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Q. With a number of regulations related to trucking being relaxed, many of my drivers (and a few of my executives) are questioning why we’re even bothering to collect telematics data. What should I tell them?

A. While it’s understandable that in today’s relaxed regulatory atmosphere questions related to compliance and data would come up, it’s important to note to your drivers and stakeholders that for today’s trucking operations—particularly in the age of COVID-19—data is critical to overall efficiency.

In fact, responding to the current crisis without data would have proven to be incredibly challenging, highlighting that data is vital in times like these.

The power of data access through telematics technology is helping enable drivers and companies to adopt and adjust to the demands of physical distancing and other new COVID-19-related protocols. When fleet data is integrated with business processes, companies are better positioned to automate processes and procedures related to contactless delivery. Companies are also mitigating their risk of exposure by using telematics applications for automated customer notifications for delivery or service completions.

Far from being a burden or a hindrance to business operations, data-driven solutions are helping companies be resilient—and save jobs—by providing optimized territories and routes, improving delivery times for essential businesses and assisting in recovery strategies as shuttered businesses begin to reopen efficiently and safely.

Expert Bio

Answered by : Scott Sutarik from Geotab

VP, Commercial Vehicle Solutions

Scott Sutarik is the VP of Commercial Vehicle Solutions at Geotab Inc. He has extensive experience within the truck manufacturing industry, specializing in medium duty and heavy duty trucks. He previously worked in sales and marketing at Navistar Inc. where he supported over 700 dealerships, worked with suppliers and telematics providers, and managed the OnCommand Connection Program. With his expertise in telematics, regulatory compliance, engine diagnostics, and alternative fueled vehicles, Scott provides training and works with Geotab's partners to develop leading-edge fleet management solutions for the trucking industry.

Scott Sutarik is the VP of Commercial Vehicle Solutions at Geotab Inc. He has extensive experience within the truck manufacturing industry, specializing in medium duty and heavy duty trucks. He previously worked in sales and marketing at Navistar Inc. where he supported over 700 dealerships, worked with suppliers and telematics providers, and managed the OnCommand Connection Program. With his expertise in telematics, regulatory compliance, engine diagnostics, and alternative fueled vehicles, Scott provides training and works with Geotab's partners to develop leading-edge fleet management solutions for the trucking industry.

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