Telematics Solutions That Work For Any Vehicle Year In School Transportation


Many fleets understand how telematics solutions can benefit fleets, but often managers may be misinformed about how the solutions can be adopted by their fleet if their vehicles vary in age. Numerous solutions can be used by school transporters regardless of the make, model or year, continue reading to learn more.
Why Telematics Solutions Are Important For School Transportation Fleets
Safety is of utmost importance and depends entirely on the decisions that drivers make. However, in some industries, there is even more stress placed upon safety as it can affect the lives of others. When discussing school transportation, this is visible as the driving behaviour and vehicle upkeep can not only affect the life of the driver, but of the students boarding as well.
Safety and Telematics
When addressing fleet safety, telematics can help support drivers with feedback and coaching by implementing driver scorecards, reports and alerts to ensure they know how to make safe driving decisions.
When discussing fleet safety and maintenance management, fleets are turning to systems that monitor and alert teams when maintenance checks or repairs need to happen. This ensures that unexpected breakdowns are drastically decreased and repair turnaround times are increased.
Efficiency and Telematics
Boosting efficiency can help school districts that face tight budgets accomplish more with less. By cutting down on idling time, speeding and inefficient bus routes, more money can be saved to ensure students have adequate transportation to and from school.
While telematics may seem important to be used in all school transportation vehicles, sometimes fleets overlook it. Even though there are varying reasons as to why this is, many are simply misinformed about whether the technological advancements can actually be adopted and implemented.
Why School Transportation Fleets May Initially Overlook New Technologies
It’s not unheard of for school transporters, or any fleet for that matter, to have fleets that include vehicle models of varying years. With tight budgets, school transportation fleets are often seen to purchase new buses to replace older models that are no longer functioning. As a result, fleets have a variety of old and new buses, which in turn seems to cause a concern about whether telematics will be of use for the entire fleet.
This poses the need for teams like GoFleet to share knowledge and insight to all-year inclusive vehicle solutions that fleets with varying makes and models can use.
Finding All-Year Inclusive Vehicle Solutions: Where To Start
As there seems to be miscommunication about model years being a requirement for using telematics solutions, our team has outlined four steps to take when searching for all-year inclusive vehicle solutions:
1. Evaluate Your Fleet Needs
Before purchasing a new system or solutions to implement, managers must evaluate the current tools they have in place, as well their goals with utilizing telematics. Whether it’s to increase safety, lower costs or boost efficiency, these must all be determined to ensure the right solutions are later implemented.
2. Do Your Research On Solutions
With your fleets needs in mind, it’s vital to research and find the right solution amongst the countless ones available while ensuring the age of the vehicle will not affect the success of the implementation. For example, if the priority is to cut down on fuel costs, looking for a solution to reduce idling time and monitoring driver behavior is the way to go. As well, it’s important to keep in mind that there are various solutions that work hand-in-hand with each other, in addition to being all encompassing.
3. Review The Costs Of Implementation
Fleets need to ensure that they make use of every dollar wisely. Setting aside and organizing the budget to adopt telematics may seem difficult, but it will result in great returns on investment.
Systematic maintenance will avoid expensive repairs and result in the buses having longer life spans. Longer vehicle life span will also result from increased safety, and the frequency of school bus accidents will in turn reduce.
Although these telematic solutions can be implemented into the fleet at an affordable rate, agencies like Sourcewell can offer competitively, solicited purchasing contracts to get you these solutions and equipment at a discounted price.
4. Speak With An Experienced Solutions Provider
Implementing telematics into your fleet can seem daunting, but by working with an experienced solutions provider you can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands. Working with GoFleet, an industry leader in this sector, will make the process simple as our team of industry specific specialists will ensure that your fleet receives a custom solution to drive your efficiency, safety and maintenance management as well as increase your ROI. To learn more about the right telematics solution for your fleet, get in touch with our School Transportation Experts.
To read more about the specific telematic solutions that can work for fleets with varying vehicle years, read the continuation in Part Two.

Telematics Solutions That Work For Any Vehicle Year In School Transportation


In Part One we discussed how fleets, specifically in school transportation, have buses that include vehicle models of varying years. To read Part One click here
In Part Two, we will discuss the specific solutions available on the market that school transporters and many other industries can leverage.
The following solutions work for an entire fleet regardless of the age of vehicles or fleet size.


