Using In-Vehicle Monitoring Systems (IVMS) to Manage Driver Safety
With approximately 13,000 owned and leased vehicles in our company fleet, more than 10% of SGS employees drive vehicles as part of their jobs.
Risks associated with the driving of motor vehicles remain among the top three safety risks for SGS. To monitor and manage driver behavior, particularly at high risk locations and during high risk journeys, where drivers travel long distances, typically on their own, we use in-vehicle monitoring systems (IVMS) across our network. To date, IVMS has been deployed in vehicles in all our regions, with dynamic changes taking place in South East Asia Pacific and Africa.
At the beginning of 2017, we set a global target to increase the number of vehicles with IVMS technology by 20%. By the end of 2017, more than 3,500 vehicles had been fitted with this technology, representing an increase of 26% on the previous year.
Increasingly, our affiliates are recognizing how IVMS improves driver behavior and safety. For example, it enables us to control and monitor driver behavior linked to harsh accelerating and breaking, speeding, driving without enough rest or regular breaks, revving the cold engine and idling the motor when the car is parked. In addition to affecting safety, these behaviors can also lead to increased fuel consumption and wear and tear on the vehicle.
Aside from improvements in our road safety performance, IVMS has also delivered business benefits including:
- Cost savings from reduced fuel consumption – our business in Russia achieved an 18% annual reduction in fuel consumption
- Reduced cost of vehicle repairs caused by poor driving behavior
- Reduced insurance premiums linked to improved driver safety performance and the improved condition of vehicles
IVMS can also be used to demonstrate compliance with high standards of professional conduct. For example, by providing visibility of the vehicle position, it allows us, and our clients, to be aware of the location of the driver/inspector at all times. We can monitor fuel usage and compliance with company policy on the use of fuel cards as well.
IVMS can also enhance our data reporting and help us to manage our exposure to risk. For example, we can use IVMS to calculate the number of kilometers driven per vehicle per country per month, to establish a uniform motor vehicle incident rate (the number of incidents per 1 million kilometers driven) for the company. This enables us to more accurately identify and manage locations with the highest risk of traffic incidents.