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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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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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Improve Fleet Operations and Accountability with Input Monitoring

  • January 13, 2022
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 4 minutes
Technician works in a bucket high up on a power pole.

Fleet telematics reveals all manner of useful insights when you’re managing a mobile workforce of employees or third-party contractors: where they are, how fast they’re driving, how long they spend at any given site or on any given route. But input monitoring provides an additional layer of fleet intelligence that can help managers increase accountability …

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6 Ways to Drive Buy-in for Smart Dash Cams and Telematics Devices

  • December 14, 2021
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 4 minutes
Closeup of hand on dash cam

Fleet telematics devices and smart dash cams are valuable tools for fleet operators who seek to improve safety, reduce wear and tear on vehicles and minimize liability. Drivers increasingly accept this technology as part of the job. But some still balk at the idea of being watched by “Big Brother,” and unions and their members …

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The Value of Seamless Esri Map Integration

  • August 24, 2021
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 4 minutes
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GPS-based fleet management software gives government, municipal and utility fleets visibility into the location of their assets as well as tools that enable improved operations and fleet performance. Separately, Esri ArcGIS mapping technology lets them create and manage dynamic proprietary map layers.   When the two work together, the display and analysis possibilities are endless.  CalAmp …

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What to Look for in a Fleet Management Solution

  • August 11, 2021
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 4 minutes
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Fleet management software is an obvious answer to more efficient, effective fleet management, which can yield significant cost savings for companies and organizations. Yet in a recent survey of fleet managers conducted for CalAmp by James Brehm & Associates, fewer than half of respondents reported using a fleet management solution. If you’re in the market …

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Using Telematics to Improve Your Fleet’s Fuel Economy

  • July 14, 2021
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
Pedal to control the car while driving at speed.

Fuel is the number one operating cost for most fleets. Every dollar your organization saves by improving fuel efficiency is a dollar that can be spent on something else. Fleet telematics is the answer to driving fewer unnecessary miles and making fuel go further. By using telematics-based fleet management software such as CalAmp iOn™, you …

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Fleet Maintenance Through AssetWorks and Chevin Integrations

  • June 29, 2021
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
A vehicle odometer

A fleet manager has two main jobs: Managing the fleet for maximum safety and performance and maintaining the fleet to keep vehicles and assets operational and optimize their life cycles. The best fleet management solution serves both goals. At its core, a telematics-based fleet management solution helps managers track vehicles, improve dispatching and route planning, …

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7 Fleet Management Software Features to Leverage

  • June 23, 2021
  • Bill Westerman
  • Reading Time: 3 minutes
Screenshot of weather and traffic map overlays in CalAmp iOn.

Your fleet management software does a lot — probably more than you realize. If you’re not leveraging these seven features, or if your fleet management software doesn’t offer them, you may be missing out on easy ways to manage your fleet more efficiently and effectively. Find Nearest Need to send someone to take over another …

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