Qualcomm introduces “holistic view” of driving performance

LAS VEGAS. Fleet managers will be able to make “immediate improvements” to their fleets with a new offering from Qualcomm,, announced today at the Truckload Carriers Assn. meeting here this week. “The new analytics manager takes reporting to a whole new level,” Norm Ellis, vp of sales, service and marketing at Qualcomm Enterprise Services, told Fleet Owner

LAS VEGAS. Fleet managers will be able to make “immediate improvements” to their fleets with a new offering from Qualcomm,, announced today at the Truckload Carriers Assn. meeting here this week. “The new analytics manager takes reporting to a whole new level,” Norm Ellis, vp of sales, service and marketing at Qualcomm Enterprise Services, told Fleet Owner.

The Analytics Manager service, which is being added to the Qualcomm Transportation Service suite, is the beginning of about a dozen off-the-shelf reports and eventually, a web interface solution, that Qualcomm will be introducing this year. Included in that, Ellis said, will be the ability to aggregate and “sanitize” data about fleets to create “peer group” benchmarking reports to help customers measure their performance against the averages of similar operations.

The Analytics Manager will give fleets a holistic view of driving performance, providing a critical-event reporting dashboard, driver safety reports and scorecards and key industry benchmarking. The service is expected to be available starting this fall.

“All sizes of fleets can benefit from the Analytics Manager service, but especially smaller fleets that typically cannot afford to build their own,” said Ellis. “By pulling the customer’s data together from their use of Qualcomm’s existing products and services, we are able to provide the fleet manager with an in-depth analysis for making immediate improvements to the fleet.”

Actionable data via intuitive user interfaces make information easy to understand, navigate and interpret, the company said. Customers may set parameters that allow easy monitoring and viewing at the group or functional level.

Among the reports planned are the critical events dashboard to outline fleet-wide safety trends captured through the critical event reporting service; driver scorecard that incorporates hours of service, critical event reporting and performance monitoring services to assist CSA 2010 compliance; and industry benchmarks that pulls data from multiple services to show how the fleet measures against averages for key indicators such as fuel consumption, idling time, overspeeding and hard braking.

Qualcomm also announced new applications and services for its Mobile Computing Platform (MCP) Series. The system will add Maptuit’s NaviGo Fuel and NaviGo Hazmat services to its NaviGo In-Cab Navigation service.

NaviGo Fuel provides fuel stations and associated fuel prices within a customer-configurable radius or corridor along the truck’s route. Search results are returned based on the fuel stops’ proximity to the vehicle’s current location. It can also incorporate a customer’s custom fuel network.

With NaviGo Hazmat routing service, the driver is routed using a hazmat truck network consisting of only Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) roads. Within the route, known hazmat-forbidden roads are circumnavigated based on the criteria for specified hazardous material. This helps ensure fleet compliance with DOT regulations.

Maptuit’s NaviGo is available on Qualcomm’s MCP 100 and 200 Series, is a near real-time, hybrid in-cab navigation solution that uses both on-board and server-based computing power to provide accurate maps and truck safe routes.

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