Sarah Dwyer

Sarah Dwyer
Sarah is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Sensium NZ and loves all things Telematics. "I am genuinely interested to see how our industry is shaping the future with breakthroughs for driver safety and business optimisation, it makes a tangible difference - technology at its best." Aside from work Sarah is all about the outdoors and getting as much of it as she can. Sarah's last escapade was to Great Barrier - what a gem! BTW - she happily revisits her path taken on her GPS View App so she can go back and visit her trip highlights (one of the perks of the job!)
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Making accurate data-based decisions you can rely on with TruePath Tracking™

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Sep 18, 2019 8:40:33 AM


TruePath Tracking

When researching telemetry, before you even start talking price or features, ensure the provider has the groundwork right:

  • RCM approved hardware - to avoid hefty fines (see footnote) 
  • End to end data encryption -  to protect your vehicle data 
  • Complete vehicle history (TruePath Tracking™)

It is difficult to envision making good decisions in the absence of data. Every aspect of running a profitable business, including fleet safety and efficiencies, is dictated by facts about the performance of your fleet operations.

Monitoring and collecting vehicle data has become the norm, but some companies are doing a better job than others. ArmadaGPS is able to gain accurate vehicle data into ground realities for driver behaviour that help inform overall fleet management and contribute to strategies better aligned to business objectives.

Is a GPS tracker enough?

You may already be using a GPS tracker for improved driver safety and fleet management. But are you equipped with the accurate vehicle data to fully understand the risks as well as efficiencies your fleet could be making? Or know what happened in the event of a speeding ticket or worst case scenario - a car crash? The TruePath Tracking™ feature of ArmadaGPS enables the full data to continuously flow through all reports, alerts and playbacks to ensure the customer is getting the big picture on it’s fleets’ movements.

TruePath Tracking™, our proprietary technology, brings driving behaviours to light with a second-to-second visibility of peak speeds changes along a route. Unlike other GPS tracking products, which collect individual points of data at predetermined times, TruePath Tracking™ constantly monitors and collects important vehicle data. The continuous flow allows for no data gaps to occur so the full picture is available not intermittent speed recordings that make up an incomplete picture. This is crucial to maximising efficiencies in your business. A complete picture of driving behaviour and trends like average and top driving speed is necessary for accurate conclusions on how vehicles are being driven every day and of course, ‘what went wrong’ so the best course-for corrective action is taken to minimise the risk of future events.

Speed is one of the major contributors of fatal crashes, (source: Ministry of Transport) with high-risk drivers making up 34% of all at-fault drivers in fatal crashes. Driver speed is a key risk that must be addressed by fleet managers and drivers.

When the driver of your vehicle had no part to play in the crash, the data is useful in helping you limit liability and develop appropriate responses for future incidents.

Accurate data on driver’s speeding and speeds is not the only reason why TruePath Tracking™ is worth investing in. If your GPS tracker only polls data every 200 to 500 metres, you may well be being seeing gaps in your data, and miss out on behavioural trends that need addressal. Daily and monthly reports that gather ALL the critical data can help fleet managers make better, more informed decisions about the safety and operational efficiencies of their fleet. Live vehicle tracking, reports and alerts with TruePath can plug gaps and offer relevant, business-specific insights.

You can also easily gauge if expected behaviours are being followed. If you suspect a link between behavioural trends and days of the week or peak seasons, data can validate or refute it. Data from TruePath Tracking™ can point you to opportunities that bring about greater process efficiency or alert you to an overlooked aspect of fleet management. Actionable vehicle data also offers a means to understand if your actions and strategies are actually being supported by the ground reality. You don’t have to wait for financial data and performance scores to start addressing inefficiencies and problematic behaviours proactively.


The RCM tick indicates that our TRACKbox products are compliant with the Australia and New Zealand radio-communications and Electro Magnetic Compatibility (ENC) standards. As of 1 March 2013, any device needs RCM approval Regulatory Compliance Mark to show the device has been checked to determine Telco approval, electrical safety compliance, and EMF radioactivity testing. This applies to all devices being retailed.



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ArmadaGPS with Truepath Tracking™ optimises road user charges (RUC)

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Sep 3, 2019 1:27:37 PM


RUC charges blog


Does your business use diesel-powered vehicles? Road User Charges (RUC) may be a component of your overall business costs. The revenue from road user charges pays towards things like road maintenance, and safety. Even as you do your bit to help assure our roads are well-maintained and safe, you may also be concerned at how quickly road user charges are adding up in your business

ArmadaGPS makes RUC charges easier to manage

ArmadaGPS with Truepath Tracking™ collects driver data second-by-second by following the exact path taken by your drivers’ throughout their entire journey. This information is available to your fleet managers 24/7. At any given point of time, fleet managers can check on the fleet, confirming vehicles are where they’re required to be, and identify issues that can potentially cause delays. Beyond the benefits of providing full visibility into vehicle activity and providing quick updates to affected customers, ArmadaGPS can help reduce road user charges by ensuring that you’re only paying for on-road usage.

How does it work?

All vehicles that are required to pay road user charges must display distance licences. Haulage businesses need a system to ascertain the number of off-road kilometres logged by their fleets. Without this information, it is not possible to recover off-road charges. ArmadaGPS collects all the off-road data on the distance-based report.

ArmadaGPS distance-based reports provide the exact distance travelled so that the distance licences can be renewed. The ArmadaGPS vehicle tracking distance-based alerts for RUC charges work alongside a ‘Zebra’ RUC label machine. Once the label machine is purchased then businesses can print what licences they needs, when they need it, an end to end solution that puts control into the hands of the fleet manager. Vehicles must always have a current RUC licence. When the RUC distance is reached a new licence is required (source: NZTA)

ArmadaGPS also simplifies verification for time sheets and billing, as well as truck maintenance alerts. For urgent or high-consequence deliveries, the ability to receive smartphone push alerts about your fleet is invaluable. Fleet managers can also opt to receive email alerts.

Other useful information that you can run as formal reports include time on site and time to site, mileage and daily activity. They can be emailed at schedules of your preference or run on demand.

RUC increases affect margins

As of July 1 2019, the road user charge for light diesel vehicle owners is $62.61 per 1000 kilometres. For transport operators, an increase in road user charges for heavy or light diesel will likely affect margins unless they pass the costs on to consumers. Changes in tax and fuel prices are typically addressed as adjustments in freight rates. However, in a competitive landscape, transport operators may think twice about competing on price if that means compromising on their long-term profits (source: NZ Truck & Driver Magazine).


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Empowering businesses to make the right decisions.

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Aug 2, 2019 9:01:52 AM


600 x 300 empowering business blog


Getting from A to B used to be pretty straightforward. These days, it comes with a few more challenges - 44% more in fact! That’s how much the number of vehicles in New Zealand has increased by between the years 2000-2015, with almost 3.9 million vehicles on our roads (source: Massey University).

So what does this mean for businesses who rely on vehicles to operate? Higher costs, risks, emissions and competition to name a few - which also means that making decisions based on accurate and reliable data has never been more critical to profitability.

Telematics - the cornerstone of business efficiencies and workplace safety

Connecting critical vehicle data to business operations enables informed and fact-based decision making through the data that is collected. Telematics offers this transparency, by allowing decision-makers to understand what is causing their business to under perform.

Aside from productivity, the other elephant in the room for fleet managers these days is New Zealand’s biggest workplace safety reform: The Health and Safety At Work Act 2015. This now puts the duty of care on employers with tougher penalties for workplace accidents. Given that the car is one of the most hazardous ‘workplaces, greater transparency is crucial not only for decision making for management but accountability of all drivers.

Here are 3 ways telematics can and will improve your bottom line and improve workplace safety:

1. Reduces your fleet’s operating costs

The old saying you have to spend money to make money really does apply to this benefit. But the cost of outlays for tracking is very relative to the amount of savings that your company can make from implementing telematics. Haemorrhaging cash or resources is not an option for profitable businesses. ArmadaGPS software records around 200 million vehicle events every month - that's vehicle insights that you can rely on to save money and resources each and every day. This all adds up to put your productivity into a profitable trajectory.

Can you afford to only partially understand how much your operations are costing you?  Idling time plays a big part on a fleet's operating costs. According to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) the savings from reduced idling could be worth $3,000 per year for a large truck travelling 100,000 km per year. By using a tracker you’ll be able to measure, and articulate how idling could be impacting your business read this blog to find out how to reduce your fleet's idling time

2. Pinpoint your vehicles’ exact locations and time spent on the job

By connecting the vehicle to your business operations you’re able to pinpoint any connected vehicles exact location. You’ll be able to see if the engine is idling or moving and at what speed. It also allows you to give customers accurate arrival times and ensure both time-sheets and customer invoices are accurately billed for time spent on the job.

Perhaps you are keeping log books of your driver's journeys to assist with calculating fringe tax benefits. With ArmadaGPS, recording and data entry of journey times can take place with the push of a few buttons, read more on this here

3. Tracks your drivers' habits

What you don’t know won't kill you but if you bury your head in the sand on this one the chances are you're going to get bitten.

Being able to keep track of dangerous driving like harsh cornering is pivotal to your workplace health and safety. Tracking your vehicles allows for open transparent measures to be put in place and monitored, ensuring your drivers are doing their bit to keep themselves and others safe.

If your team could do with tips around safety in their vehicles, have a read of these Little tricks to make a big difference to your drivers' speeding habits or get in touch to find out more about how telematics could boost your business’s bottom line request a demo


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