Leveraging Mobile Workforce Management Systems to Automate and Streamline Your Business Processes

The needs of modern field service operations have changed due to new technologies, changes in consumer expectations, and the economy.

Companies with field operations are equipping their workforce with digital tools like intelligent devices, real-time monitoring, IoT, and artificial intelligence enabled tech to cope with these changes by improving operation efficiency & productivity.

By integrating more advanced digital tools and field service management software, companies can sync workflows and create more effective strategies based on real-time data. This will help your field workers accomplish more by working smarter instead of harder, as well as helping office staff by eliminate paper-based processes as well as manual data entry that cause delays and introduce human error.

 

A key management solution for field service operations is Mobile Workforce Management (MWM). MWM Solutions provide visibility to field workers, optimize and control field operations & mobile staff performance. According to the report by verified market research, the Mobile Workforce Management Market size was valued at USD 3.89 Billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 10.46 Billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 13.16% from 2021 to 2028.

 

What is MWM and MWMS?

MWM is the management of a mobile workforce with the help of tools such as apps, software, and processes or networks.

MWMS (Mobile Workforce Management Software) is a solution integrated with MWM that enables businesses to manage their employees while they are on the go. For mobile workers, it’s a tool that assists them in performing their job more effectively throughout their day. For a manager, it’s a visibility solution that helps them keep track of field worker productivity.

In today’s global workforce, 80% are deskless workers. According to the survey from EMERGENE, the top deskless workforce industries are: Agriculture, Education, Healthcare, Retail, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Transportation, and Construction, that employ 2.7B employees.

This survey also shows that 82% of respondents from those industries are planning to increase spending on technology for their deskless workforce. Transportation and Manufacturing are the two leading industries. In addition, these industries are willing to invest in new technologies to assist their employees with productivity and keep them happy.

global workforce in deskless

top reason for investing in deskless technology

Businesses Can Save Time and Money with a MWMS

There are common struggles that companies running field services operations face: controlling costs, improving resource allocation, and streamlining business management. Implementing MWM provides a solution to these common factors, and provides a competitive advantage.

 

Key Benefits of Implementing a MWMS

Increase Efficiency

Efficiency is essential as it impacts productivity. With MWMS, managers can monitor the actual time employees spent on tasks and their progress. The telematics data and reports enable managers to analyze working processes, optimize and organize the field workers. In addition, managers can provide training and support their employees when issues are identified early.

MWM streamlines scheduling, dispatching and communication through centralized tools. The result is reduced downtime, increasing efficiency and productivity, ultimately impacting your bottom line.

 

Reduces Operational Errors & Increase Customer Satisfaction

Operational errors and process complexity negatively impact all aspects of finance, management, and overall business operations. Many of these issues stem from paper-based processed. This can also lead to lower customer satisfaction due to process and timeline management challenges.

MWMS enables the back-office to simplify processes by streamline payroll and invoicing that will result in lower administrative costs and errors. In addition, it provides greater accuracy and reduces overhead expenses, ultimately resulting in an improved customer experience, employee satisfaction and lowered operating costs.

 

How Astreon can help improve your business

Astreon Mobile is a fully-featured and effective mobile workforce management service.

The application is installed on a mobile device, transforming it into a part of a comprehensive personal monitoring system. With Astreon Mobile, you can track field employees’ productivity, schedule & dispatch tasks, and monitor their completion. With the Configurator web app integrators also have 24/7 remote access to the app configuration and diagnostics.

Astreon mobile is designed to provide visibility to field workers, optimize and control field operations and mobile staff performance.

 

Features

Access to relevant data

Astreon provides relevant and usable data in an easy-to-read format. Information is automatically updated and displayed in a user-friendly interface. View the main tracking parameters on the home screen for quick checks as well as status and alerts. Everything is automatically updated based on the latest message from the device.

 

Supports various communication options

Employees can chat, send photos, SOS messages, or location data by office staff by simply tapping a button. The back office is notified when personnel needs help or further instructions. Whatever happens, the employer will be aware of what’s going on.

 

User Statuses

Manage user status (Busy, Available, Away, etc.) to make better decisions by staying informed about your team’s activities. You can further tailor to your needs by creating your own custom statuses, and runs detailed reports to simplify payroll, differentiate what activity is personal or business related for costing purposes, and much more.

