What do In-Vehicle Management Systems (IVMS) do? When your workers drive in the course of work, whether it is to deliver stock, see clients, travel between company sites or operate heavy vehicles, there is always the risk of a road accident occurring. Regardless of whether the damage is to the vehicle or the people, both come at a huge cost to the company. IVMS can help to reduce these types of risks by identifying problems before an incident occurs.
In-Vehicle Management Systems have the ability to monitor many aspects of driver behaviour that can lead to greater road risks. By monitoring elements such as speed, harsh acceleration, aggressive braking, excessive idling, seat belt usage, and harsh cornering, employers can intervene if poor habits develop, and bring these to the driver’s attention.
Having IVMS within a vehicle, even if it’s not being monitored, has been shown to influence driver’s behaviour and encourages them to drive in accordance with company standards.
Safety on the road is becoming an important factor for all businesses with vehicles on the road, and IVMS units can assist in addressing this concern by allowing managers to not only see where vehicles are, but also to check the driving patterns. The units are designed to assist businesses in managing driver fatigue issues, and can also check whether the vehicle has been in a collision and if the driver is wearing a seatbelt.
Historically these systems have been fitted to heavy vehicles (i.e. semi-trailers) however they are becoming more common in all types of commercial vehicles, including courier vans and service vehicles.
If another road user makes a complaint about the behaviour of one of your drivers, IVMS makes checking whether the complaint is legitimate an easy exercise as all the data for every trip can be recorded and accessed. Vehicle tracking can also provide ‘live’ data of vehicle location and driver behaviour.
A number of organisations, such as Digicore Australia, specialise in IVMS and systems start from around $150 for a standard GPS Log Book tracker and range upwards of $1000 for full specification invehicle management systems. While portable units are available which can be moved between vehicles, full installation is recommended to allow the system to pick up information about the handbrake, seatbelts, brake lights etc. from the vehicle’s internal systems.
It is our understanding that most new vehicles fitted with airbags to include tracking of key motor vehicle parameters for 30 seconds prior to an accident in order to capture factors such as speed, brake use, gears, seat belt use, etc. This is not to replace an IVMS, however it is possible to capture some data in event of a major accident.
If you would like further information on In-Vehicle Management Systems, please contact Ross Gibson at Safety Action on T (03) 9690 6311.