Archive for telematics

Big Data, Big Possibilities: The Power of a Telematics Platform

Fleet telematics has a robust return on investment. Multitenant platforms can be an elegant way to collect Big Data. Big Data, used right, has great power. Put them all together and what do you get? An interesting logistics technology. The Geotab Telematics Platform Telematics solutions provide truck fleets with the ability to remotely monitor the location, status, health, and activity of vehicles.  Geotab is the telematics company that gathers Big Data for analysis in their […]

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Using Analytics to Predict Which Truck Drivers Will Have an Accident

Predictive analytics are being employed in interesting new ways to improve safety. Telematics solutions have long monitored events like hard braking and speeding to flag unsafe driver behaviors. But today, this driver event data is being enriched with other data streams to actually predict the likelihood of a specific driver having an accident. Omnitracs’ Critical Event Reporting is one such solution. According to Kevin Haugh, Chief Strategy and Product Officer for Omnitracs, “These are sophisticated […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 26-30, 2013)

This was a relatively quiet week for news, and I suspect many of you are taking off early today to enjoy the long holiday weekend, which unofficially marks the end of summer. So, without delay, here is the news that caught my attention this week: Qualcomm Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell its North and Latin American Transportation and Logistics Business to Vista Equity Partners Kewill Enhances Logistics Software With New Mobile Apps For Greater Efficiency […]

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Next Generation Transportation Management Solutions

I believe that the next generation of transportation management solutions will leverage GPS and telematics technologies in much more robust ways than we are seeing today. For example, I was recently briefed by Esri, which provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and a platform/toolkit called ArcGIS that allows users to combine geographic data, including real-time and historical GPS data, with applications based upon relational databases. I feel more certain now that companies can do more interesting […]

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Guest Commentary: Mobile Technology and Freight Transportation

It’s no secret that anything “mobile” is all the rage today. However, mobile technology is not new to the transportation world. In fact, the introduction of Qualcomm’s OmniTracs™ in 1988 and UPS’ roll-out of the DIAD (Delivery Information Acquisition Device) four years later are prime examples of pioneering companies investing in mobile technology as a means to drive efficiencies and create competitive advantage. Author Malcolm Gladwell defined a “tipping point” as “the moment of critical […]

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Telematics and Fleet Insurance

A few years ago I did some research on telematics. At the time, an insurance underwriter in the UK was exploring the idea of using telematics data to price automotive and fleet insurance. Since then, underwriters have started using GPS/telematics to price automotive insurance. Progressive Insurance has a program called Snapshot where it mails a telematics device to a customer who then installs it in his car and Progressive tracks the data for 30 days. […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Compliance Doesn’t Cost, It Pays

Traditional thinking is that government transportation compliance programs, such as hours of service (HOS) regulations, cost companies money. If the focus of your compliance efforts is solely to meet the regulation, then I concur. But, that approach is a lost opportunity to reduce operational costs through better driver and vehicle performance. Instead of just meeting the regulations, fleet operators need to look beyond to the benefits of telematics and advanced tracking systems to change driver […]

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Guest Commentary: Preventing Cargo Theft in the Supply Chain

Today’s economy is driven by a global supply chain where goods move around the world 24/7. As supply chains grow more complex, so does the ability to secure goods. One of the biggest challenges affecting businesses today is cargo theft, and the resulting potential disruption of the supply chain. How large is this problem? While difficult to quantify, the FBI estimates cargo theft amounts to $15 to $30 billion a year. However, this figure does […]

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Duty of Care Legislation Redefines Private Fleet

The traditional definition of a private fleet is a fleet of vehicles owned by a company to conduct business. When supply chain folks hear the term they tend to think of a fleet of large trucks with trailers hauling goods from the manufacturer’s distribution center (DC) to the retailer’s DC. But other types of fleets exist as well: smaller trucks used to install new products for project-based supply chains; maintenance vans used by technicians to repair […]

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The Tax-Efficient Truck Fleet

I wrote an article for Supply Chain Management Review earlier this year called the Tax Efficient Supply Chain.  If you have a North American based private fleet, part of having a tax efficient supply chain is making sure you don’t overpay on your International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) taxes.  IFTA is an agreement among all states (except Alaska and Hawaii) and Canadian provinces (except Nunavut and Yukon) to simplify the reporting of fuel used by […]

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