Heavy Duty Trucking Supplements

Telematics 2013

The Fleet Business Authority

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Case Studies ➤➤➤ ➤ Hamilton Township, New Jersey About: Established in 1686, Hamilton is located in Central New Jersey, which is about an hour's drive from New York, Philadelphia, and the Jersey Shore — and covers nearly 40 square miles. The Fleet: In addition to other feet units, Hamilton Township, N.J. operates a feet of trucks used for snow removal. The Challenge: Facing snowy winters and citizens in need of passable roads, Hamilton Township sought a way to more effciently clear more than 600 lane miles of snow-covered roadways, while also keeping citizens and public offcials informed of their progress. The Solution: GPS tracking devices installed in public works vehicles constantly transmit raw data about their location and activities to a centralized server, where it is organized line tracking portal — dubbed "Snow Pal Sal" by local administrators — directly through the government's website. With an easy-to-use online interface, individuals interested in fnding out when their neighborhood will be plowed simply type their street address into a text box. They are then automatically taken to a graphic display, which shows an estimate of when snow-clearing crews are expected to reach their area. In addition to providing useful information to customers, this software helps service providers maintain a high level of effciency in their operations. By tracking feet vehicles in real time, those responsible for coordinating cleanup activities can see exactly where each truck is currently located, as well as where the unit has been. This allows offcials to react to developments and make the most effective use of their feet resources. With the ability to and stored. Specifc information on plowing operations can then be accessed through an online portal. The Results: Individual residents can access the on- constantly monitor the location of each plow, feet managers can determine the best way to distribute their resources and tackle the challenge of keeping local roads clear. ➤ Triad to have one vehicle against the fence at all times," he explained. "This was the kind of added cost we had to trim to become more competitive and proftable." The Solution: Triad chose a telematics solution with an easy-to-use interface to track its vehicles. With daily utilization and detailed stop graphs, Triad was able to see the number of vehicles on the road in real-time. "Instantly, this let us see that we had more cars than we really needed," Peterinelli said. With a telematics solution in place, Triad also has the ability to connect a specifc driver to a specifc vehicle. "That was something we weren't able to do before," Peterinelli said. He added, "We didn't assign drivers to certain vehicles, which means our drivers were jumping between cars, making it diffcult to see who was doing the driving for a specifc delivery. Now we have this visibility as well." With a report that gives Triad increased visibility into delivery routes, the company can also identify more effcient routes for drivers. The Results: Since implementation of a telematics solution, Triad has been able to: • Increase productivity, effciency and on-time deliveries and save $1 million in feet-related costs. • Decrease wasted driver time. • Increase utilization while reducing its feet size by 17 vehicles almost immediately, with an expected 25 additional vehicle reductions by the end of the year — saving the company approximately $8,500 per vehicle. • Save approximately $357,000 in additional capital. • Reduce fuel expenses by approximately $1,275 per vehicle, per month. Isotopes About: Triad Isotopes Inc. is the second largest nuclear pharmacy chain in the nation. The company formulates and delivers radiopharmaceuticals from its national network of 62 pharmacies that serve 4 million patients each year. The company's products are used primarily for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions and cancer. The Fleet: Triad operates a feet of 423 delivery vehicles operated by 537 drivers — half of the company's workforce. The Challenge: Once prepared, the radioactive products Triad delivers start deteriorating by the minute. "We literally have less than six hours between the time the product is formulated to the time it's injected into a patient's arm," explained Triad's Director of Fleet and Pharmacy Logistics, Kris Peterinelli. "That's a very small window of delivery." Because of the time-sensitive nature of the product, drivers are limited in the amount of pharmaceuticals and number of deliveries they can make with each trip. These limitations left Peterinelli wondering whether there was a way the company could improve the productivity and effciency of its feet to drive the bottom-line costs down. Up to this point, Triad had been tracking its feet manually. "The system we were using to track vehicles was decentralized, with each pharmacy responsible for keeping tabs on their own vehicles, drivers and deliveries," Peterinelli said. "We realized we needed a more comprehensive feet management solution." Peterinelli also knew that as margins continued to get tighter, the company needed to expose and eliminate any waste and lost productivity. "We could no longer afford 28 THE CONNECTED FLEET GUIDE 2013

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