TO­WARDS FULL OP­ER­A­TIONAL VIS­I­BIL­ITY OF FLEETS

Tech­nol­ogy is help­ing fleet man­agers de­tect risks and in­ef­fi­cien­cies in real time to im­prove fleet safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity

PMV Middle East - - KNOEWDILTEODRG'SEBPRAIRETFNER -

Ve­hic­u­lar mishaps and ris­ing oc­cur­rences of road ac­ci­dents are ex­pected to drive the global au­to­mo­tive telem­at­ics mar­ket through the next six years. The re­quire­ment of safety mea­sures has sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased ow­ing to rise in the num­ber of ve­hi­cles. The mar­ket is ex­pected to wit­ness sig­nif­i­cant boost ow­ing to se­ri­ous con­cerns for min­i­miz­ing hu­man ca­su­al­ties and ve­hic­u­lar dam­ages.

Smart driv­ing with on board com­put­ers, in-ve­hi­cle mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems (IVMS), and telem­at­ics, all of which can be re­ferred to as fleet man­age­ment tech­nol­ogy, has come a long way from sim­ply know­ing the lo­ca­tion of ve­hi­cles.

Tra­di­tional fleet man­age­ment so­lu­tions of­fered ba­sic telem­at­ics ser­vices, such as fleet track­ing with the global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem and geo­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion sys­tem. Their lat­est ver­sions in­clude fea­tures such as ve­hi­cle man­age­ment, load mon­i­tor­ing, driver man­age­ment, and lo­gis­tics man­age­ment. To­day Fleet Man­age­ment Tech­nol­ogy can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about the driver, re­ward driv­ers for good per­for­mances, pre­vent against theft, con­trol the op­er­at­ing ar­eas of ve­hi­cles, keep goods se­cure, and most im­por­tantly keep roads safe.

Ad­vance­ments in smart­phone and GPS tech­nolo­gies along with high speed in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity have changed the telem­at­ics busi­ness rapidly. More­over, ris­ing aware­ness about driver’s safety and grow­ing in­flu­ence of safety reg­u­la­tions im­posed by var­i­ous gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Euro­pean Union, Rus­sia, and Brazil have made telem­at­ics an es­sen­tial com­po­nent for ve­hi­cles.

A good fleet man­age­ment tech­nol­ogy will pro­vide the data in an easy-to-read for­mat to help fleet man­agers iden­tify driv­ers and be­hav­iours that are im­ped­ing on their fleet ef­fi­cacy goals. The tech­nol­ogy can also make make driv­ers hap­pier, ac­cord­ing to a study con­ducted by Fleet Man­age­ment Sys­tems and Tech­nolo­gies (FMS Tech). The study re­vealed that driver moral in­creased by 73% across clients that in­stalled an IVMS or telem­at­ics de­vice.

In this con­text, this re­port ex­plores the ma­jor fac­tors af­fect­ing com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle pur­chas­ing in the UAE. Ac­cord­ing to Bi­lal Al­ribi, gen­eral man­ager, Emi­rates Mo­tor Com­pany – Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles (EMC –

CV), they in­clude se­cur­ing short/long-term projects and mak­ing sure there is a pre­dictable cost of own­er­ship through­out the ve­hi­cle life­cy­cle. Fuel ef­fi­ciency also plays a ma­jor role as com­pa­nies are try­ing to go with cost­sav­ing so­lu­tions. The evo­lu­tion of tech­nol­ogy for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle safety in­clud­ing trans­for­ma­tional tech­nolo­gies also have an im­pact on com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle pur­chas­ing. It is pro­jected to re­vive in the re­gion with the restora­tion of con­struc­tion projects. Al­ribi points out that new and in­no­va­tive fu­el­ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies will help lever­age the cost ben­e­fits on ve­hi­cle own­ers.

How­ever, tech­nol­ogy only forms a part of the over­all fleet man­age­ment strat­egy. Fleet man­age­ment is also about pre­ven­tive main­te­nance of parts to re­duce fric­tion and han­dle stress, which leads to more mileage from the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle and in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Ad­vance­ments in smart­phone and GPS tech­nolo­gies along with high speed in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity have changed the telem­at­ics busi­ness rapidly

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