Scania Fleet Management System gives operators total control
Fleet owners know where their vehicles are at all times, avoiding wasteful downtime. They can plan the most efficient route, saving fuel and reducing emissions. And driver data uploads allow comparisons of driving styles and efficiency, promoting savings that go directly to the bottom line.
All fleets can benefit from Scania FMS, as it helps to cut costs, maximise uptime and identify the most efficient drivers.
The new Scania Fleet Management System helps fleet operators control their operating costs, and gives them the tools to ensure maximum across-the-board efficiency from their drivers.
Costs savings in fuel alone of up to 15 percent have been achieved in Europe using the Scania FMS technology, and that’s before reduced wear and tear has been taken into account.
By monitoring driver behaviour, below average drivers may be engaged in further training to improve their skills.
Up to now it has been difficult for operators to fully monitor their vehicles once they leave the depot, particularly regarding driver behaviour.
Scania FMS allows real-time tracking, exception reporting as well as periodical reporting on a wide variety of parameters, many of which are directly programmable to meet individual operator needs.
These could include excess idling; enforcing speed limits in the depot area via over-speed warnings; and curbing harsh acceleration and braking, all of which may burn fuel and increase wear and tear on the vehicle.
The geo-fencing feature ensures trucks don’t stray out of their intended zone, unnoticed. If they do stray, alerts are issued, the vehicle’s activities are tracked, and drivers may be held accountable.
A CO2 reporting function can also identify total emissions, so operators know exactly how clean their fleet runs, as the system plugs into the CAN Bus.
By monitoring each vehicle’s health in real-time, for example highlighting low oil pressure, or high coolant temperature or excessive fuel use; early warnings allow preventative measures to be taken to avoid breakdowns.
Users can track vehicles in motion or when stationary, in real-time as well as replay trips to seek more efficient routings for future use.
Scania Fleet Management allows operators to effectively and accurately manage their fleet and increase its efficiency, making a positive contribution to the bottom line.
The system comprises a black box fitted in the vehicle and access to a protected website that allows continuous fleet monitoring. Exception reporting can be via email or text message.
The system is cost-effective to purchase and install the hardware, while the monthly access fee allows operators to view and analyse the captured data they require.
“Scania FMS allows transport operators to monitor their fleet and identify drivers who may need additional training,” says Graeme Paton, Contracts Supervisor at Scania Australia.
“They can easily identify both drivers and vehicles that are under performing.
“The FMS can highlight a route that needs modification, or a vehicle that is over or under-specified for the task it is performing.
“One of the key benefits is the flexibility of the reporting structure. Essentially the operator may extract the exact data they need - in the format they want - to run their fleet in the most efficient manner.
“There are around 70,000 units in use around the world right now, many of which are installed in buses and coaches.
“In Australia operators are seeing the benefits of the technology today. Scania has recently supplied units to Bus Queensland, who see significant benefits using Scania FMS.
“The Scania FMS is so flexible it can be installed on other vehicle brands, if they have a modern CAN Bus system, which means mixed fleets can use the one management system, a further cost saving,” he says.
The Scania FMS is supplied in Australia in association with Mix Telematics.
SCANIA FMS BENEFITS
• Improved driver safety
• Improved driving styles - lower insurance, less downtime and reduction in service cost
• Improved customer service
• Better fuel economy and reduction in emissions
• Improved asset utilisation
• Improved productivity
• Confirmation of hours worked and “Proof of Attendance”
• Improved administration procedures
• Optimised systems through integration
• Improved statutory and corporate compliance
Trip Data Recording
• Date & time • Distance travelled • Engine speed (RPM) • Vehicle speed • Driver identification • Trip duration • Trip departure and arrival time
• Measure fuel usage • Compare against target • Compare drivers fuel usage
Driving Violation Monitoring
• Over speeding • Over revving • Green band driving • Harsh braking • Harsh acceleration • Excessive idling • Excessive driving hours
Define Custom Events, for example
• Driver door opening • No-go zone entered • Hazard light activated
• Warning buzzer can sound when driving violations take place
Second by Second Data
• Inputs such as speed and RPM recorded every second • Accident analysis
Servicing and Licensing
• Alerts for when next service is due • Alerts when vehicle registration is due
Driver Identification and Access Control
• Tag used to identify driver • Who did what, when and where
• Vehicle can be optioned to only allow vehicle start by authorised driver
• Scoring reports to rank drivers and identify driv¬ing errors
• Real time tracking of vehicle • Where it is • Who is driving?
• Where has it been • When was it there? • How fast was it going? • How long did it take? • Who was driving?
• Show customers, suppliers, no-go zones
• Plan routes by entering stops, start times and stop duration • Find the most efficient route