EventsAre you making the most of your supply chain or heavy-duty construction fleet intelligence to get the most from your fleets and bottom line?

High-value data extracted from your vehicles and various assets can power-up your productivity, increase efficiency and drive the changes necessary to establish a competitive edge.

Access to real-time, accurate, location-based data drives effective management by exception and the ability to:


  • make informed, smart, strategic decisions
  • identify and remove obstacles to productivity
  • increase driver safety
  • improve asset utilization

Not sure where to start, or how to match your business needs to the best solution?

Webtech Wireless is exhibiting at Cargo Logistics, January 28 and 29th, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Center in booth #617.

We are also exhibiting (for the first time) at the World of Concrete event, February 3-6th at the Las Vegas Convention Center in booth #N2568.

We will be demonstrating Webtech Fleet Center, our powerful GPS/AVL fleet management solution, and Webtech Driver Center, our electronic logging device (ELD) software application at both events and would love the opportunity to show you the value of each in person. We’ll also have solution experts on-hand just in case you’d like to talk needs analysis.

If you visit us at either event, you can also enter our draw to win a panoramic tour of Vancouver (draw will be held on January 29, 2015), or a “Vegas strip” helicopter tour (draw will be held on Feb 4, 2015).

Hope to see you there!

The Night Before Santa’s Big Day

Posted by: Deirdre O'Brien, December 18th, 2014


Santa’s big day was quickly approaching

but elf meteorologists announced a storm was a ‘rolling.

Oh no! What now? Santa must keep his word!

Each North Pole elf and reindeer nervously concurred.


We need a way to monitor global snow removal,

to plan and strategize our efficiency is crucial!

“I know,” said Santa. “We’ll manage our fleet

with Webtech Fleet Center, we’ll plan every visit to each single street.”


“Rudolph and Blitzen will be our team leads.

They’ll use Webtech Driver Center to manage their needs,

and boys and girls the world over will be happy to see

Webtech 511 display the routes Santa and his team are most likely to reach.”


“Hooray,” yelled the crew. “Santa, you’ve solved it, we’re sure!

We’ll meet all our targets, and we’ll do it with ease!

No home unvisited, no child forgotten on tour…

and Santa – you’ll be able to put up your feet!


Happy Holidays from Webtech Wireless






ATA Hoping to hire 100,000 veterans over next two years

Posted by: Deirdre O'Brien, December 4th, 2014

Here’s a positive win-win piece of industry news as we enter the holiday season!

A recent Commercial Carrier Journal article states the American Trucking Association, through a partnership with “Hiring Our Heroes” is committing to hire 100,000 military veterans over the next two years.

The “Hiring Our Heroes” campaign launched in March 2011 to help veterans and their spouses find meaningful employment. Around 370,000 veterans have been hired to date.

How often in life do the pieces fall together so well? Here’s an industry in need of a large resource pool and a large resource pool of dedicated people looking to enter new workforce opportunities.

The ATA is going to use a different type of technology – Fastport’s JobMaps to help match potential employers with potential employees.

For the full article, click here.

Let it snow…..or make it stop?

Posted by: Deirdre O'Brien, November 20th, 2014

SnowflakeAn incredible amount of snow has recently fallen on the City of Buffalo. I’m sure we’ve all seen the images. Residents aren’t out of the woods just yet though, with one online news/weather site stating “the meteorological  kick-me sign” hasn’t fallen off just yet. A weekend warm-up may cause a rapid melt that could quickly turn to flooding.

Not to ring our own bell, our thoughts are with the residents of Buffalo as they grapple with what Mother Nature is doling out. We are, however, happy the City of Buffalo is using Webtech Wireless’ GPS/AVL fleet intelligence solution – Webtech Fleet Center, to manage their winter maintenance fleets. We’re also happy the residents of Buffalo have access to the mission-critical road condition information (including snow plow information specifically) their City is gathering using Webtech Wireless’ mobile government app, Webtech 511 to ensure residents can navigate the City armed with real-time information on which routes are best to use given the current weather conditions.