The Bus Expected Time of Arrival Bus ETA solution addresses the problem of time management between the expected time of arrival and when bus actually arrives. Parents and children can use the Bus ETA app on their smartphones to be aware of the bus’s arrival time and plan accordingly. Parents will now know where their children are at all times and reduce the number of frequent concerned calls.
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Passenger/Driver Tags

Passenger and driver tags go hand in hand with the Bus ETA solution. Passengers can use these tags to scan when entering or exiting the bus and both parents and the school will be informed. It will reassure the school and parents of what the child’s location status is. When used by bus drivers, fleet managers can know exactly when a driver began a shift or confirm who is driving to ease reporting and organization.
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ZenduMaintenance is an industry leading full maintenance management solution that ensures that fleet vehicles remain in safe and efficient working condition. By leveraging this digital solution that automatically collects engine data that is connected with the already in place GPS tracking solutions like Geotab’s GO9 device, the transition is seamless. It’s a quick and easy solution to reduce breakdowns by improving maintenance efforts.
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GO Talk

While maintenance management solutions will reduce technical faults, it’s important to remember to also focus on communication solutions. Not only can these solutions keep drivers alert on the road with audio alerts, but drivers can also have two-way conversations if an unexpected event occurs. With GO Talk, school transportation drivers will be alerted of pickup or drop off changes as well as receive recommendations on how to improve driving habits in real-time.
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With the ongoing pandemic, digital symptom monitoring solutions are in demand for schools that are open and are allowing for in-person education. By leveraging this solution within school transportation, fleets can ensure that drivers are not only healthy and symptom-free while completing their routes, but that children who are entering the bus are symptom-free as well. ZenduCheck works by prompting individuals to complete a screening survey and even works as a contract tracing tool if an individual is tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
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While this is just a short list specific to school transporters, these telematics solutions can be used by fleets with vehicle models of varying years and can include many others beneficial solutions. For more information on any of these solutions or for more information about how your unique fleet should be leveraging new technology that works with any model vehicle, contact u today.

Smart Waste Management: Implementing Smart Sensors For Cost Savings


Businesses working with fleets incur many challenges and aim to improve their performance in aspects like maintenance, safety, and efficiency. Though, like any business, they work with a budget, and should look into telematics to help reduce their costs. When cost saving strategies are discussed, Smart Sensors must be mentioned.


Cost Saving & A Rise In Efficiency, A Result Of Smart Sensors


Smart Sensors reduce costs by making fleet processes efficient. They digitally record data on physical environments and analyze the information prior to transmitting it to a software database. They are designed to provide waste management fleets with fill levels in bins with utmost measurement accuracy.


How Do Smart Bins Work


Fleets, specifically in the waste management industry will now be able to monitor all sorts of waste types including mixed waste, paper, plastics, glass, clothing, bio waste, liquids, electronics, metal, and more in bins and containers of any size and type.


Their features continue with being robust, water and shock resistant sensors, as well as are functional within a wide temperature range while being able to measure from 3 cm up to 400cm.


Furthermore, they can provide a fast data transfer by connecting to several Internet of Things (IoT) networks or General Packet Radio Services (GPRS).


How It’s Beneficial On A Daily Basis


These sensors can be positioned to report 24 times a day, or even every minute so dispatch teams can monitor in real time. When bins are filled over their pre-set fill capacity, vehicles can be dispatched immediately.


For example, the sensors can be set so when a garbage bin is between 80 – 100% full, the bin will be added to the next route for being emptied. This can save time and resources on a daily basis.


What Is Smart Waste Management


Smart Sensors are designed to be leveraged in several processes, but it’s most popular amongst the waste management industry.  This is because of its ability to improve dispatching and vehicle utilization during routes, which allows fleets to make data-oriented decisions to improve operational efficiency.


The Smart Sensor technology depends on internal sensors monitoring, a key environmental factor, and the integrated element of the Internet of Things (IoT) to remain connected. Such technology will allow management to reduce inefficiency and save on resources.