 

QR codes

Leverage QR codes to provide employees a means to log in by a simple scan, or changes status (for example at the end of a route or a task).

 

Remote control

An integrator or employer can change settings, download logs and troubleshoot issues without physical access to the employee’s smart devices. Request actions such as a camera snapshot or a service stop and change app settings remotely to proactively guide and help your team.

 

BLE beacons

The user’s smart device can be connected to a BLE device, and Astreon Mobile will detect such a beacon nearby and send this information to the monitoring system.

 

What to look for in MWM solutions

An MWMS is a critical aspect of digital transformation. By investing in MWM solutions, companies can embrace digital transformation and reap the benefits of an accelerated ROI.

When implementing, it is essential to take some initial steps:

You should identify :

  • What are your business goals?
  • How easy is it to implement?
  • Whether it can be integrated with other digital tools, such as GPS fleet tracking?

 

Through integration, managers & employers can access relevant data via a more centralized way, as well as providing deeper insight into the data to make better informed and faster business decisions.

 

Astreon offers MWM solutions tailored to your business. With solutions such as mobile forms, scheduled transportation management, delivery monitoring service, maintenance management, driver behavior monitoring, transit solutions, agriculture solutions, and much more. Astreon has the right solution for your business needs.

 

Astreon Mobile is a fully-featured and effective mobile workforce management service. We capture accurate speed and detailed location throughout the day. For the back office, it is designed to quickly, conveniently, and easily connect any number of employees to the monitoring system without the need for specialty hardware, simply leverage your existing smart devices in the field and off you go.

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2022 Truck Trends

2021-2022 are transformative years for the truck industry and have been keeping people in the truck industry busy. This transformation affects operations, expenses, and administration. With ELD compliance, Electrification to ease climate change, driver shortages, rising fuel costs, and trucker convoys for COVID-19 restrictions, it’s been a busy couple of years.

This article digs a bit deeper into ELD mandates and tighter truck emission regulations in Canada and the USA, and how this affects the transportation industry.

ELD Compliance

ELD(Electronic Logging Devices) mandate went into effect in December 2017 in the USA and will be fully mandated in January 2023 in Canada(Find the Canadian ELD mandate schedule).

Electronic logging devices (ELD) are used to electronically keep a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS) and all drivers are required to use an ELD to document their compliance with HOS rules.

In Canada, the full ELD mandate will go into effect on January 2023 and this deadline extension will ensure that carriers can have sufficient time to purchase, install ELDs and educate drivers to comply with the ELD mandate rules. However, the reality is you need to get started preparing as soon as possible. Here is why you should start preparing today for the ELD mandate:  https://www.astreon.com/full-eld-enforcement-delayed/

 

Electrification

The electrification of heavy commercial vehicles is making a splash right now. According to Natural Resources Canada, “Transportation accounts for approximately 25% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions(GHG), of which almost half comes from passenger cars and light trucks.”.

The electrification movement is accelerating in North America.

“Roughly half of all U.S. and Canadian Class 8 tractors engaged in regional-haul applications could switch to battery-electric technology today with minimal or no impact on operations, productivity, or efficiency, according to a new report.” – HDT

For more information about the reaction from countries and how we can help customers reduce their environmental impact and comply with emission regulations: https://www.astreon.com/a-greener-solution/

 

Driver Shortages

As the demand in the supply chain industry is increasing, North America is facing a serious shortage of truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), the shortage of truck drivers was 60,800 and is estimated to reach 160,000 by 2028 in U.S. Whereas, Canada is expected to be short 25,000 truck drivers by 2023 according to a study from Trucking HR Canada.

truck driver shortage

 

The stressful environment caused by COVID-19 is further accelerating the shortage of truck drivers and exacerbating disruptions in the supply chain.

Find out how to ease driver shortages with telematics:  https://www.astreon.com/telematics-can-improve-drivers-safety-and-retention-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Sky High Fuel Costs

Rising fuel costs are pressuring trucking companies. Many companies are struggling with minimizing the impact of fuel costs to their clients, but there is a limit.

