GSA Fleet Activates Telematics Solutions, Saving ~$1.5M
June 8, 2022
New features available for 19,000 vehicles — largest increase for Fleet Telematics Program
WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Fleet team recently activated more than 19,000 new telematics devices. Telematics drive innovation by combining telecommunications and informatics to send, receive, and store data connected with fleet vehicles. By activating these factory-installed devices, GSA Fleet avoided approximately $1,455,000 in installation costs. As GSA continues to expand its telematics program, the agency expects to save a minimum of $775,000 annually in avoided installation costs for new vehicle acquisitions each year.
“This is the single largest increase in the history of GSA’s Fleet Telematics Program,” said Office of Travel, Transportation and Logistics Assistant Commissioner Crystal Philcox. “It brings the total number of telematics-enabled GSA Fleet leased vehicles to over 60,000.”
Telematics gathers data in real time and reflects actual vehicle usage. Usage details include trip duration, idling time, fuel use, and other data elements needed for inventory management. Telematics data can also be an essential component in determining which vehicles are suitable for electrification by analyzing their use in greater detail.
The vehicles were already equipped with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) integrated telematics, however not all features were activated. This OEM solution is a burden-free, shared government service for GSA Fleet and its leasing customers. It provides comprehensive fleet management data and automated mileage reporting.
This update also benefits federal customers by avoiding supply chain issues involving computer chip shortages used in aftermarket telematics devices. GSA Fleet is working with other vehicle manufacturers to expand this solution model and further scale GSA’s telematics deployment.
For additional resources about GSA Fleet telematics, visit www.GSA.gov/telematics.
About GSA: GSA provides centralized procurement and shared services for the federal government, managing a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million rentable square feet, overseeing approximately $75 billion in annual contracts, and delivering technology services that serve millions of people across dozens of federal agencies. GSA’s mission is to deliver the best customer experience and value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and the American people. For more information, visit GSA.gov and follow us at @USGSA