How Implementing Smart Sensors Leads To Cost Savings


With the use of smart sensors, bin fill levels can now be monitored so fleets can keep an eye out on when bins need to actually be emptied. This will prevent unnecessary trips where trucks locate bins and empty them when they are barely filled. As a result, fleets will only prioritize and use resources when necessary.


Early And Long Term ROI


When fleets will begin to use their resources properly, they will see higher productivity and better use of vehicles, resulting in lower costs, as well as better efficiency. Since this will affect fleet management on a daily level, a return on investment will be seen almost immediately depending on fleet size.


Improved Customer Satisfaction While Being Competitive


A return on investment would also be evident in fleets that work with private businesses that require them to dispose of their waste. Fleets will only dispatch vehicles to private businesses when bins are near full, resulting in the customer being billed only when necessary. This process will give fleets happier clients all while remaining competitive.


Smart Sensors are yet to be introduced to several fleets, and resellers should consider taking advantage of the ways to help vehicle-based businesses to improve their cost saving strategies. When addressing waste management fleets, smarter dispatching based on bin fill monitoring should be discussed. For more information on implementing Smart Sensor technology, and how bin fill monitoring can be utilized to save on resources, contact us today.

Cellular, Satellite Asset Trackers & BLE Beacons – An Industry Guide


With technology expanding continually and telematic solutions on the rise, fleets should consider taking advantage of the various resources available. When discussing telematics, asset trackers primarily come in mind. Having the ability to track various features of goods and vehicles give fleets tracking data that helps improve their management processes. There are several asset trackers available and knowing which is the optimal solution for a fleet is important to remain within budget and not waste resources.


Three Types of Asset Trackers


Before diving into the specific asset trackers available, it is important to understand the 3 main categories that they all fall under:


1. Cellular Asset Trackers are the more common asset trackers. They use cellular network coverage to transmit data and information about an asset.


2. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Beacons succeed where cellular asset trackers face challenges. They can be used to transmit data in locations without cellular coverage.


3. Satellite Asset Trackers use satellites to transmit technology and are considered the most reliable option amongst the three for using outside cellular coverage.


What Solutions Industries Should Keep Their Eye Out For


Different industries prioritize different variables and equipping the right asset tracker can be difficult when there’s so many to choose from. It’s important to be aware of the several types of asset trackers that each industry will find most beneficial.


Cellular Asset Trackers


The Flex Solar – A Step Towards Free Energy


The Flex Solar is a solar powered asset tracker primarily utilized for the general tracking of bulk cargo containers, vehicles and other large assets with no direct power supply. Using solar energy is critical for large assets travelling far or being stored outside, like shipping containers, because they are often standalone assets with no power supply. With solar trackers, power can last up to 4 months, so fleets don’t need to worry about constant maintenance.


TransportationBussingConstruction, and Waste Management Fleets would find the flex solar most beneficial as they tend to be out in daylight for long periods of time. With no battery replacement, fleets won’t have to worry about adding it to their maintenance procedures, and it would be a great step towards renewable and free sources of energy.


The ZenRemora – A Simple Solution To Asset Tracking


If being dependent on solar energy is challenging, the ZenRemora 2 is a great alternative to the Flex Solar. It relies on an ion battery that would be quite reliable on trips where solar energy is scarce. Designed for general asset monitoring, it also has additional features including anti-theft mode, tamper detection, geo-fence awareness and expandability opportunities with BLE beacons.


The ZenRemora should be considered by most industries looking for a reliable and affordable solution to general asset monitoring. Long haul deliveries would find it most beneficial because they require several pings daily. Managing assets that travel far distances can be simpler for fleet managers by having their eyes on all their assets on one screen.


The ZenFalcon – Temperature Is Now A Known Variable


The ZenFalcon is a temperature-sensitive asset tracker which allows fleets to monitor temperature and humidity. With a 5 year battery life and hourly reporting, fleets can continually monitor temperature sensitive cargo. Similar to the Remora 2, the Falcon also has an anti-theft mode, tamper detection, and geo-fence aware included in its features.