In order to combat the impact of rising fuel costs, it is critical to have insightful data about your fleet operations to analyze and drive effective improvements into your business. To get this insightful data, you need a leading GPS Tracking solution in your fleet to better understand how much gasoline or diesel is consumed by your fleet each month and year. A GPS Fleet Management system is also important to help analyze data and receive powerful automated reports to identify where you can drive additional efficiencies and savings.

For detailed tips to combat the effects of rising fuel costs, read this article.

 

Astreon Can Help

Astreon offers the most Comprehensive & Advanced Fleet Management platform available for your Vehicles, Trailers, Machinery, and Equipment, with over 3.3 million+ tracked assets globally. Our software is easy to use, fully customizable, and provides advanced industry-leading features. With our Fleet Management platform, you can visualize all of your fleet assets on one screen in a simple to operate, powerful application. Fuel Management with Astreon is the complete solution for optimizing fuel expenditure and ultimately saving your company time and money. For more information about our fuel control, click here.

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Summary of 2021 – What has changed in fleets and what change will we expect in 2022?

This year has a log of changes in the world, especially regulations. In addition to Covid-19 regulations, there are many regulations we have to comply with. The term “changes” also applies to fleet and technology industries this year. In this article, we review critical changes that happened this year to those industries and how these changes will impact your business from next year.

Canada ELD Mandate

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2021 is a big year for the Canadian ELD market. This year is the first year of enforcement of ELD regulation in Canada. The Canada ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) Mandate went into effect June 12th, 2021 with a “progressive” enforcement period due to the unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the complexity of obtaining certification in Canada.

With this measurement, the ELD implementation delay has been put on hold until June 12th, 2022 to elevate education and awareness of the implementation of ELD.

We’ve posted an ultimate ELD guide and regulation changes this year. Read full articles and comprehend how ELD regulation works and which ELD service providers you should choose.

 

  • Other related articles

Canada ELD Mandate Update: No ELD penalties until June 2022 – CCMTA

The ultimate guide to the ELD Mandate and how to choose the best ELD

 

Sustainability

electric vehicle charging station

Global warming is becoming a serious issue all over the world and there is no surprise that the fleet industry contributes to this situation. With this fact, efforts to boost sustainability in the transportation sector are increasing, as customers become more likely to weigh the environmental impacts of their purchases and government across the globe draw up more stringent regulations. In addition, the U.S administration had ordered federal agencies to develop tighter fuel efficiency, greenhouse gas, and oxides of nitrogen emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2021.

More stringent regulations are expected to come next year in the world. Be prepared for any regulation impacting the fleet industry. It’s for sure that the truck industry will need to take the next leap in sustainability no later than 2030 because most countries set vehicle electrification targets by 2030. You can find the Vehicle electrification goals by country in the report from icct.

For emission regulations for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, read our blogs and be prepared for the changes:

How you can save money during the oil and diesel price surge

Biden Proposed Tighter Truck Emission Regulations

Truck industry embracing change due to the emission regulations and high demand for electric trucks

 

Smart Technology

smart technology

Connectivity and data management are now set to unleash the next renovation in the history of farming: Smart Farming / Precision agriculture. It enables farmers to collect vast quantities of data and control different equipment or monitor individual animals. Now, farmers are starting to adopt digital technology and data-driven innovations. See how Smart Farming can solve agricultural operational problems.

Smart Technology – Transformation in the Agriculture industry

 

What do 2022 and the future in the fleet industry look like?

Canada ELD regulation will be fully compliant

All Canadian trucking companies (there are some exemptions from the Canadian ELD mandate) must prepare for the ELD mandate by June 12th, 2022. Violating the regulation could charge you a fine or receive formal warnings. Being compliant doesn’t sound only complicated, but is also beneficial for your fleet operation financially and productively. Leveraging ELD brings many benefits, like more efficient route management, vehicle diagnostics, and minimizing administrative difficulties. Find more ELD benefits on our ELD page.

Our certified ELD providers:

Apollo ELD: https://www.lvmtrack.com/eld-compliance-apollo/

VisTracks: https://www.lvmtrack.com/eld-compliance-vistracks/

 

One in two vehicles sold is an electric vehicle

In the Executive Order by U.S. President Joe Biden, he states that “America must lead the world on clean and efficient cars and trucks. That means bolstering our domestic market by setting a goal that 50 percent of all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in 2030 be zero-emission vehicles, including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell electric vehicles.”.

