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State of Arkansas awards fleet management contract (with related video)

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The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has selected San Diego–based Networkfleet to implement a GPS fleet tracking system. The system will be used to track 2,400 on-road vehicles that are used for highway maintenance, law enforcement, transportation, administration and construction in the Razorback state. The department will use the system to help analyze utilization, track vehicle location and improve efficiency for about 2,400 state vehicles.

The GPS fleet tracking system has reporting capabilities that will give the department the information it needs to understand how different vehicles in varying divisions and districts are being used, and how to apply that information to improve fleet efficiency.

The contract was awarded through the Staples, Minn.-based National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), a member-driven group-purchasing agency that serves more than 48,000 members in education, government and nonprofit entities.

Networkfleet’s past fleet work was a factor, according to a press release. In awarding the contract, the Arkansas department made its decision based on the company's experience in the areas of engine diagnostics, installation, customer support, training and warranty management.

"As a public agency, we are looking for ways to improve our efficiency," said Danny Keene, division head of equipment and procurement at the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. "Networkfleet will help us evaluate our vehicle usage, identify problems early in our maintenance program and reduce our overall operating costs. Increasing our accountability to the public that we serve is a top priority for the state. Networkfleet's GPS tracking capability will help us accomplish that."

Networkfleet is a Verizon Communications company, and is a provider of wireless fleet management services. The company's technology combines vehicle diagnostic monitoring with an online GPS fleet tracking system.

View a video of an official from the Eastern Municipal Water District in Riverside County, Calif., who talks about return on investment after installing a Networkfleet GPS fleet tracking system.

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