Trimble Expands Performance Portal with Company Performance and Truck Performance Module
Trimble introduced new features in its Trimble Performance Portal that allows transport and logistics companies to map out more essential data in order to save fuel. Understanding fuel consumption requires insight into driving behavior as well as the circumstances or type of driving that is performed. With this in mind, Trimble has expanded its analysis tool by adding a Company Performance and Truck Performance Module to its Performance Portal. This combination gives transportation and logistics companies the opportunity to record, understand and manage its fuel consumption more efficiently.
"There are several ways to record fuel consumption. The challenge is to centralize and simplify the data for both analysis of driving style and fuel consumption by combining them into one reliable source of intelligence," said Jonathan Raemdonck, professional services consultant at Trimble Transport & Logistics.
Performance Portal – An Innovative Analysis Tool
Trimble launched the Performance Portal to provide better insight into driving behaviour based on key performance indicators (KPIs). The evaluation of driving behaviour is centered on actual driving information such as speed, stationary, braking behavior and the use of cruise control as well as the activities of the specific working day. This information also includes the type of driving such as national or international transport. Performance data is collected via the on-board devices and sent to the Performance Portal, which converts it into an individual driver score.
To compare the available data with other time periods and scores, and to follow fuel consumption and mileage from year to year, Trimble introduced the Company Performance. This dashboard provides a convenient and user-friendly display of the Performance Portal. It allows fleet managers, drivers’ coaches and other users to compare the scores and the fuel consumption of groups of drivers and vehicles. This is an essential step in the action plan to realize fuel savings and to continuously monitor activities in this field over time.
Driving Behaviour and the Truck
Driver evaluation is only one of the factors for influencing fuel consumption. Vehicle performance, for instance, also has to be considered and linked to the driving behaviour. A survey of the relationship between these two aspects is included within the Truck Performance module. Transport and logistics companies can see a detailed overview of a particular truck and its fuel consumption, as well as the drivers and the type of work performed. In addition, the fuel consumption evolution of a vehicle or group of vehicles can be followed. Abnormally high fuel consumption for a particular vehicle, despite similar driving performances of its drivers, can be immediately identified. A possible cause of such irregularity could be truck maintenance.