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How to Improve Fleet Management with Cloud Operations

Nowadays, simply tracking your fleet from one point to another with basic fleet management software falls short. Successful fleet management requires more than that. You need simplified fleet data, a scalable fleet management system, and actionable insights to identify inefficiencies and solutions in your fleet. All of this becomes achievable through cloud operations, which help you to process, manage, and store your fleet data effectively.

In this article, you will:

  • Find out why you need cloud operations for your fleet
  • Gain an understanding of cloud operations
  • Discover exactly how cloud operation works in fleet management
  • Unpack ways to improve fleet management with cloud operations by Cartrack

So, why cloud operations?

What better way to kick things off than by examining the obstacles your fleet might be up against and exploring how cloud operations could come to the rescue?

Whether you oversee a single vehicle or manage a gigantic fleet, the need for a fleet management system is undeniable. An efficient fleet management system is the key to boosting fleet productivity, safety, and the overall operational efficiency of your vehicles. In the world of fleet management, the integration of cloud operations emerges as a game-changer. This iconic fusion holds the promise of solving all the significant challenges that you encounter regularly.

I imagine that you may be overwhelmed by fleet data, struggling to make sense of the overload of information pouring in from your fleet vehicles via GPS (Global Positioning System).
Or perhaps your fleet business could be one of those that are hindered by its limitations in scalability, unable to adapt to the evolving fleet world and technological advancements, consequently falling behind competitors. Maybe you are having challenges rising your business from failing to promptly monitor, analyse, and address operational inefficiencies. You might even be at the point of considering or reaping the repercussions of unexpected downtime and soaring maintenance costs. Let’s not forget the potential frustration of having limited access to crucial fleet data that could drive actionable insights.

If any of these pain points or challenges hit home, your solution is cloud operations.

CloudOps 101: What exactly is cloud operations?

Cloud operations might seem complicated, but let's simplify it step by step:

Let’s take George for example, he is a fleet manager. He deals with a lot of fleet data – daily vehicle operations, finances, administrative tasks, and more. To handle all this information, he could use his computer, but that might slow it down, take up too much space or have security risks. That's where the cloud comes in.

The cloud is like a special virtual filing corner on the internet where George can store all his fleet data. Think of it as having a super-smart computer system on the internet that organises all the important data about George's fleet, making fleet management easier, smarter, and super efficient. These computer systems are managed by companies such as Cartrack Kenya to put fleet managers like George in control of their fleet operations and keep fleet data safe and accessible.

This is cloud operations – the behind-the-scenes work that ensures fleet data runs smoothly. It involves things like setting up, managing, and updating software so fleet data can be accessed anytime, from any device connected to the internet.

Now, instead of scattered files and paperwork, George can rely on the cloud. It stores details about where his vehicles are, where they have been, and even who is driving them. Plus, it helps George manage other fleet aspects like finding the best routes, keeping an eye on fuel, and even diagnosing engine issues.

Sounds simple right? Now, let’s unpack what makes cloud operations tick.

How exactly does it work?

Cloud operations in fleet management involve using cloud computing technologies to streamline and optimise the management of a fleet of vehicles. This approach leverages the power of the cloud to provide real-time fleet tracking, monitoring, data analysis, and control of operations, leading to improved efficiency, cost savings, and decision-making.

Here's how cloud operations work in fleet management:

  1. Telematics installation and data collection: Within a fleet, vehicles are installed with telematics devices that use GPS technology to collect information. This information includes where the vehicles are, how fast they're going, how much fuel they're using, and even how the drivers are behaving. 

  1. Data transmission to the cloud: The information or data collected by the telematics devices is transmitted to cloud servers using wireless communication technologies, such as cellular networks or satellite communication. This data transmission is continuous, offering a comprehensive view of fleet performance and operation in real time. 

