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4 Fleet Management Solution Buyer Must-Haves


Are you shopping around for a fleet management solution? You’re not alone! If you’re not quite sure which features should be at the top of your must-have list, Software Advice is here to help.

Software Advice, a company that pairs buyers with fleet management solutions developed by their vendor partners, recently released their 2014 Fleet Maintenance Management Software BuyerView report, which includes insight from 385 prospective buyers of fleet maintenance management systems.

In this post, we’ll boil down four of the report’s findings and take a look at whether the Pedigree Technologies OneView platform meets the needs of the survey’s respondents. 

Must-Have #1 – Solution must streamline processes and eliminate manual methods.

Taylor Short of Software Advice said, “The most surprising piece of research we found was that a large majority of fleet managers still use manual methods for their operations, but it’s beginning to change as managers recognize the multitude of comprehensive systems [that are available] today.”

Buyers’ Current Fleet Maintenance Management Methods


As illustrated above, 60 percent of those looking to purchase a fleet management solution said they currently use manual methods (such as paper files and spreadsheets) to keep track of their fleets. The OneView fleet management solution allows you to eliminate paperwork and manual processes, which results in saved time and money. For example, General Equipment and Supplies saves 50 hours per week by eliminating manual methods and using automated IFTA reports. Click here to see how they did it.

Must-Have #2 – Solution must allow a business to improve efficiency through organized data, increased speed and the ability to be proactive.

The report also uncovered the top ways buyers want fleet management software to improve efficiency of business processes.

Top Ways Fleet Managers Want to Improve Efficiency with Software


Pedigree Technologies OneView allows you to utilize engine diagnostics information, schedule preventative maintenance for your fleet, get email or text message alerts when maintenance is due on assets, and get organized by having data in one system that generates powerful reports that can be automatically delivered to your email inbox. Click here to learn more about the OneView fleet maintenance solution.

Additionally, the report includes the respondents’ top reasons they were looking to purchase software.

Reasons for Software Purchases


Must-Have #3 – Solution must include maintenance, tracking and work order features.

According to the report, maintenance, asset tracking and work order capabilities were most commonly requested by fleet management system buyers. Short added, “We can see that the fragmentation of features throughout the fleet management software market has left a lot of managers without useful functions like work order management, strong reports or maintenance alerts.” However, Pedigree Technologies OneView supports all of these top-requested features.

With Pedigree Technologies, you can choose from our solutions and create a custom OneView platform that meets your business needs. OneView is a centralized operations command center that lets you track and manage multiple types of assets. Our open and scalable system is built to meet your business needs now and in the future. Plus, with OneView, you can easily add on solutions like our electronic logbooks or equipment management whenever your business is ready. Click here to learn more about OneView solutions.

Must-Have #4 – Solution must have web-based capabilities.

Many respondents indicated they want to have access to their fleet management system outside of the office. They said they were looking for a system with features like web portals, mobile integration and GPS tracking. Short said, “Like many other software markets, fleet managers are increasingly seeking Web-based features like mobile access and GPS tracking, which are extremely convenient tools for fleet management.” With OneView, users have access to important data from anywhere they have an Internet connection and GPS capabilities allow fleet managers to know the location of their high-value assets in the field.


Note: Pedigree Technologies is not affiliated with Software Advice.

Interested in learning how OneView can help streamline your business processes? Click here to schedule your web demo today.

6 Benefits of Electronic Logbooks


Are you wondering if an ELD solution is right for you? Ask yourself these questions…

  • Does your company need to improve its safety scores?
  • Are you struggling with drivers violating HOS (hours-of-service) regulations?
  • Do you want to save your company time and money?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, electronic logs may be the right solution for your business.


The Pedigree Technologies OneView solution was created with you in mind, working towards the ultimate goal of making your business more efficient and profitable. Put all the data in the palm of your hand and try an ELD solution for your business today.

6 Ways to Reduce Fleet Costs


If you own or operate a fleet of vehicles, then you know what you are up against — rising fuel costs, strict compliance regulations and driver retention can keep your costs rising and profits low. Reducing your fleet costs is not any easy task, but there are new tools and systems that can help. Many fleets are leveraging asset tracking systems to save money and boost productivity. Depending on size, their savings are anywhere from tens-to-hundreds of thousands of dollars each year! Keep reading to find out how they’re doing it.


No matter what size fleet you operate, there are multiple ways your company can cut costs and increase efficiencies.

How are you reducing costs of operating your fleet? Post your fleet cost saving story below.

