This is the second article in our three-part series: Common Connectivity Problems. Last time, we talked about issues fleet units often face in the field that are related to data limits and manageability. Today, we’ll look at two other issues that may have affected your fleet at one time or another.
Difficulty Tracking Vehicles
If you’re a fleet manager, do you ever have difficulty tracking and logging what you’ve tracked for each and every vehicle in your fleet? The Mach system, with which many fleet managers are familiar, utilizes a computer GPS to locate and track vehicles, but there are some obvious problems with this method.
1. Location Tracking
If the Mach system leaves the vehicle or the vehicle shuts off, tracking will cease. If the system is taken outside, it will no longer be able to accurately track the vehicle’s true location. This can make it confusing for fleet managers; they may not know for sure whether their officers are in the right location or en route to their destination. In an emergency, this can become hazardous.
2. Vehicle Health
If you’re a fleet manager, you need to keep track of the condition of each of your fleet vehicles so none of them break down when you need them. It’s important to keep up on required maintenance to ensure ongoing vehicle health. The Mach system can only offer a live map view of the computer’s location. It won’t track it’s health, however, or alert you if there’s a problem.
AirLink Mobility Manager
These problems are solved with the AirLink Mobility Manager, which allows you to manage vehicle telemetry and keep up to 90 days’ worth of logs. Effectively monitor your vehicles’ health (in real time), and schedule alerts to notify you when it’s time for regular maintenance, such as an oil change. You can pull data for a number of variables, including speed, distance, engine run time, and vehicle temperature.
Track and map the routes of all the vehicles in your fleet so you always know where they are and where they’re going. If a unit gets stuck in heavy traffic, you’ll know and be able send a replacement unit to reach a scene faster.
Limited Number of Connections
Is your cellular connection currently limited to one device? If you have an ambulance that needs to link a health monitor, for example, you’ll need two separate lines if you don’t have multi-network capabilities in your vehicle.
The MG90 grants internet access for up to 128 clients within a 150–200-foot radius by providing a local hotspot. This AirLink product helps you bypass the need for a seperate line. Run programs and applications on separate devices at the same time, inside or outside of the vehicle!
If either of these products sound like something you could use to improve communication with your fleet and solve your connectivity problems, give us a call to discuss upfitting your vehicles with these products. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have about any of our emergency response vehicle equipment or the upfitting process.