Waste Management Fleet Tracking

Waste management fleets are often large and complex, consisting of a wide variety of vehicles including trucks, trailers, containers, and other equipment. Tracking and managing this fleet can be a challenge, but telematics can help.

Telematics For the Waste Industry

The waste management industry is under constant pressure to improve fleet efficiency and reduce costs, and telematics plays a key role in helping waste companies achieve these objectives.

Waste management fleets are often large and complex, consisting of a wide variety of vehicles including trucks, trailers, containers, and other equipment. Tracking and managing this fleet can be a challenge, but telematics can help.

Telematics solutions for waste management fleets typically include GPS tracking, which allows companies to track the location of their vehicles and ensure they are being used in the most efficient way possible. Other features that can be useful for waste management fleets include asset tracking, maintenance scheduling, and driver behavior monitoring.

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MiX Telematics: Proud to Partner With the Waste Management Industry For a Safer, More Efficient Future

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MiX Telematics is a leading provider of telematics solutions for the waste management industry with solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of waste companies to help them improve fleet efficiency, reduce costs, and improve safety. No matter what type of waste management your fleet works in — residential, commercial, recycling, document handling, or anything else — there is a solution offered by MiX Telematics that will help improve morale, decrease collisions, correct dangerous or wasteful driver behavior, and otherwise reduce operational costs in a meaningful way.

If you're looking for a telematics solution for your waste management fleet, contact MiX Telematics today. We'll be happy to discuss your specific needs and recommend a solution that's right for you.

What Is Telematics?

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Telematics is the term used to describe the use of technology to track and manage vehicles and other assets. Telematics solutions for waste management fleets typically include GPS tracking, which can help companies track the location of their vehicles and ensure they are being used in the most efficient way possible. Other features that can be useful for waste management fleets include asset tracking, maintenance scheduling, and driver behavior monitoring.

Telematics can help waste management companies improve fleet efficiency and reduce costs by helping them track and manage their vehicles more effectively. In addition, telematics can also improve safety by providing waste companies with the ability to monitor driver behavior and identify potential safety issues.

MiX Telematics is a leading provider of telematics solutions for the waste management industry and can provide you with custom solutions for your fleet management needs.

Improve Service with MiX's Unique Waste Collection Management Fleet Solutions

MiX Telematics helps waste management organizations do more with less. Our solutions are designed to improve fleet utilization and help you meet your environmental targets while reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs. As a fleet manager, you can enjoy granular, real-time updates about every telematics-enabled vehicle in your fleet, identifying key cost savings opportunities and implementing improved best practices to reduce your operating costs.

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Minimize Environmental Waste with Sustainable Practices

MiX Telematics solutions can help you waste less and conserve more. With our unique combination of features, you can optimize your fleet to reduce fuel consumption, lower emissions, and save money. When a waste management fleet is operating at peak efficiency, fuel emissions are reduced, wear and tear on vehicles is reduced, and overall environmental waste is minimized.

Efficient Waste Disposal

MiX Telematics can help you increase the efficiency of waste disposal operations with our waste-to-energy solutions. By tracking and monitoring waste disposal trucks, you can optimize routes and ensure that waste is disposed of in the most efficient way possible. Many fleet managers are shocked to discover that their routing is much less efficient than they had previously believed, and in waste management, a driver will need to make several stops per day — along with disposal trips.

With MiX Telematics, you can be sure that each stop is being made in the most efficient manner possible.

Ensure Safety with Comprehensive Driver Monitoring

The waste management industry is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, and fleet safety is a top priority for waste management companies. MiX Telematics can help you improve fleet safety with our comprehensive driver monitoring solutions. Our waste management solutions can help you reduce accidents, lower insurance costs, and improve driver safety. Our solutions are designed to monitor all aspects of driver behavior, including speeding, harsh braking, and more.

We also offer an in-cab camera solution that can provide an extra level of protection for your drivers and your fleet.

Improved waste management reporting

One of the most complex aspects of tracking a fleet's performance is managing a useful reporting dashboard. Fortunately, fleet managers using MiX Telematics' platforms can enjoy a simple, in-depth dashboard that makes it easier to analyze the many data streams from active tracking devices and fleet vehicles, and utilize this data in a variety of ways. In addition to a robust analysis platform, reporting and presenting findings are made visually simple with our software.

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Reduced Fuel Costs

With our telematics platform, fleet managers can count on a reduction in fuel usage. Simply installing a waste management GPS tracking system has shown a repeatable 5% reduction in fuel costs, while a telematics platform results in a 7.5% reduction, and a combination of AI dash cams and vehicle telematics are shown to result in a 15% reduction in fuel costs. No matter what size your fleet of waste management trucks is, 15% is a significant reduction in costs — and with a fleet big enough, these savings alone are enough to pay for the telematics and AI platform.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

Waste trucks suffer from a lot of wear and tear due to frequent stopping and starting, loading and dumping, and more. Sometimes, routine maintenance is forgotten in this complex industry. However, with MiX Telematics, you can keep a closer eye on vehicle performance and maintenance needs, and schedule routine maintenance before small issues become big (and expensive) problems. The combination of AI dash cams and vehicle telematics has led to a 20% reduction in maintenance costs for our customers.

Improved Customer Service

A fleet manager isn't just responsible for keeping the fleet running — they're also responsible for ensuring that waste is picked up on time, and customers are happy. MiX Telematics can help you ensure that your drivers are sticking to their routes and making all of their stops on time. If a driver starts to deviate from their route or schedule, you'll be alerted so that you can take action.

With this level of insight, you can keep your customers informed about expected drop-off and pick-up times.