In 2021, we saw self-driving cars becoming more prevalent as well as carpooling services becoming increasingly popular with people who have car ownership but do not drive often enough to warrant owning a car themselves. Also, major auto manufacturers like Tesla, Volvo, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz manufacture EVs to meet the demand from consumers, contributing to a dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions. As an example, Volvo is committed to producing purely EV’s by 2030.

Not next year, but 2030 would be a milestone in the history of an electric vehicle.

To learn more about electric vehicles, check our blogs.

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Why do rental companies use GPS Tracking? Why is telematics beneficial to the rental equipment business?

When it comes to the profitability of the rental industry, it depends on efficiently renting out assets, keeping them in good condition, and managing the asset’s life cycle.

To maximize profitability, a rental company needs to know when and whether their assets will be returned in what condition so that they can be checked in, maintained, and quickly put back on the rental list again.

Most rental companies struggle with asset management. If your company has not installed an advanced asset management system, you will face many issues. For example, it is more complicated to monitor and organize which asset from which location is readily available to be rented out if a rental company has multiple branches. It will end up costing tens of thousands of dollars if you lose even one piece of equipment. They are often not in an ideal condition when your customer returns your rental assets.

According to the report from National Equipment Registry, about 1,000 pieces of commercial equipment are reported stolen every month, which is equivalent to anywhere from $300 million to $1 billion loss per year for business owners.

The lack of an advanced asset management system will result in inflated maintenance and management costs. In order to overcome these challenges, GPS tracking is a must-have for all rental industries to manage and mitigate operational risks.

 

How a GPS Tracking works for the rental equipment industry

Maximizing profitability in a rapidly growing market can be challenging. In fact, the equipment industry in the U.S. is growing. According to the statistics from statista, the size of the U.S. equipment rental market is projected to be sized at approximately $53 billion U.S. dollars in 2022, a 10% of increase from its in 2020.

Along with its increasing market, operators in the rental industry are concerned about the safety and maintenance of their equipment. It is not easy to know how their equipment is used by their customers, or whether they return their rental equipment at the right time in the right place.

To manage and monitor all challenges, GPS tracking solutions help locate your assets using a pre-installed transmitter that tracks the location of the specific object using signals from several satellites and calculating the delay between each one. Today, GPS tracking is more powerful, accurate, and comprehensive by integrating with an asset management system.

GPS tracking integrated with an asset management system provides you with insightful, real-time data and reports that support you to improve safety and productivity.

Let’s look at the benefits of installing GPS Tracking in the rental equipment industry.

5 benefits of GPS tracking for the rental equipment industry

  1. Tracking real-time location & geofencing

Renting your assets to others is risky unless you have full control of management and monitoring. Heavy equipment assets are highly valuable and difficult to replace. With GPS Tracking for heavy machinery, trailers, and other high-value assets, you can monitor your assets’ whereabouts in real-time. You can also set up geofencing, which is a virtual border drawn on the map, in an asset management system. These virtual boundaries or areas can be drawn like a single-lane street or shaped size as a specific yard to help you monitor and manage your valuable assets. These geofences are used as a trigger for alerts when your asset enters/exits in or from the geofenced area. As soon as the GPS tracking detects the movement, it will send an alert. This information is crucial in preventing contract breaches and ensuring that equipment is exactly where it is supposed to be.

 

  1. Monitor equipment condition

Another benefit of using GPS Tracking in the rental equipment industry is automated maintenance. GPS Tracking will allow you to schedule maintenance based on the equipment’s runtime. This will help make sure that maintenance is done on time and increase productivity by maintaining the rental cycle of each asset.  Maintenance notifications of upcoming work can enable you to go perform maintenance on a customer’s job site to prevent costly breakdowns and unnecessary repairs.

 

  1. Prevent theft

As we mentioned earlier, about 1,000 pieces of commercial equipment are reported stolen every month which is equivalent to anywhere from $300 million to $1 billion loss per year for business owners. This can happen to anyone.

