Trimble Navigation has launched in Australia its FleetWorks fleet management system, as part of the company’s expanded offering for the Australian transport industry.
Trimble FleetWorks telematics solution, designed for road-trucking fleet operators, is a sophisticated positioning solution for fleet management combined with on-board computers and a back-office system. The solution monitors and reports on driving performance in real time, assisting fleets to operate more efficiently, safely and with less impact on the environment.
Tom Scahill, Business Area Director, ANZ, Transport and Logistics Division, Trimble Navigation said the solution would help transport operators overcome a range of critical business challenges.
“FleetWorks has demonstrated significant operational performance improvements across Europe while advancing driver safety standards. We believe the FleetWorks solution is the most sophisticated transport solution designed specifically for trucks available in Australia,” Mr Scahill said.
“Typically, a fleet will see a return on their investment in FleetWorks after six months through cost savings achieved from a reduction in fuel usage and an increase in driver productivity. Fleets can also expect to see savings from lowered maintenance costs and fewer insurance payouts to repair vehicle damage and workers compensation.”
The on-board computer can locate individual vehicles in real time, as well as offering a wide range of additional functions, including logging of driving and vehicle data, navigation assistance, two-way communication and transmission of transport orders from the InterLAN shipping application.
The solution has been designed to integrate seamlessly with existing applications, and the on-board touchscreen computer includes two-way messaging, navigation and a driving style assistant that provides instant feedback to the driver to help them adopt and maintain an ecologically responsible driving style.
A trial of the FleetWorks solution is currently underway, with a fleet of prime movers fitted with on-board computers reporting back to a centralised office so far achieving very positive results.
New ANZ division and key appointment
Trimble also announced the establishment of a new Transport and Logistics division, a senior appointment, integration partner and industry partnership.
The new division, Trimble Transport and Logistics ANZ, will be led by Tom Debeule. Mr Debeule has been appointed as Business Development Manager, having previously worked at Trimble’s Transport and Logistics headquarters in Europe.
Trimble’s Transport and Logistics division has been established to assist road transport fleet operators compete and excel in an increasingly competitive market, characterised by higher customer expectations and more stringent legislative requirements and the need to improve safety for employees and the public.
Trimble and SAP strengthen partnership with compatible offering
With its open, modular and scalable architecture, the FleetWorks solution can be implemented with business applications, including SAP’s Transportation Management solution.
“Many of our Transportation Management customers in Europe and North America have implemented FleetWorks with SAP Transportation Management. The integration capabilities have enabled near-to real-time communications between FleetWorks Mobile Data Terminals and SAP Transportation Management, providing status updates, GPS locating and Proof of Delivery to all relevant users of SAP. SAP and Trimble hope to emulate this success in Australia and New Zealand,” said Stephen Reid, Supply Chain Solutions, SAP.
Trimble joins Future Logistics Living Lab Network
Trimble demonstrated the solution at the Future Logistics Living Lab at NICTA’s Australian Technology Park offices in Sydney. Trimble has signed up to become a participant of the Future Logistics Living Lab network, an initiative of SAP, NICTA and Fraunhofer to encourage technology innovation in the logistics industry.
Speaking on behalf of NICTA, Dr Glenn Geers, Technology Director, Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics said “In the Future Logistics Living Lab, NICTA is working with 27 industry participants to make transport and logistics operations more efficient. Trimble is a perfect fit – it’s great to have them on board.”
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