Vol. 3 2016

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2 0 | BULLDOG | 2 0 1 6 V 3 ON BUSINESS I ntegrated telematics gives fleet man- agers a wealth of information they can apply toward improving road safety and monitoring driver performance and behavior while increasing productivity. Mack's GuardDog ® Connect technology is fully inte- grated with software platforms that connect, collect, categorize and capture vital informa- tion such as GPS location, road speed and idle duration, and provides in-depth analysis of driver performance based on past and cur- rent data and location. Bulldog magazine sat down with Conal Deedy, director, connected vehicle services for Mack Trucks. Deedy says the decision to equip Mack ® trucks with GuardDog Connect hardware set the stage for the plethora of cutting-edge diagnostic and management tools for increased safety and productivity. How does GuardDog Connect enable your solution technology? GuardDog Connect is the foundation of our connected truck. We designed and embed- ded the hardware into the truck. Now, we can partner with elite software companies who can collect and deliver data for our customers to operate safely while optimizing productiv- ity. We have also set the foundation for future technology that will easily connect with our trucks. How does your partnered services strategy assist your customers' operations? We have a number of partners on board and more to follow. This gives our customers plenty of options to choose solutions that work seamlessly with their equipment. Instead of having to add hardware to con- nect, they save on the cost, downtime and hassle of installation. How do you choose your partners? We are focused on best-in-class solutions that will help our customers. We look for ways to help them manage compliance with new regulations, operate more efficiently and always with the emphasis on uptime. The data really helps our customers understand how their drivers perform and we are always listening to customers to find out what their exact needs are. Where do the dealers fit in? We consider it a huge advantage that we have strong dealer support with each of our partners. Our dealers are talking with Taking telematics to the next level By Carolyn Magner Mason

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