Real-time fleet intelligence solutions provide agencies with both the ability to optimize their winter maintenance operations and offer unparalleled transparency of customer service commitments to their customers. And in today’s world of instant access to all types of information, mobile applications like Webtech 511 make really good business sense.

Experience the benefits of Webtech 511 firsthand, download the City of Buffalo’s “Buffalo Roads Conditions” app from iTunes and Google Play stores and watch this fun, high-level video overview of Webtech 511 in action.

Could Webtech 511 benefit your agency? Get in touch with us today to find out.

GPS/AVL Fleet Management Solutions and Fuel Economy

Posted by: Deirdre O'Brien, November 20th, 2014

GasFuel accounts for 31% of operational costs in trucking. In a low-margin business like trucking, the effect of lowering fuel consumption by 5% can increase profitability by as much as 18%.

Reducing fuel consumption in your fleet is a never-ending challenge requiring sustained effort in driver training and feedback, vehicle maintenance, monitoring and management.  The impact of better fuel economy hits the bottom line immediately, freeing up resources for investment in the fleet, and in other parts of your organization. Driver behavior is the number one factor in fuel consumption and bad driving behaviour can increase fuel expenses between 5-15%. The good news is that this behavior can be corrected with access to accurate and timely GPS/AVL fleet intelligence and positive, bottom-line impacts can be seen fairly soon upon implementing minor corrections.


Unnecessary idling is the largest factor in how much fuel a fleet wastes. Idling for long periods of time – whether at a job site, a railroad crossing or pulled off to the side of the road– wastes fuel that could be saved by simply turning off the engine.  60 minutes of idling time is equal to 80-120 minutes of driving time and idling wastes one gallon of gas per hour. Reducing idle time by 10% can result in a 10-20% increase in fuel efficiency. Regulations at every level of government seek to reduce idling for both personal and commercial vehicles. Also, as in other regulated segments of the transportation industries, penalties can be steep.  A GPS/AVL fleet management solution can allow fleet managers to track fleet idling times and set alerts every time a vehicle exceeds a pre-determined idle-time threshold. Fleet managers can in turn, use this information to correct wasteful behaviors and lower overall fuel consumption.


If you’re not burning dollars while standing still, then chances are you’re burning them by going too fast. It’s a well-known, well-documented fact that speeding has a negative impact on fuel consumption. Studies have shown that reducing driver speed can lower fuel consumption by up-to 14%. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each 5 miles per hour driven above the speed limit has the net effect of increasing the cost of a gallon of gas by twenty cents.

Telematics solutions can provide automatic driver performance reports designed to show the percentage of time that each driver is speeding over defined thresholds. These reports give you all the visibility you need into what speeding is costing your organization. You can then use the reports to educate your drivers, devise policies to incentivize reduced driving speeds and to monitor performance improvements over time to entrench lower driving speeds.

Driver Behavior:

The way an individual drives a vehicle has a big impact on the overall fuel economy of the vehicle. While driver behavior would seem to be one of the factors most under our control, the reality is that it is hard to change people’s habits. The most effective way to obtain long –term driver behavior change is through training, ongoing monitoring and feedback.

GPS/AVL Fleet Management Solutions:

When a fleet is on the road, managers and office staff cannot know exactly where their vehicles are without constantly contacting the drivers. This lack of knowledge leads to inefficient dispatching:  vehicles far from the next customer site are often chosen to respond over vehicles which are much closer, wasting time and fuel.

GPS/AVL Fleet Management solutions deliver a wide-range of benefits, not the least of which is the ability to achieve greater fuel economy.

Would you like to start increasing your fuel economy using accurate, relevant data derived directly from your fleet of drivers? Let’s talk!

Mapping and Fleet Management

Posted by: Deirdre O'Brien, November 6th, 2014

MapMapmaking has been an integral part of human history for thousands of years. People have used maps as essential tools to help them define, explain and navigate their way through the world. This couldn’t be more true today with the prevalence of online and mobile device mapping tools.

