Monitoring Speed with Magnum AVL GPS Tracking Improves Profitability

Magnum AVL GPS Fleet ManagementYou may have heard excessive speeding can reduce fuel economy but few of us know how much it costs. We found some useful information compiled from DOE data.

Your vehicle’s fuel mileage decreases once it exceeds optimal speed. For most vehicles, this is happens at about 55 mph. Every time you go over this speed, you’re wasting fuel and money. A slight decrease in your highway driving speed can significantly reduce your fuel consumption.

Impact on Fleet Fuel Efficiency When Exceeding 55 MPH per DOEMagnum AVL Logo Truck and Map

According to studies backed by the DOE, the average fleet vehicle will be at its advertised peak efficiency MPG at 55 mph. As speed increases you can lose up to 28% of fuel efficiency when traveling at highway speeds.

The impact for every 5 mph increase is shown below:

3% less efficient at 60 mph
8% less efficient at 65 mph
17% less efficient at 70 mph
23% less efficient at 75 mph
28% less efficient at 80 mph

Magnum AVL Speed Reporting and Alerts Provide Driver Coaching

Our Magnum AVL GPS fleet management system has two types of speed alerts. The first is a high speed alert. Set the threshold at, for example, 70 mph and if a driver exceeds that threshold you can be notified (or get a daily report of all violations).

The second alert is “posted speed” alert. Set this alert to be triggered if a driver exceeds 12 mph over ANY posted speed limit on any road. Alerts can be sent to your email or phone but you may want to have a daily or weekly report sent to you showing all violations with exact time and location.

Here are short videos explaining how to setup alerts and reports to coach your drivers. Provide recognition to those with the least violations and watch your fuel bill drop next month.

Contact Anthony at our Dover office (302-734-9250 8-5pm EST) for more information and a demonstration. Our low cost wired and plug-in trackers can be purchased, leased, or rented without a long-term contract.

DOJ Announces 2017 Grant Program for Police Body-Worn Cameras

Applications due 2/16/17

Form 424 Application Deadline is February 16, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a 2017 Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Grant Program Solicitation with $17 million available. Applications from state and local government agencies must be submitted by 2/16/17. Police departments with less than 25 sworn officers can request up to $50,000 starting in October. The grant program includes multiple categories to insure funding is available for small and large law enforcement agencies.

Motorola Body-Worn Camera and Integrated Speaker-Mic Works with APX Radios

Video Speaker-Mic BWCThe new Motorola SI500 video speaker-microphone is the perfect solution for our APX radio customers. It uses the cloud-based CommandCentral Vault evidence management application that meets CJIS standards.

It is a smart device with touchscreen that provides fast and secure evidence transfer. The SI500 is a restricted MR product so we can only quote it to our Delaware and Maryland assigned accounts who purchase APX.

Download the 2017 DOJ Body-worn Camera Grant Program executive summary for more information. We ordered a SI500 demo and expect to have it in the next few weeks. Contact us for more info and a formal Motorola quote at our Dover, Delaware office.

Magnum AVL GPS Fleet Tracking Announcement

Magnum AVL - Improving Fleet Efficiency with GPS

New Features, Faster Updates, and Lower Price

GPS device technology has improved significantly since our Magnum AVL fleet management products were introduced in 2010. Cellular tower infrastructure changes require the replacement of some older trackers this year. We feel now is a good time to upgrade our product offering with new software features, faster updates, and the latest state-of-the-art hardware.

All of our new GPS devices have a backup battery that provides continuous tracking for almost an hour if power is lost. It will also show disconnect and reconnect alerts along with location data while unplugged. The new units also provide alerts for hard braking, acceleration, and direction changes.

Our new units update every 60 seconds plus every direction change providing significantly more data and improved accuracy. Alerts tied to exceeding posted speed of the road are now standard. Our new trackers use the Verizon Wireless network exclusively. Another improvement is a lifetime warranty on the tracker (except the backup battery) as long as the unit’s service plan is current.

Our new hardware is compatible with future driver log requirements, plug-in ECM cables, and other planned software enhancements.

Choice of AVL Fleet and Asset TrackersMVP260-3W Wired Device and Battery Backup

We will continue to offer a choice of trackers depending on your requirements. Our 260-­3W is wired to 12V DC, ground, and ignition. The wiring harness is compatible with 90% of our existing trackers for easy replacement. It has internal antennas, PTO sensor inputs, and the capability for future enhancements.

MVP160-PNP Plug-in GPS TrackerOur new 160-­PNP plugs into the OBD­-II port under the steering wheel of most cars, vans, and pickup trucks. It requires no installation and can be moved easily. For permanent installations an optional Y cable is available that hides the unit in the dashboard and provides an open OBD-­II port for service.

For special applications we have GPS devices that track bobcats, pavers, trailers, and other equipment with a 12V DC power source. These units track less frequently ­- 10 or 30 minute updates when moving or daily when stationary.  Battery backup will alert and track if stolen.  We also have battery powered trackers that update every 12 hours for assets without a power source.

Major User Interface Upgrade With Advanced Features

Magnum AVL Logo MapThe Amazon Cloud based user interface has been upgraded to provide advanced features and more alerts. All desktop functions can now be done from your smartphone.  We continue to use Google Maps with satellite, traffic, and street views.

Maps are easy to customize with landmarks, geofences, and custom icons. Our software generates 20+ management reports for vehicles, groups, or your entire fleet.  State mileage reports for IFTA class vehicles are supported.

Our data is stored in the cloud for 18 months for easy access.  All reports can be automatically generated and emailed to multiple recipients. You can print reports, download to a spreadsheet, or save to a .pdf file.

New Lower Magnum AVL Service Plan Pricing

Our 1­ minute update service plan is priced at $19.95 per month per vehicle. This is almost half the price of our competitors and we do not require a long term contract. We also offer a seasonal suspend plan to help with cash flow when not working.

Our lower cost 10 and 30 minute update service plans are available for our 460-EQ asset and 360-TT trailer trackers. Accountabilty of bobcats, pavers, and other job site equipment is easy when they are on the same map as your vehicles. For mobile assets without a power our 660-BAT battery-operated tracker will update every 12 hours.

The new enhanced hardware is not compatible with our existing legacy software. Magnum AVL customers and competitive users with a currentHow much is idling costing you? contract qualify for FREE or discounted hardware pricing. Most existing customers will get faster updates at a reduced monthly fee by upgrading their devices. We will continue to support our original Magnum AVL platform and offer features limited by the hardware platform.

We also have a 6 month rental program if you want to try GPS fleet management without a long term commitment. For a demonstration or if you have additional questions call our office at 302-734-9250 M-F 8-5pm EST or fill out the form below.

Magnum AVL Mobile Viewer Setup for Android and iOS Users

Magnum AVL GPS Tracking LogoOur latest Magnum AVL software release has been optimized for Android and iOS smartphones or tablets. There is no need to install an application – just log-in, bookmark it, and save it to your home screen.

Instructions to Set Up Your Mobile Device

  1. Open the browser on your phone or tablet and type in avl.magnumelectronics.com in the web address box not the search box.
  2. Log-in using your email address and password (same as desktop log-in).
  3. After you see your account information, bookmark it, name it Magnum AVL, and save to your home screen.
  4. Login and password will be saved providing one-touch access to your fleet info.

You can customize the default information and show the data most important to you. We recommend you delete the GPS device serial number and add the street address of the vehicle or asset location. (Located under Settings, Show)

Help with Setting up Your Phone or Tablet

The details to help your with setup are below. Depending on the version of your phone’s operating system, it may appear a little different.

How to Add a Website Icon to Your Home Screen (Apple iOS)

(*Due to the latest security updates in Apple iOS, you must use Safari Browser to add the icon to your Home Screen.)

Click on the link to Apple’s online support for more information.