Temperature monitoring can be a necessity in the Transportation and Courier/ Delivery industry, but it can be considered mandatory for the Food industry. There have been countless cases where food has spoiled due to improper temperatures, which results in inefficiency and waste of resources. The ZenFalcon can be utilized to monitor temperature and humidity levels of locations where food is stored to ensure optimal conditions are met.


The BlackBerry Radar – Prioritizing Load Management


The Bundle focuses on asset tracking for cargo, vehicles and non-motorized assets like bulk containers, trailers and various equipment where content capacity needs to be monitored. This allows fleets to better plan their loading processes and increase their efficiency.


It would be beneficial for several industries such as the Transportation, Food, Construction, and Courier/ Delivery, where fleets want to ensure the most use of their resources. As an example, it can be particularly useful for the Delivery/ Courier industry as they deal with receiving new delivery requests often. Specifically, it can allow for fleet vehicle load capacities to be known so dispatchers can view capacity levels and assign vehicles with low capacity to add more deliveries to their route to maximize productivity.


Sensoneo – Smart Waste Management For A Smarter City


Smart Sensors provide a Waste Management solution focusing on monitoring waste content quantity. This robust device can withstand harsh environmental conditions making it reliable in the long run. Once equipped into waste bins, it transmits data on bin capacity so waste management is aware of when bins are full and need to be emptied out. This reduces inefficient trips where barely filled bins are being emptied out, and emergency trips required because bins get overfilled and require immediate assistance.


For an in depth look at Smart Sensors and how they can prove to be effective, check out How A Waste Management Industry Can Implement Smart Sensor Technology.


BLE Asset Beacons


ZenBeacon – Asset Tracking Independent Of Cellular Coverage


The ZenBeacon provides data on light exposure, temperature, asset impact and provides an alternative to Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) tracking via BLE beacons. With a set of sensors, the status and conditions of fleet assets can be monitored, where the sensors can show temperature and light readings in one minute intervals.


Designed to have a long battery life, this would be resourceful when assets travel to locations with no cellular coverage. Specifically, long haul trips, which would include the Transportation industry.


The ZenGuppy – A Solution To Track Small Valuable Assets


The ZenGuppy is a compact, rugged Bluetooth tag solution for low-cost monitoring of assets. The ZenGuppy and the ZenRemora work great in coordination, where the Guppy can be utilized to track smaller assets within a larger asset, and the Remora can track the larger asset. With a 5 year battery life, and the ability to equip onto anything, the ZenGuppy provides the device serial number, manufacturer code, battery voltage, transmit power and temperature.


Since the ZenGuppy can equip onto anything and provide tracking information about the asset, all industries can take advantage of this solution to easily track any desired asset. It is particularly useful for low value or smaller assets where it may not make commercial sense to attach a more robust (and expensive) solution.


The Infsoft – An Indoor BLE Reader


Infsoft keeps track of assets and personnel within a building. Once an indoor map of each level of the building is uploaded to Infsoft, it can track where every single asset is at all times. This can be quite helpful in First Responder buildings. Knowing where each and every person is at all times will help raise efficiency which will result in safe cities and more lives saved.


Warehouses can take advantage of Infsoft to help their workforce as it will help them with tracking and monitoring all assets on the go between warehouse aisles and shelves with improved efficiency and productivity.


Satellite Asset Trackers


The SmartOne’sC – Reliability Outside Of Cellular Coverage


The SmartOneC is a self-charging solution to support long term remote deployments without the need to replace the battery. Using a highly efficient solar cell, it can continuously charge the battery and maximize operating life, even under extreme weather conditions.


It can be valuable for long haul deliveries and fleets working in rural areas like Agriculture Industries, as well as Rail Cargo. These fleets travel and work in locations with no cellular coverage, and therefore require a strong reliable connection, hence satellites being the viable option.

There are several telematic solutions available for fleets to take advantage of to improve their performance and management processes. Knowing which asset trackers benefit your fleet the most, is important to being within budget and spending your resources wisely. For a deeper look into what solutions will work best for your fleet, contact us for a custom solution.