Real-Time Location & Activity Tracking

MiX Telematics waste management solutions provide you with real-time location tracking and activity monitoring for all of your waste management vehicles. With our waste management fleet tracking solutions, you can see where each vehicle is at any given time, as well as what they are doing. This information can be used to optimize routes, improve driver safety, and more.

Real-time location is helpful for a birds-eye view of your fleet as your drivers are operating in your service area, and alerts can be set if a fleet vehicle leaves a designated route or a certain boundary. Oftentimes, fleet managers are surprised to see how often there are variations in a set route for no reason — each of which often leads to increased fuel and operating costs. When a manager is able to keep real-time tabs on each vehicle, they can correct wasteful behaviors as they happen.

Driver Behavior Coaching

In addition to a fleet manager's ability to see where vehicles are in real-time, MiX Telematics offers a number of options for behavior monitoring, including in-cab alerts about unsafe driving behaviors, and even an AI-powered driving coach that can give real-time tips on safer, more efficient driving. With activity monitoring, fleet managers can be alerted to behaviors such as rapid acceleration, unsafe braking, and even in-cab behaviors like smoking, not wearing a seatbelt or distracted driving.

There are a number of different in-cab dash cam options including driver-facing, whole-cab view, and road-facing cameras, each of which provides a different range of benefits. When used in tandem, these cameras are highly effective at curbing dangerous behavior and improving safe driving habits, all while generating a significant return on the initial cost of investing in telematics.

The Benefits Are Clear

With the support of an AI dash cam and vehicle telematics, our customers have benefitted from a 60% reduction in collisions, a 25% increase in productivity, and a 25% reduction in insurance costs — all by gaining greater insight into driver behaviors, route optimization, maintenance schedules, and the other benefits of a robust telematics platform. Furthermore, the combination of telematics and AI dashcams has resulted in a 20% reduction in maintenance costs.

Our waste management solutions are designed to help you run your fleet more efficiently and effectively, while also improving driver safety and reducing environmental waste. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you improve your waste management operations.

How Telematics Works

Luckily for a fleet manager, installing and operating a telematics platform is simple once they are properly onboarded, but there are a number of components that go into a complete telematics system that are worth pointing out. 

  • Telematics History


    Telematics is a two-tiered system: communication, and information processing. Anyone with a smartphone has the ability to share their location, and any fleet manager with a computer can input data into a spreadsheet, but telematics is the seamless merging of the two pieces of technology in a way that allows for real-time communication and analysis — as well as improvement.

    In the 1960s, the United States government developed a ground-breaking technology known as the "Global Positioning System," or GPS. It wasn't until the 1990s that GPS became widely available, and now GPS is installed in our wristwatches, communication devices, maritime navigational tools, and of course, our vehicles, just to name a few of the many applications. At the same time that GPS was introduced to the general public, wireless communication was beginning to enter the fray.

    Even though both of these technologies have been available to the general public for 30+ years at this point, recent advances in things like data processing, cellular network coverage, and GPS accuracy in personal devices have led to groundbreaking improvements in the capabilities of telematics. Furthermore, Artificial Intelligence — a fairly new and emerging technology — has already blended seamlessly into our telematics platforms in ways that could have only been dreamed of less than a decade ago.

    While waste management might not be the first industry that comes to mind when thinking about telematics, the application of GPS tracking and real-time data analysis has revolutionized the way waste management fleets operate.

  • Telematics Hardware


    The hardware in a telematics device is, at minimum, a GPS device that relays factors such as location and speed to the fleet manager. There are a number of additional options when it comes to hardware, like dash cams, that can provide further data streams. This hardware is typically mounted to the OBD-II port (or, in the case of a larger truck, either a J1939 or J1708 port).

    In addition to the in-vehicle data collection and tracking devices, there must be a way to send this information wirelessly to the fleet manager's computer. This is done through a cellular data or satellite connection that pings the GPS information up to the cloud (or, in some cases, a private network if preferred by the fleet manager).

  • Telematics Sensors


    Other sensors can be installed in various locations around the vehicle such as accelerometers or gyroscopes that, when combined with other information such as the vehicle's moving speed and location, can determine things like unsafe accelerating or braking, fast turns, and other risky driving behaviors.

    In addition to targeting risky behaviors, these sensors and telematics devices can register information such as idling time, trip distance and duration, whether or not the seatbelt has been engaged in the vehicle, and can even alert the fleet manager to fault codes as they turn up. Gone are the days of getting under the dashboard of a fleet vehicle, plugging in a scanner, and looking up the code number — it's all right there on the telematics dashboard.

  • Telematics Software


    All of this information needs to be collected, processed and analyzed somewhere, and a simple yet robust dashboard is key for any fleet manager hoping to take action on all of the useful information that the telematics system is collecting. MiX Telematics' software is designed with large fleets in mind, and offers a number of features that are key for waste management operations including:

    • Route optimization
    • Driver behavior monitoring
    • Maintenance scheduling

    When it comes to waste management, telematics is a game-changer. With the ability to optimize routes, schedule maintenance, and monitor driver behavior, waste management fleets can save time and money while also improving safety and compliance.

Contact MiX Telematics To Discuss Your Waste Management Fleet Goals

If you're looking for a waste management telematics solution that can help you save time and money while also improving safety and compliance, contact MiX Telematics today. We'll work with you to understand your unique needs and create a custom solution that's perfect for your waste management fleet.

We offer a number of packages, and will be happy to go through each of these in order to identify the best fit for your fleet's unique needs based on factors like size, vehicle type, and the areas you hope to improve the most. Many people who are not tech-savvy may shy away from something as complex-sounding as "telematics," but the MiX Telematics team will be with you every step of the way to ensure a smooth transition into this exciting and beneficial technology.

There's no need to wait — contact MiX Telematics today to get started!

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