What if your customer paid in cash or with a fraudulent credit card and disappeared without returning your rental equipment? When your equipment isn’t returned and you come to collect it, the site will be vacant or the address or person you lent your equipment doesn’t even exist. These unfortunate events could happen to you. How can you prevent this from happening?

You already know that a GPS Tracker allows you to monitor the exact location of your rental equipment. However, the right rental equipment tracking devices can do more than simply aid in locating lost or stolen rental equipment. It also can help you minimize the risk of damage to the assets if it is stolen by minimizing the time that thieves have them.

For example, if a GPS tracking device has geofencing or motion detection capabilities, it will instantly generate an alert if the device crosses the geofencing boundary or detects unauthorized movement. This alert system helps you to quickly identify a potential theft in progress and alert the authorities to the theft. Your quick action can reduce the possibility that the asset will be damaged or disposed of before the asset is found.

 

  1. Maximize equipment utilization

Keeping assets operating longer than they should and missing the right timing to replace them with new ones cause the cost to maintain them to skyrocket. With the right GPS Tracker, rental companies can see equipment usage and the GPS tracker helps them make more informed decisions about asset purchasing and selling.

 

A GPS Tracker integrated with an asset management system can help you stay on top of your asset replacement schedule and find the right time to replace your assets based on the maintenance milestones and their period of usage. The asset management system will provide you with crucial data and help you make the right asset management decisions to maximize equipment utilization.

 

  1. Improve invoice accuracy and billable time

Ditch the old manual tracking of run time and paper-based processes.

Using GPS tracking on your equipment improves your invoice accuracy and billable time. This feature is beneficial especially if you bill your customers based on the runtime of the equipment. You will know the exact amount of runtime from the data by GPS tracking and it will increase your invoicing accuracy.

In addition, monitoring runtime will eliminate human errors. It’s easy to bill your customer by the day, half-day, or by the hour with full and accurate data collected by an asset management system. Using GPS tracking and an asset management system automates everything and helps your work be more accurate and productive.

 

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Astreon provides a cloud-based system, seamlessly integrated into mobile applications featuring a wide range of IoT solutions. You can get real-time asset tracking visibility with detailed reports on their location. Astreon’s asset management system allows you to monitor your assets’ whereabouts with a click of a button to save time, reduce dwell time, with the added convenience of not having to physically look for your asset. It helps you reduce costs by ensuring that critical assets are available and identified quickly when you need them the most.

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The complete guide to Dispatch Management Software

As the demand in the supply chain industry is increasing, the logistics and transportation industries rely more on technology to streamline the operation to prevent any shipping delays.

The process is a lot more complicated than simply sending a delivery truck to pick up the package they’d like to deliver. There are many questions you need to address, such as delivery schedule, driver/vehicle assignments & availability, routes considering traffic, and tracking process.

These are the challenges of dispatch management, but these same issues are addressed with effective dispatch management software.

 

What is a Dispatch Management Software?

A Dispatch Management Software is a process of organizing, assigning, and optimizing delivery schedules and routes for businesses in the delivery, maintenance, and service industries. Dispatch Management Software optimizes your routes and schedules while maximizing efficiency, and minimizing costs.

 

How Dispatch Management Software works

By integrating with GPS tracking and mobile apps which provide real-time updates, you can track the real-time whereabouts of your vehicles, traffics conditions, and assignments of available carriers. This, along with advanced routing algorithms, provides automated assignments for pickups, drop-offs, service calls, deliveries, etc.  These applications can provide Proof of Delivery or Service completion, with photos, signatures, and driver notes.

Keeping track of the locations and statuses of drivers allows you to improve your dispatching. It also helps connect a dispatcher with drivers for faster, better communication.

The software can help schedule plan, optimize routes, providing real-time routing, monitoring driver behavior, alert notifications, and calculate total route costs which allow your company to lower turnaround times and costs.

Why does using Dispatch Management Software dramatically improves your business’s efficiency and performance?

Leveraging dispatch management software brings you huge benefits by automating every process.

Without an efficient dispatch system in your business, time is wasted manually tracking the vehicles, planning routes, and managing driver schedules. With dispatch management software, managing all these processes is automated and easy.

 

Key aspects of dispatch management software

 

Better delivery routes

Instead of planning routes manually, dispatch management helps you generate optimal travel routes more efficiently.

