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Security Fleet Managers Driven to Steer Clear of Costs

Security's Fantastic Fleets Survey shows managers are literally getting more mileage out of their vehicles

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While still a leading cost center for installing security businesses, new developments and better tools have allowed vehicle fleets to serve as a prime example of efficiency optimization in the post-recession economy.

Fleet managers are fighting back against rising new vehicle, gas and insurance costs with strategic financing, superior fuel management, leveraging the power of GPS and smarter mobile devices, and rolling trucks less often thanks to software-centric solutions and remote diagnostics. And today’s vehicles are being built to higher standards of reliability and durability. At the same time, more refined graphics processes are helping security firms better market their services with some of the most colorful and eye-catching vehicles on the road.

These findings are reflected in SSI’s biannual 2014 Security’s Fantastic Fleets Survey — the industry’s only comprehensive project of its kind. The research features the responses of more than 200 North American company fleet managers and other supervisors or owners involved in making vehicle purchase decisions.

Some of the most noteworthy changes since the study was last conducted in 2012: vehicles are being kept in service longer (average 145K miles vs. 117K in 2012) and financed longer (13% of terms 60+ months vs. 2%); GM surpassing Ford as the top manufacturer; fuel cost falling from the No. 1 concern to No. 4; virtually no change in percentage of alternative-fuel vehicles (10%); a sharp rise in GPS usage across the board, including tracking speed (46% vs. 30%) and verifying timecards (38% vs. 25%); more employees taking vehicles home (86% vs. 73%); and higher average insurance costs in every coverage category ($2,456 vs. $1,898). A new question finds that 48% of field techs are now equipped with iPads or other tablet devices.

Check out our gallery for more facts and figures about managing security’s finest fleets.

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About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in person. The voluminous, innovative and award-winning body of work he has distinguished himself with since joining the publication in 1998 includes groundbreaking research, landmark features, leadership roundtables, high profile case studies, and many industry exclusives. Well versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media. He is responsible for developing many unique products and programs, including the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, Control Panel (industry’s first E-mail newsletter), Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ), Marketing Marvel, Installers of the Year, Integrated Installation of the Year, Security Industry Census, Systems Integration Study, Installation Business Report, Operations & Opportunities Report, Commercial End-User Study and Security’s Fantastic Fleets. Recognized for his relationship building, integrity and lead-by-example ethic, Goldfine is a solutions-oriented team player who advises and collaborates with industry dealer/integrator, consultant, distributor, central station and manufacturer icons, luminaries and executive business leaders on a daily basis. He is also actively involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), PSA-Tec, SAMMY Awards, International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC), Electronic Security Technology Summit (ESTS), Mission 500, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), ASIS Int’l, Honeywell CONNECT and other supplier conventions. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee and PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council. A certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast, Goldfine graduated with honors from Cal State, Northridge with a management degree in Radio-Television-Film. His professional media endeavors have encompassed magazines, Internet, radio, TV, film, records, teletext and books. Goldfine resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area with his wife, son and three cats.
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