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An installer has sought to alter the way its fleet works, introducing vehicle tracking to improve health and safety, tackle costs and boost efficiency.
The social housing telecare, fire safety and security installer Cirrus Communication Systems has a fleet management product, combining vehicle tracking, driver feedback and fuel monitoring. By monitoring speed and driver behaviour, Hampshire-based Cirrus is aiming to promote safer and more fuel-efficient driving by staff. As a result, the company aims to benefit from lower fuel bills, lower insurance premiums and less maintenance on vehicles.
Steve Russell, Head of Cirrus, said: “Due to the size of our mobile workforce, Cirrus wants to ensure the health, safety and welfare of those who need to drive company vehicles as part of their job. Through an investment in fleet management technology we can help mitigate risk and improve driving behaviour. By reducing our carbon footprint and servicing costs at the same time as improving productivity and service standards, our fleet operations can provide solid foundations for future business growth, reducing operating costs which in turn makes us even more competitive.”
TomTom reseller One Track UK Ltd worked with Cirrus to create a bespoke system with some 111 LINK 510 tracking units alongside ecoPLUS fuel management devices. ecoPLUS takes live data from the vehicle’s engine management system to give managers a picture of fuel efficiency. Data on fuel consumption and idling time, gear selection and revs per minute can be used to profile drivers, using the Optidrive indicator. Operating a workforce of more than 90 mobile engineers across the country, Cirrus intends to improve customer service through more efficient despatch and workflow management processes.
The system can also help Cirrus with tax compliance by keeping records of business and private mileage. Each device is fitted with a hardwired privacy switch to indicate business or private use, while drivers are allocated log-in details which allow them to manage logbook and trip data in the WEBFLEET fleet management software.
Giles Margerison, pictured, Sales Director at TomTom Business Solutions, added: “The bespoke nature of advanced fleet management systems means they can be tailored to deliver a wealth of returns, from reduced fuel costs and greater efficiency to better safety and an improved risk profile.”
Founded in 1991, TomTom (TOM2) is a provider of navigation and location-based products and services, based in Amsterdam; TomTom sells its products in over 35 countries. For further information, visit www.tomtom.com/business