“You would typically look at the map and all the stats related to it,” says Jimmy Thörnlöf, COO Jiricom. “You can zoom in, get a satellite view, and even track the vehicle if it’s stolen or know exactly where a vehicle was – or was not – if there is an accident. And because we’re a Swedish company, we think about things like snow. A lot of people complain that snowplows haven’t cleaned their road but with our system you can immediately see whether the snowplows have been on a particular road and when.”
Jiricom offers an extension for congestion fees, which allows you to automatically calculate business and person costs. You get an excel report that show tax, fares, different zones, etc., and there’s also a vehicle booking system.
“Just say you have 100 vehicles but 500 employees,” says Rickard Flodin. “You can book a car through the system, see which cars are booked and also get a notification in your calendar. You can also use the booking system to optimize your fleet because you can see whether you have enough cars or maybe you have too many. Lots of employees complain there are not enough cars, but usage reports can help you understand how or if you need to adjust your fleet.”
One of Jiricom’s biggest customer bases is municipalities and regions, which maintain significant fleets of vehicles in order to serve their communities.
“Municipalities and regions operate almost like they’re companies,” says Rickard Flodin. “There are a lot of different community needs they need to address – things like home healthcare or public safety – and these all require vehicles for staff. Our biggest public sector customer has connected around 700 vehicles to the Jericom fleet management solution and it’s an area where we will continue to grow.”
Beyond the public sector, Jiricom works with smaller companies, such as plumbers or craftsmen, where the small commercial fleet can benefit from Jiricom’s solution not just with the automatic driver’s log, but also by monitoring driver behavior and other factors that can lead to cost savings and even better public perception. If you have a driver who is consistently speeding or otherwise driving recklessly, your company’s reputation can and most likely will suffer. By tracking your vehicles, the data you collect can identify where there is a problem and allow you to rectify it quickly before it gets out of hand.
“Our third customer base is cooperation with other companies who white label our device,” says Jimmy Thörnlöf. “These would typically be a company that already has a number of products and/or services they offer to the market and who want to add a fleet management offering to their portfolio. This of course not only helps us sell our products, the re-seller gets a very good product, so everyone wins.”
IoT is at the heart of Jiricom’s solution – without connectivity nothing is going to work, so it’s critical that they have a good connectivity provider.
“We also need roaming,” says Jimmy Thörnlöf. “Our customer’s vehicles travel all over the country, as well as across borders, so we need to make sure our provider has the right roaming agreements to ensure connectivity no matter where the vehicle travels, so that we can collect data anywhere.”
Jiricom manages their SIMs through their own platform, as well as with Tele2 IoT’s connectivity management platform 2CONTROL, Cisco IoT Control Center. This allows them to address any challenges that arise, such as a device sending way too much data, quickly.
Jiricom sees its solution as a vehicle management system, one that makes it easy to not just control all aspects of your fleet, but also to get the insights you need to optimize it. The company is also expanding into new markets and is looking for new partners.
“We’re all about connected freedom,” says Rickard Flodin. “Right now, we’re connecting cars, but in the future, we could be connecting all sorts of things. What we do is try to provide the best devices and features on the market, with both hardware and software. We have complete system integration, from the service side to the unit you install – we have the whole chain, and we will apply that model to other solutions we develop.”
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