If you’re a fleet manager interested in cutting-edge efficiency and protection for your vehicles, a video telematics system is probably on your radar. The concept is simple: Use real-time driver- and road-facing video to get a complete picture of what’s happening inside and outside every vehicle in your fleet. But picking the right system can be difficult. Here, we’ll discuss video telematics basics, and answer the questions you have about installing a system in your fleet. 

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Brittany Auman didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur. 

Auman’s husband-to-be, Caleb, needed help with his landscaping company. Brittany Auman literally learned the business from the ground up. “I was 21 years old, and I started going out on a few job estimates,” says Auman of her start at Auman Landscape, in Carroll, Ohio. “When I got there, people weren’t expecting me. A few of them even asked to postpone the meeting until Caleb could be there. It was crazy, because one of the people was the mother of somebody I went to school with—so I knew the people, and they knew me, but there wasn’t a lot of respect for women in the industry or in that specific position.”

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Incorporating a GPS tracking platform into your fleet operations is a big step toward improving efficiency and reducing costs. Systems like those from GPS Trackit offer everything from better routing to improved fuel economy and reduced wear-and-tear from aggressive driving. But adopting those systems can also present a cultural change for your drivers. Make the transition carefully and correctly and you can increase your crew’s motivation and engagement. Skip some steps and you risk building a culture of suspicion and distrust. 

Follow these steps to set up an employee GPS tracking policy that will make it easier to achieve your goals. 

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The reality for many small- and mid-sized field services businesses? The increase in fuel costs and disruptions to the supply chain has made it that much harder to stay afloat. When a single lawn service crew is spending $100 per day on fuel—and adding clients usually translates into even more driving—the path to profits just gets longer. 

But with help from a fleet management tool like GPS Trackit, field service companies can learn how to cut fleet running costs and get more output from the crews they already have in the field. For less than a cup of coffee per day per truck, GPS-enabled vehicle tracking technology gives operators the real-time information they need to reduce fuel costs, build better routes and keep vehicles productive and in service. 

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One of Clauser Tree Care’s clients had a big problem. 

Namely, an enormous log was sitting in her Philadelphia-area yard. Clauser had taken down the tree earlier in the day, but the size of log meant a different truck needed to be dispatched to take it away. Hoping to get it taken care of before the weekend, she called Clauser in the late afternoon to see what could be done. 

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Two of the largest variable costs any fleet manager has to deal with are fuel and maintenance costs. One of the most effective ways to get a handle on those costs is to use a sophisticated GPS-based fleet management tool to monitor them in real-time. 

The best solutions not only provide constant monitoring but also work with an easy-to-understand dashboard that gives fleet managers the information they need to change driver behavior and schedule preventative maintenance to prolong the service life of each truck. 

GPS Trackit’s fleet management solution has fully customizable tracking parameters that let managers monitor the most important key performance indicators that relate to reducing fleet fuel and maintenance costs. Including these items on your checklist can help reduce fuel and maintenance costs by up to 40 percent, and extend the vehicle life of a medium-duty truck by more than 100,000 miles. 

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The best field service management tools pull double duty. They make it possible for managers and dispatchers to “see” all trucks at a glance for better decision-making. And they also make drivers’ on-road experiences safer and more efficient. 

GPS Trackit’s field service management tools accomplish these tasks with three essential features, among others: artificial intelligence-powered in-cabin alerting, two-way messaging between driver and base, and fleet-wide driver scorecards.

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It wasn’t so many years ago that a phone was just a phone—not a smartphone with everything from a high-definition camera to internet access and social media packed into it. You can say the same thing about video cameras installed in fleet vehicles. A dashcam can be just that—a video camera installed in a truck—or it can be much more. 

Dashcams with AI are “smart cameras,” and they can help fleets avoid accidents and save thousands of dollars in repair costs, legal bills, and insurance premiums. Here’s how they work. 

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