Among Navman Wireless's customers is Land 'N' Sea, a wholesale marine parts distributor with vehicles dispatched from warehouses coast to coast. The company reports savings of $72,072 per year thanks to -- among other things -- a 10 percent reduction in fuel consumption and a reduction in overtime pay, due to more efficient deliveries.
The latter came from the system's geofencing capabilities. When a delivery vehicle is returning to a Land 'N' Sea warehouse for another pickup, the warehouse is automatically alerted when the vehicle is five miles away. The warehouse staff can then ensure that the next delivery is ready to load the moment the vehicle returns.
Navman Wireless isn't the only player in this space. Competitors include FleetBoss, which offers its FleetBoss Series 5500, a three-in-one solution combining real-time vehicle location, activity reporting, and on-board diagnostic data. The latter includes the ability to detect diagnostic trouble codes from vehicles. FleetBoss's customers include the city of St. Petersburg, Fla., which uses the system to lower fuel costs, monitor vehicle speeds, boost safety, and improve delivery of service.
Another company in the space is GPS Fleet Solution, which works with companies such as the U.S. Postal Service, Proctor & Gamble, and Cintas. The company's offerings include its all-encompassing GO4v2 System, which can be used to track vehicles in real time; to generate a host of reports on subjects such as start and stop times, as well as safety (speeding, partial stops, and seat belt use); and to verify routes to determine if they're as efficient as possible.
All in all, these types of solutions demonstrate yet another way the IT can help organizations better embrace green practices -- even those without a datacenter (or even a server room).