Construction equipment telematics allows for location, performance, and security monitoring, providing insights on how your machines are operating so you can increase productivity, safety, and efficiency on every job.

With the right systems in place, operators can access an array of equipment data, including idle and run time, engine stress, fuel, and fluid consumption, temperatures and pressures, and geolocation.

What are my machines doing, and where are they?

Do you own and operate a mixed-brand fleet? With half of your loaders equipped from the manufacturer with an OEM telematics server and the other half with a third party-branded unit? And maybe your skid steers have no telematics functionality as all.

How do you bring this all together so you can monitor and manage a wide range of diverse assets on one platform?

Analyzing the data, leveraging predictive algorithms, and data mining are beyond the scope of any one article.

Let impac fleets dedicated team of experts help you simplify your telematics and fleet solutions. With 25+ years of fleet fuel knowledge, we effectively create customized solutions and recommendations.

What are the top benefits of construction telematics?

Operator Performance

Monitoring telematics data like erratic movements, speeding, excessive idle time, and overloading the machine will help you focus your training for specific operators. Correcting bad habits and improving driver behaviors will improve labor costs, reduce extra wear and tear on equipment and will result in a safer worksite.

Fleet safety and security

GPS alerts and geofencing will provide alerts as soon as a piece of equipment leaves the assigned worksite. Also, telematics will track and send alerts when equipment operates outside of work hours.

The National Equipment Register (NER) estimates the value of construction equipment stolen each year is between $300 million to $1 billion. (Aug 30, 2017).

Access control: using keypad technology in conjunction with geofencing boundaries will send an alert to your smartphone so you can immediately shut down the machine, stopping potential thieves or misuse of equipment.

Contractors can also utilize security keypad technology by assigning each user with an access code (PIN) to ensure only operators with proper certification and training can use the equipment. Also, when using access control, data can be gathered and monitored to identify and associate dangerous habits to a specific operator.

Reduce fuel consumption

Telematics helps reduce fuel waste by collecting information such as idle time and work time fuel efficiencies, giving you a better understanding of how each piece of equipment operates.

Idle time and engine RPM contribute to fuel inefficiency. Utilizing telematics with auto-shutdown when a machine reaches a preset idles time can reduce fuel consumption.

How operators use a machine can have a significant effect on fuel consumption. If reports show that a machine idles for several minutes at varying times throughout the day, this could indicate that the operator may not be shutting down the engine while leaving the equipment, talking on the phone or when job workflow is lagging.

For example, telematics can provide data such as travel time and work time usage, giving you the tools to determine when there may be a bottleneck in the workflow, which could be a sign that there is too much equipment on the job site. 

Maintenance & repair schedules

Identifying problems early on can reduce repairs and downtime for your equipment. Integrating telematics and tracking machine hours will help you schedule preventative maintenance, and will also alert you when equipment isn’t operating at peak performance. 

Equipment with sensors connected to cloud software can also provide real-time information such as faults and diagnostics codes, warning managers of problems before they become critical, saving the company costly repairs and downtime.

Fuel tax refunds

A business that uses fuel for off-road construction equipment may qualify for refund or credit on the federal level. GPS tracking data, along with fuel consumption records, will track all off-road fuel usage.

NOTE: Tax credits for red-dyed diesel fuel is not available, as this is already meant for off-road use and is not taxed when purchased.

Job estimates = more competitive bids

Analyzing fuel usage and machine hours from telematics data along with labor costs will give you an advantage when it comes to submitting more competitive bids.

Conclusion

Using telematics to track and reduce operating costs, monitor operator behavior, plan preventative maintenance, all lead to a safe and productivity job site.

If you have questions concerning the telematics of used construction equipment, or you would like to find out more about our simplified solutions, impac Fleet offers fleet fuel cardstelematics, and world-class customer service.

To get a complimentary demo of our fuel card program and GPS solutions, call us directly at (281) 445-1100 or click here to request a demo.

Disclaimer: The content and information provided in this article is for informational and educational purposes only and does not constitute financial, business, or legal advice. Always contact a professional for your specific needs and circumstances before making any legitimate, business, tax-related, or professional business decisions.