Maybe some of you have already asked that question in researching telematics providers. Not everything we purchase needs to be intensely researched. However, there are things we buy that deserve a closer look and that we can’t skimp on solely for lower pricing. Finding a telematics provider requires time and research to find the best fit.
“There’s nothing worse than locking yourself into a new three-year commitment with a provider only to have buyer’s remorse on telematics soon after.”
We live in the booming age of technology and the telematics space is no exception. Features and capabilities are constantly growing and evolving, which means that telematics providers should be focused on updating their hardware and software. Some telematics providers update features in their product quarterly or annually with an official release of a new version. Some companies update more frequently to stay ahead of the curve, providing cutting-edge features and technology as it becomes available. This way there is no waiting period for requested features or new technologies. Make sure the telematics provider you choose is a leader in innovation and takes feedback from their customers on feature recommendations.
BlueArrow and its partner Geotab updates software monthly
This is a great follow up to validate the answer to the previous question. Nothing says we’re dedicated to improving our product more than having an in-house development team. When development is not in-house, it can slow turnaround times for bug fixes, feature requests, integrations, or any updates and enhancements. It could also mean that you are dealing with a reseller who has virtually no say in development.
BlueArrow has an in-house development team ready to work with you.
We are constantly on-the-go and have our phones/tablets on us most of the time. It is important that managers have the capability to access the vehicle data from a mobile app. The level of functionality of the mobile app is also worth testing.
BlueArrow offers a mobile app
Find out if the telematics provider works with another company in your industry and how they use the software. This is beneficial because you will see proof of a successful implementation and get more ideas as to how you can use telematics to help your business. This information is typically offered through customer success stories published on the telematics provider’s website. The telematics provider should be able to provide customer references you can call and talk to about their experience as well.
BlueArrow upfits 5 trucks to a fleet of 1000’s for all enterprises, EMS, and Government
It feels good when you have a few different business solutions that work great on their own. Having a few different business solutions that work great together…is FANTASTIC! It’s a connected world now where all types of technologies need to communicate in order to help streamline operations for businesses and vehicle telematics software is one of them. Find out if the telematics providers you are researching can integrate with the other software you use in your daily workflow.
BlueArrow integrates software for you!
Some telematics platforms do not support asset and vehicle tracking together. If you have a diverse fleet, make sure you can track everything from one interface and that they can provide the information you need from those vehicles and assets. View this overview of vehicle and asset tracking solutions for more information.
BlueArrow can cover equipment, trailers, vehicles, trucks, electronics, ALL your costly assets
There is a hierarchy within every company. Access to certain information will vary depending on where each person falls within the hierarchy. You have C-level executives, managers, supervisors, and dispatchers who are in charge of different groups, need different information, and therefore need different permissions. Make sure that you also have control over the level of permissions for each user.
BlueArrow customizes reports every department and individual