How Telematics can improve the way your worksite operates
Although forklifts and access equipment have been essential on worksites across multiple industries for over 100 years (bit of trivia: no one can seemingly pinpoint the first forklift, but the ‘fork truck’ as it was known prior, was patented forklift in 1917), there are always innovative technologies being used to make operating them easier, safer and more efficient. We’re especially keen to get ahead of the game on anything new coming up and seeing if it’s going to work for us and our clients. Sometimes, it doesn’t. But other times, it’s absolute gold. That’s what happened when we came across telematics and realised what a game-changer it was. Since taking it on, it has secured us an exclusive deal with Hindmarsh and given us unprecedented capabilities that protects the client, the worksite and our machines. So, what’s telematics then?
What is telematics?
It’s like GPS tracking, but more epic. It uses black box technology on a wireless device attached to our machines that integrates its data onto a smartphone app, storing information about the machine, the operator, the machine’s position and use history. The information is not only stored, but shared with the hire company, the operator and the worksite manager. The information required and collected includes the valid licence of operators, where the machine is at all times, when it is in service, and who used it at any given time. Importantly, telematic technology means that the machine will not start unless qualifications are valid and all questions are answered accurately on the app.
How is it used?
While telematics certainly provides managers and the hire company to keep track of the activity of a machine, it’s not with the intent to micromanage worksites, so much as safeguard operators and everyone on site. Typically, it is used to ensure that operators are on the right machines for their qualifications, which keeps everyone safe, ensuring the machine is used by an experienced driver. The driver will scan a QR code on the machine, that will then send them to an in-app questionnaire to answer vital questions applicable to the machine.
It is used to collect, transmit and process real-time, real-world data and make that data available to those who need it. It protects the worksite from unnecessary injury (or worse), and protects the machines from poor handling and theft (or, at least, being able to easily locate them should there be a theft).
What are the benefits?
Safeguards you and your team
By having the operator information on the machine, you will easily be able to identify who was on the machine, and when. So, if there are any issues of theft or misuse of the machine, there is real time data to safeguard your team from suspicion, and also generally protects the worksite. Operators are also more likely to be extra vigilant about being on the right machine for their qualifications when this technology is in place.
It might seem a bit strange that telematics can assist in fuel waste, but the process it requires for machines to change hands means that idling is not available. It can be a bad legacy practice to keep the machine running when not in use, however the stop-start programming means this isn’t possible and fuel is saved over time.
Information is power
By being able to see the real time use of the machines, including their routes and manoeuvring, you are able to identify any productivity issues you may have missed. Having this information on hand gives you an opportunity to recalibrate processes if needed, and improve the overall functionality of your worksite.
Want to learn more about our telematic system? Contact us today!