In the construction industry, fleet idle time can amount to enormous money wasted, that’s why resource management is so important.

Enter telematics and a partnership between Ford Motor Co.,, and Telogis, The companies have introduced the new generation of Ford’s factory-fit commercial telematics platform; Ford Telematics powered by Telogis.

This provides information and metrics about vehicle and driver performance that can help drive efficiencies and productivity for companies with mobile workers. The new brand offering will replace Ford’s existing Ford Crew Chief powered by Telogis telematics brand and product in the U.S. and Canada.

Ford Telematics leverages Ford-exclusive data from the vehicle, giving Ford customers visibility into the work day of every driver or technician in the field—helping them to run more efficient routes and save on fuel, provide better service to their own customers, and encourage safe driving habits with features such as audible in cab alerts for speeding, hard braking, harsh acceleration, and more.

Speaking to Constructech magazine Greg Dziewit, vice president commercial OEM (original-equipment manufacturer), Telogis, says, “You want to invest in an OEM solution—OEMs are more advanced, so you’ll get a more mature level of diagnostics.”

Ford Telematics powered by Telogis is designed for any size commercial fleet and is deeply integrated with Ford commercial vehicles. It provides exclusive metrics and insights and is available factory-fit or after market, giving fleets access to actionable analytics such as dashboards and improved reports detailing key metrics including fuel use, driver and vehicle performance, route compliance, and more.

Ford Telematics is available today in the U.S. and Canada for 2009 or newer models of the Ford Super Duty, F-150 pickups, Ford Transit, Transit Connect, E-Series Vans, and 2013 or newer Ford Interceptor sedan and utility models.

The system will be introduced on F-650/F-750 trucks for the 2016 model year.

Additionally, Ford Telematics will be available around the world for Ford commercial customers shortly.

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