The Bureau de l’efficacité et de l’innovation énergétiques has studied the effects of eco-driving on fuel consumption. Results were compelling as one month after training, drivers reduced average fuel consumption in the order of 9.5% on the highway and 11% in the city. The pilot project also demonstrated that without driver feedback, old habits return within 6 months after training, whereas feedback helps maintain the gains and thereby fuel economy.
What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? Objects connected to the Internet via WiFi, software processing data in real time and actions automatically triggered based on set parameters, requiring no human intervention. The applications are endless: a parent receiving a text message when his child comes home from school thanks to an RFID transmitter in his backpack; a mechanic being dispatched to replace a part on a truck after an alarm has been triggered by a diagnostic trouble code (DTC); a customer receiving an invoice by email minutes after signing the electronic delivery slip on the carrier’s tablet; a technician recovering an expensive tool forgotten on the road during his work shift thanks to automated monitoring of equipment inventory aboard his utility vehicle. The solution ISAAC InControl is in line with the Internet of Things trend by providing real-time connectivity to improve communication and productivity for vehicle fleets. Managers can access information crucial to operational decision making. " ISAAC solutions enable fleet operators to achieve unmatched levels of performance and productivity in terms of fuel economy, safety, compliance and operational optimization. ISAAC can really make a difference for these organizations’ profitablility."says Jacques DeLarochellière, president of ISAAC Instruments. In his article published in Le Soleil, Yves Therrien quotes Tony Olvet, Vice President of the research domains team at IDC Canada, who states that "Entrepreneurs seeking competitive advantages must join the parade for reorganizing certain activities. Otherwise, their organizations will lag behind world innovators already using new applications ."
If telematics is simply a black box to you, then you are probably not racing cars or managing a commercial vehicle fleet.
During the most recent NAFA conference, three fleet managers and users of vehicle telemetry came to demonstrate its potential through their experiences.
The Quebec Department of Transportation (MTQ) launched in February 2014 the Écocamionnage Program. This program provides financial support to freight businesses that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
ISAAC Instruments’ new solutions have been evaluated, approved, certified and are now on the list of eligible technologies of the MTQ’s program. The subsidy covers 30% of the acquisition and installation costs of an ISAAC solution, up to $900 per vehicle.
Located at the 240 Fréchette in Chambly since September 2012, the ISAAC team is experiencing continuous growth. That is why the first sod for the construction of its premises expansion was held on July 2nd. Construction should be completed by November 1st 2014.
«As race car, trucking is a highly competitive environment. In race car, we need to fetch milliseconds. In fleet management, we must get every fraction of a dollar of economy». Read the article published in the June 2014 issue of the Transport Routier magazine (in French).
After telematics, the trucking industry is heading straight for telemetry. This is the technology of the future. Why? Read the article by Bernard Gauthier in the June 2014 issue of Transport Magazine to find out (in French).
As Alain Castonguay reported in the June issue of Transport Magazine, drivers can now communicate with the outside environment through ISAAC’s new solutions (in French).
On Friday May 2, ISAAC Instruments launched its new vehicle telemetry solutions at the Chateau Frontenac. For the event, ISAAC’s team invited carriers to a cocktail.
ISAAC Instruments launched on Thursday, April 24 its new solutions ISAAC InMetrics and ISAAC InControl designed to push the limits of performance and productivity of organizations operating a fleet.
The event took place at the Panoramic Hall of the Science Centre in Old Port of Montreal.
The ministère des Transports du Québec is offering a subsidy that can be used for the purchase and installation of an ISAAC Instruments telemetry system. The subsidy amounts to 30% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $900 per vehicle. This funding program is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the road freight transport industry.
In Transport Magazine’s March editorial, chief editor Steve Bouchard reminds readers how ISAAC Instruments’ systems have allowed transporter Groupe Robert to pinpoint the factors that lead to fuel economy. In the magazine’s same edition, journalist Nicolas Trépanier’s feature article describes the measures taken by Groupe Trans-West to get the most out of every litre of gasoline, and describes how ISAAC Instruments telemetry is the driving force behind this initiative.
A proposed amendment to the electronic logbook regulations in the U.S. was published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 28th, 2014. The 256 page proposal includes the requirement for drivers traveling across different states to be equipped with an electronic logbook that connects to the vehicle’s on-board computer (ECM). This requirement also applies to Canadian drivers travelling to the U.S.
The public hearings are to take place over a two month period, after which comments will be reviewed and final regulations will be published towards the end of 2014. Once regulations are adopted, transporters using paper logbooks will need to conform within two years, and those using electronic logbooks will have four years to update their systems for compliance.
This month, ISAAC Instruments is launching a new range of solutions that comply with the new U.S. regulations, as well as Canadian standards.