Most telematics solutions represent vehicles as icons on a map. The accuracy of that data depends on the underlying map layer, how closely you are zoomed in, and the rate at which the vehicle telematics device is reporting back to your telematics solution.

Exactly how much information is shown, how often the map is refreshed, where the mapping information comes from and what layers are on the map are different from vendor to vendor. Accuracy is also dependent on your GPS receiver.

Digital Maps vs. Geographic Information Systems:

Digital maps display basic vehicle navigation information, which is often well-suited to simple track and trace applications, providing standard mapping data, street, address, latitude/longitude etc…

A GIS system is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, and manage data offering a more specialized and complete understanding and analysis of all aspects of the geography as it relates to a user’s fleet.  GIS mapping combined with a telematics solution allows users to create interactive queries (a user can ask questions such as is this location on the street? What street segments make up a district? Can you color the route my trucks have covered?), create maps, integrate information, and visualize scenarios resulting in a greater ability to solve complicated problems, present powerful ideas and develop more effective solutions.

The capabilities of a given telematics solution will depend on whether its underlying architecture is based on a mapping solution, a GIS solution or a hybrid of the two. It typically costs more to offer a GIS map layer, but as pointed out, the user is better able to solve complicated operational challenges. This is where a good analysis of your business needs will help you determine which path you take. Reducing up-front costs is very appealing, however, in the long term, full cost of ownership should dictate which solution best suits your needs.

GIS enabled telematics solutions typically offer sophisticated importing capabilities of GIS databases. If you are planning on incorporating your GIS information in a telematics solution, be sure your project plan includes the following:

  • You review your GIS databases with your vendor
  • Document which databases are going to be used in your telematics portal
  • Devise a plan for how you will initially import your GIS information into the telematics solution
  • Create a process where your GIS information is continually updated with your vendor’s solution.

Webtech Fleet Center is a fully comprehensive fleet management solution that seamlessly integrates GIS Mapping for advanced fleet intelligence. If you’d like to learn how Webtech Fleet Center can power-up your business, or if you are looking for advice on what solution is best for your needs, you can reach us here.

ELDs – The journey has only just begun!

Posted by: Deirdre O'Brien, October 23rd, 2014

MDT3500Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) are already an integral part of the trucking industry’s future, with a final FMCSA mandated adoption deadline anticipated at the earliest in the spring of 2017.

The proposed mandate has generated all sorts of discussion in the industry with camps on both sides of the opinion fence – those absolutely in favor and those absolutely not.

It’s clear that many details still need to be ironed out.

With all this talk about ELDs, speculation on what the final mandate will actually look like and how it might impact the transportation industry, have we spent any time considering the benefits ELDs may deliver well into the future?

Technology typically develops to meet an existing need or requirement and then evolves to encompass more and more. If you take the mobile phone as an example, early models offered basic phone services. Today’s mobile phone is a GPS, daily planner, game station, music player, movie viewer and a host of other services.

Given this standard model of technology maturation… what could the future ELD offer in the way of services?

We’ve given it a bit of thought. Click here to read more.

Are you ready for the ELD Mandate?  This infographic details the benefits of ELDs. If you’d like further reading, download our “Preparing for the FMCSA’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) whitepaper here.

Fleet Management by Exception

Posted by: Deirdre O'Brien, October 9th, 2014

ExceptionsAs more and more, fleet management data becomes available, fleet managers can easily find themselves stuck behind their desks, sorting through reports to locate the source of issues and concerns.

Fleet reporting is critical, and right from the initial days following implementation of a fleet management solution, the reporting data can help fleet owners/managers better understand their fleets and day-to-day challenges. Over time, however, the data can become mundane and less serviceable. Managing by exception is far more beneficial to the fleet owner/manager and entire organization – enabling fleets to deal with deviations from the norm quickly and efficiently.

Management by exception (MBE) is a practice in which only significant deviations from the plan or norm are brought to the attention of the management team. This ensures that management focuses only on those areas that require action – allowing them to hone in on the specific issues for rapid resolution.

Management by exception enables thinking and planning at the strategic level.

