22 May 19

Improving routing and productivity with telematics

Transport companies move goods from point A to point B. Though the task may sound simple, it is actually anything but. This is because the shortest route is not always the fastest, or the most practical. Traffic patterns and road conditions change throughout the day, making it difficult to predict the most efficient route to take. Unexpected pick-up and delivery issues can also create route delays. Overcoming these challenges is the primary task of routing logistics and is the backbone of a transport company’s productivity. 

Effective routing is an intensely data-driven effort that requires access to vast amounts of information to pre-plan routes as well as respond to changing conditions. This includes, real-time GPS and speed data, active traffic information and obstacle alerts. Proper routing also involves knowledge of infrastructure like physical road conditions, stop signs, and more. 

All of this information can be acted upon by using telematics and big data solutions. The MyGeotab platform allows fleet managers to compare predicted and actual travel times and analyze multiple routes for efficiency. Dispatchers will also have full visibility on fleet positions so they can quickly dispatch drivers, assign additional pick-ups, or redirect drivers in real-time.

Reducing vehicle downtime with telematics

The route you take is only one piece of the puzzle to maximize productivity. Vehicle health must also be taken into account. Unexpected mechanical failures are costly, time-consuming, and largely avoidable with the use of a robust telematics device. The Geotab GO telematics device captures vehicle engine data, along with historical information such as repair history. This identifies which trucks in your fleet should be brought in for preventative maintenance, aiding in the reduction of vehicle downtime.

Keeping driver safety at the forefront

Perhaps the most important component in a transport fleet’s productivity, are the drivers themselves. Driver safety will always be a top priority for transport companies. Telematics, backed by big data analysis, offers new ways to look at driver behavior to correct risky driving habits before they result in a collision. MyGeotab allows fleet managers to set rules for speeding, harsh cornering, sudden acceleration, and other risky driving activities and receive alerts when these rules are broken. Big data analysis can look at historic habits and identify at-risk drivers for additional coaching. Geotab Add-Ons such as GO TALK can even provide in-cab verbal coaching in real-time in Spanish. By recognizing and correcting risky driving behaviors, fleet managers can improve the safety of their fleet and the public at large.

Benefits of big data

Platforms such as data.geotab.com provide an added value for fleets. Leveraging over three billion data points per day, this platform allows users to aggregate datasets for major roadways and urban centers across the world. This information can prove invaluable when planning efficient routes, particularly for areas where your fleet may not have previously travelled.

Read more about what Geotab can do for you.