongoing efficiency.  Ensure that the provider offers thorough training programs for your team. This should cover the installation and use of the telematics and CCTV systems, as well as any software or applications associated with them.

Correct support offerings provide a smoother implementation process and ongoing success in utilising telematics and CCTV systems in your transport and logistics operations.

 

TIP 6- USE CLOUD-BASED SYSTEMS

Common issue- No real-time view of fleets

Cloud-based systems allow fleet managers and team members to access data and applications from anywhere with an internet connection. This is especially valuable for the Transport and Logistics industry who will likely have a mobile and dispersed fleet.

Cloud service can highlight and alert fleet managers for any issue that needs maintenance and updates. If your vehicle is on the road for a long time, then this enables you to ensure any maintenance is booked upon return. Automatic alerts will also ensure you’re aware of any issues that occur on the road in case of delays or to manage expectations.

 

TIP 7- FUTURE PROOF FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Common issue- Keep ahead of current decarbonisation legislation

Telematics & CCTV systems provide real-time data on vehicle performance, allowing for the optimisation of fuel consumption. This not only reduces operational costs but also lowers carbon emissions.

Telematics helps organisations comply with environmental regulations and standards by providing accurate data on emissions, fuel consumption, and other relevant parameters.

Anaeko’s expertise can drive your transport services to new heights. Anaeko analyses, ingests and consolidates internal and supplier data into a combined Azure data-warehouses and PowerBI dashboards that deliver data insights through KPI reports, historical trends and drill-down analysis across your business.

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CHOOSE SIMPLICITY GROUP

Simplicity Group is at the forefront of fleet management in the UK and Ireland. It’s their commitment to stay ahead of industry trends. Offering you the most innovative and efficient solutions available. Their customer-centric approach, and strong partnerships, provide the highest level of service. They deliver solutions tailored to your specific business needs.

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Topics: Data Analytics, Open Data, Big Data, KPI, transport, sustainability

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