Fleets have a lot to consider when evaluating onboard computers and other mobile technologies, not the least of which is how to deploy a system to maximize return on investment.
During the American Trucking Association’s annual MC&E conference, Oct. 6, in San Diego, Calif., Deryk Powell announced a new “Deployment as a Service” model for Velociti, Inc., a company that provides technology deployment services. Velociti has been contracting with fleets to deploy technologies for 20 years.
Rather than pay for deployment services on a fixed cost basis, fleets can choose a customizable, subscription-based offering that incorporates all the phases of a technology deployment. These phases include project planning through post-installation repairs for the life cycle of the technology.
“Deployment as a Service spreads out up-front costs and includes lifecycle support services at a predictable cost for our customers,” said Powell, president of Velociti. Customers pay for deployment as a per-unit, per-month subscription. As an example, Powell said that for deployment of an onboard computing platform, this model would save a fleet 15 percent on total deployment costs over time. The typical term of the subscription is 36 months at about $8 per truck, per month.