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Driving Costs Down

Created Feb 12 2019, 4:15 PM by Travis Heneveld

A study conducted over 10 years ago found that transport was “the second-biggest overhead cost to the humanitarian system after personnel… it estimated that a fleet of four-wheel-drive vehicles operated by international humanitarian organisations numbered over 100 000, with running costs nearing $1 billion per year. [The United Nations Environment Programme] estimates this fleet size will triple by 2050”[1].

Today, there are still large gaps in data for the efficient management of humanitarian fleets and this could be contributing to rising operating costs and increased safety risks.

Long-distance travel is unavoidable as humanitarian organisations have to transport staff, equipment and life-saving supplies to dislocated communities – most of which are in remote locations. So, it may seem almost impossible to reduce some of the costs inherent in the delivery of humanitarian aid. However, the implementation of tools to measure, monitor and manage transportation can result in significant savings, particularly within the humanitarian sector, and this has been supported by more recent studies.

Given the fleet management solutions now available to proactively monitor energy consumption, it has been estimated that humanitarian organisations could benefit from:

•    “at least 10 per cent reduction of fuel costs on ground transport
•    37 per cent reduction through behavior change and more efficient technologies
•    60 per cent savings on generation

 – all using currently available, affordable and proven practice and technology changes. At current prices, this could mean operational savings of over $517 million a year”[2].

A Solution that’s Simple, Compatible, Scalable and Affordable

Motorola Solutions’ approach to fleet management ensures compatibility with all UN vehicles, avoiding duplicating hardware equipment in the vehicle and allowing you to keep running costs low, while providing the flexibility to add capacity and features as required.

Here’s how it works:

•    Deploy a telematics hardware box with embedded GSM modem
•    Where relevant, add a VSAT modem, and/or integrate your existing two-way radio hardware (TETRA, DMR or HF) for tracking vehicles
•    Choose the best available technology to transmit data, depending on your location
•    Use GPS for always-transmit positioning
•    Consider buffering vehicle reports and transmit only when needed and affordable

We offer another solution with our Application Partner GINA to transmit additional data related to security, logistics and project management, using TETRA and MOTORBO, as well as GSM and Satellite networks. This enables you to gain a real-time view of operations across a unified platform, all on a single dashboard.

Advancing the Future of Fleet Management

Continuing Motorola Solutions’ history of innovation in fleet management, we recently expanded our portfolio with the acquisition of VaaS, to include data and image analytics for vehicle location.  This makes it possible for fixed and mobile licence plates to be captured and analysed automatically, helping to tighten security and shorten response times when an incident occurs.

Humanitarian organisations can now choose from a range of unique Fleet Management Solutions that empower your workforce to:

•    Share data intelligently  –  collect information and photographs from the field, produce incident reports and track the progress of projects

•    Improve  security – a panic button triggers an immediate email and SMS notification to pre-defined contacts; early warning messages alert convoys entering high-risk areas; evacuation routes are planned and mapped in advance; border crossings and unplanned journeys can be detected, offering greater protection of personnel

•    Enhance situational awareness – statistical data and real-time mapping locates personnel and vehicles and sends reports from the field

Whether you need to manage a small or large fleet, we can customise a cost-effective, scalable solution that will help you to:

•    Minimise accidents and speeding
•    Reduce vehicle maintenance, service costs and down-time
•    Promote greater accountability
•    Cut carbon emissions
•    Enhance personnel safety

To find out more about how your organisation can enhance operations with Motorola Solutions’ innovative fleet management technologies:

•    Contact me, Travis Heneveld, to talk about your particular needs
•    Learn more about Motorola Solutions’ TETRA and MOTOTRBO data infrastructure
•    Download our Application Partner GINA’s brochure

[1] Grafham, O. and Lahn, G. The Costs of Fuelling Humanitarian Aid, Research Paper by the Moving Energy Initiative, December 2018 pg11.

[2] Ibid. Pg 4.

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