Zonar, a provider of fleet telematics, remote diagnostics and mobile onboard computing (www.zonarsystems.com), held its first fleet management conference, The Zone 2013, last week at the Grand Hyatt Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.
The conference featured a range of industry speakers covering a variety of strategic transportation topics, including the latest trends in fleet management, impending CSA regulations, operational safety, driver retention, fuel efficiency and management best practices.
In addition, there were more than 80 educational breakout sessions, a transportation technology vendor fair and work one-on-one with product specialists interactive learning lab. The breakout sessions focused on three themes: Fleet Management, Transportation Safety and Regulatory Compliance and Fleet Best Practices.
Fleet Maintenance is a premium sponsor of The Zone.
"The transportation industry is rapidly changing," said Brett Brinton, Zonar's president and CEO. "Staying on top of industry news, technological developments and regulations can make all the difference in successfully managing a fleet."
The Zone is a great place for fleet professionals to expand their network, develop new skills and gain valuable knowledge and methods from experts and peers for improving fleet operations, he added.
One of the keynote speakers was Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer and administrative administrator with FMCSA. He discussed the core principle of FMCSA; provided information CSA regulations, its implications for the transportation industry and future plans for CSA; talked about new agency initiatives; and gave an update of federal safety and compliance efforts.
Other notable presenters, selected to offer The Zone attendees a greater understanding of possible future legislation and ways to improve their operation today, were:
- Annette Sandberg, past FMCSA administrator and CEO of TransSafe Consulting.
- Steve Keppler, executive director at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
- Rob Abbott, vice president of safety policy at the American Trucking Associations.
- Michael Martin, executive director at the National Association of Pupil Transportation.
- Gary Petty, president and CEO at the National Private Truck Council (NPTC).
- Tom Moore, senior vice president of education at the NPTC.
Zonar's fleet management conference also included speakers and entertainers. Among them were Mike Rayburn, known as the World's Funniest Guitar Virtuoso; noted business author and consultant David Goldsmith who wrote Author of Paid to Think; internationally popular comedian, John Pinette; and Jay Wendell Walker, named the undisputed champion of the 2006 San Francisco International Comedy Competition.
Zonar business partners, industry organizations and transportation experts make The Zone a very valuable event, said Chris Oliver, chief marketing officer for Zonar, who noted that the conference is not just for Zonar users.
"Any fleet executive interested in improving their operations through technology will walk away with new insights, best practices and valuable relationships that will help them immediately make improvements and better prepare for the future," he said. "We are pulling out all the stops to provide the information and tools fleet managers need to develop top performing fleets."
Zonar provides verified electronic vehicle inspection, fleet GPS tracking and remote diagnostics systems for public and private fleets. Its onboard computer and vehicle inspection devices help fleets optimize maintenance resources, increase driver performance, reduce fuel costs and improve CSA compliance.
Data is available in real-time through Zonar's web-based Ground Traffic Control software. Exception reporting and real-time alerts help fleet managers make instant decisions to improve fleet operations and reduce costs.
Last October, Zonar introduced its 2020 portable tablet to help fleets automate common processes and maximize operational value. The 2020 features Hours-Of-Service, electronic vehicle inspections, two-way messaging, instant driver feedback and advanced navigation.
The 2020's open Android platform provides fleet managers the ability to develop custom applications tailored to the unique needs of their fleet.