Written by: Jermaine Robinson
A fleet of vehicles can be difficult to maintain. With many manufacturers cutting back on warranties that were once offered, it is the responsibility of the owners to do everything in their power to maintain their vehicles. Current trends are showing that preventative measures are much more effective and will lead to lower repair costs.
Tracking and Driving Habits
Every driver will drive their vehicles differently. When a fleet is being used by multiple drivers, a company will need to manage the driving habits of those who are driving the vehicles. A driver may routinely slam on the brakes or drive at high speeds. This habit puts extra wear-and-tear on the vehicle resulting in more frequent brake and tire replacements. Therefore Fleet or vehicle tracking devices are necessary to monitor drivers.
Tracking devices detects all drivers’ habits such as their average speed, erratic driving behaviors and how long they stay idle. With this information, driving performance are adjusted to reduce the maintenance costs normally seen with fleet maintenance. There are even mobile fleet tracking devices that allows the owner to view these statistics from their mobile devices.
GPS tracking devices can also be used to track the location of drivers. Not only will this ensure that vehicles are reaching their appropriate destinations, but it also ensures that drivers receive prompt assistance if they have an issue with their vehicleGPS tracking devices are also used to track down stolen or lost shipments.
Skypatrol® Attends Fenatran in Brazil
MRM Solution Provider highlighting new products and services at Fenatran
MIAMI, FL, USA October 22, 2013 – Skypatrol, LLC., a leading global mobile resource management solution provider, announced its attendance as an exhibitor at Fenatran 2013, an International Transport Industry Trade Fair being held from October 28, 2013 to November 1, 2013. Fenatran has been a tradition in the transportation industry for 35 years, focusing on products and services for cargo transporters and logistic operators.
“As a global technology company with deep roots in Latin America, we are pleased to showcase our new products and services at Fenatran,” says Skypatrol’s CEO, Robert Rubin. “As a past exhibitor, we recognize the value of the fair and look forward to participating in an event that repeatedly contributes to the transportation sector.”
Held in the Sambadrome in Anhembi, Brazil, Fenatran presents customers the opportunity to get hands-on insight to trucks manufactures such as MAN, VOLVO, Mercedes Benz, Scania International, and many others along with transportation-related vendors.
“We have a long history in the Latin America Market, particularly Brazil in the MRM industry and are very excited to attend this event,” says Maitha Cassouto, Sales Director of Latin America. “2013 has been an exciting year for to date and Fenatran gives us an opportunity to showcase our new products and solutions.”
For more information about Fenatran, please review: http://www.fenatran.com.br/en/
Written by: Jeff Hanft
In the past several years, more and more companies that utilize service vehicles as a major component of their business have been investing in GPS tracking solutions. GPS technology allows business owners and managers to make better utilization of their fleets by:
- Reducing costs
- Increasing revenues
- Improving customer service and satisfaction; and,
- Increasing driver safety and productivity
More and more companies have recognized the cost savings of this type of asset management solution. Consequently, there are many fleet management companies that offer these services. It can be difficult to navigate through all of the offerings to select the one that is right for your business. When choosing a fleet management company for your business, you should be certain that it has the features that you need to solve your most significant pain points. Some companies may offer features that you do not need and they charge accordingly. An experienced fleet management solution provider will listen to what your specific needs are and offer a solution that focuses on what those needs are without added features that equate to added costs. There is no reason to pay for something that you will never use. Focus on matching features offered with your particular needs while keeping within your budget.
Written by: Drew Davitian
In vehicle manufacturing, social status is defined by the type of luxury package purchased (or not), boasting extra options and increased values, all of which are optional. Whether purchasing a trim package, technology package or the sports package, manufacturers work to appeal to any type of buyer and budget, leveraging all opportunities to up-sell. Over the past decade, a prominent and consistent luxury accessory has become the built-in navigation system.
With aftermarket PNDs offered for as low as $60 and available at any discount electronics retailer, the suction cup to the windshield versions of the product have been completely discounted as status quo. Today, this leaves an OEM installed, in-dash navigation as more of a given then optional.
