State begins rollout of software to automate vehicle management
CHANTILLY, VA, May 16, 2012 -- The State of West Virginia has selected FleetCommander fleet and motor pool software to automate its shared-use motor pool management, which includes an online reservation system with integrated key control for vehicles in selected state agencies and educational institutions across the state. The announcement was made today by Agile Access Control, Inc. (Agile), creator of FleetCommander.
According to Steve Brightwell, project manager for the West Virginia Department of Administration's Fleet Management Office, state vehicles are used for business use by employees, whose responsibilities take them to geographically dispersed locations throughout the state.
"Fleet vehicles are critical to the work of state employees because many must travel several hours away to do their work, not just minutes," says Brightwell. He added that with the high number of miles travelled by employees across the state, FleetCommander vehicle utilization reports will be a critical component. "Getting an accurate handle on utilization will be essential when we are deciding whether to replace vehicles," he says.
According to Brightwell, the State of West Virginia's deployment of FleetCommander will begin with the launch of a pilot program within its Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to automate manual shared-used vehicle fleet management processes. Manually reserving vehicles, keeping paper mileage logs, keeping track of keys, and paper maintenance logs, have all become very time consuming," Brightwell says. "Automating with the latest fleet technology and making fleet management user friendly and more technologically advanced is a goal of the West Virginia Fleet Management Office," he says.
"We are very excited about the pilot and can't wait to get it up and running. We want to show other agencies in our state how easy it will be to automate practices they are now doing by hand," says Brightwell. "Our goal is to show them how a report that once took 30 minutes to create will now take 30 seconds." Brightwell estimates fleet management time to be cut significantly when this software is in place.
The deployment of FleetCommander in West Virginia is in line with the state's Green Fleet Initiative, launched last year. Among the effort's goals is to "optimize fleet size by eliminating or reassigning unused or underutilized vehicles while promoting carpooling."
Clay Chandler, Executive Director for the State's Fleet Management Office summarized this initiative by saying, "In an era of economic downturn and reduced tax revenues, relying on fragmented legacy systems and "stop-and-go" manual interfaces will simply not be an option for state agencies who wish to remain relevant and be viewed as the best value by the state's citizenry."
"We are looking forward to rolling out FleetCommander across agencies and organizations throughout the great State of West Virginia," says Agile President Ed Smith. "We are pleased that our product will support their Green Fleet Initiatives by giving them the data they need to understand vehicle utilization and achieve those objectives," says Smith.
About Agile Access Control, Inc.
FleetCommander creator Agile Access Control, Inc. is a technology company headquartered in Chantilly, Va., which serves fleet and motor pool managers in the university, government, utility and commercial sectors. Agile's FleetCommander software is a powerful, highly configurable, web-based application that streamlines the use of vehicles through easy-to-use software, and presents real-time data in the form of intuitive dashboards, graphs, gauges, online forms, and a wide variety of reports. The suite of FleetCommander technology tools also includes Agile FleetShare™, car sharing technology that offers keys-in-the-car access to geographically dispersed vehicles with a scanned ID card at the windshield; unstaffed check-in at kiosks, secure key control and key boxes; in-vehicle utilization and diagnostic devices; GPS solutions, and much more - all tied into the FleetCommander fleet and motor pool software. Resulting in lower vehicle and personnel costs and higher customer satisfaction, FleetCommander can be used as a stand-alone, customized fleet management system or integrated with an organization's existing fleet systems. For more information, contact Agile Access Control, Inc. at 408-213-9555 x1 or email@example.com or visit http://www.agilefleet.com.