fleetdigest February 2019
The February 2019 issue of fleetdigest is now available online. You can flip through it here, but first, a few words from the Associate Publisher of fleetdigest, Jack Kazmierski.
Life Before Telematics
One day, all fleet managers will look back on their pre-telematics days and wonder how they ever managed to get anything done.
A few years ago, before getting my very first smartphone, I remember making fun of my kids who took their smartphones everywhere they went. As a devout flip-phone user back then, I used my phone to make phone calls, period. So I couldn’t figure out why my kids felt the need to keep their phones on them at all times.
Then one day, my daughter decided to set me straight, explaining how her smartphone wasn’t just a phone, it was everything—from a flashlight that helped her see at night, to a calendar for her appointments, a way to communicate with friends via text, and so on.
I still wasn’t convinced—not until I got my first smartphone. Then my entire world changed, and today I too am inseparable from my smartphone.
Admittedly, I’m a late adopter of smartphone technologies. I fought the trend as long as I could, refusing to follow the crowd until I could fight no more. Today, I can’t imagine life without a smartphone, and I can’t figure out how I got anything done in the past.
That brings us to the theme of this issue of fleetdigest—Telematics & Software. Much like smartphones, today’s telematics systems can help fleet professionals manage their assets in ways that simply weren’t possible just a couple of years ago.
The software available today has advanced exponentially, feeding fleet management systems with raw data that’s almost impossible to digest and absorb.
Gone are the days when we managed a fleet with paper spreadsheets and a sharp pencil. In fact, today’s technologies allow us to look into the future, predicting how our vehicles will perform in the coming months and years, as well as when they’re likely to break down, and what to do about it.
The question all fleet professionals need to ask themselves is, “Am I willing to embrace new technologies, or am I determined to stick with the status quo?”
Will you fight the telematics trend as long as possible? Will you refuse to follow those taking the lead? If you haven’t considered harnessing the power of telematics for your fleet, I encourage you to look into the possibilities. Once you do, you too will look back at your spreadsheet and pencil days and wonder, “How did I ever manage my fleet without telematics?”