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2023 FleetWatcher Recap

As we bid farewell to another remarkable year, we would like to highlight some of the major events and feature releases we had in 2023. 
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How a Kentucky Contractor Punches their e-Ticket to Success

Some days running a business can feel like you’re treading water just to stay afloat. But on good days business leaders will have just enough bandwidth to manage their current day while planning for tomorrow. On days like this Walker Construction’s Scales/Truck Supervising Manager, Kevin Howard, is happy that his company has the telematic tools to prepare themselves to excel in tomorrow’s business climate.

Topics: Construction telematics Fleet Management

Feature Release: FOB Delivery Tracker

It's as easy as tracking a pizza delivery....

With FleetWatcher's FOB Delivery Tracker, you will always know when your materials will arrive and where they are being delivered. The FOB Delivery Tracker allows you to send a delivery notification to clients when purchased material has shipped and is en route to their projects, giving them live visibility into the trucks carrying their material.


 

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CONEXPO Happy Hour

  • CONEXPO is quickly approaching and we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a happy hour on Tuesday, March 14 & Thursday, March 16 from 1-5 PM! We will be giving out free cold beers and booth N12453

In addition to our happy hour, we will also be filming an episode of Hops & Highways live at CONEXPO. Hops & Highways is a newscast dedicated to discussing issues and topics surrounding road building. We are looking forward to joining the conversation and sharing our thoughts on the heavy highway industry.

If you plan on visiting our booth to take advantage of our happy hour event, click here to download your FREE drink ticket. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via email at info@fleetwatcher.com.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Technology Improves Safety and Accuracy on South Dakota Paving Project

(Indianapolis, IN) – Border States Paving is a family-owned general contractor that operates 2 permanent asphalt plants as well as a one portable plant which produce asphalt for the paving projects that they complete throughout the Dakotas, Wyoming and eastern Montana. In addition to the traditional paving tools that they use daily, BSP crews have adopted technology including FleetWatcher telematics to eliminate over trucking, streamline their operations, and eliminate the waste of traditional paper tickets with e-ticketing. Early in 2022 they integrated their FleetWatcher e-ticketing with OnStation to determine exact locations more precisely for each load of asphalt placed. On a paving
project along US Highway 12 in South Dakota this technology integration not only increased their accuracy, but it also made their jobsites safer.

Topics: Wireless Fleet Management Construction telematics

FleetWatcher Partners with OnStation to Pinpoint Location of Each Asphalt Load

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Earthwave has integrated their e-ticketing functionality with OnStation to allow users to pinpoint the exact Station Location where each load of asphalt is placed on a jobsite. This new functionality automatically tracks the load from the time it is loaded at the asphalt plant, through its dumping into the paver on the jobsite. The exact Station location becomes a part of the digital e-ticket, with no operator intervention required. Operators and transportation agency officials can know precisely on a jobsite where a specific load of asphalt was laid, so that if a future problem arises, they can investigate other parameters around that location, including core tests, density, drainage, or others, to determine the scope of the problem. Specific station locations on each e-ticket replace the latitude/longitude indications which are commonly included now, but which are not readily referenceable on the jobsite. 

Topics: Earthwave Technologies Fleet Management Paving Operations Materials Management Solution

How Telematics Help Kentucky's Largest Heavy Highway Contractor Better Utilize Equipment

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If you've ever felt like you're juggling too many projects at once, you're not alone. Chris Higgins, the Vice President of Engineering and Construction at Scotty's Contracting & Stone can emphasize. He wakes up every day with 400 pieces of heavy equipment to allocate across projects throughout Kentucky. On a good day it's a challenge. On a rainy day it's fire drill. But Higgins is prepared, thanks to a telematics tool that collects and displays data across his entire fleet, bridging the gaps between a dozen different equipment manufacturers. 

Getting over growing pains 

Scotty's Contracting & Stone is a heavy civil and paving contractor that has served a geographic footprint that ranges from Louisville to Nashville for 50 years. In that time the company has grown from 10 employees to over 600, dispatching more than 100 trucks a day through their 14 asphalt plants and 5 stone quarries. Third party trucks are supplied with FleetWatcher as well, so that all haul trucks have the same visibility. Visibility into the entire haul fleet allows Scotty's to see bottlenecks in real time and re-route trucks around them to shorten cycle times.

Topics: Construction telematics Fleet Management

FleetWatcher Telematics Platform Monitors Four Key Safe Driver Metrics

Earthwave Technologies, Indianapolis, offers the FleetWatcher telematics platform to monitor four key safe driver metrics, allowing companies to track and amend driver behavior. This GPS-based platform captures vehicle data from either the FleetWatcher App or from an in-vehicle device. It simplifies safe driver programs by focusing on four key metrics: 

  • vehicle speed relative to posted speed limits; 
  • fast starts;
  • hard breaking; and
  • hard turns.

This data is reported continuously and can be used to assign a numeric or letter grade to drivers, who can then be commended or counseled for their performance. Whether required by insurance carriers or as company policy, FleetWatcher customers using this feature have reported significantly improved driver grades when this is added to their safe driver programming.

Topics: Construction telematics Fleet Management

FleetWatcher Escalating Idle Alert Feature

FleetWatcher's Escalating Idle Alert informs managers when equipment has been idling for too long, allowing immediate corrective action to be taken. This can help slash idle time, and thus elongate equipment life span.

  • FleetWatcher monitors rpm over time, and alerts managers with text or email when a pre-set threshold has been reached
  • The parameters and alerting structure are completely customizable by the user
  • Data can be integrated with other business systems such as accounting, estimating
  • Tracks multiple data points including cycle times, productivity and downtime, equipment utilization and underutilization, exact location of each piece of equipment, project status, budgets, shop costs, rental expenses, and trends and behaviors 
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How to Manage Unproductive Fuel Burn

In the last year, fuel prices have skyrocketed by more than 50%. We’ve seen many contractors struggle with the sudden and unexpected rise in costs and the effect it has had on job profitability. Fortunately, we’re here to tell you that although you can’t control the rise in fuel prices, you can control unproductive fuel burn. 

Topics: heavy equipment maintenance Construction telematics Fleetwatcher Construction Management Solution