Managing a successful transport business is the ultimate juggling act and, when it comes to telematics, integration is key. With a fleet of vehicles going in and out of the home base throughout the day, keeping an eye on them is a fulltime job alone. You’re scheduling tasks, checking vehicles are up to code and ensuring drivers are taking the most efficient routes, taking breaks and being as safe as possible. Not to mention all the other aspects of running a business, such as staying on budget, liaising with customers and maintaining accurate paperwork.
Fleet management technology makes the everyday easier. But many small-to-medium businesses find they can only opt for one or two solutions, when they would benefit from having several. With a more integrated, all-in-one platform, businesses can tap into many aspects of telematics from one place. It gives your business access to the right combination of applications to meet your goals.
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Choosing the tools your business needs most can be tough. Whether its fatigue management to ensure drivers take adequate rest breaks, reporting capability so that end of month budgeting is easier or real-time alerts and location data to better monitor how drivers are behaving on the road. Choosing what’s most important is not easy because in reality – they’re all equally important.
With an all-in-one solution it’s easier to pick and choose the tools that suit your unique business needs. Having them in one platform also makes data easier to compare. You don’t have to flip between a work diary and a spreadsheet or sift through months of backlog. Integration means all your solutions can be stored digitally, making them easier to update and cross reference with other relevant information.
Another concern when it comes to rolling out telematics is whether it can communicate with existing business software solutions. If the data you collect about drivers’ work hours can’t be aligned with your payroll, you have to review the time twice to execute two separate processes. With an integrated system, driver hours can be sent straight to a payroll system, factoring in hourly rates and overtime.
With the right solution, your telematics can act as a central hub for all your freight and job management tools. It then becomes that much easier for telematics to integrate with your everyday operations without fuss. Resource planning tools can work with real-time location data to help with allocating jobs, and scales and mass systems can connect to your On-Board Mass solution for more accurate readings of loads and axle groups. Combining your applications the right way creates harmony that lets everyone do their jobs more effectively.
Integration into your existing business systems is important for success. An all-in-one integrated solution ensures everything stays top of mind and nothing falls by the wayside.