I am posting this on behalf of a member, rdeKranis, who wrote:
"Is anyone capturing idle time? If so, how are you extracting it and how are you reporting it?"
I am answering on behalf of a fleet manager, ddeVries, who wrote:
"We're using GPS data but we also apply analysis to accurately assess what idle time is necessary, e.g. PTO, emergency lighting etc. We report on a monthly basis."
I am replying on behalf of aleszczewski, who wrote:
"I have also seen reporting generated based on a fuel consumption algorithm to calculate idle time. This is especially useful when trying to keep up preventative maintenance on a truck fleet with high idle times."
I'm responding on behalf of fleet manager, Jcade, who wrote:
"When looking at your original question I was not sure if you were talking about engine idle time or idle vehicle time (unit not being used). After thinking about it for a minute my answer would be the same either way as most GPS of in cab communication systems (PeopleNet / Qualcomm) provide answers to both questions. The reporting I currently use provides engine idle time in total, total engine on time as well as a idle time as a percent of total engine on time. This comparison is important to understand how vehicles are being used and which drivers are idling the most. Other data collected by the systems can be on same report showing actual miles driven during the period versus fleet management systems that only show loaded miles or calculated driven miles."
I'm responding on behalf of a logistics analyst, SFhussaini, who wrote:
"GPS data can help in great details, if you have "Motion sensor" with your GPS solution. you can easily take out information for Vehicle Idling. Improvement in Vehicle Idle makes great impact on operation and even on Fuel Consumption."
I'm responding on behalf of rdeKranis who wrote:
"What system(s) are you using to extract this data? Are you collecting this data from all of your vehicles"
You're not directly capturing idle time from the vehicle's ECM then, correct?
"So GPS is giving you total idle and you extract from that "necessary idle time'? e.g. PTO, emergency lighting etc.?"
I am responding on behalf of fleet manager, cburgeson, who wrote:
"Some idle time is acceptable, but as the Fleet Manager, I don't have time to parse through all the data. Exception reporting is the answer. We pull our serious offenders (example: daily idle time over 1 hour) in an exception report that shows the same data as James mentions above: idle time vs. total drive hours, and what percent of the total operating time is idling."
We are using Telematics to collect the data, and extracting it into SAP.
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