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In our previous two blogs we talked about telematics’ benefits for the construction industry (fleet optimisation and security). But what about the time-consuming administration that firms have to deal with? The forms and paperwork used in order to track their fleet and those workers handling machinery?

Can telematics help with that? The answer is yes.

Back-office efficiency and environmental benefits

One of the biggest pain-points for fleet management in many construction companies is the administrative element. One of the first complaints that we hear from a lot of the companies we visit is “fleet management creates a load of paperwork”. Fortunately, one of the key benefits of integrating telematics solutions into your administrative processes helps to eliminate massive amounts of paperwork, as it collects much of the daily data of fleet operation in one digital platform. This means that many core forms are no longer needed, from simply removing the need to have timesheets for each machine, worker or site to equipment or machine pre-checks.

Furthermore, another element that telematics can help to improve the way that a construction company can optimise their back-office processes is through maintenance. Data collected via telematics can help to plan ahead and schedule preventative maintenance and repairs on key equipment, ensuring that it isn’t pulled from service too early. Furthermore, telematics data can alert you to issues with equipment operation, which can be an indication of potential failure.

Another important element that would be very difficult to track without telematics is CO2 emissions generated by machinery. With a greater understanding of what emissions are being generated, a company can plan in advance its environmental strategy and ensure it complies with the necessary laws and regulations.

These help to streamline the administration process and increase overall efficiency within the organisation. Saving organisations time, resources, and giving them more accurate insights into their fleet and employees.

If you’re interested in learning more about how telematics reduces costs and increases performance for your construction equipment fleet, please read our other blogs or get in touch with our team.

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In our previous blog we outlined how the construction industry can use smart telematics solutions to increase efficiency and productivity by optimising a fleet.

Improved Security

Continuing our discussion which started with fleet optimisation, another important aspect is security.

According to the Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit of the Metropolitan Police (PANIU), during H1 2017 over one thousand items of construction equipment were stolen. The organisation’s investigations revealed that thieves targeted mini excavators, dumpers and tractors, particularly.

Besides the significant financial loss, a stolen piece of equipment can also generate additional expenses like downtime costs, potential loss of customers or delays in delivering contracted projects.

Using telematics solutions can either mitigate or drastically reduce all these problems, as in the event of a theft by quickly locating the machine, enabling the alerting of the authorities, leading to the recovery of the equipment in a short period of time.

Another security benefit relates to theft prevention, when telematics is integrated into a immobilisation device – restricting the use of a piece of plant to authorised users or completely. This offers a keen advantage for construction companies, as if a machine is left unattended for a long time (say over the course of the Easter or winter shutdowns) enabling immobilisation means that the machine is locked down and will not start or move under it’s own power without the correct code. Making it considerably harder to steal.

Additionally, thanks to being able to control access site managers can also restrict the access to specific machinery. Thus ensuring that they are fulfilling their health & safety duty to workers, by ensuring that only people trained and accredited are issued codes to operate certain types of equipment; which introduces a traceability factor to machine usage on site.

At the same time, being able to track and present detailed reports regarding the equipment’s health, performance and location enables contractors to negotiate lower insurance premiums and optimise fleet operations, decreasing overall running costs in the process.

Interested in knowing more about the security benefits of telematics? Get in touch with our team.

Check our other blogs about the best strategies for constructors to cut costs and increase efficiency with telematics solutions.

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In 2017, the construction industry contributed 7% to UK GDP and accounted for approximately 3 million jobs. It’s a highly competitive, regulated market and companies are constantly pushing for new projects to deliver increased performance with clear ROI.

Furthermore, the economic landscape is becoming increasingly complex and uncertain and the price of raw materials is proving ever more difficult to predict.

As a result a growing number of construction firms are now focusing their efforts on maximising the performance and efficiency of current assets.

Construction equipment presents significant opportunities for cutting costs and increasing productivity – however managing and coordinating a large construction fleet spread over various regions can be a huge challenge.

To support our customers in tackling this challenge we’ve put together a series of blogs which highlight how managers and contractors can use advanced telematics solutions to gain valuable insight of fleet operations, maintenance and management; thus empowering them to identify and address cost inefficiencies caused by the under or over utilisation of equipment.

The main areas where telematics can enable managers and contractors to make critical cost saving decisions are:

  • Fleet optimisation
  • Improved security
  • Back office efficiency

Fleet Optimisation – What are The Benefits?

To start, smart telematics solutions enable managers to better monitor and manage fuel spend by keeping track of overloading, under/over equipment utilisation and fuel theft.

At the same time, each piece of equipment can be monitored to see whether it’s being used to its full potential by tracking asset idleness and run times. In this way, decisions can be made as to which machines are surplus to requirements and can be unloaded or moved to a different site.

Another benefit of telematics is the ability to easily detect when certain pieces of equipment are presenting higher wear and tear metrics, thus prompting more proactive maintenance. This prevents unexpected downtime caused by equipment failure. 

If you’d like to know more about how telematics could help you increase your fleet’s efficiency and performance, get in touch with our experts.

Check out our next blogs to learn more about the security benefits of smart telematics solutions.

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