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Winter Operations

Winter is Coming!

Outside temperatures are beginning to rise. The sun is shining brighter and longer.  This global pandemic called Covid-19 has kept us all inside for far too long.  Before we know it, the lazy days of summer will soon be here.  But there is no off season for Winter Operations.  Fleet managers are at their best when preparing for the worst..

Managers are using telematics software to analyse their historical fleet data in order to:

  • effectively forecast operational budgets
  • estimate material usage for the coming season
  • evaluate the health of their fleet and schedule vehicle maintenance now
  • strengthen their fleet by upfitting innovative and compliance-supporting devices

Transparency and justification are expectations of doing business.  Two areas of particular interest in preparing for and optimizing Winter Operations are:

  • Compliance and accountability tools
  • Mitigating risk and liability claims

Compliance and Accountability Devices

Cities are making service-level information available to motorists via public information systems, like 511.  Public Works compliance and accountability to the community starts from within.  Municipalities are requesting full transparency and proof of work completion from their service providers.  As a result, private enterprise must source reporting devices that integrate with telematics software, deliver real-time accountability, and even provide proof of completion reports to accompany invoicing for service. 

Plow Pilot™ Automated Plow Blade Reporting

Install the Plow Pilot™ and reduce/eliminate manual paperwork!  Using air or electric over hydraulics, this virtual co-pilot automatically tracks and reports up/down plow blade position.  Fully integrated with telematics software like Geotab, DiCAN’s patented Plow Pilot™ will sense, capture, and transmit blade position data in real-time. This weather-proof, tamper-proof and maintenance-free solution provides continuous position monitoring for all winter service vehicles and plow configurations:

 

  • Dump trucks, Pickup trucks
  • Spreaders and Graders
  • Snow sweepers
  • Front-end loaders, Backhoes, Bulldozers
  • Skid-steer, Tractors, Maulers
  • Front Plow
  • Wing Plow
  • Tow Plow, Tow Trailer
  • Underbody Scraper
  • Rotary Broom
  • Windrow Blade

Risk Reduction and Claims Support

The use of telematic data has been proven to not only reduce the cost of fleet collisions but also lower the number of complaints filed. Having a detailed picture of vehicle operations at the time of the claim, helps to defend against accusations and ultimately protect drivers and service-partners. Plow position status, spreader controller data, and timestamped GPS plotted vehicle locations explain in detail the exact play-by-play at the time of a claim.

Plow Pilot™ Annunciator and Onboard Camera Systems

A picture is worth a thousand words in post claim investigations.  Having automated plow blade position reporting and onboard cameras help to deter false claims, providing credible proof of service and claim support. Or in the case of service disruption, install the Plow Pilot™ Annunciator panel to protect and defend against claims before they happen.  This vital accessory works with telematics software and dash cameras, allowing plow operators to capture and transmit real-time photos of path obstacles, like refuse bins or parked cars, or any other in-progress event that may occur while in operation. ‚Äč

The Bottom Line

If you operate a fleet in Canada, you know winter weather is inevitable. Using fleet telematics and integrated devices, like onboard camera systems and reporting mechanisms, takes the guess work out of vehicle monitoring, guarantees service compliance and operational accountability.

Before the worst happens, plan ahead with DiCAN’s Plow Pilot™ and Geotab.