5 Links We Like


At Pedigree Technologies, we keep one ear to the ground. We’re always listening for interesting stories about mobile resource management, technology, telematics, transportation and logistics, and oil and gas. We find some pretty notable content and news throughout any given week and we like to pass some of those nuggets on to you through our Links We Like posts.


Christian Science Monitor breakfast with Secretary Foxx

U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx participated in the Christian Science Monitor breakfast on July 1, 2014. He discussed several topics, including funding, oil and gas, and transportation safety. Although you won’t be able to get any of the eggs and sausage served at the breakfast, click here to view the conversation.

Texas and North Dakota would rank number 5 globally as an oil nation

Did you know that two of the fifty states—Texas and North Dakota—together produce more oil than Canada? Well, they do! In fact, the American Enterprise Institute announced this week that if Texas and North Dakota were a nation, they would rank fifth among the world’s largest oil producers. At 3.865 barrels per day, they would rank just behind China (4.2 million bpd) and just ahead of Canada (3.5 bpd). click here to read the story.

OneView Mobile Fluid Monitoring solution featured by Heavy Duty Trucking

We love reading Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and we were super honored that they featured our new mobile fluid tracking solution on the Product News section on their website last week. Read the feature story here.

Trucker is being sued over a blown out tire

According to an article by Truckers Report, a Western Express driver’s tire hit a curb and blew out. A nearby pedestrian is now suing the driver for $75,000. The pedestrian is claiming that the explosion startled him, knocked him unconscious and permanently damaged his hearing. Read the story here

Best Driving Songs

Do you need a few new tunes to add to your driving playlist? Update your mix by adding some of the songs from this list of the top 10 driving songs or check out this list of the 20 best and 15 worst driving songs. 

Don't forget to leave a comment with your favorite driving song.

OneView Implementation Process Walkthrough


It can be overwhelming thinking about getting a new asset tracking solution set up and integrated into your business processes. Here at Pedigree Technologies, our implementation managers work hard to ensure the OneView setup process is painless for you. To learn more about how easy our implementation process is for you, check out the graphic below.


Now that you know how easy it is for your business to implement the OneView platform into your processes, reach out to us if you want to schedule a demo and learn more about what the system can do for you.


5 Favorite Pedigree Technologies Blog Posts

We were taking a look through our blog post archive earlier this week and people were getting pretty nostalgic around the office. So, in honor of nostalgia, we’re taking a look back at our five most popular Pedigree Technologies blog posts.
Whether the posts are new to you, or whether they’re familiar, we hope you’ll join us for this trip down memory lane.

favorite-blog-posts-1Corrective vs. Preventative Equipment Maintenance

In this post, we explained the difference between corrective maintenance and preventative maintenance. We also explained that researchers identify that preventative maintenance is the best and most cost efficient way to maintain equipment.

favorite-blog-posts-26 Benefits of Electronic Logbooks

In this post, we focused on ELDs—presenting six benefits that were identified by Pedigree Technologies and our customers. For example, ELDs can help drivers breeze through inspections, increase safety scores, and reduce paperwork.

favorite-blog-posts-34 Benefits of Going Electronic for FMCSA & Hours of Service Reporting

In this post, we explained how the OneView POV solution streamlines drivers’ processes and eliminates messy paperwork. We also presented four benefits of using a tablet-based solution for managing electronic driver logs while staying in compliance with FMCSA regulations.

favorite-blog-posts-4What is an Electronic Logging Device?

This post explained how drivers are using ELDs and it presented a few reasons why drivers like using the OneView ELD solution. For example, we told you that with paper logs, many drivers round up in 15-minute increments, which can lead to 5-10 hours of lost driving time each week. In this post, we also presented several benefits of ELDs and we gave you an ELD buyer’s guide.

favorite-blog-posts-55 Tips for Reducing Fuel Costs with Fleet Management Software

In this post, we focused on your bottom line and fuel costs. We took a look at several ways that a fleet management solution could help cut down on wasted fuel by helping decrease out of route miles and idling. We also presented a few easy tips for cutting down on fuel costs. For example, did you know that if your fleet’s tires are underinflated, it can result in as much as a 3.3 percent drop in fuel efficiency? For a fleet of 20 trucks, that can result in 13,530 gallons or about $50,000 annually in lost fuel!

Now that we’ve taken a look at a few of your favorite blog posts, leave a comment if there’s a new topic that you want to see on the blog. Or, click here to schedule a OneView demo and learn how a mobile resource management solution can benefit your business.

