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KS Industries Selects SmartDrive to Enhance Motor Vehicle Safety Program


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SAN DIEGO--May 14, 2014: SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, today announced that KS Industries, LP, a leading provider of engineering, fabrication, maintenance, and construction services, has deployed SmartDrive's event recording system across its fleet of high-risk, high-profile vehicles to proactively reduce collisions and improve safety.

Serving a number of hazardous industries, including upstream oil and gas production, natural gas treating and transportation, refining, cogeneration, heavy industrial and all types of pipelines, KS Industries enhanced its Motor Vehicle Safety Program to capture risk and improve the safety of drivers operating in grueling work environments.

KS Industries previously relied on more than 1,300 GPS units to monitor driving performance, yet found the data generated could not thoroughly or accurately detect erratic or risky driving within its high-profile vehicles. Seeking a solution that would enable it to predict and proactively manage risk, KS Industries selected SmartDrive's video-based safety program for its actionable insights into unsafe driving. Risky driving events are recorded, reviewed and prioritized by SmartDrive's driving experts for follow-up, improving the effectiveness of coaching sessions while also saving time. The technology has been installed in KS Industries' vehicles, both transporting passengers and carrying specialty equipment with high rollover potential.

"Due to the high-risk nature of the industries we serve, especially oil and gas and construction, creating a world-class safety culture is our number one priority," said Bret Kingsbury, vice president of KS Industries. "Given that 75 percent of tank rollover crashes result from unsafe driving behaviors, we selected SmartDrive for its insightful analytics and reporting. The technology captures a wide-range of unsafe events with its platform and direct connection to the engine that go well-beyond what a GPS system is able to deliver, allowing us to isolate high-risk events with tailored coaching and ensure that our drivers come home safely," added Eric Crozier, corporate fleet manager for KS Industries.

SmartDrive's unique open-platform approach captures the broadest spectrum of risk by combining vehicle and driver information to provide a unified view of incidents, delivering a true picture of what's happening on the road, and ensuring that fleets are focused on the right areas to improve safety and reduce costs.

"Fleets that operate in high-risk work environments require fast access to critical information to keep its drivers, vehicles and cargo safe and we are proud to have been selected by KS Industries to aid with this important mission," said Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. "Our open, configurable platform delivers immediate results by helping fleets quickly identify exposure, isolate and eliminate the highest risk areas, and prevent future events from occurring with an effective and measurable video-based safety program."

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