Fleet management: Mobile workforce solution enhancements

Vehicle management system: Fleetmatics, a provider of SaaS-based mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses, has announced a new upgrade for its Fleetmatics REVEAL product, a business-intelligence based fleet management solution.

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Fleet management system: Fleetmatics, a global provider of SaaS-based mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses, has announced a new upgrade for its Fleetmatics REVEAL product, a business-intelligence based fleet management solution. The latest version includes a significant upgrade to the Fleetmatics REVEAL Logbook feature, which allows fleet-based businesses to remove the manual step from Hours of Service (HOS) paper processing.

This is a hot-button topic now with several recent highway crashes that have garnered national attention, with the cause of many being that the driver had been behind the wheel for longer than a single shift. It's oftentimes the case that drivers falsify their logs or that business owners/managers turn a blind eye to their staff's marathon shifts behind the wheel. Automated, accurate driver logs and reporting via solutions like Logbook eliminate any possibility that organizations could falsify logs or turn a blind eye to excessively long shifts.

Further, in July 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented new rules that, among other things, changed restart requirements and added mandatory rest breaks for drivers of property-carrying interstate commercial vehicles (including passenger vehicles carry more than 8 or 15 people). It is anticipated that FMCSA will issue further electronic logging regulations in early 2015.

“The impending switch to electronic Hours of Service logging has some businesses, and drivers, concerned about the time and effort involved in changing manual business practices that have been in place for years,” said Jonathan Durkee, Vice President, Product Management, Fleetmatics. “We kept these concerns in mind when developing Logbook and are confident this solution will help businesses remain compliant with FMCSA’s regulations in a manner that’s easy to learn.”

Logbook seamlessly tracks HOS information by getting the vehicle information through the engine and communicating directly to the Fleetmatics driver log mobile application. This in turn allows managers to have visibility into HOS for any driver. HOS non-driving events can also be captured in real time, even when drivers are away from the vehicle. Logbook helps drivers prove they are driving safely and in compliance with HOS laws and helps prevent violations through the use of proactive driver alerts that immediately notify drivers if they are over hours.

Beyond compliance assistance, Fleetmatics REVEAL features the full power of fleet tracking, business intelligence and safety management to improve customer service and reduce expenses. Reporting features of the fleet tracking system allow users to drill into a report detail for a speeding or harsh driving event and to automatically generate mobile Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs). These features ensure businesses can remain ahead of repairs, prevent violations and keep driver retention strong.

About Fleetmatics Group PLC
Fleetmatics Group PLC is a leading global provider of mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS). Our solutions enable businesses to meet the challenges associated with managing local fleets, and improve the productivity of their mobile workforces, by extracting actionable business intelligence from real-time and historical vehicle and driver behavioral data.
Fleetmatics Group’s intuitive, cost-effective Web-based solutions provide fleet operators with visibility into vehicle location, fuel usage, speed and mileage, and other insights into their mobile workforce, enabling them to reduce operating and capital costs, as well as increase revenue. An integrated, full-featured mobile workforce management product provides additional efficiencies related to job management by empowering the field worker and speeding the job completion process – quote through payment. As of July 31, 2014, Fleetmatics served over 23,000 customers, with over 500,000 subscribed vehicles worldwide.

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