How accurate meter reading capture can help reduce vehicle downtime

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One constant battle fleet professionals will face is trying to reduce vehicle downtime. They understand that by having access to the right data, like odometer readings and engine hours, they are able to have better timelines of when vehicles need to go in for maintenance and help prevent any unseen issues.

So, is there a difference between odometer readings and engine hours? Do I need to manually enter the data into FleetFocus?

AssetWorks Field Service Solutions (FSS) GPS/Telematics wants to show you the different ways you can capture mileage from your vehicles and how the integration with the AssetWorks FleetFocus platform can help you make the best decisions for your fleet.

Heavy Duty Vehicles – ECU Connected Odometer VS Dash Odometer

With heavy duty vehicles,  there are two different locations to capture mileage and identifying which source you want to use is important to ensure consistency of reporting across the fleet. Here is a simple breakdown:

The dash odometer is the equivalent of taking the mileage that is displayed on a vehicle’s dash.  It is provided by the Cab Control Module CECU.

The engine odometer is when the milage is provided directly from the engine computer.

While the values are often consistent, there are situations that can occur where these mileage readings may differ. The reasoning for the values not matching could be because the vehicles drift over time or the CECU/ECU was replaced at some point and was not sync’d back up properly.

Light Duty Vehicles – Dash versus Trip Odometer

Light Duty OBDII equipped vehicles will present odometer data in two formats as follows:

The dash odometer value is available on some OBDII data streams and this matches the mileage that is displayed on a vehicle’s dash.

The Trip odometer value may be the only available data from the OBDII port and this needs to be handled differently to ensure that the cumulative data values are ultimately matching the dash values that are captured and reported back to FleetFocus.

Most light duty vehicles on the other hand only provide the trip odometer. This requires starting with a seed value (value displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard) and increasing this value each time the trip odometer increments.

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Engine Hours – ECM versus Calculated

With ECM equipped vehicles, engine hours provided by the ECU typically match what is being displayed on the vehicle’s dash.

With non-ECM equipped assets there is the ability to use engine on/off cycles to capture and cumulate engine run time, effectively providing hour readings for that asset. Similarly to the trip odometer functionality, there is the ability to set up the initial seed value upon installation of the GPS/telematics device and going forward, all additional run time will be cumulated so an accurate hour value can be provided to FleetFocus for all assets.

Accurate data that counts

 By having the right data in hand, you’re able to service more jobs and keep your vehicles on the road longer. Optimizing the data from your vehicles ensures you will not have to worry about unexpected vehicles being in the shop for long periods of time. You’ll see better fuel efficiency because your vehicles are up to date with their oil changes, air filters, etc. You’ll be getting the most out of your vehicles and continuing to deliver great customer service.

Integration that will take your fleet further

AssetWorks FSS GPS will capture your meter readings and automatically update it to your FleetFocus platform. This helps to eliminate any double entry you would possibly have to do with other third-party products. You might have assets that do not have an ECU, but still need to be tracked in FleetFocus. AssetWorks FSS is able to calculate the meter readings and automatically sync it with your other assets, giving you the best information for your fleet.

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The integration with AssetWorks FSS and FleetFocus allows you to have one system of record for all your assets, eliminating the time and cost of maintaining two databases of the same information. You no longer have to bounce around different platforms or be worried that your data will not flow into your current FleetFocus platform.

Having an all-in-one solution will help you run your operations more efficiently and reduce your costs.

To find out more about AssetWorks FSS and its integrations with your current FleetFocus system, schedule a demo today at

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