Why Fleet Management Systems Lose 99% Of Critical Performance Data

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If your doctor told you that she was going to perform and EKG on your heart but instead of recording all activity over a few minutes she told you it was too expensive to do continuous monitoring during that time; instead she was just going to take a look only for a second every couple minutes.  What would you say?  You’d probably find a new doctor! Monitoring fleet health and performance requires diagnostic tools

Many GPS fleet management systems offer exactly that one second diagnostic frequency.  They offer you glimpses of your vehicle’s activity only every 2 minutes or 5 minutes and they’ll charge you a fortune for continuous monitoring if they can even offer that.

If all you want to know is where a vehicle is and where it is going (or where it has been) a 5 minute snapshot might be just fine.  What if you want to know more?  What if you need to know more?

Monitoring performance data

There are lots of reasons that fleet owners invest in a fleet management system.  The simplest requirements usually involve basic vehicle tracking or AVL.  This technology is so straightforward that lots of companies implement it on a smartphone or tablet and are skipping integrated systems entirely.

What’s more complex is getting real vehicle performance data from the vehicle itself.  Most GPS trackers only draw power from the vehicle they don’t ever communicate with the vehicle’s computers.  This results in the loss of lots of valuable data that fleet managers can collect to do a better job at managing their fleet.

A 5 minute reporting frequency offers only 0.3% of the performance accuracy of a system that monitors every second.

Playing peek-a-boo with performance data

When it comes to most fleet vehicle monitors and trackers the design of most devices seems to assume that less is more.  Most vehicle trackers collect data in support of a GPS breadcrumb trail the sampling gap between breadcrumbs is usually somewhere between 2 and 5 minutes – but what happens to the data between those samples?  It is lost.

With such long sample intervals these systems are basically playing peek-a-boo with critical performance data. Only powerful data loggers can bridge this intelligence gap and provide you with the level of performance accuracy that you need to optimize your fleet management software and tools.

Data loggers provide continuous monitoring

The only way to fill this critical data gap is to ensure that you’re using robust data loggers to track and monitor every second.  Data loggers don’t have the limitations of cellular GPS tracking devices because they are designed to support second-by-second data collection and reporting.

obd2 data loggers enable continuous monitoring of vehicle performance

This level of data collection enables more useful and powerful data analysis that goes far beyond what can be done with infrequent GPS coordinate collection.   In fact, alot of the data you can collect and analyze using continuous data monitoring provides richer intelligence for your fleet maintenance operations and driver safety monitoring

  • engine performance analysis
  • engine diagnostics reporting
  • continuous speed monitoring
  • fuel usage and real engine idle time analysis

Optimize your fleet management system

Improve your fleet intelligence with fleet vehicle monitoring from Prova System’s  Fleet Genius fleet management system.  Fleet Genius vehicle health monitors (VHM) offer robust and powerful reporting of vehicle and driver performance.  The monitors can be used standalone as part of  the Fleet Genius fleet management software.

The J1939 & OBD2 fleet vehicle monitors can also report to any fleet management software or fleet maintenance software system using the Fleet Genius Export capabilities.  This allows you to improve and upgrade your existing fleet management system without throwing out the tools and software you are already using,