Data is becoming an increasingly imperative resource, with the saying “data is becoming more valuable than oil” a phrase frequently echoed on digital platforms. The great thing about ground support fleet telematics data, is it not only allows you to increase your safety compliance, have a big picture overview of your operations and manage your workforce, but significantly cut your ground handling operations costs as well. With GSE fleet telematics, digital information is available 24/7, giving ground support management teams access to details about ground support fleet vehicles and operators when needed. The connectivity of telematics allows information to be captured and organized from operations and sensor data, making it available in both real-time and stored for future use. This connectivity brings together the exact cost information management needs to keep ground support operations profitable. Learn about the many ways you can cut your ground handling costs by utilizing fleet telematics data: How fleet telematics data is collected The information gathered by the ground support equipment fleets’ on-board data-logger is sent via wireless communications to a cloud-based server. An antenna on each vehicle transmits the stored data through cellular networks. Simultaneously, information locating vehicles through GPS (Global Positioning Systems) is transmitted through a separate antenna. The GPS time-stamped data is combined with data from the data-logger to provide integrated information about fleet location and movements. GPS data also enables setting custom geo-fencing parameters, which helps regulate vehicle movement and speed within certain airport areas. Through cellular network communications, this data can be easily accessed wherever Internet service is available. The data collected and transmitted is processed through a proprietary software application, then organized and presented in an information dashboard. The success of a fleet management system depends greatly on how information is represented to the final user. The raw data coming from on-board sensors and GPS would be useless in its original form. Good information dashboards present data visually in formats that can be understood intuitively. This makes information easy to interpret and allows for quick analysis and decisions. The software organizes real-time details and data history, which are displayed in a variety of screen views and report formats. Instant alerts can also be scheduled when helpful. The information dashboards can be viewed through a desktop computer and tablet, with more limited views through a mobile device. Ground handling management is able to review fleet status and vehicle activity at anytime where internet access is available. Reduce ground support equipment fuel expenses One of the most impactful ways that fleet telematics data can help cut ground handling operations costs is with the automatic idle shut down feature. The expected idle time of a ground support vehicle with a default of 15% utilization is approximately 11,250 hours over five years. With the automatic idle shut down feature available with Level 3 of the Avro Tracker fleet telematics, fuel expenses can be reduced by $33,750 CAD over a period of five years (by about 30%). Controlling GSE fuel use substantially reduces operational costs. Features to automatically turn-off idling vehicles are possible because the vehicle sensors know when a vehicle is unoccupied and a certain time has lapsed. The cost savings come not only from using less fuel, but also from minimizing vehicle wear (to extend asset life) and preventing excess use-hour charges. Cut costs with digitization Digitization cuts ground handling costs in many ways, with one of them being by going paperless. With Avro Tracker Level 3, ground handlers can save $286 CAD/day on average by going paperless, adding up to $4,983 CAD over five years. The savings don’t stop there. With fleet telematics data, ground handlers reduce their chances of receiving fines by using an operator checklist/card ID for appropriate access to equipment. With GSE fleet telematics data, ground handlers also receive notifications for preventative maintenance to help to reduce potential downtime – an inconvenient expense ranging from a few hundred dollars to thousands, depending on the length of time and situation. Cut costly ground handling operator behaviors Digital ground support equipment fleet data provides an accurate view of each operator’s driving record through time logs, speed records, and instant impact reports. With this data history, along with easily-accessed compliance records, ground handling management can recognize good performance and easily identify areas for improvement or operators who may need additional training. This reduces the chances of future costly incidents occurring on the tarmac. Enhanced data for future savings As if the operational savings noted above weren’t enough, the data logged with fleet tracking telematics can be utilized for further cost savings. Through the replay features and data history feature, ground handling managers can easily see a view of past vehicle travel patterns, and an analysis of vehicle use and response times. This big picture view through logged data can give ground handlers the intel they need for future decision making. For example, it may be identified that certain equipment in the ground support fleet may not be being utilized to full potential, and may not even be necessary in the fleet to begin with. Logging vehicle use-hours also helps plan future investments for ground support equipment fleets. In addition, management also knows when maximum hours are approaching on lease contracts, or when preventive maintenance is due. This operational data helps ground support teams continually find new ways to reduce costs, grow in capacity, and stay profitable in a market with increasingly tight margins and growing demands. Avro GSE is one of North America’s full-service ground handling equipment suppliers, with a 25-year history of equipment sales and support, we know the urgency of reducing downtime and we understand the pressing need for immediate support. For ground handlers and major airlines who are facing tighter deadlines, increased turnarounds and increasing pressure to meet on-time departures, Avro GSE offers innovative and cost-effective solutions with leading-edge GSE equipment, a comprehensive fleet management system and maintenance packages that enable our customers to service the most demanding environments safely and efficiently. Avro GSE is challenging the status quo in the aviation industry by delivering a complete package so our customers can capitalize on synergies between our service offerings and achieved efficiencies, visibility, reliability, and compliance within their fleet.