Increase Vehicle Efficiency with Gofleet International

We Are GFI

Every fleet manager’s best interest is to do everything they can in order to maximize efficiency and optimize the performance of their vehicles. Gofleet international (GFI) understands that, this is why we provide a cutting-edge fleet GPS vehicle tracking technology that will help you accomplish this.
Our GPS vehicle tracking technology will help you keep track of all your vehicles at all times, empower you to monitor driving behaviours of your employees and ensure that risky behaviour that can jeopardize your company’s reputation is rectified.
But do you know how vehicle tracking can increase your savings?
There are a number of ways to save and cut business costs with a right telematics partner like GFI.
One of the major benefits of having a GPS tracking solution in place is the fuel efficiency. Fuel is known to be quite pricey be it for 1 vehicle or 1000, the consumption however can be controlled as needless driving and idling causes excessive fuel usage which is a huge cost.
Driver efficiency is also another benefit. Having a tracking facility in place will make sure that drivers are following the mandatory and assigned routes to the destination and have the ability to complete the tasks within the allotted time frame.
It’s guaranteed that you will see both short-term and long-term benefits when you integrate us into your platform.
Then there are also instances where drivers are being inefficient through no fault of their own. Let’s say that a job gets cancelled while a truck is already on its way or maybe a storm hits and road access is blocked. With the help of GFI’s advanced vehicle tracking, you will be able to monitor the situation closely and make adjustments accordingly.
Our solution will find the best alternative route for the vehicles so that they reach their new destinations as quickly as possible.
All of the above are only possible with a high quality and reliable GPS system in place, like our very own Gofleet International.
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Achieve more with our advanced fleet tracking

Vehicle Fuel management

What is Advanced Fleet Tracking?

To explain advanced fleet tracking, first let’s take it back to the basics. The first step in fleet telematics is to track vehicle location, movement, speeding, and a few other basic functionalities. Essentially, basic fleet tracking provides visibility into where the vehicle is and what it is doing.

Advanced fleet tracking provides visibility into what the driver is doing with the vehicle, specific to driving behaviour. For example, this includes speeding, but then dives deeper into other types of aggressive driving, such as harsh braking, sharp cornering, or hard acceleration.
● Improved Time Management
● Better Customer Service
● Fuel Management & Maintenance Costs
● Real Time Fleet Tracking
● Reduced Labour Costs
● Automated Fleet Reports
● Insurance Cost Reduction
● Improved Customer Satisfaction & so much more
When a fleet is ready to take their telematics to the next level, what is a good next step beyond GPS tracking?

Route optimization and idling are two easy areas to tackle with Gofleet International, after GPS tracking. This helps decrease overhead fuel costs and shortens time-to-ROI.

Sometimes, a fleet might have a certain group of vehicles that need to idle as part of work. With our solution, fleet managers can set up a special group for these vehicles, so they can exclude them and zero in on the places where cuts are needed, without hindering normal operations.

How can a fleet manager use advanced fleet tracking without getting overwhelmed by all the data?

The Gofleet platform allows fleets to gain a wealth of knowledge about their operations. By working with the Gofleet International Team, fleet managers can refine their focus areas, learn more about the platform and where to start, avoiding data overload. Additionally, the Team helps fleet managers implement strategies by folding in best practices to help the success of the strategy last as long as possible.

Advanced fleet tracking is much more than only GPS vehicle tracking. It can improve fleet management in many ways, helping with everything from fuel efficiency to cost management, helping improve driver safety and build stronger customer service.

Power up your fleet. There are so many ways Gofleet International can help you with its advanced fleet tracking.

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How to reduce your fuel expenses?

Vehicle Fuel management

The telematics industry has seen a number of technological marvels arrive on the scene in the past 30 years. From front-wheel-drive/transverse engines to electronic fuel injection to computerized engine technology, cars and trucks are more fuel efficient than ever before, and there is more on the way.

For any large business with a fleet of vehicles, fuel is one of the largest expenditures. While you can’t do much about the price of fuel, you do have some control over how much fuel your vehicles consume.

Here are some of the practices you can adopt to reduce your fuel expenditure drastically and create an increase in your savings:

1. Reduce Idling Time

One of the main fuel burners that can be reduced is idling. With vehicles running when they probably don’t need to be, unnecessary consumption equates to unnecessary costs, which is only amplified when a business operates more vehicles. Reminding drivers to turn off their engine can have huge paybacks in the short and long term.

