Ready for migrating to an electric vehicle fleet?

Commercial Vehicle Tracking System

With environmental pollution, carbon emissions and other related issues, electric vehicles are getting more acceptance and support from many quarters of the world. The future of energy for fleet vehicles is looking towards electric power/ So, more stakeholders in transport and logistics are going electric. However, for migrating your fleet to electric vehicles (EV) you need to learn and workout certain factors.

The range of the vehicle & route optimisation

Based on payload and the routes you require, plan the type of vehicle that has to be used. Conventional diesel vehicles can make long hauls over routes by refuelling. EVs on the other hand have a problem of refuelling / recharging and fleet operators need to calculate the range and load possible between charging points based on charging stations available.

Workout Total Cost of Ownership

As electric vehicle production becomes widespread the cost is decreasing. However, calculations in this transformation stage is not going to be accurate. Long term cost of ownership of EV fleets is unclear as of now. Total cost of ownership (TCO) will have to consider repairs, energy for charge, upgrading infrastructure.

Calculating the Energy Needed

Using EVs in fleet operation, although saves money on fuel will need another energy source which also costs money. The fleet size and growth of vehicles also has to factored in. Consider also replacement and disposal of old batteries (energy storage devices) during the life-cycle of the vehicle.

EV Adoption

Understanding the costs associated with adopting EVs for you fleet and how replacement goes into your Best Fit analysis. It will help you identify the best choice of EVs and the technology suitable. This will factor in saving money in future. Analysis also involves infrastructure costs as new charging stations are required for EV adoption. Identify the vehicles that are best choices for replacement by analysis which includes vehicle type, range capability and projected savings.

EV Fleet Management System

Conventional fleet management and EV fleet management have many similarities. Monitoring traditional fleet management metrics like vehicle utilisation, route planning and other features will continue in importance. Some new features will weigh-in like State of Charge, Charging Sessions and miles per charge per vehicle.

Definitely looking toward to a telematics oriented solution like a Fleet Management Software offered by Trinetra, is possible resolution, as both EV and conventional vehicles can be monitored together. The features that can be easily adopted include EV diagnostics – vehicle health reporting, charging sessions & energy efficiency measurement, all get into real-time information/data for management’s decision making. A GPS enabled Fleet Management solution with the software and analytics is able to collect and store a cache of data that can be used for reporting, evaluation, estimation and forecasting.

The telematics platform enabled fleet management software is in vogue, as GPS enabled FMS has already greatly contributed in higher growth and profits of fleet operators. Telematics and IoT have been introduced to support business enterprises and benefited them with ROI improvement.

Trinetra FMS is a web-based fleet management software, with mobile app integration. FMS can optimise fleet operations and costs, plus improve efficiency and productivity of both staff (drivers) and assets. With Trinetra FMS, you can reduce costs, save lives, increase customer satisfaction. If you intend to know more details, we’d love to hear from you (so, visit our website – www.trinetrawireless.com). Submit your enquiry online here. If you ask for a demo, our people are all ready to support your request.

Benefits of Preventive Maintenance scheduling using telematics.

Vehicle Maintenanace Software

It is always good to develop and stick to your fleet’s Preventive Maintenance Schedule as you need to manage multiple assets and tasks efficiently. A schedule in place ensures you stick to routine service and identify issues quickly. If not organised, the vehicles may miss the routine maintenance, which can lead to unplanned expenses and downtime.

Opting for a Fleet Management Software, that’s currently in vogue and is GPS enabled, to manage and plan Preventive Maintenance Schedules, is the best solution. The system will also activate service reminders in real-time. Odometer readings can be used to trigger service reminders.

Telematics integrated to FMS

Fleet Management software with telematics integration allows accurate odometer updates and Daily Vehicle Inspection Report filing in real-time. A GPS enabled Fleet Management solution with the help of the software and analytics will be able to collect and store a cache of data. This data pool can be used for reporting, evaluation, estimation and forecasting. Trinetra FMS is a web-based fleet management software, with mobile app integration. It can cut costs and optimise operations, plus improve efficiency and productivity of staff (drivers) and assets, besides developing a Preventive Maintenance (PM) schedule in line with business requirements.

