450-Vehicle Firm Manages Fleet, Driver Safety With Cadec PowerVue

— December 03, 2012

Valley Proteins has implemented Cadec's PowerVue fleet management solution across its 450-vehicle fleet to give fleet managers real-time, actionable information on vehicle and driver performance as well as pickup and delivery details. The company provides recovery and recycling services for animal byproducts.

PowerVue offers advanced fleet management features in a single, secure and reliable SaaS platform with in-cab hardware designed specifically for the enterprise-class customer.

Valley Proteins needed a fleet management solution that could be configured to its specific needs, so drivers would have a workflow tailored to each type of pickup or delivery. Picking up used restaurant cooking oils for recycling, for instance, requires collecting different data than does delivering pet feed or biofuel. Its previous fleet management system could only prompt drivers with a loop of the same questions for every route dispatched, forcing drivers to navigate through unnecessary questions at each pickup and delivery, wasting valuable time.

According to Paul Battista, Valley Proteins project manager, the company chose to replace its previous system with PowerVue for several reasons, primarily because of its customizable workflow, the ability to deliver data in real time rather than in batches, and the ease with which it could be integrated with third-party solutions such as RoadNet Technologies for dispatch and CoPilot Truck from ALK Technologies for turn by turn navigation.

"Using PowerVue and the Cadec on-board computer as our in-cab hub opens up so many possibilities for us in terms of extending our supply chain management efforts right into our trucks," said Battista. "PowerVue is beautifully architected for companies like Valley Proteins that want to link together several different tools to create a tailored transportation management solution. We're now able to plan and optimize routes based on orders from our planning system, and have those routes be displayed as maps with turn-by-turn directions to the driver. PowerVue then tracks the driver's progress, sending back real-time data including planned-versus-actual results for all pickup and delivery activities. We have never had that kind of insight into our fleet."

PowerVue is also helping Valley Proteins measure both driver and fleet behavior, such as idling and sudden decelerations, to improve safety and save fuel through its Performance Management Scorecards. Valley Proteins is planning to implement Cadec's eDVIR solution, which enables drivers to complete paperless inspection reports that are compliant with FMCSA regulations; and SpeedTracker, which provides speed-by-road segment data to track driver behavior against established speed limits.

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