Pedigree Technologies CEO Featured in Prairie Business Magazine


Pedigree Technologies Founder and CEO, Alex Warner was recently featured in Prairie Business Magazine.

Click here to read the feature.


Here's an excerpt from the article.

"Alex Warner was a typical North Dakota kid. He grew up on a sizable farm and attended North Dakota State University, where he received a degree in agronomy. But then something happened. He 'caught the tech bug,' and shifted his focus from farming toward the emerging world of computers and technology. ...

He had become very interested in a new application for technology — called machine-to-machine technology — and he had a hunch that the potential applications of it would be huge."

How Can Asset Tracking Technology Impact Your Oil and Gas Company?


Technology plays a significant role in ensuring oil and gas companies are operating safely and efficiently. Managing trucks, equipment, tanks and drivers can be challenging. However, technology can help streamline your operations, allowing you to focus on growing your business.

Brad’s Electrical Service is a specialty electrical contractor serving the oil and natural gas industry from office locations in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wyoming. They relay services to oil and gas rigs and lease generators used for moving rigs and providing temporary power.

When Brad’s Electrical Service lost $60-80,000 as a result of four electrical skids that went missing, they knew it was time to implement an asset tracking solution.


Ron Palmer, Operations Manager said, “We save the cost of paying someone to be on the phone or driving around trying to find assets.”

Read the entire case study to learn how Brad’s Electrical Service was able to:

  • Improve their customer billing processes
  • Grow their business and add 65 more tracked assets
  • Save time and money tracking assets

Download the case study to read how they did it.

Links we like – 5 things we were looking at this week


At Pedigree Technologies, we keep one ear to the ground. We’re always listening for interesting stories about mobile resource management, technology, telematics, transportation and logistics, oil and gas, agriculture, construction, and equipment rental. We find some pretty interesting content and news throughout any given week and we are going to start passing some of those nuggets on to you through our Links We Like posts.

So, without further delay, here are five links we liked this week.

Dumper caught “red-handed”

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - John D. Taylor, Crosby Journal

Our company headquarters are in North Dakota and we keep a close eye on the Bakken oil field. We saw this week that a Utah man was caught dumping saltwater into a ditch near Ambrose, N.D. He now faces felony charges.

The Real Cost of Trucking - Per Mile Operating Cost of a Commercial Truck

We love this informative infographic from Truckers Report. Did you know that the average truck driver spends over $600 on coffee annually? We worked our math skills on that one and figured out that would be only $1.64 per day, which is way below the average amount spent on coffee by Pedigree Technologies employees.

N.D. oil production tops 1 million-barrels-a-day milestone

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – David Shaffer, Star Tribune

As of this week, North Dakota hit a milestone and is producing over 1 million barrels of crude daily. According to this article from the Star Tribune, “‘Technology has been outpacing the estimates for 10 years,’ [Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources said.] ‘The field just keeps getting bigger, and the technologies around the Bakken just keep getting better.’”

OOIDA names director of regulatory affairs

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 – Fleet Owner

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) named Scott Grenerth as director of regulatory affairs.

We were also checking out this podcast on Landline Now between Mark Reddig and Grenerth.

Amazon Fire Phone unveiled

Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – Chicago Tribune

Amazon announced this week that they are busting into the smartphone market on July 25 with their new Fire Phone. Check out the Chicago Tribune article or Amazon to learn more about the phone’s bells and whistles.

Pedigree Technologies Hosts Technology Summer Camp Session for Area Teachers


Pedigree Technologies recently opened its doors to area teachers who were participants in a Summer Tech Camp program. Participants learned about machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, telemetry, current technology trends and OneView.

The EdVenture program is focused on exploring how communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking skills are utilized in the business community. The Summer Tech Camp sessions allow teachers to observe 21st century skills in action. After attending sessions, participants created a digital product illustrating what they learned through the program.

Although the Summer Tech Camp program has been around for a few years, according to Kerri Lee who teaches eighth grade math at Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo, this is the first year there are EdVenture sessions with local businesses. “I participated in the program in the past, but I was really drawn to the EdVentures this year. I am attending three different sessions,” Lee said.

“It’s a really great thing when educators work to keep their knowledge current and pursue opportunities for continuing education within the community,” said Pedigree Technologies President, Brian Gramer. “We were honored to open our doors and support local teachers by participating in this program.”


During the session, Pedigree Technologies CEO, Alex Warner spoke to local teachers about current trends in technology.

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