Verizon announced today that it is implementing the Networkfleet fleet management solution across its Verizon Wireless network, enabling more than 18,000 Verizon service vehicles to be equipped with the solution.

The Networkfleet solution - part of Hughes Telematics, which Verizon acquired last year – will be used in Verizon’s service fleet for improved monitoring, management and route optimization capabilities, the company said.

The software is part of the “all-Verizon” solution of telematics that the company is now offering to businesses of all sizes looking to improve operations by managing speed, fuel consumption, drivers and vehicles while optimizing vehicle use and routes using vehicle diagnostics to help hold the line on maintenance costs, Verizon said.

“As one of the largest commercial fleet operators in the United States, Verizon recognizes the challenges and opportunities associated with managing fleets and we continue to shape our offerings to help customers turn rolling assets into a competitive business advantage,’’ said  David Small, senior vice president and chief platform officer for Verizon Enterprise Solutions.  “We see the fleet management space as a tremendous opportunity and we will continue to work with our ecosystem to serve this growing market and are committed to innovating in the machine-to-machine space.” 

The Networkfleet telematics solution combines in-vehicle hardware and a web-based application to store, view and analyze data on specific vehicles as well as overall fleet performance. Vehicles are equipped with a GPS device that sends information to the Networkfleet Data Center over a secure wireless network. Key features include GPS fleet tracking; asset tracking; fleet maps; vehicle diagnostics with alerts; roadside assistance; preventative maintenance; and other fleet management tools.