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Elis, formerly known as Berendsen – the laundry and linen hire company, has integrated telematics and video surveillance to gain in fuel efficiency for its 750-strong fleet of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and light commercial vehicles (LCVs). IP cameras by Axis Communications were installed by Axis’ partner ICanProve.IT, that can record a 360-degree view of the outside and inside of vehicles at all times. This video footage has given telematics data visual information about driver behaviour. Now that unsafe practice or driving that increases fuel consumption can be logged, the installation resulted in a 12.7pc increase in fuel efficiency across the fleet, and a fall of 58pc in driver related incidents.

AXIS F44 and F41 network video cameras are in the cabs, alongside a mix of wide-angle cameras including the AXIS F1005-E and F1035 HD fisheye lenses. These monitor events on and off the road, whether dangerous driving or theft from a vehicle.

Peter Kelly, Group Compliance and Fleet Manager at Elis, says: “To help improve the fuel efficiency and safety of our fleet, we set strict targets regarding CO2 emissions, safety and compliance and management information. The reports that the system generates and sends to relevant managers now form the basis of driver debriefs, which has been vital in addressing these targets. If, for example, an event occurred as the result of evasive action to avoid a potential collision, the camera footage would support the driver if an insurance claim had been made. Otherwise, advice or training can be offered to improve driving performance.”

Gavin Urtel, Managing Director at ICanProve.IT, says: “When it comes to helping improve driver behaviour, managers can review footage with drivers to discuss exactly what caused the need for harsh breaking or acceleration, helping address issues in a positive way. Managers can also tailor training for each driver; one may struggle with fuel economy, whereas another might be found to brake harshly. Individual targets for improvement can then be agreed.”

And Lucas Young, Business Development Manager, Transport at Axis Communications, says: “The results from this installation are incontrovertible. In working with ICanProve.IT and Axis, Elis can be assured it is utilising best-in-class IP technology, which generates data that is useful and actionable. A 12.7pc improvement in fuel efficiency, 58pc decrease in unsafe driving and an almost complete eradication of incidents of speeding has only gone to cement the benefits of integrating telematics and video data. We are delighted that Elis and ICanProve.IT share our philosophy of making our world a more safe, secure and sustainable place to live and work, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

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