Fleet managers who manage by exception are notified only when, for example, a driver is nearing a violation, excessive driving behaviors are detected, or in the case of winter operations, an irregular amount of material such as salt is used on a particular street.

To avoid over managing exceptions, your organization should define thresholds that highlight only those results that require further action.

  1. Set thresholds that make sense – spend as much time as possible to ensure your thresholds are meaningful and sensible.
  2. Know when to stay away – when all processes are working leave them alone.
  3. Focus on eliminating the exceptions or factors that lead to exceptions so they don’t repeat. An exception that keeps coming back is counter-productive and perhaps requires a different approach.

Benefits of Management by Exception

  1. Saves management time and energy and allows for concentration on more important problems and issues
  2. Leads to a much better return on technology investment.
  3. Facilitates the engagement of specialised staff for highly routine jobs.
  4. Encourages workers to exercise their own judgement. As long as they are within established guidelines, they can continue working.
  5. Leads to identification of critical problem areas and rapid resolution.

Accountability-WordleThe principle of accountability dictates that government officials are responsible to their citizens for all decisions and actions and that those decisions and actions be accessible and open to public scrutiny. Without accountability and transparency, democracy is impossible. Accountability and transparency makes for good business too – together, these principles can save money, strengthen people’s trust in government and encourage greater public participation in decision-making.

Communicate your Service Level Agreements for Increased Accountability and Transparency

Service Level Agreements between service providers and customers clearly identify the services to be provided as well as their costs and priorities. Greater still – these documents highlight the mutual responsibilities of the parties involved – the government agency and its citizens, so the public is made an active participant in the services they are receiving.

Borrow Practices from Commercial Carriers for a Further Level of Detail

Government fleets can also borrow protocols the federal government has implemented to improve motor carrier safety for commercial fleets. Exemptions exist for state and local government fleets; however, pre and post-trip inspection reporting can promote safety and increase accountability amongst vehicle operators and maintenance personnel across the board.

Commercial carriers with vehicles that exceed a specific weight restriction are required by federal regulation to inspect their vehicles and document the results in a form prescribed by the federal government.  This form, the Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR), covers a wide-range of safety areas including brakes, steering mechanisms, tires, emergency equipment etc…The form also provides space for the driver to acknowledge that they reviewed the previous drivers DVIR. For more efficient and accurate methods of tracking, electronic logging is also available.

Sharing Service Level Agreements and utilizing protocols that are already in-place in other industries are just two ways government agencies can proactively increase safety, transparency and accountability, whereby developing a greater bond with the citizens who are making use of the services offered.

Webtech Wireless will be exhibiting at this year’s TransForum User Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee, September 21-24, 2014. Visit us at booth #227!

As always, the TransForum Conference will provide an incredible array of opportunities to network with leaders from various organizations and positions within the industry. Attending the event is your ticket to gain insights from many of these leaders, including Webtech Wireless on existing and emerging challenges, and the technology solutions and best practices that ensure your organization will come out on top.

Some of the more critical challenges faced by the industry that can impede or halt a carrier’s ability to grow:

Regulation: One of the most immediate concerns to industry stakeholders is the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate; however, there are several other regulatory mandates on the horizon that can potentially impact the industry.

Freight Pricing: Flat in 2013, consistent industry growth is required for pricing to improve.

Driver Availability:  The ATA forecasts the driver shortage will total roughly 239,000 by 2022. Eric Starks, President of FTR (Transportation Intelligence) states in a Commercial Carrier Journal article, “We are facing easily the largest collection of regulatory changes in history. There are 20 regulations already started or are coming into play that either take a driver out of the system, or cause a productivity dip that requires adding another driver.”

Given that technology plays an incredibly important role in addressing these top challenges – technology can enable regulatory compliance, technology can help optimize your business performance and improve bottom line results and technology can generate operational efficiencies that can offset driver shortages, it’s the perfect time to attend TransForum.

Would you like more info? Book an appointment with a Webtech Wireless solution expert!

Hope to see you there!