Three companies with experience in different areas of trucking have joined forces to offer an integrated solution they said will provide a tangible return on investment for fleets through fuel savings, extended tire life, reduced downtime and improved driver performance.
Advantage PressurePro, which offers tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), Safety Vision, a provider of mobile video solutions, and Rice Lake Weighing Systems, a vehicle weighing provider, have combined their products, using Safety Vision’s SafetyTrax web-based fleet management solution with GPS as the centerpiece.
“This collaboration of fleet monitoring technologies results in significant ROI and allows for action in real-time; a necessity for commercial trucking fleets,” said Terry Leiby, director of marketing for SafetyTrax by Safety Vision.
SafetyTrax serves as the hub around which PressurePro’s TPMS solution and Rice Lake’s weighing system operate. SafetyTrax offers real-time data and advanced reporting features including breadcrumb capabilities; truck routes; stop durations; and speeding variations (based on actual posted speed limits) which are available for download for six months.
Alerts and data from PressurePro’s and Rice Lake’s systems are routed through the SafetyTrax GPS location model using cellular technology. It is connected to the fleet owner’s protected account through the SafetyTrax website.
Truck identification, speed, location, and route direction are shown on street level maps anywhere in the country, along with any TPMS or weight alerts. Within 90 days, global mapping will be available using a satellite-only modem. Live vehicle look-in is also available with use of a Safety Vision mobile digital video recorder (MDVR).
“This integrated solution provides fleets with critical capabilities allowing drivers and managers to address high or low tire pressure situations, poor driving habits, and weight issues in real-time from a corporate level,” said Phillip Zaroor, president & CEO of PressurePro.
According to Leiby, the solution will pay for itself within 60-90 days based on fuel savings and enhanced productivity for both driver and vehicle. According to Safety Vision, SafetyTrax improves driver productivity an average of 29%, decreases driver overtime requests by 12% and increases fuel savings by 8%.
“Both fleet drivers and management are alerted in real-time when the truck gets loaded, where the truck is, what the tire pressure is and if the truck is within legal weight limits—presenting the ability to take charge of the situation immediately,” Leiby said. “Our solution is critical for managing equipment, route and fuel efficiency, safety and delivery times, and monitoring axle weight and tire wear.”
The constant monitoring also provides more control of cargo, according to Tom Kendall, Rice Lake director of strategic accounts on-board weighing.
“Theft of payload is a multi-billion dollar problem for fleet operators worldwide,” he said. “This system adds a new level of security for cargo transport, in addition to the element of safety provided by overload warning, load shifting, and tire pressure monitoring.”