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Temperature Monitoring – What’s the Right Flavor for You?

 

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Don’t Let Your Profits Melt Away

There’s probably nothing sadder than a small child crying over an ice cream cone that melted before he or she could finish it. In the grow-up world, it’s a different kind of sad for a fleet manager to lose an entire truck load of frozen ice cream on route to market—it’s an expensive sad.

Choose What’s Right for You

Depending on the types of vehicles you’re using and your temperature monitoring needs, Webtech Wireless offers two distinct solutions: The WT7000H+ Locator for straight trucks, and the WT2250 Locator for trailers. With either, this sets you apart from your competition by enabling you to monitor the contents of your shipments on route to ensure that they travel within the required temperature specifications.

“There was a night and day difference after Quadrant was deployed at National Foods. Quadrant is a full fleet solution with multiple areas where it can help.”
—Kevin Bookey, Transportation Manager, National Foods

Real Customers, Real Solutions

A Texas-based frozen food distributor, which prides itself in its premium best-selling ice creams, approached us in 2011 to monitor the location, temperature, and door open/close of its mixed fleet of ice cream trucks. Starting with a pilot program installed on eight vehicles, we were able to help them not only reduce content spoilage and monitor its straight trucks and trailers, but having real-time visibility into its vehicles also helped prevent cargo theft as well. By trying out the solution as a pilot, the company was able to certify success before rolling it out to all trucks in the fleet. Webtech Wireless then worked with certified installers to bring fleet GPS tracking to monitor its ice cream for the entire fleet.

Here’s what this frozen food distributor chose:

Fully certified and calibrated temperature probes ruggedized to provide sensitivity and accuracy to be aware of critical temperature swings that could ruin product.

Quadrant Manager Mobile for iPhone, iPad, and Android gave their fleet managers the same mobility to check temperatures and vehicle locations while they themselves are on the road.

Temperature reports set with unique location-based profiles (geofences) enabled fleet managers to identify temperature ranges and distinct thresholds for daily operations and weekend storage.

Automated driver logs, which perfect for fleets that operate in multiple states or jurisdictions. Our award-winning fleet management Quadrant solution supports automated driver logs, ensuring compliancy with the latest HOS (Hours of Service) regulations.

Refresh Yourself

Whether you need to update an older temperature monitoring solution or step up to a GPS fleet tracking solution for the first time, you can expect to reduce unnecessary spoilage and save costs with a Webtech Wireless solution that truly fits your needs.

Contact us today. Don’t let your ice cream melt. Call +1 (866) 287 0135 (Option 2) to discuss your fleet challenges and how our GPS/AVL solutions can help you today.

Risky Business

The Risk of Distracted Driving and Guide to Safer DrivingIn the business of helping companies grow, leaders lead and people live more fulfilling lives, an industry has grown up around risk taking. Personal development seminars, sometimes under exotic names such as Riskology, sell the idea that daring risk taking is something that is always desirable. Take for example, these gems of wisdom:

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
—Anais Nin

“Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.”
—Ray Bradbury

“If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough.”­
—Mario Andretti

But how about this one?

“Almost 1.2 million people die each year due to vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving”
—Ford Motors study

While it may seem a mood killer at a personal development seminar, most fleet managers agree that reducing risk—not increasing it—is serious business. While they are as interested as anyone in growing their business (i.e., taking certain kinds of risks), there are other kinds of risk to avoid, because their avoidance is critical to their successful operations. It’s called risk reduction.

“There are so many unknown losses from accidents. The cost itself can be really bad. Trucks are down, customers are upset, and it is an amplification of a problem.”
—Kevin Bookey, National Foods, Transportation Manager

At Webtech Wireless, we have over a decade of experience helping customers successfully mitigate risk using our GPS/AVL fleet tracking solutions:

Improve Safety

  • In the event of an accident claim against a company vehicle, GPS/AVL reporting data can prove the real location of the vehicle at the time of the accident. Our customer, Steve Troyer of Troyer Ventures, credited the Webtech Wireless Quadrant In-Cab MDT (mobile data terminal) with getting his drivers off cell phones while driving, “Texting dispatch instructions directly to the MDT pad in the truck eliminates misunderstandings, provides safer and more efficient journey management, and also provides documented records of instructions given”.

Reduce Liability

  • As someone responsible for mobile workers, you are at risk whenever they work alone—especially in the hazardous environments common to the oil and gas sector. Without real-time visibility into these workers and how they’re driving, you risk your credibility, your company’s safety reputation, and of course the worker’s wellbeing.

Lower Costs

  • Managing a large fleet of vehicles and drivers is risky and insurers know that. They also know that using telematics to track your fleet reduces your accident rate and they will reward you by reducing your insurance costs—GPS/AVL solutions can help you negotiate a reduction in your insurance premiums, and with proof of reductions in your accident rate, you can use that data to reduce your premiums further.

Want to Reduce Your Risk?

For fleet managers, choosing a telematics solution is a proven way to reduce that risk, because it gives them visibility into the fleet. With that visibility comes knowledge and with knowledge comes the capacity to make informed decisions about their business.

Remember On Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PST (2:00 to 3:00 pm EST), we are offering a free webinar called “Reducing Business Risk with a GPS/AVL Fleet Management Solution” aimed at reducing risk for your fleet by implementing a GPS/AVL fleet management solution.

