Join us for a free, educational webinar on Thursday, December 4th that will make sense of risk management including the steps that you need to take to apply risk management principles to your asset management plan to meet MAP-21 requirements. Larry Redd, P.E. will join AssetWorks Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Director Kelley Ernsdorff to cover how to understand risk management, what steps to take to implement risk management planning and tools to mitigate and manage risk. How to manage driver and vehicle risk will also be discussed.
This educational webinar is for anyone who wants to start thinking about the different aspects of risk management and how they can be applied to benefit your organization and job.
Challenges to Consider when Relying on Spreadsheets to Track and Manage Surplus Assets
For years colleges and universities have gotten by using complex spreadsheets to manage surplus assets from transfer through redistribution. While this may be a quick and simple solution, it includes many inherent risks.
Have you ever wondered how a telematics solution can improve the utilization of your fleet? This week’s blog examines AssetWorks’ customer City of Columbus, OH and how the implementation of a GPS solution has yielded a projected annual savings of $1.2M, improved driver behavior and fleet safety, and reduced fuel usage for its government fleet of 6,400 vehicles.
Named the #1 fleet operation in North America in 2014 by the “100 Best Fleets” Program and the greenest fleet in North America in 2011, the City of Columbus is one of the best managed fleets in the country. No stranger to using innovation and technology to achieve their goals, the City of Columbus added AssetWorks GPS powered by Verizon Networkfleet to their fleet in 2012. Today, they have GPS functionality installed on approximately 2,500 vehicles ranging from light duty city vehicles, police cruisers and fire trucks to large bat wing mowers.
In addition to vehicle location and geofence monitoring to ensure that vehicles are where they should be, the City also collects telematics data such as diagnostic trouble codes, vehicle speeds and idling times to monitor their day-to-day operational activities. As the data is sent in from the vehicles, the software in the office looks for unusual or unwanted events and then alerts the appropriate departments and personnel.
As Kelly Reagan, Fleet Administrator for the City explains, “We have enabled exception reporting for events like speed and idle violations and we use the system to provide daily monitoring of the fleet. Each department of the city is responsible for monitoring the information and is encouraged to address all of the alerts that they receive.”
The fleet department also uses the GPS data to analyze and assess vehicle and driver performance in order to look for areas where improvements can be made. “Recently, we were able to recommend a new technology for police vehicles to encourage additional fuel savings,” says Reagan.
Fleet department staff determined that patrol vehicles idle about 50% of ‘key-on’ time. This led to the exploration and selection of an anti-idling technology called the GRIP system that will automatically shut off the vehicle’s engine if it has been idling for more than two minutes. Although it shuts off the engine, the technology continues to power auxiliary equipment as though the vehicle were still running, which allows for both hot and cold climate control as well as air bag deployment.
Based on pilot data, using the anti-idling system decreased vehicle idling by 34% which will result in fuel savings of approximately $3,500 per vehicle within the first year.
“Basically, the cost is $3,000 and the projected savings per cruiser in the first year is in excess of $3,500,” explains Reagan. “This equates to fuel cost savings of $1.2 million per year once we have all 339 cruisers on the anti-idle technology.”
The initiative has been a cooperative effort between both the police and fire departments working together to affect change. Next on deck, the fleet department is starting a test pilot for ambulances, which, according to the GPS data, idle about 64% of ‘key-on’ time.
The true value of a GPS and telematics solution lies in the actionable data it provides for fleet managers and organizational leadership to improve behavior and processes. The City of Columbus has found success by analyzing verified data, identifying an area for improvement and then executing an innovative strategy to solve the problem.
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