Eddie Stobart rolls out new telematics solution 09 February 2017

Eddie Stobart is rolling out a new telematics solution across its 2,000-strong fleet, which will include in-cab ruggedised tablet devices.

The deployment of Microlise Fleet Performance and Journey Management follows a competitive tender, with the operator evaluating several solutions and comparing them with its incumbent system.

They predict the Microlise system – to be called Eddie Stobart Link – will deliver better driver support and safety, help to increase fleet utilisation and efficiency, and reduce fuel costs.

Key is the ability to compare ‘plan v actual’ routes, as is the Microlise DPM app, for driver performance monitoring.

Each tractor will also be fitted with a Microlise DriveTab – a 7-inch ruggedised, Eddie Stobart branded tablet giving access to truck-specific maps for navigation, journey information, two-way messaging and hands-free voice calls.

Eddie Stobart will also use the Microlise Safety Module, with its incident data recorder to provide information about driver and vehicle activity 30 seconds before and after any incident.

Microlise engineers are currently installing telematics hardware on the Stobart fleet, with the system planned to go live in the spring.

John Court, Eddie Stobart’s chief information officer, says investing in new technology is an important part of supporting business expansion: “Through Eddie Stobart Link, we will be right at the cutting edge of technology for our sector and continue to set the standards that others then undoubtedly follow.”

Court will be speaking at the Microlise Transport Conference on 17 May. Click the link below for more information or to register for a free place.

Laura Cork

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