Based on which vehicle is closest and available, service time commitments, and route preferences, what kind of capacity the vehicle has, traffic, the application provides planned routes with information on the estimated arrival time and mileage of each stop and route. Optimal routes will result in faster delivery & service times, increased customer & driver satisfaction, and cost savings.

 

Reduced service costs

Effective dispatch management not only saves time by optimizing routes but also saves money. Drivers spend less time on the road, along with optimized and improved routes, which results in reduced fuel consumption and reduced operation time.

According to ABI Research, the cost savings from having a dispatch management system could be well over 12% in profitability and 13% in vehicle utilization with a 15% decrease in travel time.

Dispatch management software also provides you with impactful reporting so that you can see precisely which areas need to be improved to lower costs and increase profits.

 

Improve customer & driver satisfaction

Customers always want to know where their packages are and when they are expected to receive their packages.

Dispatch management software can provide both you and your customers with real-time updates on driver’s whereabouts and estimated delivery schedules. Some applications allow clients to communicate directly with the driver.

These tools increase driver satisfaction because you don’t have to worry about a delivery delay due to unexpected traffic conditions, reducing driver’s stress levels. It can also avoid any irregular schedules by optimizing routes, assignments of available drivers and vehicles.

 

Improve driver behavior and safety

Real-time monitoring and data enable a dispatcher to measure driver behavior and safety. Dispatch management software allows a dispatcher to track the delivery process in real-time and respond to emerging issues through phone calls or chat. Dispatch management software will notify a dispatcher and driver via notifications whenever unexpected issues happen.

 

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Truck industry embracing change due to the emission regulations and high demand for electric trucks

The truck industry will be embracing change due to the emission regulations by the government. Demand for EV’s in the transportation sector is also rising due to the high cost of fuel and sustainability initiatives by private organizations.

See the full article about tighter truck emission regulations

What is EV (Electric Vehicle)

EV (Electric Vehicle) is a vehicle that is powered by a pack of rechargeable batteries instead of fossil fuels like current-generation vehicles use. The vehicle needs to be plugged into a wall outlet or high voltage charging station to recharge its batteries. As EV’s don’t use combustion or fossil fuels that burn, the vehicle emits no airborne pollutants. This will be a huge contributor to reducing greenhouse gas, air pollutions and other environmental impacts caused by emissions from automobiles.

 

Electric Truck Market Statistics 2021-2027

EV is in demand. Let’s see the EV Truck Market.

The global electric truck market size was valued at $422.5 million in 2019 and is expected to reach $1.893 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 25.8% from 2020 to 2027 according to statistics from Allied Market Research.

 

Electricity Demand

EV demand by mode

According to the Global EV outlook 2020 from IEA, in 2030, in the Stated Policies Scenario, global electricity from electric vehicles (including two/three-wheelers) reaches 550 TWh, or about a six-fold increase from 2019 levels.

The share of demand due to electric vehicles in total electricity consumption at a national/regional level grows to as high as 4% in Europe. In the Sustainable Development Scenario, with demand rising nearly eleven-fold from 2019 to almost 1 000 TWh, the share of total demand ranges from 2% in Japan to 6% in Europe.

EV demand by country

 

Rising demand for electric trucks

With emission regulations and stringent emission norms adopted by people, the demand for electric vehicles is rising across the world. Major auto manufacturers like Tesla, Volvo, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz manufacture EVs to meet the demand from consumers, contributing to a dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions. As an example, Volvo is committed to producing purely EV’s by 2030.

“I would be surprised if we wouldn’t deliver only electric cars from 2030.”

CEO Hakan Samuelsson recently told the Financial Times Futures, as reported by Automotive News.

Tesla EV Truck       Volvo EV Truck       Mercedes-Benz EV Truck

 

Advantage of owning an EV

Owning an EV has many benefits.

Save your money

Because EV’s runs on electricity instead of fossil fuels, it is much more affordable to drive. The average Canadian driver, traveling 20,000 km per year, can save as much as $2,000 per year on fuel alone.

In addition, EV’s don’t require oil changes, mufflers, or exhaust systems which saves a lot per year on maintenance.

Environmentally Friendly

Conventional vehicles burn fossil fuels which produce hazardous chemicals and greenhouse gas emissions. These pollutants contribute to air pollution and climate change.

