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Don’t forget the ‘other’ zero emission technology

Quite rightly, everyone talks about battery electric vehicles. But what about that other zero-emission technology that’s knocking around? You know, the one labelled hydrogen?

Hydrogen is used in a fuel cell stack, where hydrogen and oxygen work their magic to produce electricity to power a vehicle’s electric motor. And water as the only byproduct.

Why the reticence about hydrogen?

As far as I can see, there are two key issues holding back hydrogen’s development.

The first is cost. They are expensive in a way that makes battery electric values look good value. The second is the issue of ‘dirty’ hydrogen - the amount of carbon required to manufacture hydrogen.

These are both very similar drawbacks to the development of electric vehicles not so long ago. While I don’t expect hydrogen vehicle costs to tumble very soon, there are significant manufacturer developments to push it along.

So a combination of greater manufacturer interest, government support for hydrogen and the desire for zero-emissions will, I believe, see hydrogen vehicles becoming important to fleet strategy in the future in much the same way that battery-electric vehicles are now. Let’s not forget the other zero-emission technology: hydrogen will have a significant role in the future as part of our zero-emission landscape.

Voice Direction for Maintenance and Inspection

Documenting inspection and maintenance checklists is typically inefficient. That's because it forces technicians to enter their observations as a separate step from the inspection process. But no more.

Checklists, work orders, audits, work cards, and other complex processes are an essential part of almost every industry. It’s a traditional system where instructions are read and followed, discrepancies and measurements recorded, and at the end of the procedure certain steps may be signed off on as verification of accomplishment.

Voice Maintenance & Inspection Solutions help elevate your documentation and compliance to levels never before attainable. Voice M&I solutions deliver a new level of documentation and compliance in your maintenance and inspection operations. Using voice in a Hands-Free, Eyes-Free manner enhances the documentation of standard operating procedures. It also provides the continuity you need for better consistency across your locations.

Virtually eliminate the cumbersome and inefficient steps traditionally associated with previous generation technology alternatives. For example, using voice for inspections cuts down the outdated back-and-forth data entry and look-up time on a laptop, handheld device or paper form. Instead, simply speak commands and verbally input data findings directly into the system via a headset with a microphone while performing the inspection task.

Why Data Management is Key to Fleet Management

A fleet manager, who manages a medium to large sized fleet, knows how important it is to keep fleet data organized, up to date and accessible. People often think that fleet management is about owning, leasing, maintaining and selling vehicles but most of the time we never see and touch any of the vehicles that we manage.

As the fleet manager is responsible for the overall performance and efficiency of a fleet, an excellent data basis is key in order to make the best decisions and reduce cost.

That’s why fleet management is basically about having the most accurate data at hand. But as important as the quality of the data is its accessibility. So make data quality and accessibility your first objective and put an easy-to-use user interface on top. It will make sure that people receive their desired data when they need it and structured as they need it. It is no secret that the management needs data in a completely different way than a operator or a supplier.

more coming soon

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