Paragon (UK) has announced an enhancement to its Fleet Controller software: As well as receiving GPS tracking data, it can now also receive CAN data from tracking/telematics systems that make this data available.
THE FLEET CONTROLLER SOFTWARE MODULE can be used to manage a transport plan in real time. It lets users see where vehicles are on the road and how the day’s plan is progressing at any given time. The software can interface with a range of vehicle tracking systems, allowing the freedom to choose a vendor.
By integrating with a vehicle tracking system, Fleet Controller can alert users to vehicles that are running late or early so that users can make timely alternative arrangements, such as diverting another nearby vehicle to make a scheduled collection or contacting the customer to inform them of late running. Delivery schedules can be updated continually as the day progresses and Fleet Controller provides customers with updated ETAs.
With more and more transport operators making increasing use of vehicle tracking technology, it makes sense to link tracking information to planned delivery schedules. Real world information can provide transport planners with the insight they need to review and refine existing planning parameters, making delivery routes more realistic and schedules more achievable.
Where the telematics unit records driving style events, such as harsh braking, over-speeding, excessive idling time, freewheeling and over revving, this data is interfaced into Fleet Controller together with the usual GPS, distance, and ignition information.
The Paragon map display – showing the planned route and the actual route – can show CAN events on the map. This can also be viewed in a table layout. This data is useful for debriefing drivers immediately on their return and helping them improve their performance. Not only does the system indicate on which stretch of road any over-speeding, harsh braking, or excessive idling events took place, but one can also review missed or late deliveries and identify any diversions from the planned route.
In total there are twelve separate driving style measures. These can be monitored and reported individually, either per driver or per journey, such as the number of harsh breaking or over-revving occurrences. Alternatively it can be amalgamated as a single weighted “CAN Penalty Points” score, with each factor given a weighting to reflect what is important. A summary table, trip by trip, can then highlight which drivers were good, average, or poor performers. All of this is configurable by the user.
The CAN data is saved into the Paragon SQL reporting database, and as such can be used to show trends – and hopefully improvements – week by week at driver level. The data can also be used to produce driver league tables, to encourage a competitive spirit towards reducing company costs and carbon emissions. This is valuable input for driver training, leading to improvements in fuel economy and reductions in CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions.
It is also possible to have journey and driving style data sent to the transport manager automatically, the data transfer being triggered by the vehicle on its return to the depot. This enables immediate driver debriefing.
Paragon has more than 25 certified interfaces with vehicle tracking and telematics systems all over the world, and interfaces with additional telematics systems are currently in development. Fleet Controller can also interact with more than one type of tracking technology at the same time – which is valuable for companies using more than one tracking supplier or wanting to use spot hire vehicles that may have alternative GPS tracking units installed.
Paragon Software Systems offers transport optimization with over 3300 routing and scheduling systems installed in more than 1000 client sites in 50 countries. Paragon helps companies reduce transport costs by up to 20 % through more efficient deployment of vehicles and drivers. Headquartered in Dorking, UK and with US offices in Dallas, Paragon has over 30 years of know-how.
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