“Implementing the FleetLink Vision system will help us verify to the City of Fort Worth that customers are being serviced and provide them with that information in real-time. The system will also enable us to document activities and incidents with video and photos, significantly reducing our liability. Just as importantly, we are looking forward to better managing our fleet operations and customer service as a result of the information the SSV10 system makes available to us. In my opinion, it has proven to be the ‘most complete’ technology solution for our needs.”Richard Knight, COO, Knight Waste Services
As part of their ongoing drive to optimize service quality and achieve the performance targets established by their municipal partner, Knight realized that they needed much more detailed and comprehensive fleet monitoring and data collection capabilities. Specifically, Knight wanted to be able to better automate the processing of routes for enhanced efficiencies, gain real-time views into driver behavior to help mitigate personnel issues, improve overall monitoring of collections activity for service assurance, gain video and photo evidence of any issues, and increase the level and scope of reporting capabilities.
Knight researched numerous fleet management technology options in their search for a comprehensive and fully-integrated solution before selecting FleetLink Vision+, an onboard computing solution powered by FleetMind. The FleetMind mobile on-board computer and DVR platform in the FleetLink Vision+ system enables an extensive list of software features, including:
As a first step, Knight Waste conducted a pilot-test of the FleetLink solution on a sub-set of fleet vehicles to ensure ease-of-use and desired outcomes. The pilot test was implemented on two trucks for a period of approximately three months. Knight Waste quickly determined that the system would be of significant value for improving efficiencies in their operations, allowing for remote viewing of problematic behaviors, and enabling more effective accident and incident investigations. The FleetLink Vision+ system pilot project satisfactorily proved the viability of key features and capabilities and provided much-expanded visibility into fleet operations.
Knight recently completed a fleet-wide system install on all of its McNeilus ASL trucks, including the applicable software training for its users. The FleetLink Vision+ system brings together an in-cab monitor, a mobile onboard computer and a DVR platform that integrates with a number of software features. Route management software optimizes the routing process, reduces maintenance costs, and helps reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions. Up to eight cameras provide drivers with a 360˚ view around the truck, and tracking software empowers managers with real-time insights into driver and truck behavior with fully integrated video. This enhances fleet safety as follows: