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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Vehicle idling - how to reduce your fleet's operating costs with GPS trackers

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Jun 26, 2019 11:54:03 AM

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Idling causes unnecessary fuel consumption wasteful emissions and occurs more wear and tear on your vehicle.

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.

The 3-minute rule

If drivers are expecting to idle for more than 3 minutes, it’s good practice to turn off the engine as this is the point in which the cost saving is greater than leaving the engine idling.  How many of your team who drive know this helpful tip to save on fuel?  It might be worth ensuring that you have some guidance on this during on-boarding as well as some regular updates on how best to manage their vehicles.  If they don't know about it chances are they are idling regularly and adding extra and unnecessary costs. 

Start a movement (no pun intended!)

Encourage your drivers to reduce their idling. How? By talking about their idling times. Talking about idling regularly in updates and meetings will ensure they fully understand the implications behind idling, why this is important for them and the business. By using a tracker you’ll be able to measure, and articulate how idling could be impacting your business. It will help you understand which staff are repeatedly sitting idle, and drill down to their map and movement history to have conversations around why this could be happening.

Are you keeping an eye on idling times?

With high fuel prices and maintenance costs, below is a quick report you can run on ArmadaGPS to see who and where your vehicles are sitting with the engine running unnecessarily.


Go to the ArmadaGPS platform and click on:

Reports> Standard Reports .

Select New > Stops Report

Select your date range and vehicles that you want to report on and 'Generate Report'


  • Read the ArmadaGPS User Guide about creating standard reports
  • Get a demo 
  • Watch a 2 minute video:

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Creating a geofence or 'Defined Place'

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Jun 26, 2019 10:44:07 AM

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Applying a Geofencing or 'Place' in ArmadaGPS defines a virtual boundary around an address or work-zone.  For example, a place can be an address of one of your customers, suppliers or an off-road work zone. Creating a Place for your most visited addresses enables you to create a variety of Place Reports or Alerts. For example, you can receive an alert every time a vehicle enters or exits a defined area.

Groups of customers or suppliers can be collected together into a 'Place Type'. This is great when you want to view 'A Time by Place' report and see the percentage of time your vehicles have spent with customers within a specific date range.  

Place Reports available on ArmadaGPS:

  • Time by Place - the proportion of time vehicles have spent in defined places
  • Distance by Place - the distance travelled within defined places
  • Time on Site - the amount of time spent in defined places
  • Delivery report - the number of journeys outside of defined “bases”

How to create a Geofence or 'Place' in ARMADAGPS:

Go to the ArmadaGPS platform and click on:

Maps > Select the Edit Places Icon which looks like a signpost on the right hand Icons toolbar.

Select New > Enter a Name, any details, (Type is something your Administrator will setup specific to your business like Customer, Base etc.)

Check > the Override Address box or Off Road box, depending on what you would like to report on.  The Override simply means to use the Name you have chosen.

Draw > your defined Place by clicking and dropping on the map in the specific place or search in the address bar in the top right next to the magnifying glass.


Want more know-how? 

  • Read the ArmadaGPS User Guide about creating Geofences
  • Watch a 2 minute video:


Topics: Blog

Are you required to keep a vehicle mileage logbook?  ArmadaGPS – The data you can rely on

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Jun 19, 2019 11:38:30 AM


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What is fringe benefit tax (fbt) tax?

Fringe Benefit Tax, or FBT, is a tax on non-cash benefits enjoyed or received by employees (including shareholder employees).  These “fringe benefits” are not income, in the traditional sense, so are not subject to income tax, however, FBT recognises that they’re still essentially a payment for services provided so taxes them accordingly.

Source: Giles & Liew Chartered Accountants

Time is money...

Logging and calculating mileage numbers can be extremely time consuming for both the vehicle users (who are traditionally the recorders of this data) and the finance person responsible for submitting these numbers to IRD.

There are multiple ways to do this logging and calculation and every business is unique in this sense. However, the general consensus on this process is that it is inefficient. This inefficiency detracts employees from the tasks of their 'real' jobs - be it driving a fleet vehicle to their next customer or understanding the numbers in order to improve business efficiencies and ensure the business is compliant.

The days of log books are numbered

Not only is it time consuming, but the process of filling out log books relies solely on every single journey, both for personal and business use, being recorded accurately, honestly and legibly. This approach has the potential for human error. For every recorded kilometre there is risk of inaccurate data flowing through the entire accounting process.

Get actionable data at your finger tips...

The no pain, no gain mentality really doesn't need apply to this scenario. Instead, ArmadaGPS allows you to ditch the log books and handwritten entries. That's because it offers a feature called a 'Geofence' or 'Defined Places' within the GPS tracking system. In essence, these are little square boxes around certain addresses like 'customers', your own business address 'base' and your employee's home address. So, anytime Pete drives between 'Pete's House' and 'Base', for example, these trips are being automatically calculated for each and every journey duration and distance.

You just need a list of customers to get started

With ArmadaGPS, recording and data entry can take place with the push of a few buttons. Initially, the bigger your client base, the more 'Defined places' you'll need to set-up within your software. With just a list of customer names and addresses, this will just require input from someone with basic admin skills. The longterm pay off, however, is years of actionable data at your finger tips. You'll be able to pinpoint the exact hours and distance for personal use for each and every vehicle.

To find out more about empowering your business to make the right decisions read this blog or request a demo


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