2. Maintain Tires

Properly inflated tires reduce friction on the road, so that your vehicles use less fuel. Since changing temperatures can cause air pressure to fluctuate, remember to check your tires regularly with a pressure gauge.

3. Routing

A route with the fewest stop signs and traffic lights can help you save fuel, even more so than the shortest route.

4. Set speed restrictions

Speeding puts your drivers at risk of a ticket/fine (and you at risk of insurance rate hikes), but it also causes vehicles to use more fuel. Remind your drivers to obey the speed limit, and avoid rapid accelerations.

5. Car Maintenance

A properly tuned engine uses less fuel, and clean oil filters also help to improve your mileage. Also check to make sure you’re using the right type of oil in your vehicles, the wrong oil might overwork engines and cause them to waste fuel.

6. Curb aggressive driving

Train drivers to drive sensibly: hard acceleration, braking, and excessive speed not only can be dangerous, but they hit fuel mileage hard. It’s important to change driver habits so as to improve vehicle economy. According to a recent study, it is proven that aggressive driving can negatively affect fuel economy by as much as 20-30 percent.

7. Work with the right telematics partner

A good fleet management solution like Gofleet International can help you accomplish many of the above tasks, such as proper vehicle maintenance, keeping an eye on employees and their performance, improved routing, and more. You can also use the service to analyse your employees’ driving habits and take appropriate measures to reduce fuel usage and save money.

We are dedicated to helping businesses realize a solid return on their telematics investment. Getting better mpg lies at the heart of what we do, as there are many contributing factors for reducing overall fuel expenditures.

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GFI GPS Tracking for Electric Vehicles

Vehicle Fuel management

Does Gofleet International provide GPS tracking for electric vehicles (EV)?

Electric vehicles are gaining popularity all over the world. There are countless benefits to owning an electric vehicle which makes them ideal cars for daily use:
● Zero emissions
● Fuel economy
● Lower operating expenses
● Cheaper to maintain
● Better for environment
● Quieter and smooth driving experience

The benefits of driving electric cars are clear. With new technologies currently being developed, which promise to cut charging times to minutes, extend range significantly and further enhance safety and automation features, there has never been a better time to switch to driving an EV.

Electric vehicles are superior to every other car on the market from an environmental perspective and people are switching to EVs for all the right reasons.

With Gofleet International, GPS tracking for electric vehicles is totally possible and is a good solution for common EV issues.

Gofleet has added many features for Electric Vehicles (EV) to help you manage your EV fleet. As electric vehicles become more affordable and charging infrastructure becomes better, hence, more fleets are looking into updating the vehicle to an EV.

Some of our EV specific features include charging and power reports, ability to see the vehicles charge at a glance, and notifications with EV data, access to real time live animated tracking, lifetime warranty, 24/7 direct support and more.


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Guide to Fleet Management Solutions

Vehicle Fuel management

Businesses of the 21st century are solely data driven. From live vehicle location, fuel consumption to driver performance and behaviours. Such data is very essential for businesses as they can monitor it and eventually bring a change that will benefit the company in more ways than one.
To ensure that this data is being used in the most useful and effective manner, get in touch with a 360′ fleet management solution provider like Gofleet International (GFI).
Our advanced fleet management solutions will help you control your vehicle data efficiently and also train you with some useful tools and features that can help boost business productivity. From scheduling daily tasks to monitoring your driver’s behaviors, it can help optimize every part of your business’ operations.
Key benefits of having Gofleet’s solution:
● Active Tracking
● No hardwiring cost
● Lifetime warranty
● Powerful fuel diagnostics to analyze fuel usage economized fuel expenses up to 30%
● Increased savings (Cut down expenses on fuel and maintenance)
● Confirm easy compliance with in-depth reporting
● Integrated intelligence that turns rich data into a wealth of opportunities
● Global Sim card active in 55+ countries

Once GFI’s fleet management solution is in place, fleet managers can then focus on the many other responsibilities while the system will automatically notify and detect any broken rules or engine faults.

In conclusion, if you already haven’t, this is the right time to adopt GFI’s fleet management solutions in order to improve your bottom line!
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