  • Identify risks in fleet management
  • Learn how to reduce risk for your drivers
  • Protect your brand reputation
  • Lower operating cost

Enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your operations are running safely.

Join Us!

GPS Fleet Tracking Reduces Risk

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Even if you specialize at transporting chemicals or hazardous materials, you can find yourself losing sleep worrying about how much risk is too much. When accidents happen the entire organization is affected. Cleaning up after a spill, for example, takes many more resources than preventing it in the first place, and while that’s going on, your brand reputation and customer service is seriously undermined. What you still want to know is “Where are my vehicles?”, “What are my drivers doing?”, and “What are the business risks?”

Recent recommendations to lift the ban of hazardous material across the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit (USA) to Windsor (Canada) still don’t make things easier. There are Hours of Service rules to contend with, rules that differ between the two countries (which if not followed carefully could wind you up with fines).

At Webtech Wireless, we’re able to offer a complete North American wide GPS fleet tracking solution. We’ve partnered with the key mobility providers to ensure you have coverage in either the US or Canada and we’re ahead of the ball implementing the new HOS (Hours of Service) rules for transportation in the US (coming into effect July 1, 2013). Building on the success of our 3G devices, with increased capability to handle more data at a faster rate, we’re building on innovation, vision, and commitment to help our customers for the long term.

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PST (2:00 to 3:00 pm EST), we are offering a free webinar called “Reducing Business Risk with a GPS/AVL Fleet Management Solution” aimed at reducing risk for your fleet by implementing a GPS/AVL fleet management solution. Join David Greer, VP Marketing, Webtech Wireless who will describe how you can reduce risk to your fleet. 

His webinar includes the following:

  • Identify risks in fleet management
  • Learn how to reduce risk for your drivers
  • Protect your brand reputation
  • Lower operating cost

Enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your operations are running safely.

Join Us!

 

 

Mississauga Brings Winter Smarts to APWA

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Images courtesy of City of Mississauga

Today marks the first day of spring and, with winter storms still ravaging the continent, most North Americans want to put winter firmly behind them. But for some, winter endures in relatively balmy Charlotte, North Carolina, host city to this year’s American Public Works Association (APWA) Snow Show. On April 7, more than 1,500 “snowfighters” will descend on Charlotte for four days of networking, technical tours, and educational programs. For those attending, one highlight not to miss is hearing Bob Levesque’s success story from the City of Mississauga’s Works Operations department. I phoned Bob to get a sneak preview into the issues he’ll be describing in Charlotte.

Risk Mitigation is Foresight

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Bob shows me a picture of a sidewalk plow. It looks like an ordinary urban winter scene in Ontario—a plow, a parked car, a small brick fence by a neighbour’s front yard. Bob sees much more than I do. “If the plow operator isn’t careful”, Bob points out, “he or she could shred the side of the car at the curb”. Then he points out that the neighbour’s decorative brick fence is encroaching on City property and that there are other unknown hazards hidden in the snow.

There are other types of liability too. In the days before Works Operations had implemented their InterFleet GPS/AVL solution (2010), it was very difficult to prove that the department had plowed a street to standard in the event of a complaint or a law suit. “Now we have hard data,” Levesque says, underscoring a certain level of shared responsibility between the City and its residents to take care in winter conditions. “Citizens have to dress appropriately for winter conditions, and we have to provide due diligence in keeping a minimum standard for cleared roads and sidewalks.”

He cites another time when he received a call from the police department about a particularly icy hill. Bob was able to respond immediately by dispatching a salter truck to the hill, thereby preventing a car pile up. With several more examples, Bob convinced me that the best use of a GPS/AVL winter maintenance solution is foresight—knowing what’s going on in real-time allows Operations to make better and quicker decisions about situations before they escalate.

“Our goal is to catch a missed street and dispatch a plow there even before it gets back to the yard.”
­—Bob Levesque, Operations, City of Mississauga

Faster than a Speeding…Snow Plow?

Everyone wants his or her street plowed first and fast, and that puts a lot of pressure on Public Works departments. It comes as something of a surprise then that one of complaints plow operators get is speeding snow plows! Bob attributes this to an optical illusion created by a truck with its plow blade down, “It may be going only 25 mph, but it appears to be going much faster”.  He also describes that the salt controller is attached to the speedometer, so a genuinely speeding snow plow would leave an erratic trail of salt in its wake (perhaps the source of citizen complaints?). Nonetheless with GPS/AVL, the department has speeding covered too as InterFleet can provide reports showing vehicle speeds along routes.

Winter Light Up

Before next winter, Bob plans to take advantage of InterFleet’s Winter Light Up program to ensure that fleet and drivers are ready to go for next year. “Getting prepared ahead of time is going to help in the long run”, says Levesque. Aside from the usual readiness preparations needed after a long hot summer—plows ready, drivers retrained, contractors engaged, and so on—there are sometimes unexpected surprises. “Last year we had a plow reporting in from somewhere in Europe”, Bob says adding that older vehicles are sometimes sold at auctions over the summer months and this one had apparently gone overseas with its Locator still installed. I’m just thinking, “now that, I want to see on a map—with breadcrumbs”.

Come Down to Charlotte for the Snow

City of Mississauga - Bob LevesqueIf you’re attending the APWA Snow Show in Charlotte, make sure you catch Bob Levesque’s presentation, Reducing Liability and Improving Winter Operations Using a GPS/AVL Solution.