The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in New York has a long and proud history of land stewardship. That’s why, in the 1990s, residents of the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation moved to establish its own tribally-operated solid waste curbside collection service.
However, the new service also needed to reduce the amount residents paid for collection. As a result, the tribe’s Solid Waste Management Services had to keep operating costs as low as possible.
Laura Weber, Solid Waste Project Manager for St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, decided that implementing the Fleetmatics GPS Tracking System on the department’s nine vehicles would provide a reliable, low-cost solution for the tribe’s waste management needs.
Reducing Costs and Improving Efficiencies
The Fleetmatics GPS Tracking System provides a wide-range of cost-cutting and productivity-boosting features that can improve overall business viability.
Using the Management Reports, Weber is able to easily determine areas of cost leakage and take corrective actions to fix any issues. For example, the department wasted work hours compiling mandatory mileage sheets. The Mileage Reports in the Fleetmatics System automated this process which improved efficiency and allowed work hours to be spent doing more productive tasks.
Weber also uses Live Fleet to improve routing and service. With Live Fleet, she knows the exact location of every vehicle in her fleet and can see exactly where any are travelling. This allows her to ensure drivers are taking the most direct routes and completing their jobs in a timely manner.
Weber can also use the Fleetmatics Speed Alerts to ensure drivers obey the posted speed limits. Excessive speed wastes fuel and increases the department’s liability.
“Our drivers know that their speed is being monitored,” said Weber. “As a result, I don’t see speeding anymore and overall driving is better.”
With direct routing and reduced speed, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Solid Waste Management Services has lowered fuel costs, which translates to lower costs for residents.
“I’ve been working on our budget,” said Weber, “and with Fleetmatics, I have been able to reduce the budget by $1,200 for the year.”
Precise Tracking Remotely
Fleetmatics GPS utilizes an intuitive, Web-based interface. This allows Weber to access the system from any computer with an Internet connection. The software is designed specifically for ease of use. Busy managers can quickly look at the Dashboard to get an overall view of fleet performance, or drill down to get more data about specific vehicles.
“I work from a remote location and my operation supervisor is on the road all the time,” said Weber. “The Fleetmatics system allows us to monitor exactly where our trucks are no matter where we are working.”
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division also uses the system to keep track of a compaction trailer that is hauled by another company. Using Live Fleet, Weber can be sure the contracted driver meets his obligations on the road.
“With Fleetmatics, I can make sure the driver isn’t taking the trailer somewhere he isn't supposed to,” said Weber. “I can also notify the driver’s supervisor if they exceed the speed limit and make sure our trailer is safe.”
With Fleetmatics GPS in place, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Solid Waste Management Services has achieved their goal to provide residents better service at a lower cost.
“We’ve been very impressed with Fleetmatics,” said Weber. “Things are getting done more quickly and efficiently with less overall costs.”