For the construction industry, vehicle-diagnostic monitoring and fleet-tracking software is helping to reduce the amount of fuel spent on a job. Imagine the possibilities when an entire state department uses this technology for fleet management.

The state of Arkansas is one such example. With roughly 2,400 state vehicles used in highway maintenance, transportation, administration, construction, and law enforcement, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Dept., www.arkansashighways.com, Little Rock, Ark., was looking for a way to improve the efficiency of its fleet.

In December, Networkfleet, www.networkfleet.com, a Verizon Communications Inc., company, San Diego, Calif., announced it is working with the transportation department to implement the Networkfleet GPS fleet-tracking system. For the state of Arkansas, this will help determine how to best use of the fleet, track location, and improve efficiency.

How does this technology work? Networkfleet combines vehicle-diagnostic monitoring with an online GPS fleet-tracking system to improve efficiency by reducing fuel use, emissions, and maintenance. The combination of improved vehicle and operational efficiencies ultimately leads to a better bottomline.

In particular, the public agency says the technology will help evaluate vehicle usage, identify problems early in its maintenance program, and reduce overall operating costs. The system also addresses another top priority for public agencies today—increased accountability.

As Keith Schneider, president and CEO, Networkfleet says, the state is looking to achieve accountability for fleet expenses and Networkfleet’s reporting capability gives the department the information it needs to understand how different vehicles in varying districts are being used and how to apply that information to improve fleet efficiency.

Looking at the high costs associated with maintaining and managing a fleet of vehicles today, vehicle-diagnostic technology can help improve efficiency and equipment usage.