SmartDrive Systems announced that Alamo Concrete Products, the U.S. subsidiary of Buzzi Unicem, has selected the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform with SR4 hardware as its video-based safety program.
“In a competitive pilot program across multiple plant locations, Alamo management realized the SmartDrive program delivered actionable data and insight to risk much faster than the competition, enabling the fleet to immediately take necessary steps to improve safety and prevent collisions,” San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems said in a news release.
Other factors that played a role in Alamo’s decision included “the platform’s superior camera imaging and resolution, intuitive coaching workflow and extended recording capabilities, which provides access to even more data,” SmartDrive Systems added.
“At Alamo, we believe that safety is everyone’s responsibility, from drivers to plant managers to executives,” said Gene Davis, Alamo safety and DOT compliance supervisor. “Safety and productivity are two of our highest priorities, and they go hand-in-hand; when safety improves, so does productivity. The SmartDrive program supports our safety and operational objectives today, and equips us with technology that will continue to meet our needs as the company and industry evolve.”
Due to a year-over-year increase in traffic and the increasing possibility of collisions, Alamo began researching technology to improve safety across its fleet of 445 vehicles. Ready-mix vehicles are uniquely prone to rollovers due to their high center of gravity and rotating drum, and the construction business demands backing and maneuvering in tight environments. These additional challenges require unique video-based safety configurations, leading Alamo to add the SmartDrive extended recording feature as part of its fleet-wide rollout.
“With the additional video footage, we can get even more insight beyond the standard video,” Davis said. “We now know what happened before and after an incident, and what led up to it. Additionally, we gain knowledge of the risk level at each site, how long an employee or vehicle has been on a jobsite and the cause of any vehicle mystery damage.”
Actionable data was paramount in Alamo’s decision, SmartDrive Systems noted. Standard KPI reports and SmartDrive SmartIQ data provide insight into safety problems and opportunities for improvement across the company’s plants and quarries. Alamo is an active user of Command Alkon’s Five Cubits telematics program, and the SmartDrive program easily integrates with Five Cubits to uncover new insights across its organization, according to SmartDrive Systems.
“Alamo Concrete Products Co. is an excellent example of a fleet that puts the safety and professional well-being of its drivers first,” SmartDrive CEO Steve Mitgang said. “Our program, coupled with our new transportation intelligence platform, is uniquely capable of identifying risk in ready-mix fleets – it’s why this sector is one of the fastest-growing in our business. Our intelligent algorithms and ready-mix specific risk reporting will help Alamo fleet operations, dramatically reduce collisions and improve overall fleet safety and operational efficiency.”