RiverRidge invests in driver tracking with connected fleet management solution30 March 2021

Irish waste recovery specialist RiverRidge has invested in an integrated vehicle camera and telematics solution to maximise driver safety and compliance, while mitigating insurance risk on non-fault accidents.

The company appointed the Simplicity Group to install the Webfleet fleet management system, together with forward, side and reverse Mantis Live cameras, across its fleet of 150 vehicles and trailers.

“We needed a fully connected vehicle camera and telematics solution that was both robust and easy to use,” said Tony Kirkpatrick, transport and logistics director, RiverRidge.

“Simplicity Group have achieved this, plus integrated our tachograph, maintenance and fuel management - the result is a true fleet management solution supported by a local company.”

RiverRidge is using Webfleet’s OptiDrive 360 functionality to measure driver scores for safety and efficiency, while the integral tachograph manager remotely downloads drivers’ cards daily and automatically analyses infringements.

Remaining driving time and distance updates show RiverRidge managers how long each driver has left before they need to take a break to meet working time directive rules. Drivers use an app on their mobile phone to conduct a daily digital vehicle maintenance check, which is automatically sent to the back office via Webfleet to ensure compliance.

Meanwhile, integrated CAN-Bus fuel management also allows the company to monitor fuel consumption.

The Mantis Live DVR is equipped with a 4G multi-network SIM to provide the best connectivity available, ensuring vehicle cameras can be viewed live when needed. The Mantis evidence centre takes data from Webfleet Solutions, which has built-in crash detection, and automatically uploads footage to the cloud and the Mantis Live Smart Phone App.

In addition, RiverRidge will also be using Bridgestone to monitor its fleet’s tyre pressures and make the appropriate interventions to reduce punctures, cut vehicle down time and save fuel. “Under-inflated tyres have a higher rolling resistance, making them considerably less efficient,” adds Andrew Frizzell, national fleet executive at Bridgestone Ireland. “Maintaining the correct tyre pressure will lead to longer tyre life for both the new Duravis regional tyres on the front vehicle axle and the Bandag BDU2 retreads on the rear.”

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