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Tech Minute Video: Mixed Fleet Specialists

Javier Otiz
Project Consultant
Javier joined the Rastrac team back in August 2005 and currently is a Project Consultant working with partners to provide GPS tracking and fleet management solutions in order to improve efficiency.


Hey there, It’s Javier again with another Tech Minute. I’m running a little survey here today. How do you like the Rastrac Tech Minute series of videos and the handsome host? Leave your POLITE comments on LinkedIn.

OK, Now that we have that out of the way…today I want to speak about servicing customers that manage mixed fleets.

First let’s talk about what a mixed fleet is…Let me do this by offering some examples. Rastrac is very focused on servicing some specific industry verticals, a few of which are: Construction, Equipment Rental and Municipalities and this is because they all have mixed fleets. This means they each have moving street vehicles like pick-up trucks, dump trucks and possibly vans. However, they also have powered assets like bulldozers, backhoes and generators. And then, they have non-powered assets like trailers, containers and barricades; they might even have very expensive tools that go missing upon occasion. So, someone that has all of those vehicles and assets in remote locations that wants to know where they are exactly, what kind of usage they are getting and when they need preventive maintenance, needs a fleet management partner that can track everything in their mixed fleet.

You might ask, what’s the difference between the vehicles and assets when you are monitoring them in the field? The answer is in the objectives of the fleet manager. If fleet managers have powered heavy equipment in the field, they want to make sure the assets are where they’re supposed to be, if they are being used for the right tasks and when they will need preventive maintenance. When that same fleet manager also has non-powered assets out there, they want to know the last location the asset was in at the end of the day and if it is being moved when it is not supposed to be. Another part of the same fleet manager’s mixed fleet might be vehicles like pick-ups and vans and the fleet manager has an entirely different view of critical information for that part of their fleet. They are concerned with things like speeding, idle time and driver behavior because their objective is to reduce costs and improve safety of the fleet. In order for the fleet manager to meet and exceed all of these different objectives, they will utilize different hardware, different features of the system and different update rates for the different parts of the mixed fleet.

So, in order to provide a very high level of service to a customer with a mixed fleet, your fleet management partner must be able to do all of this and make the data and graphics available on one dashboard and make it simple to use. Sound difficult? Well, it is for most GPS based fleet management companies, but not for Rastrac. We do it every day for thousands of vehicles and assets and have been doing it for 25 years now.

Give us a call to discover how we track mixed fleets and if you have an unusual request for a unique feature, ask about our engineered solutions.

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