  1. Real-time monitoring and tracking: As fleet data is transmitted to the cloud from telematics devices, stored and processed, you can now access the data via cloud-based applications or dashboards like a fleet web to monitor the real-time location and status of vehicles. This information improves overall fleet efficiency by: 

  • Establishing a preventative maintenance schedule
  • Monitoring driver performance 
  • Optimising routes (and more)

  1. Cloud storage and processing: The data transmitted from fleet vehicles to the cloud is then stored in cloud-based platforms such as Cartrack Kenya which provides the capability and reliability to handle and manage large amounts of data generated by a fleet of vehicles. This data can then be processed, analysed, and accessed to gain insights into fleet performance and operations.

  1. Data reporting and actionable insights: Using a cloud-based system enables the creation of detailed reports and analytics using the collected data so you can examine fleet trends, spot operational inefficiencies, and make well-informed decisions to improve fleet performance.

What if your business already has a system up and running? No worries!

In that case, you can integrate a cloud-based system with your existing system. This involves the merging of both to enhance operational efficiency, fleet accessibility and collaboration within your teams. By joining forces, your current systems, data and applications can communicate more effectively, enabling real-time updates, streamlined workflows, and the potential for cost savings.

Talking about saving money, ever thought of cloud operations as your money-saving hero?

Cloud operations and the macroeconomic environment:

Let’s think about how the overall economic environment can affect your fleet business and how scalable cloud operations can help you combat the effects. 

A macroeconomic environment is the overall economic conditions that affect a business, such as interest rates, inflation, and economic growth. To combat these economic effects, businesses need a scalable cloud operation, that is a cloud-based system that has the potential to expand and rise above the macroeconomic environment by:

  • Cutting down fuel costs: Fuel is one of the main and largest costs for any fleet business. A scalable cloud-based system can help businesses spot areas in the fleet where fuel costs can be reduced, fuel is being misused or fuel card fraud is taking place.  

  • Improving customer service: By allowing you to track vehicle locations, a scalable fleet solution can help you improve your customer service, satisfaction and loyalty by offering quick turnaround times and on-time deliveries thanks to real-time updates on delivery statuses and the ability to respond to deliveries on time.    

  • Meeting compliance requirements: Scalable cloud-operating systems ensure accuracy and reduce the time and effort required to generate compliance reports (such as SARS tax-compliance reports) and provide a secure and reliable platform to store and access the necessary data.

  • Staying ahead of the competition: Scalable fleet solutions use data analytics to identify trends and patterns, allowing you to identify new markets and products that will likely be successful and keep you ahead of your competitors.

Now that we’ve wrapped our heads around cloud operations, why it is a must-have, and how it functions, let’s jump straight to the heart of it.


How to improve fleet management with cloud operations: 

The integration of cloud operations into the realm of fleet management holds the potential to revolutionise your fleet operations. However, the true question that arises is how exactly you can harness this potential to improve your fleet management, here’s the answer:

  1. Choose an experienced industry-leading cloud service provider: Choosing a reliable and efficient cloud service provider like Cartrack that offers the necessary scalability, security, and fleet management features for your fleet management needs is the first step to improving fleet management with cloud operations.

    We are a global leader in fleet management and connected vehicles with over 125 billion data points processed monthly, over 1.8 million subscribers across 23 countries, and trusted by over 110,000 businesses globally.

  2. Install telematics devices: Once you’ve found a reliable and efficient service provider, equip your vehicles, trailers and even assets with telematics devices. Cartrack’s advanced installation techniques combine GPS, GSM, RF, and anti-jamming technology.  This innovative combination significantly boosts the reliability and connection of your vehicle's tracking unit, ensuring a continuous stream of accurate data regarding your fleet’s whereabouts, speed, fuel consumption, and other crucial metrics. This not only empowers you with a real-time overview of your fleet but also increases the likelihood of fleet vehicles being recovered quickly by our recovery team if stolen.

  3. Ensure data security is tight: Fleet data is gold. It is critical for optimising vehicle performance, maintenance, and operational efficiency and offers insights into driver behaviour, cost management, and compliance, aiding informed decision-making. Moreover, protecting fleet data is vital due to privacy concerns, potential financial losses, operational disruptions, and the risk of cyberattacks.

