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Fleet FAQ? Telematics & Fleet Tracking

Q. My company leadership has tasked me with reducing our carbon footprint. Is it possible to use my telematics solution to do that? I mainly use telematics for routing and geofencing.

A. Yes, and you may already be using your telematics solution to improve sustainability and not even realize it. For example, you mentioned that you use your telematics solution for routing. Optimized routing — which is available on many telematics solutions — will help you cut miles, which means needing less fuel, and emissions, likely feeding into your sustainability goals.


Telematics can help fleet sustainability by cutting emissions in a number of ways beyond cutting miles driven. These include:

  • Promoting efficient driving, and reducing idling
  • Managing the application of alternative fuels and powertrains, including EVs
  • Managing and practicing proactive vehicle maintenance

In each case, your telematics solution can be used to monitor vehicle operations, accumulate data — which can be used to further improve operations retrospectively — and alert fleet and driver managers about potentially wasteful behavior as it happens, and giving managers the opportunity to coach drivers how not to waste fuel.

Expert Bio

Answered by : Sherry Calkins

Associate Vice President, Strategic Partners

Sherry Calkins has been involved in the Fleet and Automotive industry for the last 21 years, working both nationally and globally. The first 10 years of her career began as a Fleet Administrator working in both government and corporate fleets, overseeing the entire fleet operations, ranging from acquisition, leasing, remarketing, maintenance facility's, fueling, alternative fuels, safety, and partnering with various vendors. Over the last 11 years, her career has been in SaaS based solutions offering software and data for fleets, OEM's and Tier 1 suppliers. Sherry has been involved in various Fleet committees and advisory boards, offering a range of knowledge and insight, training and speaking at national conferences. Her passion for the fleet industry is endless, along with her desire is to bring her energy, knowledge and experience to the industry and continue advancing corporate fleets worldwide. Sherry is currently an AFLA Board member and is the Vice-Chair for Fuels & Technology Committee with NAFA, and serves on the Board of Directors for GAVDA.

Sherry Calkins has been involved in the Fleet and Automotive industry for the last 21 years, working both nationally and globally. The first 10 years of her career began as a Fleet Administrator working in both government and corporate fleets, overseeing the entire fleet operations, ranging from acquisition, leasing, remarketing, maintenance facility's, fueling, alternative fuels, safety, and partnering with various vendors. Over the last 11 years, her career has been in SaaS based solutions offering software and data for fleets, OEM's and Tier 1 suppliers. Sherry has been involved in various Fleet committees and advisory boards, offering a range of knowledge and insight, training and speaking at national conferences. Her passion for the fleet industry is endless, along with her desire is to bring her energy, knowledge and experience to the industry and continue advancing corporate fleets worldwide. Sherry is currently an AFLA Board member and is the Vice-Chair for Fuels & Technology Committee with NAFA, and serves on the Board of Directors for GAVDA.

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