Navman Wireless is offering a new GPS-based speed monitoring service for its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system through a partnership with SpeedGauge, a provider of speed management analytics.

The new option, available for fleets in the U.S. and Canada, combines the two companies' technologies to help fleet operators reduce risk, fuel consumption and maintenance costs by detecting violations of posted speed limits and company speed policies.

Available as an add-on to any of Navman Wireless' monthly subscription packages, the SpeedGauge service enables fleet managers to:

-Establish thresholds for driving over posted speed limits (e.g. 3 mph over for city, 7 mph over for highway), with different settings for cars, trucks and hazmat vehicles.
-Set limits and thresholds for private roads, truck yards and other locations outside of standard speed zones, and create custom speed zones with electronic geofences.
-Receive daily, weekly or monthly emails that list the time, date, location, speed limit, actual speed and other key data for each speeding incident.

Through the SpeedGauge site, users have the ability to sort by parameters such as vehicle and incident. They can also access a variety of trend reports, including charts and graphs providing at-a-glance information on speed violations and improvements over time. Reports are archived online for a year and can also be imported by the fleet operator for longer recordkeeping.

"Driving speed has traditionally been a wild card in fleet management because fleet operators have had no way to measure this aspect of driver behavior," says Renaat Ver Eecke, vice president and general manager, Navman Wireless North America. "Yet speeding corresponds directly to accidents, fuel efficiency, and vehicle wear and tear. With SpeedGauge, managers can zero in on habitual speeders, use the information to corrective action, and dramatically reduce speeding incidents and related risk and costs through training and policy enforcement."

A study by SpeedGauge found that using speed monitoring to pinpoint and correct speeding behavior can reduce speeding incidents by up to 67%, substantially decrease accident risk and associated costs, and lower both fuel consumption and annual maintenance expenses. The findings are based in part on EPA data indicating that driving 10 mph over the limit increases fuel consumption by 15%. Reducing speeding on roads with speed limits over 55 mph alone saves an average of $21,000 to $80,000 per vehicle in fuel bills, according to EPA calculations.