Abnormal vehicle downtime signals an inefficient fleet maintenance process. The PM schedule helps you to avert downtime by the proactive approach it takes. It adheres closely to the vehicle manufacturer’s service recommendations, which is based usually on the mileage (odometer) readings, as it takes into account asset utilization, rather than a calendar.

Tracking with paper and Spreadsheets is highly inefficient. Whereas the software will work remarkably well with the mobile app. It will set reminders to update staff & fleet managers via push notifications or emails.

A vehicle telematics solution (FMS) is a good method to improve driver safety and compliance for the fleet. It enables Driver Management with real time feedback. Vehicle tracking will help you to see every driver and vehicle in real-time. and the software with the route optimisation solution, along with multi-map support will help to meet fleet requirements efficiently.

The monitoring can also prevent accidents, abuse and unnecessary or unplanned repairs of assets.  PM schedule not only improves the life of the vehicles but also helps to plan replacement of vehicles.

Preventive Maintenance can be complemented by Driver Management as drivers can be monitored and notified for bad driving methods that affect the condition of the assets. For instance, over speeding, harsh acceleration and braking that affect tyres and brake pads wear out can be deterred.

With Trinetra FMS implemented, your business can not only reduce costs, but increase customer satisfaction. If you’re interested to know more, visit our website – www.trinetrawireless.com and drop in your enquiry online. If you like a demo, our team is ready to support your request.

How does Telematics improve ROI of your fleet?

Fleet Management Software

Ostensibly every technology and innovation that’s newly introduced for businesses and the industries, aims to improve the ROI of an enterprise. Fleet owners or fleet managers beset with poor utilisation of their assets or fleets are increasingly looking toward to a telematics oriented solution like a Fleet Management Software. Currently in vogue, GPS enabled FMS has greatly contributed to this effort and helped in higher growth and profits. Telematics technology has been introduced to support business enterprises. There are areas where fleets have benefited and ROI improved. Let’s look at some of the important ones here.

Safety & Compliance

A vehicle telematics solution (FMS) is a good method to improve driver safety and compliance of the fleet. The software not only monitors driving behaviour but can provide Driver Management with real time feedback to drivers on road for unsafe practices (like speeding or hard braking), that could lead to accidents. Accidents affect the working and profitability of the fleet, can cause unnecessary expenses, repairs and sometimes compensation and even affect insurance premiums. It also puts vehicle off the road (Downtime). With telematics involved, safety can be proactively prioritised. unsafe driver behaviour can be corrected.

Efficiency in Despatch.

Inefficiency of the despatch system can affect the bottom line of the company as less tasks are accomplished on a workday. If deliveries are not routed or rerouted efficiently business can be lost. With the telematics tech with vehicle tracking will help you to see every driver and vehicle in real time. and the software with route optimisation solution, with multi-map support will help to meet any urgent requirement to increase productivity or manage exigencies.

Driver Evaluation & Retention.

Hiring and training of employees are a costly affair and retaining good employees is necessary to improve efficiency and safety. With Driver Identification Readers evaluating drivers in the fleet aims to not only correct but also reward them. A gamification feature to reward safe driving motivates and improves their work.

A GPS enabled Fleet Management solution can with the help of software and analytics be able to collect and store a cache of data that can be used for reporting, evaluation, estimation and forecasting. Trinetra FMS is a web-based fleet management software, with mobile app integration. It can cut costs and optimise operations, plus improve efficiency and productivity of staff (drivers) and assets.

With Trinetra FMS, you can reduce costs, save lives, increase customer satisfaction. If you’re interested to know more, I’d love to hear from you (visit our website – www.trinetrawireless.com). Drop us your enquiry online. If you ask for a demo, our team is ready to support your request.

Geofencing and time tracking improves productivity and cost-effectiveness of fleet.