Apple Setup

Magnum AVL Android Setup Instructions

Magnum AVL Android Setup

Magnum AVL Android Setup 2

Magnum AVL Android Setup 3

For more Android help visit the Mobile Pixels website.

Some Android devices look different than others depending on your operating system. Below is another Android option:

  1. Navigate to the preferred webpage
  2. Click the Menu button
  3. Click More
  4. Click Add Shortcut to Home

Magnum AVL GPS Reports Provide Powerful Fleet Data

AVL Reports Menu OptionsMagnum AVL GPS fleet and asset tracking provides reports with data that will help manage your fleet and reduce costsYour fleet data is available for up to six months with the option of downloading or emailing the reports in multiple formats. 

A couple clicks and drop down menus will let you select the report type, vehicle, time frame, stops, idle, speed, etc. Once the report is created it can be saved for future use and/or sent via email automatically.

Select the Best Magnum AVL GPS Fleet Management Report

The purpose of this article is provide a list of the most commonly used reports with a short description so you can become familiar with them. All of the reports are included with any of the Magnum AVL service plans.

Daily Details

Shows the stop time, move time, distance, # of stops, # of geofences, # of Input Alerts, # of Speed Alerts of each vehicle by day.

Magnum AVL GPS Daily Details Report

Summary

Shows the stop time, move time, distance, # of stops, # of geofences, # of Input Alerts, # of Speed Alerts of each vehicle for entire report period.

After Hours

Shows all of the movements for each vehicle between the start and end dates and between the hours specified in the report period.

All Geofences

Shows all of the Geofence Alerts that occurred for each vehicle between the start and end date and within the hours specified in report period.

All Input Alerts

Shows all of the Input Alerts that occurred for each vehicle between the start and end date and within the hours specified in report period.

All Speed Alerts

Shows all of the Speed Alerts that occurred for each vehicle between the start and end date and within the hours specified in report period.

All Stops

Shows all of the stops that occurred for each vehicle between the start and end date and within the hours specified in report period.

Magnum AVL GPS All Stops Report

Landmark

Shows all of the current landmarks for this account with the times each vehicle entered and exited the landmark ordered by date.

Landmarks by Vehicle

Shows when each vehicle entered and exited landmarks.

First/Last Trip By Day

Shows the start and stop times of the first and last trips of each of the days in the start/end date range.

All Trips By Day

Shows the start and stop times of all the trips of each of the days in the start/end date range.

First/Last Location By Day

Shows the first movement and last movement of each vehicle on each day.

Idle Time

Shows the amount of time a vehicle has been idling (ignition on without movement).

Magnum AVL Idle Time Report

State Mileage

Distance each vehicle travels in each state over the selected period of time.. Magnum AVL State Mileage for IFTA

Consolidated Trip Report

This is a summary of all trips and includes trip distance, trip time, idle time, and trip start and stop. In order for this report to work, the ignition wire must be connected.

AVL GPS Consolidated Trip Report

Location History

Will display vehicle movement events, ignition events, geofence events, stop events, over speed events, etc.  Included in the report are time and date stamps for each event, as well as address, latitude/longitude, distance, and heading. Use this for backup detail with the State Mileage Report for IFTA audits. You must check the box “show addresses” to provide the required detail.

Magnum AVL Location History Report

Workday Summary

A comprehensive report that summarizes start time, move time, stop time, idle time, end time, and total elapsed time during the reporting period.

Workday Summary Report

Workday Daily Details

In addition to the data included in the Workday Summary, this report includes start and end addresses and off duty time during the reporting period.

Workday Daily Details Report

New Features Added to Magnum AVL GPS Web Interface

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Fleet Management Software Enhancements Continue with New Release

We are proud to announce the latest release of Magnum AVL 2.0 GPS fleet and asset tracking software. MAVL 2.0.15 includes new features based on your requests and feedback. Our goal is to provide the best fleet management user interface that is simple, powerful, and economical.

New Work Day Summary & Work Day Detail Reports

The Workday Summary Report indicates Start time, Move time, Stop time, Idle time and End time for each day in the reporting period. The total elapsed time for the reporting period is displayed. Elapsed time is defined as the time period from the first Ignition On and the last Ignition OFF.

