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System senses distractions

October 30, 2017 by John Smith

SmartDrive’s new SmartSense is a new line of sensors designed to identify dangerous driving risks.

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Big data generating big returns

October 25, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Data ranging from maintenance costs to video images is increasingly helping fleets to drive down the cost of everything from on-road repairs to collisions. And those who dig a little deeper can realize some of the biggest savings of all.

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Utility symposium explores power of trailer data

September 28, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – The power of telematics continues to advance, and there are still plenty of opportunities to be realized – especially when it comes to the rolling assets seen in a rearview mirror.

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Data Driven: ELD’s can open door to big data

August 21, 2017 by John Smith

If knowledge is power, then Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) could be the most powerful device on the truck. Sure, the device at its most basic is responsible only for monitoring hours of service, but the potential of networking and integrating data is impossible to ignore.
Why settle for simple electronic logging when it can serve as a total fleet management solution in a box?
A friend of mine drives for a 10-truck floral distribution company and makes regular runs from Ontario’s Niagara region to Chicago, Michigan, and western New Jersey. The picture he paints of his distribution manager would be amusing if it were not (most likely) true. The manager must be a fellow who grew up trucking in the ’60s, and still listens to eight-track tapes of Red Sovine and Dave Dudley. The routes are badly planned, trucks are frequently diverted en route, the vehicles are always breaking down, and all communication with drivers is done over the -telephone. And he doesn’t believe in ELDs. My friend says his boss will wait until the last possible moment to equip his fleet – and then only because he must.

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Leverage the power of data: speaker

June 16, 2017 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Data can be a powerful tool for fleet managers, but there is still a role for gut feel and intuition when realizing the insights made possible through analytics, a speaker told the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s annual convention.

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Fleets looking to connect more data: Chevin

January 18, 2017 by John Smith

FITCHBURG, MA – Chevin Fleet Solutions, which provides web-based fleet and management software, says fleets are increasingly looking ways to use and consolidate a wider variety of data — whether it’s generated internally or externally.”With fleet operations under continuing pressure to keep costs down and reduce workloads and reduce deadlines to a minimum, many organizations are increasingly recognizing the potential of using data more ‘smartly’ to help streamline processes, improve efficiency and reduce expenditure,” said Ron Katz, senior vice president – North American sales, in a document including predictions for 2017.

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Clean data, clear goals are secrets to success: Altrichter

April 14, 2016 by John Smith

Kirk Altrichter, vice president – maintenance for Nebraska-based Crete Carrier, says the ability to gather maintenance data in real time is nothing short of amazing. The secret, he said during a keynote address at the inaugural Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit, is to decide where to focus your attention.

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Equipment testing models meet different needs: Provencher

April 14, 2016 by John Smith

Yves Provencher, manager of PIT Group by FP Innovations, is a clear believer in testing new vehicle technologies. “Testing technology on your truck is not an option,” he told delegates during the inaugural Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. “You need to invest with confidence … instead of trying it for months and months.”

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Ten Cargo Thefts Topped $1M in 2015

January 26, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

NEW JERSEY CITY, NJ – At least 10 reported incidents of North American cargo theft exceeded $1 million in 2015, according to new data released by CargoNet.

In all, Canada and the U.S. combined for more than 1,500 incidents of cargo theft, ranging from heavy commercial vehicle theft to truck company identity theft. The data reveals that some 881 incidents were specifically associated with stolen cargo. Those thefts are estimated to be worth more than $175.3 million.

Food and beverage cargo remains the top target for thieves, accounting for 28 per cent of theft in 2015. Electronics comprised just 13 per cent of cargo thefts.

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New SMS Brings Info Closer to Truckers – From Truckers

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Coming soon to an Internet near you! A new web interface for the Safety Measurement System (SMS) is making it easier for American trucking regulators and the public to keep tabs on your business.