Fleet owners or managers can use geofencing technology to virtually set boundaries for their employees that makes the job of tracking production and employee time-keeping, a lot easier, benefiting both employer and employee. The technology uses the GPS system that utilises signals of satellites and coordinates for latitudes and longitudes, to draw an invisible circle (fencing) around a geographical area or site.

Employees working remotely on job sites or who are on-the-go, like drivers, face challenges/issues when tracking their work hours and also ensuring that they actually are where they say they are. So remote time tracking and geofencing, with the help of a GPS enabled software and mobile application, can provide an apt solution for fleet and driver management. The digital boundary or fencing can be used for various purposes besides tracking the employee’s location. The system offers other benefits.

Benefits for Employers.

  • To know when or whether the employee is within the boundary drawn digitally.
  • To start and stop the time-clock on entry and exit of employees within the boundary.
  • It makes employees accountable to Managers managing multiple sites and multiple locations.
  • Employers are able to monitor employee’s location, set permissions and permit access for specified employees.
  • Geofencing makes time-clocking and time management easy & efficient.
  • As geofencing uses mobile tech it can be integrated with the time management software to automatically clock-in and clock-out employees and trigger reminders via the app.
  • Geofencing also cuts down fraudulent practices with the help of smart devices and sensors. Employees can be remotely monitored entering or exiting the geofenced area.
  • The time management feature of the software can be connected to the payroll system of the company facilitating correct processing of payments/wages. This system eliminates the manual process, saves time and reduces human error.

Benefits to Employees

  • To let employees know whether they are in the right job location at the right time.
  • Simple and convenient to know and calculate what an employee is supposed to get paid for the work hours.
  • Employees need not track their time as automatic clocking in and out of work hours is done when entering geofenced job site / area.
  • For employees on the go who are paid for their travel time too, this technology can track them from one job location to the next, includeint the miles done and time taken from point to point.
  • Geofencing allows employees to know where another employee is and all their work hours.
  • Geofencing when integrated to the mobile app, makes it easy for remote clocking of work hours and even trigger reminders to employees.

Trinetra Wireless’ multipurpose software is a web-based fleet management system (FMS), with mobile app integration. It can cut costs and optimise operations, plus improve efficiency and productivity of staff (drivers).

All details on the software  products are available on our website –  www.trinetrawireless.com. If you can place an enquiry online, our team will contact you. You may ask for a demo too and we are ready to support your request.

Six features most important for running your fleet efficiently

Any organisation running a homogenous or heterogeneous fleet of vehicles and Fleet Managers of various transport companies are very aware a fleet management system is indispensable to ensure operations run efficiently, productively and cost-efficiently. Six most important fleet management system features are important. Let us see how they benefit in running a fleet as below.

The GPS Fleet Tracking System. The GPS enabled tracking device installed in fleet vehicles, allows you to access real time location and its movement live. The information generated by this telematics system will provide you crucial data regarding the journey and the routes taken, besides many other details, like vehicle speed, directions taken, idling time, stoppage time, etc. By analysing these factors you can increase the efficiency of you fleet which will also improve customer service.

Trigger Alarms & Notifications. A very useful feature that the fleet management software offers is the activation of alarms and notifications that can be customised and automated. For instance, the alarm can be set for over-speeding or over-heating, such that the moment the parameter reaches a set limit, it will automatically trigger an alarm that will be sent to the assigned recipients. Incredibly useful to companies to respond quickly.

Analyse Driving Behaviour. Another useful feature that benefits the company, is the GPS enabled fleet management system’s ability to analyse driving behaviour based on parameters like, harsh braking, sudden acceleration, over-speeding and long idling time among others. The feedback can be immediately assimilated and the outcome sent to the driver and others involved. This will tend to reduce maintenance and fuel costs, violations and downtime, with improved driver behaviour and safety.

Journey and route planning. The time taken and distance travelled by vehicles make up running costs of the fleet. Therefore, optimise the routes taken by planning and anticipating coming events. This feature helps monitor the execution of the journey undertaken. It helps to reduce fuel consumption and idling, to help improve productivity, delivery, arrival times and the customer experience. The GPS tech gives real-time benefits in geo-fencing your fleet’s operations.

