News Feature | May 8, 2014

Field Service IT News For VARs — May 8, 2014

By Amy Taylor, contributing writer

Field Service IT News For VARs

Improving training and investing in technology increase safety throughout a fleet, as demonstrated by Verst Group Logistics in Kentucky. Technology will also improve the health of your employees in the midst of a vicious allergy season through geofencing. The technology is being employed to alert users of “sick zones” in real-time.

GPS Benefits Fleet Customer Service And Improves The Bottom Line

FleetServ reports on the surprising benefits of using GPS tracking in business. The benefits include finding the best routes for different times of the day, learning the driving habits of fleet drivers, and improving customer satisfaction with GPS.

Training And Technology Improve Safety For Fleet

TruckingInfo explores the importance of improving safety by employing both technology and training, exemplified in Verst Group Logistics. The Kentucky-based logistics provider has a fleet of 90 power units and 250 trailers, but reported zero recordable accidents in 2012, and only one DOT-recordable accident in 2013 by maintaining a strong commitment to safety and investing in safety technology.

GPS Tracking Proposed To Discourage Workers Not Working Full Shifts

The Hamilton Spectator says that GPS tracking is proposed for city-operated garbage trucks by the end of the year. The recommendation is being made by the public works department in a special report commissioned in the wake of an investigation five weeks ago that showed many of the city’s unionized waste collectors appear to be routinely working as little as five hours a day while being paid for eight hours.

Proposed Bill Would Earmark $199 Billion For The Nation’s Highway System

Fleet Owner reports on a four-year surface transportation bill that includes a $199 billion investment for the highway system and road safety. Anthony Foxx, the Secretary of Transportation, is sending a surface-transportation reauthorization proposal to Congress that would run for four years and bring $302 billion to revamping the nation’s infrastructure.

Field Service IT Talking Points

Sean Kilcarr reports on “Connecting driver health/fatigue to crash risk” in a recent report in Fleet Owner.

Technology Tell demonstrates the latest use for geofencing through “Use social media to avoid illness with Sickweather” an app that uses a combination of social media and Apple’s iOS geofencing capabilities to alert users in real time when they enter "sick zones."