The cloud-based GPS fleet tracking and social telematics solution initiates program to encourage safer and more efficient fleet drivers
San Jose, Calif. (February 17, 2015) – Azuga, a leading cloud-based GPS fleet tracking and social telematics solution, launched the industry’s first-ever awards program this month. Azuga Safe Driving Awards is designed to motivate and incentivize both fleet managers and drivers to practice safer, more efficient driving. The quarterly program, initiated and funded by Azuga, will help fleet managers increase overall ROI and, ultimately increase safety in the communities where they live and work.
Using a proprietary algorithm developed by Azuga’s data science team, the ranking is calculated by a weighted average of several individual components including speeding, hard braking, harsh acceleration and idling events, each of which consider the magnitude, duration and frequency along with a spatio-temporal index that factors in the conditions under which these events occurred.
“Our awards program is only one aspect of our expansion into social telematics, an initiative that is combining driver visibility, gamification, employer funded rewards, social sharing and Azuga-funded awards to bring a refreshing new approach to fleet telematics in 2015,” said Ananth Rani, co-founder of Azuga. “With social telematics we are, yet again, at the forefront of industry trends and innovations that will continue to help customers receive effortless ROI from their GPS fleet tracking implementations”
“The data science research team at Azuga is one of the only research centers to combine experts from transportation, big data and insurance to find new ways to quantify driver behavior and its relationship to fuel efficiency” said Dr. Ashwin Sabapathy, head of data sciences at Azuga. “With this unique data set and algorithms, Azuga has been able to produce a fair driver score that motivates drivers towards better behavior through gamification which in turn improves fleet MPG, reduces carbon footprint and delivers natural ROI”
Azuga is proud to announce the top drivers from the first quarter of 2015:
- Paul Sabourin, AA Transport Co.
- Javier Contreras, Aaron’s, Inc.
- Duke Zukowski, Bath Fitter
- Jerry Bellows, AA Transportation Co.
- Will Allen, A TECH SERVICE
- Dee Dye, Patco Electrical Services Inc.
- Fleet Drivers, C & L Refrigeration Corporation
Utilizing the same algorithm, Azuga Fleet is also recognizing the top fleet managers of the first quarter of 2015 for their exceptional leadership and mentorship to their fleet of drivers:
- Patty Middleton, California United Mechanical
- Laurie Royal, MNS Engineers Inc.
- Ron Ernenwein, AA Transportation Co.
- Mike Goellner, Total Environmental Concepts
- Randy Jones, R.E. Robertson Plumbing
- Cam Bedry, Bath Fitter
- Fleet Management at Chapman Waterproofing Co.
- Fleet Management at Patco Electrical Services, Inc.
For more information on Azuga’s GPS and driver behavior solutions, and how to enroll in Azuga Fleet’s social telematics program click here. Fleet drivers who would like more information, tips and tricks on how to be a safer, more efficient driver and build your social portfolio, join Azuga’s Awesome Driver group on LinkedIn here.
About Azuga Fleet®
Silicon Valley-based Azuga is shaking up the traditional GPS vehicle tracking market with industry-first price points, a social approach to Telematics, easy-install hardware, lifetime warranties and no contract terms. The company’s cloud-based, engine-connected technology can begin tracking fleets in as little as 30 seconds and for less than 70 cents per day per vehicle. Azuga works closely with Danlaw, Inc. for GPS, driver behavior and fuel tracking hardware. Danlaw’s 300+ engineering professionals have been providing cloud-based, connected vehicle telematics solutions and embedded electronics to Insurance Companies, Automotive OEM’s and their Tier-1 supply base for more than 30 years. For more information, visit http://www.azuga.com and follow @Azuga_GPS on Twitter.