FierceEnergy - Ensuring utility, public safety on the road
04/03/2012 - inthinc Technology Solutions has launched a fleet management and driver safety solution whereby utility fleet managers can monitor driver behavior using GPS-based vehicle tracking and in-cab verbal coaching alerts for speeding, idling, seat belt use and aggressive driving, keeping utility workers and the public safe.
The philosophy described by the American Public Works Association president in the August 2011 issue of the APWA Reporter is a critical one.
"Regulation and safety standards are at the heart of an effective fleet operation," then President George Crombie said. "Ignoring safety and regulatory standards is like playing poker; sooner or later you are going to lose financially, get someone hurt, and lose credibility in your community."
The inthinc solution communicates via satellite to a portal, allowing managers to reward safe driving behavior and identify drivers in need of additional training. Managers can receive instant notification via email or text message when a driver has been in an accident or committed a severe infraction.