FleetMatics, a market leader in the development of GPS fleet tracking for commercial fleet vehicles, has announced the latest release of its GPS software solution for tracking and performance management of mobile assets – the FleetMatics 8.0 GPS Vehicle Tracking System.
According to FleetMatics CEO Jim Travers, "FleetMatics 8.0 includes new and innovative applications, as well as robust enhancements to existing features, all designed to provide fleet owners with the industry’s most powerful set of tools to help them optimise performance, reduce costs, increase productivity and enhance revenues."
CTO Peter Mitchell adds: "This release is the latest in a long line of product developments consistent with our long-term strategy and we believe FleetMatics 8.0 is truly a game-changer. The innovations in this release of FleetMatics Mobile, Trending, Ride Along and My FleetMatics showcase our company’s commitment to continually improving its vehicle tracking software and user experience. FleetMatics 8.0 will provide users with unprecedented levels of current and historical data to help them meet the real challenges of effective fleet management today."
FleetMatics 8.0 Vehicle Tracking Enhancements At-a-Glance
Mobile App. A more powerful mobile delivery platform now offers a portable, full-featured version of the GPS Vehicle Tracking System. It provides real-time access to vehicle locations, alerts, reports and dashboards anytime and anywhere, using a native Android application. This new mobile feature allows users to run their fleet smoothly right from their smartphones, whether they are in the office or out in the field.
Google Street View and Google Maps API Premier. This powerful combination puts dispatchers and management "in the driver’s seat" by enabling both high-level and street-level area map views and capabilities. Google Maps API Premier provides access to instant 24/7 vehicle location tracking and location monitoring. Satellite views and in-depth reporting capabilities can be tapped to provide current traffic information for faster routing and avoidance of traffic jams and other delays. Google Street View’s zoom-in capability empowers FleetMatics 8.0’s Ride-Along capability, allowing dispatchers and management to "ride shotgun" with every vehicle in the fleet. Users can access instant replay of routes followed to help spot exceptions and variances quickly and easily. The applications work together to streamline route planning and execution, increase driver efficiency and enhance customer responsiveness.
Garmin Integration. FleetMatics advances our Garmin integration so drivers can get audible turn-by-turn routing directions to any customer location. Dispatchers can now quickly and easily communicate new service call orders to drivers and to broadcast urgent messages to all technicians in just a few clicks. This streamlines efficiency and productivity by eliminating time-consuming use of cell phones or radios that disrupt the flow of business.
Panoramic Reporting. FleetMatics 8.0 delivers numerous enhancements to its powerful reporting engine that can provide users with visibility into their own vehicle and fleet performance, and provide guidance for improvements based on relevant points of comparison – both within each individual company and from within the larger community. The software does this by capturing and storing vehicle performance metrics from its entire user base – the largest and fastest-growing in the industry – to provide information about long-term performance trends and industry best practices that can benefit all FleetMatics users.
New Dashboard Trends. The Dashboard provides at-a-glance access to key performance metrics, which enables users to track both current and historical performance, by individual vehicle, groups of vehicles, or the entire fleet. Using long-term trend analysis powered by Panoramic Reporting, the Dashboard Trends gives customers visibility and context that no other product can match.
My FleetMatics. Most fleet tracking solutions today are one-size-fits-all. FleetMatics is vastly different in that the application can be customised to fit each user’s unique business model, fleet size and management challenges and objectives. The result is a personalised GPS Vehicle Tracking system that "understands" the business, intelligently adjusts to user-defined policies and procedures, and offers company-specific opportunities for improvements, based on past performance and best practices. All of this can be accomplished by users themselves, by answering a few simple questions and creating personalised benchmarks for the Dashboard and Panoramic Reporting applications.
CEO Travers notes: "As with all FleetMatics upgrades, current users of FleetMatics 7.0 will receive FleetMatics 8.0 at no additional charge with free, unlimited training on the new applications and features. Our goal has always been, and continues to be, providing our clients with practical, easy-to-use fleet tracking solutions plus the technical support they need to leverage our software for maximum results."