Working smarter with smart video telematics

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Author: Jeff Clark, senior vice president of product management at CalAmp

During the pandemic, fleet managers have felt the strain of trying to do more with less, and as cost-effectiveness becomes a greater priority, fleet managers have learned that the key to efficiency is visibility.

While commonly used separately, the combination of video, telematics and driver behaviour scoring technologies can give managers a complete view of vehicle and driver activity, layered on top of the typical monitoring of fleet maintenance and diagnostics.

This new powerful combination allows fleet managers to work smarter, not harder, and enables them to be connected to every fleet activity, from the tyres on the road to the driver behind the wheel.

Full visibility means being able to track, manage, protect, optimise and deploy seamlessly in real time—whether that’s a truck delivering packages to your home, equipment for building a new soccer field, a shipment of food on the other side of the globe or a bus load of kids headed home for the day.

Businesses today use next-generation video telematics to help automate and solve real organisational objectives, whether it’s monitoring driver behavior in real-time or having visibility into the trailer that is transporting life-saving medicine and ventilators.

If the pandemic has taught the fleet management industry anything, it’s that their services are vital, and simply having some visibility into your business fleet and supply chain and logistics is not enough.

Instead, full transparency leveraging video telematics into all fleet and asset operations has been essential to survival in 2020 and it will be into 2021 and beyond.

Here are three major ways intelligent video telematics is transforming the fleet and supply chain worlds:

1. Mitigating frivolous and fraudulent claims: with video telematics, your fleets will be equipped with indisputable truth of the events of a crash through contextual video intelligence. Berg Insight has noted that the savings of a single crash litigation can completely offset a year’s worth of video telematics across an entire fleet, a risk not worth taking.

2. Rewarding drivers to increase retention: with video telematics and driver behavior scoring, fleet managers can identify high performing drivers, which reinforces good behavior and can improve driver retention in an industry already experiencing driver shortages. Conversely, drivers exhibiting risky driving behaviors can receive additional coaching based on real-time contextual data insights.

3. Increase workforce productivity: with easy-to-use dashboards and reporting, fleet managers can improve operational efficiency and decision making across mixed fleets. The insights provided with next-generation fleet tracking and asset management telematics provide a clear lense into operator performance and driver behaviour, minimises unscheduled downtime with preventative maintenance and improves safety and security by preventing unauthorised use and theft with real-time alert notifications.

By investing and building in intelligent telematics, fleets will become even more connected throughout every touchpoint of their operations, enabling more productivity, improving driver retention and safety, and ensuring protection of your fleets and assets.

Video telematics for fleets can help people and businesses work smarter, whether it’s a government, construction, automotive or transportation organisation.

And today, working smarter means giving the assets vital to your business a voice so they’re able to give you the insight you need to make the right decisions every time.

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