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Subject: Fleet Systems with Joe Gibbs
(Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 08:46AM by Media Manager)
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Joe Gibbs Reveals His Competitive Edge


During his time as the head coach for the Washington Redskins, Joe experienced the value of knowing exactly what every member of his team was doing at every moment of the game. Real-time visibility and insight - that's what wins Super Bowls. Transitioning from football to racing, he learned the same visibility and intelligence were equally critical to winning both on the track and off.

Joe is honored to be the spokesperson for the Spireon FleetLocate System, the industry's leading innovators of Mobile Resource Management (MRM) and business intelligence solutions. But more than the spokesperson,he's a FleetLocate user. This racing season, Joe Gibbs Racing has been relying on FleetLocate's trailer and asset intelligence solution to manage our haulers as they've transported our race and show cars across the country. And it's made a different in our bottom line, as well as our competitive edge.

For this year's 36-week racing season, Joe Gibbs Racing haulers have been tasked with transporting three different race teams to a different city every week. I don't have to tell you what a logistical challenge it is keeping track of all these haulers, drivers and cars as they crisscross the nation.

FleetLocate has helped them resolve this challenge. Using FleetLocate's easy-to-read dashboard, online interface, and comprehensive reports, his operations team can see where any one of our haulers is at any given moment. They can tell whether they're on schedule, whether they'll be arriving at a race or show on time, or whether there's a delay and the cause of that delay.

This anytime access to real-time business intelligence allows his team to make faster, smarter decisions about my fleet of haulers and cars. It allows them to see where the issues are, so they can address them. It allows them to respond more quickly to unforeseen obstacles, improve their efficiencies and productivity, save money and save time. And as any racing team owner will tell you, when it comes to staying competitive every second counts.

You see, Joe's team operates much like a pit crew. Timing is everything, and every person on the crew needs to be working seamlessly together to maximize performance and stay in the lead. FleetLocate has equipped Joe Gibbs Racing with a clear advantage not only on the track but in my business. He plans on making FleetLocate a critical part of his winning game plan for many race seasons to come.

 

Subject: GPS Management Systems are here
(Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 08:30AM by Media Manager)
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Local fleets leading growth in GPS-based management systems

The use of GPS-based mobile resource management (MRM) systems has expanded over 50% since 2009, with local fleet operations leading that growth over the last two years, according to a new report. Declining prices for in-vehicle hardware, better cellular data coverage and “growing awareness among local fleet operators of the high return on investment” are driving the move to MRMs among service, delivery, municipal and transit fleets, according to the 2012-13 U.S. Mobile Resource Management Systems Market Study just released by C.J. Driscoll and Assocs.
 
Among heavy truck fleets, truckload carriers are “a mature market” for MRM systems, with 40% largely using in-cab units. LTL carriers, which the report says operate approximately 200,000 trucks, have a 25% to 30% penetration rate with MRM solutions that include smartphone and tablet applications as well as in-vehicle units.

In the local fleet segment, the report indentified a growing move away from client-server based MRM systems to hosted systems run by suppliers. Those hosted systems range from low-cost basic tracking services to fully-featured enterprise management systems that include messaging, navigation and dispatching features. In addition, the report identified a growing trend among local fleets using OSx and Android devices to monitor fleet activity.

Integration with OBD-II data networks on light commercial vehicles is becoming common in this segment, providing fleet managers with ways to monitor driver and vehicle performance, maintenance and other operating information that can impact fuel consumption and safety, according to the Driscoll report. Driver scorecards and driver-performance statistics tied to GPS location data are also gaining popularity among local fleets.

In-cab installed MRM units among long-haul fleets have grown from 570,000 units in 2009 to an estimated 700,000 units today, according to the report. The lion’s share --660,000 -- are provided by Qualcomm, PeopleNet and XRS (formerly Xata), with the other 40,000 coming as installed equipment from truck manufacturers.

Despite the widespread adoption of MRM by many long-haul fleets, the new CSA safety measurement system put in place in late 2010 is encouraging non-adopters in that segment to move to electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) to help them manage their safety ratings, the report pointed out. Expected rules from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandating EOBR use “would have a very significant impact on the growth of the EOBR/MRM market,” it pointed out.

In our continuing effort to “stay ahead of the curve” CPS Express, Inc. has adopted and installed GPS monitoring systems into over the road and regional units. This system allows EOBR, real time and history locations which will improve resource control and ultimately improve customer service. The MRM will also maintain communication with vital truck components and relay information to the maintenance department, thereby reducing “down time” and quicker resolution in the event of a problem.

 
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