Maintenance Cost Management. Manage actual utilization and maintenance of the fleet with the Fleet Maintenance software module. Avoid hidden costs with recurring vehicle maintenance by using the GPS Vehicle Tracking and monitoring system to record maintenance history and manage maintenance digitally. Set maintenance schedules, inspection dates and other statutory requirements via the app. Compare costs incurred by your different vehicles in your data base, to plan, forecast and reduce maintenance costs.

Fuel Cost Management. The fuel management module is a key feature of the software, as fuel remains the most important (recurring) cost in running the fleet. Fuel efficiency is crucial in calculating average consumption per vehicle over a time period. Use the module to monitor fuel levels 24×7, during the refuelling and draining of each vehicle in the fleet. It can help identify (or warn about) theft or loss (fuel leaks). The FMS software enables you to plan a budget for your moving assets.

Find out how Trinetra Wireless’ versatile web-based fleet management system, with mobile app integration, can cut costs and improve efficiency. All information needed is on our website –  www.trinetrawireless.com. Place an enquiry here and we’ll contact you. You can also ask for a demo and we are ready to support your enquiry with a product demo.

Why choose a predictive maintenance system using vehicle data?

For any fleet operator or owner, vehicle breakdown is the most annoying and expensive issue they face more often than not on their daily routine of operations. This problem of vehicle failure can be avoided by adopting a vehicle specific predictive maintenance system. Integrated with a fleet management system it can ensure operations run efficiently, with minimum downtime, that improves productively and cost-efficiency.

Let us see how choosing a predictive maintenance solution for your fleet can improve profitability and ROI. The objective of predictive maintenance is to forecast and prevent vehicle failure during the life span of the vehicle asset. Unlike the reactive, planned or preventive maintenance, it is a little more complex to set up and run.

A predictive maintenance system captures data from individual assets (vehicles) using sensors to predict failure. By this method repairs can be done when needed and avoided when not needed. A dedicated software for predictive maintenance is what will save the day. Trinetra’s fleet management system has a fleet maintenance module that fits the bill. The software offers a predictive maintenance solution based on vehicle data captured through telematics, i.e. GPS system. For instance, the maintenance system can remotely monitor parameters on the dashboard of the vehicle.

Thus fleet managers are well-informed and can supervise the maintenance schedule for the respective assets. The diagnostics process can also trigger notifications and alerts whenever the set parameters are deviated. The data gathered by the sensors can help in compilation various reports that would also be useful to preventive maintenance.

The Fleet Management software generates and manages a cache of data over periods of time. However, this system has unique advantages as like below:

  • Tailoring the module, or solution, to fit your existing system and make use of the data via the Fleet Management System.
  • The sensors and hardware installed on assets are non-intrusive and data generated is reliable and direct form the source.
  • The data can be processed as per standards of the company, following or meeting regulation, supported with insightful reports.
  • Vehicle parameters can be customised as per requirements, according to the features of the asset to reduce servicing costs.
  • The system extends support to all vehicle, be it even a heterogeneous fleet.

The Trinetra FMS software is capable of analysing the vehicle data being generated, obtained directly through the GPS enabled vehicle tracking system. Moreover, the data can be stored and retrieved for reports and review at later dates. The software and related hardware by Trinetra FMS is capable of supporting more parameters, like deriver management or safety checks. The system is scalable and can be adapted to future technologies such as cloud, big data and IoT.

Find out how Trinetra Wireless’ versatile web-based fleet management system, with mobile app integration, can cut costs and improve efficiency. All information is available on our website –  www.trinetrawireless.com. Place an enquiry here and our team will contact you. For further clarity ask for a demo and we are ready to show you a product demo and discuss your requirements

Key factors that affect the cost of managing your fleet

Key factors that affect the cost of managing your fleet

For fleet owners and Fleet Managers strive in reducing costs in running the fleet, which is key to making better profits. Therefore, many fleet management organisations adopt a fleet management software (FMS), discarding the legacy (manual) systems, to increase efficiency and monitor cost of ownership of a fleet.

