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Special Report 2019

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times," says Jean Pilon-Bignell, GeoTab Associate Vice Presi- dent, Government and Smart City. GeoTab's Active Tracking allows agencies to view their vehi- cles in near real-time. While this could be used to track how an officer is driving, it can also help a dispatcher deploy the closest patrol vehicle to a call and reassure a caller that the officer has just exited the highway and is turning onto the caller's street. Adjusting driving habits through the use of telematics can also reduce fuel costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, rapid acceleration and heavy braking can reduce fuel economy by up to 33% for highway driving and 5% in cities. VEHICLE MAINTENANCE Fleet managers can document these changes by using telemat- ics data to monitor fuel efficiency. Data allows fleet managers to analyze gas mileage performance in detail and monitor fuel use and fuel economy. ey can even compare fuel economy of different makes and models to make a well informed deci- sion as to when vehicles require replacement. ey can also use telematics to maintain overall vehicle health, which directly af- fects vehicle utilization and efficiency. Check engine light alerts, low battery notices, and routine maintenance reminders sent via telematics solutions help en- sure that vehicles get serviced when needed and spend less time stranded on the side of the road. But it's also beneficial to use telematics data to determine when service is actually needed. If a vehicle has been in operation for a certain number of hours including idle time, it might need to be serviced before reaching the standard mileage shown on the odometer for that service. On the other hand, if a vehicle is brought in for an oil change before it's really needed, that's wasted time when it could have been in service. Reducing unscheduled downtime brings down costs for the agency and allows officers to more quickly get back into the vehicles and respond to more calls. To aid in fleet management, Ford Commercial Solutions' Data Services product gives fleet managers and telematics ser- vice providers direct access to OEM-grade vehicle data. Utiliz- ing Data Services, fleets can gain access to Ford vehicle infor- mation such as GPS location, mileage, fuel use data, and vehicle health alerts. Because telematics can be used to manage vehicle mainte- nance as well as locate stolen vehicles, Verizon Connect's Wal- lin says they help reduce the cost of ownership and help organi- zations understand where they're spending money. Telematics solutions exist to provide law enforcement agen- cies with as much or as little data as they like. It's up to depart- ments to determine what they want to know and how they will use that knowledge. n U PF I T T I NG & F L E E T M A N AG E M E N T | SP E C I A L R E P O RT | 13 pursuitev.com

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