Learn How Telematics Systems Benefit Contractors
You may be surprised how much telematics systems in the construction industry have advanced to provide instant information that helps you better manage your fleet.
Telematics systems provide fleet management software with information that lets you stay on top of preventive maintenance, track machine usage or check your machine’s engine temperature.
While many contractors are eager to embrace construction equipment telematics, others are hesitant. Read why these systems have become a hit with customers, and how the systems benefit their work.
The History and Current State of Telematics
In the last 15 years, telematics components have become more accessible for contractors. Machine owners can access a machine’s data from anywhere through a mobile device. In the past, customers may have had to wait until the end of a workday or work week to examine the data provided by such systems.
Most dealerships are well versed in telematics systems provided as standard equipment. Talk to your dealer about how you can use telematics on your machines and have them provide you with a login.
There are many benefits to using telematics. To start, you can analyze the system’s data to compare multiple worksites and make data-driven decisions, such as when purchasing new equipment. The data from telematics can be hard to come up with on your own.
What Is the Data Used For?
Telematics offers many individual data points, many accessible in real time. Any person with access to the machine's data is able to see its current location, working hours and engine temperature.
Three main parties benefit from telematics data: your company, your dealer and your equipment manufacturer.
Telematics data can be compiled into weekly, or even daily, reports. Over time, you can measure the utilization rate of a piece of equipment and plan for the future use of the machine. Machine data also allows you to bid more appropriately for your next project. As bids get tighter and tighter, it’s critical to be accurate with a bid to provide the best possible service to your clients.
Another advantage of having all this information on hand is that it’s easier to conduct relevant one-on-one operator training. You can explain to an operator, “Your machine is idle a lot, which is burning fuel, adding machine hours and taking up warranty time,” with the data to back it up.
For your dealer, the data that comes in from telematics ensures that machines are working properly. If your dealer receives a fault code warning, the service department can respond faster to resolve the issue. They can plan ahead and know what parts your machine needs, as well as the fastest route to get to your machine.
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Contractors who use telematics can analyze the data that comes from the system to make data-driven decisions.