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Hope Construction to utilise TomTom telematics technology

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Hope Construction Materials is introducing TomTom Telematics technology to over 400 vehicles to improve sustainability and customer service. The enhancements come after Hope’s recent investment in 36 new Mercedes-Benz Euro-6 truck mixers. Installation of the integrated telematics system in cement tankers, tipper trucks and concrete mixers is well underway, with the entire fleet set to be connected by the start of 2015.

TomTom Telematics technology introduced to Hope’s 400-strong fleet

This new initiative will result in more efficient route planning, as well as providing data on vehicle movements, to ensure maximum efficiency, minimal disruptions and improvements for both drivers and customers. The SaaS platform TomTom WEBFLEET will integrate with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software SAP and allow the company to analyse data such as time spent at depots, time spent on customers’ sites, vehicle location and expected journey durations. The vehicles are also being fitted with the TomTom LINK tracking unit, which monitors vehicle trips, driver behaviour and provides fuel data access. Additionally, there will be a PRO navigation driver terminal in each vehicle with specific truck navigation algorithms to avoid road restrictions and help the driver use the most appropriate route.

The installation of WEBFLEET offers a number of advantages to Hope and its fleet of vehicles, providing the company with a great insight into the performance of the fleet and creating the opportunity to address incidences of unnecessary fuel usage or inefficient practice – including routing, idling, revving and harsh steering or braking. Furthermore, when a customer order is placed, the solution will allow Hope to send vehicles closest to the site to reduce waiting time for the customer. Efficient routing will also cut miles out of drivers’ journeys, greatly reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The accuracy of ETA will also mean Hope can warn customers if trucks are stuck in traffic and log the exact amount of time spent onsite so customers can be billed accurately.

Mike Cowell, Chief Operations Officer of Hope Construction Materials, said: "Reliability and understanding are key to Hope's organisational ethos so it is essential our service delivery both meets customer expectations and is flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstances. This can only be achieved by optimising efficiency across our fleet of vehicles through improved planning, scheduling and utilisation. TomTom WEBFLEET allows us to do this, while simultaneously reinforcing our clear commitment to sustainability."

Giles Margerison, Director UK and Ireland, TomTom Telematics, added: "The integration possibilities and scalability offered by WEBFLEET mean it will be able to grow and adapt in order to keep pace with Hope's ambitions to operate as efficiently as possible.”

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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