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The Benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • February 27, 2018
  • Kristy Cartier
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The World Economic Forum defines the Fourth Industrial Revolution as “characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres.” The article also notes that technology-enabled platforms will and are disrupting existing industry and operating structures. The benefits of this next development stage are clear. Improved productivity, …

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Roadside Inspections with an ELD: A Checklist

  • February 23, 2018
  • Frank Schneider
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The FMCSA ELD mandate went into effect in December 2017, and regular enforcement will begin April 1, 2018. With very few exceptions, truck drivers are subject to the FMCSA’s Hours of Service (HOS) rule and must have either an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) or an automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) installed. The good news is …

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Customize Your IoT Solution to Fit Your Operations

  • February 20, 2018
  • Brian Burda
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The IoT industry is booming, and big data is a major factor in that growth. You’ve invested in a connected solution for your business to operate it more efficiently and stay competitive. To get the most value out of those system elements, you need to collect and use the data resourcefully.  Software is the tool …

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Stolen Construction Equipment: Stories of Unauthorized Rentals

  • February 13, 2018
  • Frank Schneider
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Heavy construction equipment theft affects rental companies too. Sometimes equipment isn’t returned or a renter provides fraudulent information on the contract. Of course, the theft of rental assets occurs on the jobsite. The 2016 LoJack Corporation Study on Construction Equipment Theft includes rental thefts and recoveries. Download it here. For rental companies, a combination of …

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Plan for Safe Fleet Driving this Winter

  • January 31, 2018
  • Frank Schneider
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Winter road conditions present safety challenges that fleet managers can address through planning, tracking and driver training. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), “24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement and 15 percent happen during snowfall or sleet.” Your fleet operations depend on consistent performance from both your …

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3 Tips To Protect Your Construction Assets

  • January 26, 2018
  • Kristy Cartier
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Heavy construction equipment fleets are some of the most valuable assets on a jobsite or a company’s lot. These machines are great resources, yet they do not come without some risks. There is the chance of not having the right equipment, breakdowns or even theft. The result is usually lost time, productivity and revenue. Here …

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CalAmp’s New LMU-3640 – The Next Generation of Telematics Gateways

  • January 19, 2018
  • Kinana Hussain
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Commercial fleet managers face multiple challenges, sometimes daily, keeping their vehicles on the road and dispatched efficiently. In the past, some decisions had to be “guesstimated” based on experience and limited utilization information. Having real-time quantitative information, straight from the vehicle itself, helps streamline operations and make decisions easier. A telematics gateway connects the physical …

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The New How of Public Safety Communications

  • December 06, 2017
  • Amir B.
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When it comes to public safety, each group needs to be able to communicate with its own team as well as coordinate with other groups. For example, in some areas, there may be one dispatch for emergency services and another for law enforcement. In another situation, a town’s central dispatch is able to coordinate all …

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How to Use Technology to Reduce Supply Chain Risk

  • November 30, 2017
  • Jeffrey Newman
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Running a business by design has risks. Depending on the scale, the outcome from risk has the potential to ripple from only a minor setback to a major disruption. Companies are always seeking solutions to minimize the chance of an impact on the bottom line. It is no different for supply chain organizations. Some industry …

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How Much Does a Heavy Equipment Breakdown Cost You?

  • November 29, 2017
  • Frank Schneider
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Construction projects require good management to be successful. Project managers must deal with any number of problems that occur in the regular day-to-day organized chaos of a project site. Unexpected equipment breakdowns are one of those problems. In addition to impacts on project timelines, there is the expense of replacement equipment rental, repair or replacement. …

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