Council’s fuel bill is cut thanks to fleet tracking technology09 March 2010

Nottinghamshire County Council says it is seeing the fruits of investment in new equipment to monitor its vehicles, fleet and personnel around the clock, courtesy of Masternaut Three X.

The real-time tracking technology has allowed the council to improve customer service and safety, and also cut costs at the same time. Claims of reducing fuel consumption by 1,500 litres have also been mentioned.

Nottinghamshire County Council now has the ability to track more than 200 vehicles, including gritters, gully cleansing vehicles, vans, trucks and lorries. Mobile plant, such as diggers, tractor mowers and wood shredders, will also be on its radar.

Mick Monaghan, projects manager, highway operations, Nottinghamshire County Council, reveals that the council has already reduced the number of hired vehicles in the fleet, thanks to swift location of the suitable equipment already on the fleet.

"This is a powerful and comprehensive solution," says Monaghan. "It gives us a bird's eye view of our resources and monitors activities in real time, as well as providing historical records for every vehicle and piece of plant.

"That helps to boost our efficiency levels and deliver service improvements to our customers. It also provides two-way communication for lone workers so that managers can keep in touch with staff whenever they are out on site."

Initial deployment started in October 2009 and was completed earlier this month. The monitoring package includes Masternaut's vehicle tracking, Lokate lone-worker personal communication, and discrete Asset Track plant security devices.

John Challen

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