Automakers have not overlooked this trend. They clearly understand the value of this option; inexpensive to build into vehicles, an easy up-sell and healthy margins even in low-end vehicles. Economy level vehicles like the Ford Focus and Mazda 3 come with navigation, and in standard models with some available with a 6 or 7 inch LCD screen. Continue reading
Skypatrol® Adds the Latest Technology to its Product Offering
3G GPS tracking units have now been added to Skypatrol’s MRM information platform
MIAMI, FL June 26, 2013 – Skypatrol, LLC., a leading global mobile resource management solution provider, announced the addition of 3G capable GPS tracking devices to its product offering. Along with 2G, 3G GPS tracking devices offer Skypatrol customers another option to meet their mobile resource management needs. 3G is now emerging in the machine-to-machine (M2M) markets as a solution for high data usage in location-based services for business application. 3G networks allow for faster data stream for messaging terminals and provide a wider coverage area. The 3G network allows for the increase of bandwidth on mobile devices with speeds of up to 144 Kbps compared with 2G current range of 9.6 kbps. Other benefits include longer hardware life cycles for mobile assets to function longer in the field.
“We are a global technology company and are consistently looking ahead as we move forward with the cellular technology pace worldwide,” says Skypatrol’s CEO, Robert Rubin. “By offering a 3G cellular GPS tracking device in the automotive finance and fleet applications, we understand the importance of providing our customers with solutions that fit their respective needs now and later.”
Skypatrol’s 3G cellular network capability gives customers broader network coverage area using the largest cellular network. The device provides the ability to utilize starter disable/enable with ignition override and payment reminder to the auto finance market and asset tracking for fleet customers.
“With carriers planning to sunset the support of the 2G network, Skypatrol is giving customers the option to transition to 3G now while meeting their need for a faster data streaming and a wider coverage network,” says Mark Peters, Vice President of Sales, Vehicle Finance. “Again, this is consistent with our customer-centric approach by giving our customers options. The quality of the 2G networks are diminishing as investment is being made in the latest technologies. We are focused on being one of the first companies in our niche markets to offer 3G products to make sure our customers receive the best service possible.”
So, what is all the buzz about 2G and 3G GPS tracking devices? You may have heard the rumors that some carriers will stop supporting 2G cellular devices as early as 2017. There are articles and white papers flying around that describe this change like the Y2K apocalypse in 1999. If your business relies on GPS tracking devices to help mitigate risks and minimize costs, you are probably curious as to what separates the facts from the rumors.
To understand the whole story, let’s go back to the early 1990s when the 2G network was born and when digital wireless transmission of data and voice began. The 2G network enabled a variety of features on cellular devices such as short messaging service (SMS or text messaging), push-to-talk, caller ID, voicemail, and other simple data applications like email messaging and Web browsing. For people wanting to get information remotely by having a desktop at their fingertips, the carriers worked feverishly to deliver faster and better wireless service to meet the global demand for not only cell phones, but for all mobile devices. This accelerated the deployment of a faster network, the third generation network. Using a wider radio spectrum that allows for faster data transmission than 2G, 3G is compatible with advanced multimedia services and a larger network. Continue reading
Though many drivers still rate the petroleum-based automotive as ideal, but still, the utility of hybrid cars is undeniable. With a continued unrest in the petroleum industry, it has become the need of the day to come up with the appropriate alternative. The petroleum consumption is extremely dangerous for the Ozone layer, which can pave the way towards worldwide chaos. Therefore, eco-friendly cars must be the way to go. Not just the environmental aspect, but also, several other benefits are there for the taking as well. Following are the utmost benefits transportation companies can derive by going with the green vehicles. Continue reading
US Federal program Clean Cities helps fleet managers control and reduce carbon emissions and cut fuel consumption, the initiative was first introduced in 1993 and operates a network of regional coalitions that work with public and private fleets to ease the transition to alternative fuels.
Clean Cities also helps fleets that aren’t ready to make the switch to alternative fuels by offering information on emerging products and technologies, and strategies on reducing petroleum consumption. Strategies such as route optimization and feedback display systems.