Suttons Guide to Fleet Management Technology

Fleet management has evolved significantly from manual record-keeping and paper-based systems to sophisticated digital solutions.

At Suttons, we have embraced these changes and embedded them into how our fleet operates today. 

In this article, we will go into more detail about fleet management technology and how we are currently implementing it. 

What is Fleet Management technology? 

Fleet management technology refers to the use of various digital tools, systems, and software solutions designed to optimise the operations of a fleet of vehicles or assets. 

These technologies are aimed at improving the efficiency, safety, compliance, and overall performance of the fleet.

Do Suttons Invest in Fleet Management Technology?

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At Suttons, we are taking huge strides to invest in our fleet management systems. Our focus when it comes to fleet management is:

  • Strategic investment.
  • Servicing.
  • Modification.

With this approach, we’re able to continuously improve our fleet management and take on clients of all sizes. 

Some of these clients even include one of the largest gas manufacturers in the UK.

To keep our fleet running at the top level we use a number of fleet management technologies, including:

  • Telematics via Microlise.
  • Digital Vehicle Checks.
  • EDI (Electronic data interchange) and APIs (Application Programming interface).

With the use of Microlise Fleet Performance Systems we can monitor with precision the location of our drivers, their estimated arrival times (ETA) as well as an abundance of other important data points. 

How Technology Has Changed in Fleet Management

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The technology in fleet management has seen significant development over the years.

This technology has revolutionised fleet management, introducing unprecedented efficiency and control. 

GPS tracking is one of the most notable changes.

With the advent of GPS tracking systems, managers can now monitor vehicles in real-time, optimising routes and ensuring timely deliveries. 

Telematics has also been a game changer.

Telematics solutions have provided valuable insights into vehicle health, enabling proactive maintenance and reducing downtime. 

The integration of data analytics has empowered decision-makers with comprehensive reports, allowing for informed strategies to enhance fleet performance and reduce costs. 

Advancements in communication technologies have facilitated seamless coordination between drivers and dispatchers, streamlining operations and improving customer satisfaction. 

Thanks to technology, fleet management has been transformed into a finely tuned system of precision and responsiveness.

What is Telematics?

Telematics refers to the integrated use of telecommunications and informatics, allowing data to be transmitted over long distances and analysed for various purposes.

Key Benefits of Telematics Solutions include: 

  • Enhanced Fleet Visibility – Real-time tracking enables fleet managers to monitor vehicle locations and status at all times.
  • Improved Safety – Telematics systems can provide alerts for speeding, harsh braking, and other unsafe driving behaviours, promoting safer driving practices.
  • Increased Efficiency – Optimisation of routes and scheduling based on real-time data can reduce fuel consumption and improve overall fleet productivity.
  • Cost Savings – Better maintenance scheduling and fuel management can lead to reduced operational costs.
  • Compliance and Accountability – Telematics data can be used to ensure compliance with regulations and provide evidence in case of disputes or accidents.

How to Optimise Efficiency on the Road with Microlise Telematics 

Optimising efficiency on the road with Microlise Telematics involves leveraging its features and capabilities to streamline operations, reduce costs, and enhance performance. 

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Its features include:

Real-time Vehicle Tracking

Microlise’s real-time vehicle tracking feature monitors the location of each vehicle in your fleet.

It ensures that vehicles are taking the most efficient routes to their destinations, avoiding traffic congestion and road closures.

It also identifies any deviations from planned routes and takes corrective action to minimise delays and optimise efficiency.

Driver Performance Monitoring

Microlise’s driver performance monitoring tools track driver behaviour metrics such as speeding, harsh braking, and idling time.

It provides feedback and coaching to drivers based on their performance data to encourage safer and more efficient driving habits.

Fuel Management

You can monitor fuel consumption and identify areas of inefficiency using Microlise’s fuel management tools.

You’ll be able to implement fuel-saving strategies such as reducing idle time, minimising unnecessary stops, and optimising vehicle speeds.

Performance Analytics

You can leverage Microlise’s performance analytics and reporting tools to track key performance indicators (KPIs) and measure fleet performance.

This allows you to identify trends and patterns in data to uncover opportunities for further optimisation.

You can see actionable insights from performance analytics to make informed decisions and continuously improve efficiency on the road.

Multi-Camera System

The Micolise multi-camera camera system offers a comprehensive view of the vehicle’s surroundings, including blind spots, rear, front, and sides. 

This visibility helps drivers manoeuvre safely, especially in tight spaces, crowded urban areas, or when reversing.

It reduces the risk of accidents, collisions, and near misses, thereby enhancing driver safety and reducing potential injuries or fatalities.

By providing drivers with a comprehensive view of their surroundings, the camera system can streamline common manoeuvres such as parking, docking, or navigating tight spaces. 

This can reduce the time spent on these tasks, improve overall efficiency, and ultimately contribute to faster delivery times and increased productivity for the fleet.

The Importance of Maintenance Monitoring in Fleet Operations

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Maintenance monitoring is indispensable in fleet operations as it ensures the safety, efficiency, and longevity of vehicles. 

By systematically tracking maintenance activities and vehicle performance metrics, you can proactively identify and address issues before they escalate.

This helps reduce the risk of accidents and costly breakdowns.

This proactive approach not only enhances safety but also optimises operational efficiency by minimising downtime and maximising asset utilisation. 

Compliance with regulatory standards is facilitated through regular monitoring, safeguarding your fleet’s legal standing and reputation. 

With maintenance monitoring, you can make data-driven decisions which empower you to optimise performance, control costs, and deliver superior service to your customers.

Investors of Fleet Management Technology 

Fleet management technology is always evolving.

What works today may not be the most efficient method tomorrow. But one thing can be guaranteed when it comes to fleet management technology.

Suttons Tankers will always strive to embrace and implement the latest fleet technology.

If you would like to find out more about how Suttons Tankers can become your logistics provider then please contact us.

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