Fleet cost management is a challenge and it directly impacts profitability and so do fluctuations in prices. By using a FMS software, the cost of ownership can be analysed with the help of data that can be saved and used in a cloud-based system.

Find out the total cost of ownership (TCO). Calculate to find out your Total Cost of Ownership to help you make data-based decisions to manage your fleet. Consider your fixed costs and variable costs to calculate TCO and use the cloud-based FMS software to determine your total spend and to control variable expenses. Tracking will help in preventive maintenance and forming a vehicle replacement strategy. Repost can be automatically generated from the data captured.

Streamline your Maintenance Schedule. Take steps proactively for preventive maintenance, to reduce downtime. Schedule periodic service stops for check-up, oil change, part replacement, etc. The software will help with regular notifications / reminders. Maximise uptime and prevent unnecessary expenses by integrating service reports to the FMS software. The data will be useful for analysing maintenance of individual assets.

Manage fuel costs. Fuel being the largest expense of fleet operations, ways to reduce it is crucial. Track fuel purchase to determine cost per mile and to forecast for the future. Use the software to monitor each asset’s fuel usage.

Control the Parts Inventory. The challenge is to keep enough inventory on hand for necessary parts against unnecessary parts storage. Parts inventory make up one third of costs of maintenance and occupies store space too. Use the FMS software to tag and assign parts to work orders. The data over time will enable you to acquire the right part at the right time.

Keep the right fleet size. The FMS software will help you in optimising the utilisation of your fleet. Knowing the right size to keep helps in controlling fuel, maintenance and other costs. It helps in getting a better ROI. Analyse and optimise fleet utilisation and size to gain maximum efficiency of assets.

Plan Replacement of Vehicles. Your fleet management software can identify the assets that are underperforming or having higher downtime. Underused assets should be considered for selling off. They could add to unexpected and unplanned expenses too. So, plan timely upgrading of your fleet and opt for fuel efficient vehicles to benefit and meet regulations in the long run.

There are some real-time benefits of geofencing your fleet and its operations too. Find how Trinetra’s integrated fleet management system, with mobile app backup, can reduce costs and improve productivity. Find all info needed on our site –  www.trinetrawireless.com. Place an enquiry online and we’ll get in touch with you. You can also request for a demo and we’ll be ready to help you see how our product works.

Geofencing can actually save your fleet lots of money

Geofencing can actually save your fleet lots of money

Fleet managers are always on the lookout to save money in fleet operations and GPS technology that helps in remote monitoring and tracking of vehicles, is a boon to them. With the help of this technology the geofencing API can help fleet managers define perimeters, which is also called geofences, which is used to surround the areas as needed. The device sensors detect accurately the location to keep track of vehicles. If the vehicle enters or leaves the geofenced area, a notification is automatically triggered. So, go for a fleet management software supporting geofencing. Monitoring the driver and vehicle becomes an automated affair and helps to save a lot of money.

Here are some of the real-time benefits of geofencing your fleet and operations.

Geofencing prevents theft. If a vehicle has a planned route and area of operation, once the vehicle goes outside the geofence, you’ll be alerted. If it is stolen and you can act quickly to recover it. It’s a kind of insurance policy against vehicle theft.

Tracking and monitoring benefits. Check on vehicles arriving and leaving the destined site, it keeps drivers on schedule and driver accountability, plus a real-time record of the driver’s progress.

Helps in time management and payroll calculation. Keep in track field technicians and those paid on hourly basis, on a virtual Timecard based on the job sites allocated. You can automate many of the processes to save time and draw reports.

Helps build business intelligence. Geofencing creates opportunity to generate more information that leads to key performance indicators and better decision making. Workflows can be streamlined and resources idle/underutilized can be deployed in quick TAT. Unauthorised work and other violations too can be detected to later draw useful reports for analysis.

The geofencing API allows you to define perimeters, referred to as geofences, which surround the areas of interest you specify. The software intelligently uses the device sensors to accurately detect the location of the device/assets in a battery-efficient way. The system is scalable and web hosted for easy access in real-time.

