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Fleet safety is a number one priority for all sorts of fleets

Fleet safety is a number one priority for all sorts of fleets — public transit, emergency, work and industrial, military vehicles and more. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic fatalities in the U.S. jumped 7.7 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year. Further data indicates that 94 percent of crashes… Continue Reading »

What return on investment (ROI) can we expect from smart trucking system implementation?

Most waste management fleet managers expect smart trucks to be more responsive, more profitable, safer and greener. Richard Knight, COO at Knight Waste Services in Fort Worth, TX, wanted to optimize service quality and achieve the performance targets established by his municipal partner. Knight realized that they needed much more detailed and comprehensive fleet monitoring… Continue Reading »

It is easy being “green”

With all due respect to Kermit the Frog and his “It’s not easy being green” song, being green just got a whole lot easier with “smart truck” technologies that deliver tangible environmental benefits to the waste management industry. ABI Research cites such benefits as over 12 percent increases in service profitability, 13 percent improvements in… Continue Reading »

Safety Risks of Distracted Drivers

In a recent Waste 360 article, Daniel Katt, corporate loss control manager for Rumpke Waste & Recycling, says that every driver has to realize: “I am driving a 60 000 pound tank. I’ve got to pay full attention to everything that’s going on here or somebody could get killed, including me.” Waste fleet drivers have… Continue Reading »

Waste fleet accident stats

In our experience, safety is a number one concern for both municipal waste organizations and private haulers. An article published in HealthDay indicates that between 1980 and 1992, 450 sanitation workers died in incidents involving refuse collection: two third of these deaths were vehicle related. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics cited in the article, the… Continue Reading »

RFID reader integration

Smart truck systems designed to meet the needs of the waste management industry provide an extensive selection of integration options to complement a refuse vehicle’s capabilities. One of these is Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems integration. In a nutshell, RFID systems use radio frequency to identify automatically tagged items such as bins or containers. Their… Continue Reading »

What is a “Smart Truck”?

What is a “Smart Truck”? We often get asked this question. What we call a “smart truck” is also known as a “connected” or ‘intelligent” vehicle in the automotive industry. The US Department of Transportation defines a smart or connected vehicle as one with the underlying technology applications to provide connectivity between and among vehicles,… Continue Reading »

How to Reduce the Top 3 Causes of Accidents

According to industry data, fleet accident rates are on the rise. Fortunately, new smart truck technologies can reverse this trend. Smart truck systems are designed to ensure easy control and real-time communications and information transfer between drivers, vehicles and the back-office. According to Mattei Insurance Services Inc., there are three vehicle maneuvers and driver actions… Continue Reading »