Teletrac Navman, a global software-as-a-service provider that leverages location-based technology for GPS tracking solutions, today announced DIRECTOR® Weather, a new API integration powered by Weather Telematics. Accessible within the Teletrac Navman DIRECTOR fleet management platform, this tool delivers real-time weather-based road conditions and predictive weather intelligence up to 6 hours in advance so dispatchers can be advised of delays and safety risks.
Each year, extreme weather patterns and hazardous road conditions negatively impact fleet logistics, maintenance, productivity and, most importantly, safety. In 2017 alone, the U.S. experienced a historic 16 separate weather and climate disasters—the highest number of events during a calendar year since 2011, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. With DIRECTOR Weather, fleets mitigate risk through real-time access to weather-based road conditions including water, snow and ice, as well as inclement weather leading to visibility, hail, wind, lightning and hydroplaning risks.
“Weather data is beautifully rendered on DIRECTOR’s maps in conjunction with the usual vehicle and fleet information we display,” said Michael Bloom, Director, Product Management, Teletrac Navman. “What’s different from other weather applications is that we’re able to convert weather information and present that as road conditions visually on the map—what our customers really want to know in terms of weather.”
Information from this predictive data integration enables fleet managers and dispatchers to determine if a driver’s route needs to be adjusted or cancelled altogether, as far as six hours in advance. Two-way messaging, real-time and predictive weather conditions and on-the-fly rerouting by dispatchers help guide at-risk drivers, ensuring they take the necessary precautions and stay in control during adverse conditions.
“Weather Telematics employs a combination of actual weather conditions, data science and machine learning to offer fleets the unique ability to not only predict weather and weather-based road conditions, but also take any necessary actions to reduce driver risk during inclement weather situations,” said Bob Moran, CEO, Weather Telematics, Inc. “We’re excited to partner with Teletrac Navman and empower DIRECTOR users with dynamic weather data.”
For more information on Teletrac Navman DIRECTOR Weather features, visit the DIRECTOR Weather overview.