Find how Trinetra’s integrated fleet management system, with mobile app support, can help your asset’s improved productivity. Find details at our website –  www.trinetrawireless.com. Leave us an enquiry online and we’ll to contact you. You can request for a demo and we’ll be ready to show you our product.

Benefit from efficient route planning and monitoring

Benefit from efficient route planning and monitoring

Fleet owners and companies have to be on the look out to keep operating costs down. They have to explore ways and means to cut cost of running the fleet and fleet monitoring along with route planning is one of the first and best step to optimise journeys and economise running costs.

Fleets of all sizes and scales have to ensure that the journeys are always cost-effective and time efficient to improve business performance Fleet managers have to chart journeys so as to travel shorter distances and yet maximise productivity. Intelligent route planning and monitoring are the key factors to optimize route journeys, increase productivity and offer better customer experience. This is where a Fleet Management System software comes into play. The Route Planning and Monitoring module is important for route management and better fleet utilisation for fleet managers. It also minimises fuel consumption, which is a major daily spend for the fleet company.

An important planning tool

The route being planned is a challenge to be done manually as innumerable stops and alternative directions taken. Therefore, an FMS tool for intelligently routing the vehicles’ journey using GPS tracking technology for monitoring deviation and position in real time is critical. It can process data recorded to generate numerous reports that can evaluate performance of vehicles and drivers. All details of stoppage, delivery times, departure and arrival times can be recorded to ensure customer satisfaction and repeat business. It helps in forward planning and for unexpected events too.

The benefits of the software

The application helps in complying to Service Level Agreements, regulations. The integrated mobile app can facilitate automatic generation of notifications and alerts, helping to manage and control routes in real-time and customer service. The GPS tech can also help in Geo-fencing the vehicles’ routes. You will be able It helps in better business planning.

An efficient fleet management software aims to provide you the insights to make everything clear, visible and understandable. It is installed to generate various types of data, which can be documented for offering different insights and for future review and audit.

Trinetra Wireless offers an integrated fleet management system, with customisation, that enables your fleet business to improve safety, efficiency and productivity. Place an enquiry online, and our team will contact you. Otherwise, you ask us for a demo. You can also visit our website for more information.

Build your intelligent FMS using IoT on a platform by Trinetra

The increasing use of IoT (Internet of Things) has become evident in the transportation and logistics industry, especially in locating and managing fleets. Experts project that IoT related tech will run into trillions of dollars, in turnover soon. This transformation has already started in areas of retail and manufacturing companies, as most have started an IoT project to modernise their operations.

By adopting the right IoT project, large and medium enterprises can now connect their operations allowing the tracking of their assets remotely and triggering alerts the moment something starts going wrong owing to the real time visibility of the assets/fleet via the system. Some of the benefits are- 1. Maximise uptime and reduce downtime, 2. Reduce fuel and maintenance costs, 3. Monitor routes and driving habits.

Right Hardware & Software

Developing an FMS suitable to your operations requires the right hardware (devices) and software. Trinetra offers the right kind of solution with mobile app support, to help all stakeholders involved in the project. Using Trinetra’s proven system gives you some inbuilt benefits. Firstly, you can easily customise a solution that suits your organisation specifically. Trinetra’s FMS software is flexible and scalable to meet future requirements, more so with rapid advances in IoT. Secondly you can integrate the system with your existing analytics platform to utilise the mass of data generated. In turn it helps to develop or better the existing business and explore new ones.

Build on Trinetra’s IoT platform

Trinetra’s modules can be engineered to include temperature sensors and accelerometers and any other sensors or IoT devices, to improve the scope of remote monitoring. it can be supported by a mobile app, SIM cards or cloud service Trinetra also provides firmware updates to fix any bug even after deployment on the field. Leverage telematics to track and monitor your assets, mobile or fixed.

Trinetra can easily launch your IoT project turning the challenge into a success. The software has experts to integrate it with platforms and systems. On the other hand, you will be building on a universal platform that has products tested across the industry. Improve productivity and profitability of moving assets using the system to optimise uptime, schedules and routes.
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