Penny’s Concrete Deploys the SmartDrive Video-based Safety Program Straight-to-Rollout
- Fleet expedites implementation citing strong ready-mix references
- Key to Penny’s decision was the fully-managed service SmartDrive provides and the flexibility of the SmartDrive SmartChoice™ Program
- Concrete represents SmartDrive’s fastest growing sector, which the company attributes to multi-camera coverage, ready mix-specific triggering and a program designed to capture risk unique to concrete fleets
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 27, 2018—SmartDrive Systems, a leader in video-based safety and transportation intelligence, today announced that Penny’s Concrete has adopted the SmartDrive® video-based safety program. A regional provider of ready-mix concrete and aggregate products in Kansas and Missouri, Penny’s Concrete made the decision to implement the SmartDrive system across its entire fleet of 130 vehicles based on results achieved by several ready-mix fleets already using the SmartDrive solution. Feedback from leadership at these peer companies gave Penny’s Concrete executives the confidence to deploy the SmartDrive program immediately without undergoing a pilot, in order to expedite return on their investment in the advanced safety technology.
“Safety is universal. If the SmartDrive program makes other fleets in our industry safer, we know it will extend to our fleet as well.” commented Cory Claxton, director of ready-mix operations and safety at Penny’s Concrete. “As a family-owned company, safety is of paramount importance. Every employee is a member of our family, and we sought a video solution to protect our drivers in particular. Based on the positive results from our initial case studies, we are excited to deploy the SmartDrive platform across our entire fleet.”
Since its founding in Lawrence, Kansas in 1976, Penny’s Concrete has consistently provided its customers with high-quality concrete products. Today, the company has 26 plants in 22 locations in central and eastern Kansas, as well as western Missouri, including the Kansas City metropolitan area. In addition to its concrete operation, Penny’s Aggregates provides sand and rock products in various locations.
“Safety is part of our everyday mindset,” continued Claxton. “We know our drivers are reliable and safe, however there are instances where our drivers are wrongfully accused of causing an incident. With the video-based safety program from SmartDrive, our drivers are protected. The SmartDrive program also enables us to proactively coach drivers on skills that need improvement, helping to prevent further incidents. The SmartDrive technology is a win-win-win for everyone—our drivers, our company and other motorists on the road.”
As part of its decision process, Penny’s leadership conducted an analysis to determine which SmartDrive product line was best suited for its fleet. The SmartDrive SmartChoice™ Program allows fleets to choose the video safety program that best meets their unique needs. This flexibility was a key factor in Penny’s decision, along with the SmartDrive fully managed service offering, which alleviates Penny’s management team from the tedious tasks of reviewing video footage and analyzing data.
SmartDrive also offers the SmartIQ® Ready-Mix intelligence package for companies in the concrete industry. Tailored for the unique needs of the ready-mix sector, the package provides insight that enables fleets to take proactive action to reduce the root causes associated with rollovers and other incidents, preventing injuries to employees and other motorists, while reducing costs. With multi-camera coverage, ready-mix specific triggering and a flexible program that can be customized to capture and prioritize risk unique to concrete fleets, the SmartDrive solution is rapidly gaining traction with companies like Penny’s.
“Penny’s Concrete is another example of a fleet choosing to skip a pilot program because of the immediate impact SmartDrive’s video safety program can have on the bottom line,” said Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. “Concrete has become our fastest growing sector, and we attribute this momentum to the fact that our platform is configurable to the risks specific to specialty fleets and the proven results it delivers. We’re proud Penny’s selected SmartDrive based on the success many other ready-mix fleets have experienced with our program, and look forward to supporting the company’s safety goals.”
The SmartDrive program ensures each driver and event is evaluated consistently, while providing a real-time stream of analyzed data that accurately measures a driver’s exposure to risk. It provides easy-to-use tools, such as driver scorecards, management reports and key performance indicators, serving up actionable insights so fleet managers can focus efforts on coaching the drivers who need it.
As a member of NRMCA, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Penny’s Concrete – along with many other members – are choosing the SmartDrive program to help make their fleets safer. To learn more, join SmartDrive in booth 402 at the NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference, September 29-October 1, National Harbor, MD. For more details, visit: https://info.smartdrive.net/nrmca
About SmartDrive Systems
SmartDrive Systems, the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s Customer Value Leadership Award for Video Safety Solutions gives fleets and drivers unprecedented driving performance insight and analysis, helping save fuel, expenses and lives. Its video analysis, predictive analytics and personalized performance program help fleets improve driving skills, lower operating costs and deliver significant ROI. With an easy-to-use managed service, fleets and drivers can access and self-manage driving performance anytime, anywhere. The company, which is ranked as one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, has compiled the world’s largest storehouse of more than 220 million analyzed risky-driving events. SmartDrive Systems is based in San Diego, and employs over 725 people worldwide.
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