Heavy Duty Trucking

AUG 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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Circle 159 on Reader Action Card 98 HDT • AUGUST 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Tech Bytes The devices allow the company to make better use of the wide variety of data generated by their vehicles such as location, vehicle perfor- mance, and other information. The company's service department can monitor the health of vehicles on the road and alert drivers and maintenance personnel of possible problems. "We have vehicle fault alerts which tell us of tractor issues, such as particular filter issues, low oil, high temperature, and other such potential failures which could cause harm to the equipment or a safety issue," says Braxton Vick, senior vice president of corporate plan- ning and development at South- eastern. Safety systems the fleet has deployed are also monitored. "We are monitoring collision avoidance, stability control, and lane change on our sleeper units right now as a test for potential other deployment. Our plans are to be able to monitor other aspects of the truck as sen- sors become available and justify the expense and effort," Vick says. Using the devices' Wi-Fi capabili- ties, information on vehicle mileage, pickup and delivery information and other data can be continuously monitored. That allows the com- pany to better monitor its fleet by being able to collect data instanta- neously and then use its IT infra- structure to mine and analyze that data for insights on ways to improve customer service. The company has been a long-time user of technologies within its fleet. The recent upgrade represents the fifth generation of updates to its onboard technology system. vices, Blu.2 units from PeopleNet, will enhance customer service, driver safety and vehicle health while allow- ing the company to run its custom- ized fleet management applications such as electronic driver logs and driver vehicle inspection reports. S outheastern Freight Lines, Lexing- ton, S.C., recently completed up- grading the in-cab mobile devices in its fleet of more than 2,850 tractors — a move that increases the company's capabilities in a number of areas. The company says the new de- LTL fleet upgrades in-cab devices Southeastern Freight Lines uses its Blu.2 in-cab units for driver logs, maintenance alerts, evaluating safety systems, and more. Recruit and Retain with SmartValve ™ TM Drop-and-Hook made Faster, Easier, Safer. Watch the video to learn more at hadleyadvantage.com/smartvalve or call 616.530.1717 Sensor, Electronics and Valve in One Package! 2013 NORTH AMERICAN COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DRIVER SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE CUSTOMER VALUE LEADERSHIP AWARD Drivers Wanted?

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