Magnum AVL Workday Summary ReportThe Workday Daily Details Report below contains everything in the workday summary report and also includes the Start and End addresses.

Magnum AVL Workday Daily Details Report

Low Battery & Power Reconnect Alerts Added

Low Battery Alert Set-upYour vehicle can now send a text message or email when the battery is low. The power reconnect alert has been added for our soon to be announced OBD-II Plug-in MVP1000 GPS tracker, but can also be used to alert if the power is disconnected for other reasons.

These new alerts work with any of our Magnum AVL GPS fleet trackers.

Control Panel Now Shows Heading and Odometer Columns

Magnum AVL Control Panel HeadingA new column has been added to the control panel that shows the vehicle heading. This is helpful to determine which direction the vehicle is travelling. There is also column that shows vehicle mileage. You can customize the control panel to add/delete the columns you prefer to view.

Two New Landmark Sizes Improve Reporting

Magnum AVL GPS  Landmark Sizes Adding landmarks (and geofences) is the key to getting the most out of your GPS investment. Landmarks are map icons you frequently visit such as your own location, suppliers, and customers. Landmarks provide additional data for fleet management and are a powerful tool to increase fleet efficiency.

XSmall and XXSmall options have been added to the Radius dropdown menu of the New Landmark window in the Map tab. The XSmall is 40 meters in radius, and the XXSmall is 15 meters.

Free Training Webinars Continue

A live webinar with our dedicated training specialist can be scheduled at your convenience using your Magnum AVL account and fleet data. We encourage you to take advantage of this free service. Send us an email and we will get it set up for you.

If you don’t see the new features on your computer hover over the Help link in the upper right corner. If it is not 2.0.15 refresh your browser by pressing F5. You might have to close your browser too.

Emergency and Lone Worker 2-Way Radio Features

Emergency Alert

Responding to accidents or hazardous spills require fast decisions. Vertex Standard is focused on improving basic voice 2-way radio communications by adding features to increase safety in the workplace. Their emergency feature can be enabled easily in the radio programming software at no extra cost.

Emergency Alerts Can Be Programmed with Various Configurations

Your personnel can request help by pushing a radio button that will instantly alert their supervisor or co-workers. Alerts can be programmed with many options depending on your specific needs. Display radios will show the radio ID and continue flashing or the screen can be programmed to blank out and become silent for discreet requests. Alerts will time out after 5 minutes or keep trying for as long as 60 minutes. The microphone will open so those on the channel will hear the surrounding area without the user having to push the transmit button.

Lone Worker Radio Feature

The lone worker feature by Vertex Standard is available in the entire portable and mobile product line except the VX-5500/6000 series. Lone workers in remote or hazardous areas can activate the feature when needed. Depending on the radio programming, scheduled intervals from 5 – 80 minutes will remind the lone worker to check-in using the PTT (push-to-talk) button. If the pre-warning tone is ignored, the radio will enter emergency alert mode.

Auto-Range Transpond System (ARTS) Feature by Vertex Improves Safety

When two-way communications are critical, Vertex-Standard has a unique feature that provides a notification if in or out of range of the base or other radio users. The feature called Auto-Range Transpond System (ARTS) is available with VX-231 portables or VX-2100 mobiles and above.

ARTS Automatic Polling Range Indicator

Designed for lone-worker safety or search & rescue team accountability, the option must be programmed using radio programming software. It is basically an automatic polling system and can be set up for 25 or 55 second intervals. A short beep notifies the radio user of being in range. If out of range more than two minutes a short triple beep will be heard. When using a display radio there will also be a brief “IN RANGE” or “OUT RANGE” message on the LCD.

 ARTS II Enhancement Includes Monitoring By Unit ID

The VX-450 series portables and VX-4500/4600 mobile radios have the capability of ARTS II. It uses MDC-1200 signalling to show which radios are in range. ARTS and ARTS II are not cross-compatible.