In contrast, an EV uses an electric motor, so it doesn’t produce any tailpipe emissions.

Compliance

Our Blog last week discussed US truck emission regulations. Governments across the world are putting pressure on vehicle manufactures and the truck industry to reduce carbon emissions caused by diesel fuel to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

As a result of this, and greater adoption of EV’s in consumers, it is expected that half of the passenger cars and light trucks sold by 2030 will be zero-emission vehicles in North America.

 

EV Fleet Management Software

Using Fleet Management Software helps businesses save money, while increasing profitability, efficiency and safety. It helps you optimize routes, monitor fuel, vehicle health and diagnostics, such as engine status, fuel consumption, and mileage. See the real-time location of your fleet and notification alerts for things like idle & dwell time, excessive speeding and reckless driving.

Apart from fuel management, these same benefits apply to EV’s. EV Fleet Management Software enables your EVs to optimize charging and always keep them ready to go. The following are major features EV Fleet Management Software has.

Battery kW Usage by Trip

Just like fuel consumption by the trip, EV’s use a metric of Wh per Kilometer or Mile, giving us the ability to calculate EV efficiency by vehicle, by the trip, and over time.  This efficiency report provides insight into battery consumption while driving, evaluating the energy efficiency of each EV in your fleet, including factors like driving behavior by a driver, which can massively affect overall efficiency.

EV charging report

A charging history of your EVs provides you when and where vehicles are charging, the length of charging time, kW h charged, and location. This report gives you deeper insight into each EV to monitor their charging history and what current level of the charge they have.

Real-time charging status

It enables you to track and monitor your EVs’ charging status in real-time and get alerted whenever the battery reaches a critical level and needs to be charged.

Route planning

It provides not only optimized routes for your EV fleet, but also nearby charging stations while ensuring that dispatched EVs have enough battery to complete the task.

Battery health

You can monitor your vehicles’ battery capacity and health in real-time. Analyzing battery health based on weather, usage, and charging habits can help you optimize your vehicles’ performance.

 

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By 2030 you’ll start to see this industry change come into effect. Prepared your fleet and optimize your EVs with our Fleet Management Software.

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Biden Proposed Tighter Truck Emission Regulations

The Biden administration has ordered federal agencies to develop tighter fuel efficiency, greenhouse gas, and oxides of nitrogen emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks last week.

The fuel economy and emissions requirements proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation would strengthen regulations eased by the Trump administration, trying to get back to a stricter path planned by former President Barack Obama in 2012.

 

“Today, I am following through with a campaign commitment to reverse the previous administration’s short-sighted rollback of vehicle emissions and efficiency standards.”

 

President Joe Biden said at a White House event to announce the new standards.

At the beginning of August, President Biden issued an Executive Order that aimed at promoting the sales of zero-emission vehicles and calling on EPA and the Department of Transportation to consider setting new emissions and fuel efficiency standards.

In the Executive Order, Biden states that “America must lead the world on clean and efficient cars and trucks. That means bolstering our domestic market by setting a goal that 50 percent of all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in 2030 be zero-emission vehicles, including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell electric vehicles.”.

In addition, President Biden also calls for EPA and DOT to issue final rules by July 2024 addressing;

  • Multi-pollutant emission standards including greenhouse gas emissions, for light- and medium-duty vehicles
  • Fuel economy standards for passenger cars and light-duty trucks
  • Fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans
  • Greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty engines and vehicles
  • Fuel efficiency standards for medium-and heavy-duty engines and vehicles

 

What about Canada?

The Government of Canada has mandated and revised stringent regulations which mostly mirror the U.S. regulations;

  • On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations – Tier 2 – 2004-2016 model years
  • Passenger Car and Light Duty Truck GHG Emission Regulations – 2011–2016 model years
  • Heavy-Duty Vehicle & Engine GHG Emission Regulations – 2014–2018 model years
  • Passenger Car and Light Duty Truck GHG Emission Regulations – 2017–2025 model years
  • On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations – Tier 3 – 2017-2025 model years
  • Heavy-Duty Vehicle & Engine GHG Emission Regulations – 2019–2027 model years (in development)

Source: Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association

How your company can adjust to this change

Adopting the new regulations is challenging and now it’s still uncertain how these regulations impact truck industries. However, it’s for sure that the truck industry will need to take the next leap in sustainability no later than 2030.

