The Top 8 Fleet Management Technology Myths

Fleet management systems and technology have come a long way in the past decade. According to a new report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the global commercial vehicle telematics market is set to reach US $11.2 billion by 2015. It’s clear – fleet management technologies are on the rise and are field-proven to deliver compelling bottom line and operational benefits to waste fleets.

Yet in spite of this, many misconceptions and barriers to adoption exist in the waste and recycling industry.

We recently published a white paper to tackle the top eight fleet management myths head on. To follow are some highlights (read the full white paper here):

Myth #1: Fleet management systems are too “Big Brother”

Many fleet managers and drivers mistakenly believe that onboard fleet management systems are primarily used to spy on employees. This notion completely misses the point of the potential value of these systems to the entire organization, and in particular to drivers. In reality, onboard fleet management systems are designed to empower, improve and protect the drivers with real-time feedback, control and visibility.

 Myth #2: “Green” fleets are too expensive to deploy

Green fleets are not only more responsible fleets, but more profitable ones as well. The bottom line is that if your waste collection fleet is not managed effectively, you will use more fuel and generate unnecessary emissions and excess costs that impact your profitability.  Onboard fleet management systems provide the tools to support leaner and greener fleets by improving fuel consumption, reducing overall mileage and reinforcing greener driving behaviors.

Myth #3: Fleet management systems are costly and eat up precious capital budgets

In the long run, it’s far costlier not to have a fleet management system. The reality is that the potential ROI from a fleet management deployment quickly validates the costs. Secondly, waste organizations who think all fleet management systems are created equal and seek the lowest cost option are seriously mistaken. The “you get what you pay for” rule of thumb applies here.

Myth #4: Fleet management systems are difficult to deploy

With any new technology system, there is always a danger for data overload, resistance to adoption and frustration with learning new things. The trick is to “think small”. For optimal results, start small with a phased approach that targets two objectives and implements just these capabilities every 2-3 months. By thinking small, you will affect real change and improvements in a lasting and effective manner.

Myth #5: Route optimization solutions are too limited

Well, technically we agree. This is not so much a myth as it is a misunderstanding of what a full routing solution should entail. You need more than software that just tells you the next nearest address. This is only part of the picture. To run an optimally efficient fleet, you need an end-to-end and real-time view of trucks and routes, and the tools to manage this effectively. This is a “Route Management” solution that includes not only route optimization, but also capabilities for fleet monitoring, fleet mapping , real-time positioning,  driver direction and  reports and alerts software.

Myth #6: Fleet safety programs are hard to enforce

They don’t have to be.

In order to be truly effective, a fleet safety plan needs to take into consideration how you select and train your drivers, vehicle inspection and maintenance, and ongoing monitoring and data collection.

A fleet management solution will provide managers with real-time visibility into driver activity and behavior to support safety program KPIs. These are essential tools to supporting and reinforcing driver excellence.

Myth #7: In-cab Smart Displays are too finicky for rugged waste vehicles

 Absolutely not.

A smart display is typically a wireless touchscreen device with built-in Wi-Fi and the ability to interact directly with the screen. These are quickly becoming the onboard computing hardware of choice for the most progressive waste fleets. The most robust and rugged of these onboard smart displays have been developed for tough military environments. These are not finicky solutions. If they can hold their own in armored vehicles traversing rugged terrain under fire, they will withstand the rigors of a waste collection route.

Myth #8: It’s hard to quantify an ROI with a fleet management system

Definitely a myth!

A reputable fleet management solutions vendor can demonstrate an ROI that is fact-based,

achievable and measurable. For example, at FleetMind we have developed a field-tested ROI calculator that can project the bottom-line savings of our solution for over $8,000 per truck per year over key functions such as driver and administrative labor, vehicle maintenance, fuel consumption and service delivery.

In closing

Don’t let myths and misconceptions get in the way of optimizing your fleet operations. In our increasingly connected world, transportation telematics are changing the way we communicate and work across industries and geographies.

Find out more – download the Dispelling Common Fleet Management Technology Myths white paper.

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