10 Oct 23

Powering Fleet Sustainability and Safety through Telematics

In today's ever-evolving world of fleet management, the key to success lies in harnessing the power of technology and connectivity. Whether it's optimizing costs, enhancing safety measures, or driving sustainability initiatives, staying connected is the name of the game. To delve deeper into these critical topics, the Connected Fleets Expert Meeting brought together industry experts and corporate fleet managers to share insights and strategies.

Connecting for Success

At the heart of the conference lies a fundamental question: how can telematics and connected fleet solutions drive efficiency, support corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals, and ultimately pave the way for safer and more sustainable fleet management?

Part of the response was provided by Jack Palmer of Frost & Sullivan, in a session where attendees embarked on a journey through the latest developments in connected fleet technology with attention for six trends in fleet connectivity, from Video Telematics, over AI and ML to EV fleet connectivity.

According to Jack Palmer the internationalisation of fleet telematics will continue, giving less room to local suppliers as fleets prefer to harmonise and consolidate their telematics operations. Furthermore Jack Palmer underlined the existing customer appetite for after-market installed telematics as these soltions seem to be more appropriate to answer mutibrand fleet needs and deliver today better and more qualified data than OEM embedded devices. 

Use Cases

The Connected Fleets Expert Meeting welcomed three international fleet managers who shared their experience with fleet connectivity.

Luca Mancuso of Schindler navigated the audience toward the concept of a connected fleet and how it facilitates informed decision-making for fleet management while supporting safety and sustainability objectives. While today the fleet connectivity programme is locally steered Schindler is working on a centrally driven and harmonised telematics deployment. Luca Mancuso demonstrated that starting from a locally steered programme could create awareness and acceptance, hence be an ideal first step to the introduction of fleet connectivity before a general rollout. 

One of the critical aspects of fleet management is safety, Daniel Stefanski of Grundfos shed light on how fleet connectivity based on the use and capabilities of a dedicated driver safety app can transform fleets and drivers into safer and more efficient entities. The programme at Grundos is at this stage voluntary for the countries, enabling country stakeholders and drivers to test and play and get evidence of the possible benefits of such a solution. 

Saban Tekedereli of Securitas Group showcased how a connected fleet can yield tangible results in terms of safety improvements and carbon footprint reduction. He pointed out that the selection of the telematics solution should not be based on cost or the capabilities of the solution - although important elements - but on the needs of and the seamless usage for the drivers. 

Takeaways and Expectations

In a world where sustainability and safety are paramount, telematics and connectivity have emerged as powerful tools. This conference provided a roadmap for harnessing these tools to drive efficiency, support CSR targets, and ultimately make fleets safer and more sustainable.

The topic of Fleet Connectivity will be further unraveled at the 2023 Fleet Europe Days in Lisbon, on 22 and 23 November. For more information and registration details, click here

Authored by: Yves Helven