Safety First: the HumaNav Road Safety and Driver Management feature
01 June 2021
01 June 2021
Road safety is a major issue for aid agencies worldwide, especially in warzones and developing countries where driving conditions are poor, accidents are frequent and piracy and carjacking are an ongoing issue. The HumaNav Road Safety and Driver Management feature has been specifically designed to address all of these challenges, making it a key tool for agencies and drivers alike in terms of reducing accidents, vehicle downtime, car thefts and fuel consumption.
Covering the entire fleet, the Road Safety and Driver Management feature helps to protect drivers, with every journey monitored from start to finish and access to an SOS button in the event of an emergency. The central platform tracks and updates safety information on both fleet and drivers and assigns a specific driver to each vehicle according to route, service hours and the requested mission. The vehicle’s onboard module then secures identification of that driver and monitors the entire journey, sending real-time alerts to the platform in the event of speeding, erratic driving or vehicle idling, or in the case of an accident.
The Road Safety feature goes on to provide detailed reports on vehicle activity, driver hours and driving behaviour (via a ranking system), as well as on any incident or accident through its automated Road Crash Reporting & Analysis Tool. Drivers can also be involved in the process, via a smartphone app that enables them to monitor results and witness for themselves the positive effects of the tool.
The benefits of the feature for aid agencies are multifold. Firstly, by involving them in the process, drivers are motivated to improve their behaviour, meaning that many accidents and incidents are avoided. This obviously reduces the risk of injury to drivers, passengers and third parties, but also extends vehicle lifespan and limits overall fleet costs in terms of maintenance and repairs and downtime.
Secondly, in combination with route optimization, less speeding and erratic driving reduce fuel consumption, cutting both the agency’s costs and their ecological footprint.
Created by the United Nations and the French space agency CNES in 2006, HumaNav is a real-time vehicle tracking and fleet management solution designed specifically for aid agencies. Now provided by Earth observation and monitoring specialist CLS, HumaNav tracks some 12,000 aid vehicles in over 120 countries worldwide via 100,000 mobile devices.
In addition to its Road Safety feature and core vehicle geolocation and fleet management tools, it enables users to monitor their fuel consumption and cold chain, to manage and predict maintenance, to pool and optimize their vehicles and to receive detailed reports for their entire fleet.