The biggest benefit is that we’ve been able to verify that our drivers are safe. If we see a particular vehicle that is driving at a higher rate of speed, we can track it down to a driver and the individual manager will handle it with the driver.
Bob Zavada is the Director of Campus Safety and Security at Misericordia University. He manages a group of campus safety officers and all automobile insurance policies for every university vehicle across all departments.
Azuga Fleet Maintenance
Prior to Azuga, the university did not have a fleet tracking solution. Their insurance company, Philadelphia Insurance, offered them Azuga Fleet as a solution as part of their policy.
The primary challenge Azuga Fleet helps the university with is providing details when an accident or incident occurs with one of their vehicles out on the road. Bob and his team can log into the Azuga system and gather the details surrounding the incident - location, speed, etc.
In February of this year, Misericordia had one of their campus transportation vehicles stolen. The vehicle is a van used to provide off-campus transportation for students. The university driver stepped out of the vehicle for a short period of time, when someone jumped behind the wheel and stole it. Local law enforcement agencies were alerted for the vehicle. The van drove through several cities pursued by police and reached speeds over 90 mph. Due to safety concerns, the police discontinued the chase and notified all local authorities to remain on the lookout for the van.
Bob was able to access Azuga Fleet remotely from home, pulled up the breadcrumb for the stolen vehicle, and shared the real-time location of the vehicle with the authorities.
The officers recovered the van damage-free, estimated to be valued at $25,000, which helped the university avoid an auto claim and possibly an increase to their commercial auto insurance premiums. Most importantly, everyone was collectively relieved that students were not on board the vehicle when it was stolen.
The Azuga Fleet system has helped the university determine that their drivers are safe and provide supporting evidence when an incident occurs with one of their vehicles on the road. By participating in the PHLYTRAC program and having GPS devices installed in all their vehicles, the university receives a discount on their commercial auto insurance premiums.