Fleet decision-makers’ optimum use of data to manage vehicles, drivers and journeys is now business-critical and PVS Innovation’s new management information platform delivers a ‘magic mirror’ to identify key action areas.
The volume of data from multiple sources – notably relating to driver behaviour and vehicle performance – is already at unprecedented levels and it will further increase as the drive towards the ‘connected’ car becoming commonplace continues.
Now PVS Innovation, a division of the award-winning PVS Group, which provides a cradle to grave advisory and management service and was founded by 30-year fleet veteran Marcus Puddy, has unveiled its new management information platform that provides a one-stop data repository.
Fleet decision-makers are able to access the data via bespoke dashboards, which can be set-up for multiple users, to obtain a holistic visual overview of vehicle and driver performance with any discrepancies to the ‘norm’ clearly identified.
Mr Puddy said: “Invariably vehicle-related data provided by contract hire and leasing companies, rental suppliers, maintenance providers and fuel card companies and driver performance information sourced via in-vehicle telematics, driver behaviour tools and accident management organisations are located in individual silos.
“But the new PVS Innovation management information platform provides all the answers to difficult questions relating to fleet operating costs and driver behaviour in one easily accessible location.
“Combining data to view vehicle whole life costs is not new. But what is a breakthrough is providing the ability for fleet decision-makers to view the information in a quick and easy format even when it is being generated by multiple organisations.”
The PVS Innovation management information platform has the scope to ‘slice and dice’ collected date visually and according to ‘rule sets’ defined by individual customers.
Mr Puddy explained: “Financials can be analysed according to a range of parameters including spend by, for example, division, geographical area and employee group as well as identifying trends over a defined period of time such as by month, quarter or year.”
Critical for fleet chiefs is to identify ‘rogue’ vehicles and drivers and Mr Puddy said: “Utilising the dashboards will enable fleet operators to spot avoidable costs and thus where cash savings can be made.”
That could be in respect of drivers not maximising fuel card benefits by buying petrol or diesel in the cheapest locations or opting for premium fuels; or tyres being replaced early due to damage caused by kerbing or poor driving style or when there is more than 3mm of tread remaining.
Mr Puddy said: “Collating such information and making it easily accessible enables fleet decision-makers to spot action areas and educate drivers to change their behaviour.
“Combining data, for example fuel card with telematics-derived information, provides a theoretical vehicle pence per mile measure. Add in a driver behaviour score and maybe incidents of penalties incurred from motoring offences data and fleet decision-makers will be able to identify employees driving in a non-compliant and economically inefficient way.
“The management information platform and dashboard are fleet managers’ ‘magic mirror’ providing them with the data required to cut costs, ensure compliance and fleet and driver operating efficiency and effectiveness.”