A world leader in vehicle tracking

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It’s easy to get your priorities wrong. We all do it. And in a time of tight budgets, when you are fighting to keep costs down, difficult choices have to be made; they are called judgement calls and they go with the territory for any fleet manager or fleet business owner.

There is also a fine line between safety and savings, a trade-off that is a major issue for transport companies. Unnecessary expenditure on safety is a waste of resources, but under-expenditure and poor quality control can lead to big problems. Add fuel management into the mix, and you have the makings of a perfect storm. These are tough calls to make and you can argue that there is no right or wrong way.

But consider this. The three trends that are currently high on everyone’s list in the commercial fleet management business are alternative fuels, using vehicle tracking to reduce fuel costs and applying technology to solve ‘micro’ safety problems e.g. using sensors and cameras to eliminate blind spots, and using vehicle CCTV solutions, such as Smart Witness, to record accidents.

And with fuel being in the top three expenses, along with vehicle depreciation and salary, it’s no surprise that this is one area that businesses are really trying to home in on and control. But the safety trend is interesting. The overall safety culture appears to have taken a back seat to fuel consumption. And this surely can’t be right.

Look at the latest evidence.

  • The Fuel Matters 2014 study, by Shell, reveals the main driver for using vehicle telematics to improve driver behaviour is the potential to reduce fleet fuel consumption not to improve safety.
  • The impact assessment of the forthcoming HGV speed increase from 40mph to 50mph, which reveals the increase will likely lead to an additional two to three fatal accidents and four to nine serious accidents per year, while saving the haulage industry and Government millions in fuel duty
  • In the Fleet Answers 2014 Telematics Survey, fleet leaders ranked the benefit of increased fuel savings highest, with safety coming in fifth.

 

Fleet Answers Telematics Survey

But you don’t have to follow this trend. It is possible to look after safety while also cutting costs.

As we said in a previous blog Rethinking Road Safety, a cultural shift in the focus of road safety is needed, with fleet operators adopting a more driver behaviour focused safety ethos. Embracing this approach will enable businesses to foster a safe and efficient culture which will lead to a reduction in accidents and cost. That was two years ago and today we believe the argument is even stronger.

The argument is simple, safe drivers are more efficient drivers. They don’t accelerate rapidly, reducing fuel consumption and they don’t brake harshly, which increases vehicle life.

A study by SAFED showed that the average driver reduces fuel consumption by over 10% following fuel-efficient driver training.So with overwhelming evidence for driver behaviour having a significant impact on fleet operating costs, why are some fleet businesses not prioritising driver safety?

We believe the typical fleet owner or manager is often caught in the middle of a cultural, financial and political struggle, fighting against the forces of habit, economics and legislation. And focusing on short-term gain, instead of long-term sustainability, can tear the fabric of an organisation, not just from a structural point of view, but its very culture and values.

Thankfully, there is another way and if you look around the road transport industry, there are shining beacons of driver behaviour safety cultures, often led by fleet managers empowered by knowledge to make a dramatic improvement in driving safety. Vehicle tracking systems provide an unbiased evaluation of every manoeuvre of every driver, so fleets can engage in a proactive and preventative safety program.

Management commitment, cultural change and employee buy-in are all key elements to successful implementation of a telematics solution. Ultimately, though, it starts with individuals brave enough to buck trends and see the bigger picture.

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Like doting parents, here at Navman Wireless, we’re very proud of OnlineAVL. We’ve seen it grow up from being the ‘new kid on the software block’ to being at the very forefront of smart fleet management technology.

All of which has happened in a relatively short period of time. In fact if OnlineAVL were actually a child, it would only be a teenager. And like most teenagers, it would be keeping bang up to date with current trends and DEMANDING the latest technology.

And why not? After all, technology ceases to be interesting if it doesn’t continue to develop and move with the times. Where would the world be if Microsoft had stopped at Windows 3.1 or if Apple decided that mashing up an iPod and a mobile phone was a stretch too far for the average consumer?

And so it is for Navman Wireless. Vehicle tracking has come a long way from simply being able to identify a vehicle as a dot on a map and OnlineAVL is in the vanguard of innovation.

Technology pervades every facet of life and here in the UK it is universally accessible. With at least as many connected devices as there are people worldwide, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, you are connected.

That means we need to be certain that OnlineAVL is fresh and up to date. As you’d expect, it works on your desktop or laptop and is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play so it works on ipad, iphone and Android devices.

So if your office is actually your van, you can still stay connected with your workforce wherever you are. And with usability at the heart of OnlineAVL, the interface and functionality is just as good on a phone or tablet as it is on a desktop PC, giving you the power to drive time and costs savings wherever you are.

But it’s not just about what device it works on, but what else it can do. And once again, OnlineAVL is behaving like the typical teenager by making new friends and expanding its social circle.

We’re constantly adding to a list of software integrations to make OnlineAVL more useful to our customers and able to deliver an even greater return on investment. We were up to 83 and counting the last time we checked.

For example integrations with backload exchange services cutting out ‘dead mileage’ on return journeys for hauliers and couriers. Or being able to monitor refrigerated load temperatures within OnlineAVL keeping you legal and above board in real-time.

And like all parents, we’ll never stop taking a keen interest in the next stage of development….watch this space!

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Vehicle tracking has been an integral component of vehicle and fleet management for well over a decade, so for a lot of businesses it’s not a case of deciding whether or not to install vehicle tracking, but which brand to choose.

Choosing a vehicle tracking provider can be likened to choosing a smartphone. In the case of the latter, whether you choose an iPhone or a Blackberry or one of the many handsets that run Windows Mobile or Android, they all handle the same basic tasks straight out of the box. You can make calls, take calls, take photos, send texts and access the internet.

When your phone starts to become more useful and where it can save you time or even add value to your life is when you personalise it. That’s when it becomes your phone, set up to fit in with your life.

And so it is for vehicle tracking. All systems, regardless of brand can do the basics, but as your business grows and changes, you need a system that can grow and change with you.

At Navman Wireless, we’ve come across plenty of examples of frustrated business owners who bought into a system that looked good on paper, but within a few months it turned out to offer little by way of flexibility as their needs changed.

So with that in mind, our system has been built in a very different way. There are three core products, Essential, Fleet + and Complete. Each product is designed to work for companies with different requirements.

Over and above that, there are a series of modular enhancements (much like apps) that work with any of the three core products, giving you the ultimate flexibility to take our vehicle tracking system and build it into the solution you need to run your business in a way that suits you.

Whether that’s a simple ‘dot on a map’ but with the ability to track vehicles in Europe, a fully integrated messaging and satnav system with instant driver behaviour feedback or a system that can identify which driver is in which vehicle, then our system can be built around you.

In fact whatever you require, the modular, app based nature of our system means we’ll be able to build a solution that works just how you want it.

For more information on how our flexible car, van and feet tracking system can help you, click here.

Find out how to take control and effectively manage your vehicle running costs.

Your vehicles can often be your largest expense, and the last thing you want is to waste money on your way to growing your business. Vehicle tracking from Navman Wireless can show you how to drive down vehicle running costs and reduce overall operating expense. Take control of your fleet and save money on fuel, maintenance and overtime. Watch the video and see how you can reduce your costs.

Enhance customer service with Navman Wireless vehicle tracking.

Fill your customers with confidence and strengthen your reputation with vehicle tracking. Watch our short video and learn how our technology provides your business with the tools to help you deliver first class customer service and exceed customer expectations.

Driving Productivity: Powerful productivity tools unlock the potential of your fleet.

Our vehicle tracking systems are built to help you get the most out of your fleet. There’s a whole lot of productivity power locked up in these tools and we’ve highlighted some of the features that can help you boost vehicle efficiency and empower the people in your business. Watch our video and discover how Navman Wireless can help you gain insight and optimise productivity.

Much progress in fleet safety has been made in the past decade. Legislation banning hand-held mobile phones at the wheel, the spread of fixed speed cameras, major developments in safe vehicle design, our first 20 mph towns and cities and widespread government media campaigns to persuade people to drive more safely has resulted in the number of deaths on the road dropping to the lowest level for almost 90 years.

The development and introduction of corporate manslaughter legislation in 2007 has also helped to drive company resources into managing road risk, but we must remind ourselves that still every day there are more than 150 vehicles driven on company business that crash. Every year there are around 10,000 serious injuries resulting from road collisions involving someone making a work-related journey, including around 1,000 road deaths.

Driving is probably the highest risk activity that any employee will undertake on behalf of their organisation and employers have a formal duty of care for workers using vans or trucks on company business. The consequences of being unprotected are severe and include fines of up to 10% of annual turnover, serious long-term damage to a company’s reputation and prosecution for the individuals concerned. Read our infographic to get the facts about Corporate Manslaughter and how you can protect yourself and your business.

For more advice about how to stay on top of Corporate Manslaughter and Duty of Care legislation click here

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Navman Wireless vehicle tracking not only has many benefits, but it also benefits many people. And when done right, benefits can multiply in unforeseen ways. Whether it’s using the data to reassign vehicles to jobs or to plan your next vehicle purchases, your business will spend more time doing productive work.

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A vehicle fleet is one of the biggest investments for any business and yet many businesses leave their fleet management to guesswork and uncertainty. A vehicle tracking system from Navman Wireless will provide you with complete and accurate records of all the data you need for effective, economical operation of your fleet and drivers, saving you time, money and fuel, helping you comply with legislation and enabling you to take control of your business.  Take a look at our infographic below to find out how.

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To find out more about how you can get the most out of vehicle tracking please click here http://www.navmanwireless.co.uk/products/professional-services/.

 

Every customer is unique, every situation is different. Businesses turn to Navman Wireless for lots of reasons. But, in most cases, it distills down to a single word: Trust.

Over time, with the right mix of products and people, you begin to build a reputation for delivering the goods. We’re proud that our vehicle tracking is helping more than 17,000 businesses reduce fleet running costs and become more efficient.

Those relationships are founded on a genuine interest in creating win-win scenarios that make everyone’s business grow.

Selecting Navman Wireless as member of your team and a contributor to your business success is a significant vote of confidence. We’d be pleased to apply our experience, solutions and results on your behalf and start to gain your trust.

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