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Why a Trailer TPMS Is Critical to Your Bottom Line

  • May 23, 2022
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
Big freight truck on the open highway heading to their destinations to make the deliveries

Skyrocketing fuel prices and mounting pressures from the supply chain crisis are assaulting carrier profitability. Winning in this environment means fighting to squeeze more miles out of every drop of fuel and finding other ways to counter rising costs. Now more than ever, trucking companies need data from a state-of-the-art tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) …

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Prevent Cargo Theft with End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility

  • May 10, 2022
  • Yasaman Kazemi
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
Stock photo from a driver of a vehicles point of view at sunset on a highway with passing cars and trucks.

Cargo theft is a $30 billion problem shippers and carriers can’t afford to ignore. In 2021, 1,285 cargo theft incidents resulted in the loss of $157 million in cargo according to CargoNet. That number does not include lost sales or the cost of load recovery efforts, increased insurance premiums or product recalls that may be …

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4G LTE Migration Is the Moment to Embrace New Telematics Cloud Technology

  • April 25, 2022
  • Bryan Rogerson
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
The 4G migration lets telematics service providers and fleets do more with every telematics device when they leverage subscription telematics cloud services from CalAmp.

The 3G sunset is underway. AT&T is decommissioning its 3G network, Sprint and T-Mobile are shutting theirs down by summer, and Verizon’s 3G network is going dark at the end of 2022. For telematics service providers (TSPs) and enterprise fleets, the 3G sunset means migrating to the next-generation telematics technology, either by switching to 4G …

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Reduce Truck Idling to Cut Fleet Fuel Costs

  • April 13, 2022
  • Long Dinh
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
Hundreds of Cars, Semi-Trucks,,and trailers lined up for miles on a remote secondary highway waiting for the ferry. A tedious 3 miles and 12 hours later we got on a ferry. The actual line was 30 miles long.

With fuel prices what they are today, fleet managers need to conserve every gallon of diesel in order to protect the bottom line. This reality lends new urgency to combatting truck idling. Managers who reduce idling with the help of truck telematics cut their fleet fuel costs while also reducing emissions, another critical goal. According …

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Using DTC Codes to Improve Fleet Maintenance and Repair

  • April 04, 2022
  • Kim Haneke
  • Reading Time: 4 minutes
A broken semi truck with the hood open

Fleet maintenance is especially challenging when check engine lights are not promptly reported. Continuing to drive a vehicle that has an engine problem can lead to much more expensive repairs, not to mention dangerous breakdowns. That’s where remote access to diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) comes into play. With a robust fleet management system, when an …

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Green Your School Bus Fleet Using CalAmp’s Fleet Management Software

  • March 17, 2022
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
A school bus traveling down a highway.  Photographed with a tilt-shift lens.

Electric school buses are the way of the future, and for good reason. Today’s diesel school buses generate more than 5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. And students who inhale school bus exhaust fumes on their daily journeys may suffer lung damage as well as cognitive effects that lead to lower test scores. …

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Manage Bus Substitutions with CalAmp’s School Bus Fleet Management Solution

  • March 04, 2022
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 2 minutes

Managing school bus routes and tracking student riders becomes exponentially harder when a bus driver shortage, combined with a pandemic, forces frequent bus substitutions. When a driver calls out sick or there’s no driver available, or when a bus is taken out of service for maintenance, routes must be consolidated, and parents must be alerted. …

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Advantages of Using Cooperative Purchasing to Buy a Telematics Solution

  • February 23, 2022
  • Brett Lim
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
Street sweeper in action

As a purchasing agent, you’re always looking to get your fleet manager, maintenance manager or public works director the exact products and solutions they need as quickly as possible while remaining compliant with government procurement requirements. Very often, cooperative purchasing is the fastest, most effective approach. When a department needs a fleet telematics solution, the …

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Winter Road Maintenance: Monitoring Salt Use with Telematics

  • February 03, 2022
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
Rear view of salt spreader spreading salt on highway

Deploying snow plows as efficiently as possible before and during a storm is a goal of every winter operations fleet manager. Also critical is ensuring that de-icing materials such as road salt are used appropriately. While chloride is effective at melting ice and preventing snow from turning into ice, more is not better given its …

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6 Ways Fleet Telematics Can Save Trucking Companies Money

  • January 18, 2022
  • Kinana Hussain
  • Reading Time: 4 minutes
Manager with a digital tablet on the background of trucks. Fleet management

Most fleets today are equipped with truck GPS, which allows managers to track the location of their trucks through fleet management software. But truck telematics, as well as trailer telematics, also provides other actionable information that fleet operators can use to shave expenses and reduce unexpected outlays. Money saved can be put toward other operational …

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