Garmin DriveAssist with ArmadaGPS makes Job Scheduling quick and easy!

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Aug 13, 2019 9:20:28 AM

garminSensiumGPS Technology has made planning, scheduling and job dispatching less time and effort intensive. Case in point is the integration of the Garmin DriveAssist 51 with ArmadaGPS tracking system for a job scheduling system that reduces fuel costs with less vehicle downtime. 

You can communicate with drivers directly via their hands-free Garmin unit mounted to the windscreen to dispatch jobs straight from the ArmadaGPS map. This provides all the necessary customer job details such as arrival times, what to do on arrival and who to meet to organise customer jobs in the most efficient way possible, saving your business (and drivers’) time and delighting customers with speedy service.

How Garmin and ArmadaGPS work together 

ArmadaGPS already provides GPS tracking, shows vehicles’ current locations and offers a slew of useful alerts to drivers. With the Garmin DriveAssist integration, your ArmadaGPS tracker goes further with live Gramin traffic updates and hands-free messaging to improve driver safety and business efficiencies. 

Together, Garmin 51 Assist and ArmadaGPS streamline job planning for enhanced efficiency and safety. Fleet managers can search or find addresses easily using the ArmadaGPS Live Map for scheduling visibility. The Garmin will take it from there with hands-free messaging from the fleet manager to the driver as well as provide timely updates on the fastest route, weather conditions, traffic alerts, nearest fuel stations and parking information. Reducing drivers’ on-the-job stress that tends to occur when they have to fulfil multiple commitments across various locations, drive during peak rush hour or travel long distances to unfamiliar locations.

Key features of Garmin DriveAssist 51

The Garmin DriveAssist  provides detailed street maps and live traffic updates to help drivers' make informed decisions on the fastest routes to take. Garmin’s free lifetime map updates and, real-time traffic reports offer drivers the assurance of accurate information no matter where their daily job tasks take them.

It is impossible to predict delays along the route. The next best thing is to be alerted to traffic jams, construction and other situations before drivers find themselves in the thick of things. Here’s where Garmin Traffic comes to the rescue, stating how many minutes of delay to expect and possible detours that can be taken for the fastest route ensuring downtime in traffic and vehicle idling is kept to a minimum. 

There is the option to download the Smartphone app, which connects the Garmin with a compatible smartphone. Upon nearing the destination, drivers can view parking availability and pricing for on-street public parking. Other than live traffic, drivers can also access up-to-date weather forecasts. All these features are useful in planning routes, parking and any weather-related delivery decisions correctly and proactively saving time and money by ensuring drivers are focused on the job in hand.  Get in touch to find out more or arrange an ArmadaGPS Demo.

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Empowering businesses to make the right decisions.

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Aug 2, 2019 11:01:52 AM


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

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Jun 26, 2019 1:54:03 PM

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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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