UPS has rolled out telematics technology to its Singapore delivery fleet. The proprietary system works in conjunction with the Delivery Information Acquisition Device (or DIAD – a handheld device used by UPS drivers during deliveries) to gather data for analysis to improve safety, service and performance throughout UPS’s service network, according to report by NetworksAsia.

UPS vans and trucks have been equipped with energy informatics sensors that track and transmit more than 200 vehicle-related elements – ranging from a driver’s speed, number of reverses made, time spent idling or stopping, to how often the brakes are applied, and other data – to data warehouse computers for analysis using an in-house developed software program, according to the report.

The analysis is reviewed by UPS’s operations management team to identify safety breaches and inefficiencies, and then used to effectuate operational enhancements, according to the report.

UPS is also able to optimize maintenance of its fleet by analyzing mechanical variables and carry out repairs and maintenance on each vehicle only when required, as opposed to preventative-based maintenance following a fixed schedule. This reduces unnecessary costs without compromising on the need to keep the fleet roadworthy at all times and prevent breakdowns, delays and accidents on the road, according to the report.