 

What you can prepare and how Astreon can help

Fuel

Analyzing and improving driving behavior, such as acceleration, braking, speeding, and reckless driving can save fuel usage. Observing speed limits and driving patterns will help you educate your drivers and improve their skills is a contributing factor in driving cost savings for your fleet. The US Department of Energy reports that after a driver reaches 50mph, as mileage starts to decrease, each 5mph you drive over 50mph can cost you an additional $0.15 per gallon for gasoline.

Our Fleet Management Software provides impactful and relevant data of all activities such as driving behavior, fuel costs, mileage, idling time, the total cost per travel, etc…

Using our Fleet Management Software results in fleet-wide average savings of 15% or more on fuel costs and an increase of 30% or more on overall fleet efficiency.

Energy

Real-time performance reports of your equipment and machinery can help improve energy efficiency. Our Fleet Management Software provides better visibility into equipment energy efficiency to help improve the performance and reliability of equipment and machinery.

 

Pollutants

Air pollution is becoming a major issue in many of the world’s large cities and heavy-duty vehicles are a massive contributor.

Our Fleet management system enables you to provide drivers with the most optimal route for your fleet each day, which also considers real-time traffic conditions. These enhancements drastically reduce travel time, engine idling and the release of harmful pollutants into the air.

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Zero Emissions

GPS fleet tracking technology also can contribute to improvements in CO2 monitoring. You can track exactly which vehicle and how much a vehicle is contributing to poor air quality by the data from GPS fleet telematics. Using this data and reports from Fleet Management Software, you can get the complete picture of vehicle utilization, carbon emissions and fuel consumption.

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Our commitment to sustainability

Sustainability is a core value of Astreon and our technology helps our customers, society, and employees improve their environmental impact as we all walk together towards the same goal – zero emissions, reduce pollutants, and fuel & energy efficiencies. Check our Sustainability page to see how we approach these environmental impacts.

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The Fleet Management Software Market is projected to reach USD 50.09 billion by 2027 – Market size & share, by solutions

The Fleet Management Software Market is expected to rise with an outstanding CAGR and reach the highest revenue by 2027 according to the report from Fortune business insights.

The report forecasts that “ The global fleet management software market size stood at USD 14.59 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 50.09 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 16.8% during the forecast period”

 

The research report is analyzed based on the fleet management software market share, fleet types, applications, solutions, by industry and by region.

This upward trend is driven by the implementation of regulatory measurements, integration of artificial intelligence, and high demand for connected cars.

For more details about the report, get a sample copy of the report at –  https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/enquiry/request-sample-pdf/100893

 

This infographic summarizes all information from the report and features of Fleet Management Software.

Fleet Management Software Market infographic

By region

The global market scope is classified across five regions, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

According to the research, North America is the biggest market globally gaining USD 5 billion in 2019. Especially, Canada is likely to gain rapid growth in the forecast period in terms of rising adoption of telematics in the trucking industry.

 

By solution

According to the study, industries are most likely to seek the solutions of the supply chain management followed by fleet maintenance, such as the last time checkup date, mileage, or engine alerts. For logistics solutions, fleet management software provides real-time insights along with historical data to keep your fleets efficient. It helps optimize routes, avoid more expensive routes and make better dispatching decisions. For maintenance solutions, fleet management software can alert drivers, fleet managers, maintenance teams and owners when vehicles need maintenance automatically based on data such as the last time checkup data, mileage, or engine alerts.

Performance management is the third-highest demanded solution. The demand for the performance management solution is rising due to the policies and compliance of environmental and safety regulations and is expected to grow rapidly for the forecast period.

 

Astreon Fleet Management Software

Astreon offers the most Comprehensive & Advanced Fleet Management platform available for your Vehicles, Trailers, Machinery, and Equipment, with over 2.9 million+ tracked assets globally. Our software is easy to use, fully customizable, and advanced. With our Fleet Management platform, you see all your assets on one screen in a simple to operate, powerful application. Our in-house development team is always developing leading-edge technology to allow us to exceed our clients’ expectations.

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