    Tight data security ensures regulatory compliance, maintains customer trust, and prevents unauthorised access to valuable insights. Cartrack knows how important your data privacy is, that is why we’re committed to protecting and controlling the use of the personal data we gather according to the regulatory requirements. Additionally, our executive management is continuously assessing the need to develop, implement or amend further policies, procedures and terms and conditions, including data protection; consent policies and forms; data access; security breaches and more.

  1. Track and monitor your fleet in real time: As a fleet manager, you may often encounter challenges in maintaining accurate and up-to-date information about the location of fleet vehicles, assets, or cargo. These challenges may stem from signal variations, slow data transmission, and occasional connectivity disruptions. Consequently, seamlessly streamlining fleet operations can be close to impossible.

    To improve this, utilise cloud-based applications to track and monitor your fleet in real time. This allows you to know where your vehicles are at all times, optimise routes, and respond promptly to any issues. Cartrack’s digital telematics technology, which incorporates GPS, sensor connections, and our very own servers allows for precise tracking of your entire fleet. Beyond vehicle tracking, our technology offers additional functionalities such as asset tracking, driver performance monitoring, fuel consumption analysis, and even trailer and temperature monitoring.

  1. Data integration and analytics: Worrying about the behind-the-scenes physical IT setup and the update of the infrastructure of the company’s fleet management software can be tedious and time-consuming. On the other hand, hiring experts to do the job can cost the business even more. These days, fleet companies prefer to focus all their energy on the main fleet tasks and let cloud-based operations businesses handle all the extra hard work.

    Cartrack offers a smart way for fleet management using cloud technology that allows our system to work with your business’s existing systems. Now instead of dealing with physical computer setups, fleet managers can use virtual machines from the cloud. These virtual machines store data, carry out calculations, and provide the needed updates, saving the fleet money, time, and space. 

  1. Fleet scalability: Fleet scalability refers to the ability of a fleet management system or solution to adapt and grow in size or capacity as the needs of the fleet increase. A fleet management solution that is scalable can accommodate an expanding fleet (larger number of vehicles, resources, data, and operations) without requiring significant changes to its underlying infrastructure or causing a drop in performance.  This scalability is important because as a fleet grows, the demands on the management system also increase.

    Our cloud-based fleet management system software allows you to easily scale your fleet management operations as your business grows. You can add more vehicles and data without worrying about infrastructure limitations. 

  2. Get 24/7/365 fleet access and remote control: Fleet managers often face concerns regarding their fleet, especially while on the road. Delays in accessing fleet data can result in significant setbacks, leading to both losses and missed opportunities for timely issue resolutions.

    Exploring cloud-based platforms like Cartrack can offer a comprehensive solution. Through our all-in-one mobile application and fleet web, you can conveniently and consistently access your fleet data and manage operations from various devices including smartphones, desktops, laptops, and tablets, even when you're not on-site. This capability empowers you to make informed decisions promptly, minimising delays and ensuring swift and effective responses to unforeseen issues and delays, resulting in an overall improvement in fleet management performance.

  1. Result-driven utilisation of data: With the large collection of data about fleets, which includes information about vehicle conditions, driver details, and asset information, fleet managers may find it challenging to sort through all this data and find valuable insights. Although this abundance of data has the potential to help monitor fleet operations thoroughly and pinpoint areas for improvement, mishandling this data can result in it becoming meaningless,  leading to uninformed fleet management and poor decision-making.

    Cartrack provides actionable insights and reports from fleet data. This empowers informed choices and streamlined operations for improved efficiency and productivity. With data-driven decision metrics, comparative analysis, and instant alerts, fleet managers can optimise routes, identify challenges, and respond swiftly to unproductive areas. 

Get the industry-leading cloud operation for an industry-leading fleet!

Cartrack offers an all-in-one fleet management software solution that empowers you to enhance your fleet operations. Our cloud-based platform enables seamless scalability and provides instant access to vital data. Alternatively, you can opt for our bureau services, allowing us to handle your fleet management for you.

Whichever one of the above suits you best, contact Cartrack Kenya today and we'll tailor our services to meet your needs.

Overwhelmed by fleet data? Struggling to scale your fleet operations? Failing to pinpoint fleet inefficiencies? This blog is for you.