Trimble Transport & Logistics have stayed true to their mantra “transforming the way the world works” in launching their Truck4U and FleetXPS systems in Australia. These two telematics systems work in tandem for fleet management and logistical activities, and are similar to Trimble’s CarCube on-board computer system, yet offer a bevy of added features for operators and drivers.
Business Development Manager Tom Debeule believes Truck4U and FleetXPS will significantly benefit operators thanks to a high level of flexibility, thanks in part to cloud-based data storage.
“Transport companies can now deploy different types of telematics devices across their fleet to support the work that needs to be done in the field and they will not only communicate with the same back-office software but also share data with each other. All the information that is captured by the different devices is then stored in the cloud and is available in real-time via Trimble’s Web applications and services,” said Debeule.
The systems offer an open telematics platform, enabling transport operators to customise their telematics depending on the transport types, such as long haul, short haul, pick-up and delivery, recurring runs as well as subcontractors.
The Truck4U is an on-board unit, providing real-time fleet management and performing tasks such as vehicle tracking, panic alerts, accident reconstruction, engine management, automatic trailer ID, vehicle performance and multiple sensor support, all of which require no driver interaction.
The FleetXPS unit is a mobile on-board unit that links up wirelessly to Truck4U and is equipped with an integrated, high-quality bar code scanner and camera. It also provides current, and detailed information on the status and condition of runs, trips and consignments, from loading/transfer to digital proof of delivery. Other features include messaging, hands-free telephony, truck navigation with speed warning assists, an electronic logbook, fatigue management, as well as pre and post vehicle checks and real-time driver style scorecards.
All of this forms the basis for efficient and intelligent supply chain management.
“Collectively they are one of the most advanced analytic and data capture solutions on the market, allowing trucking companies to make much more informed decisions about how to best use their resources,” said Debeule.
“Drivers will now be able to use smartphone and tablet devices to perform tasks, cutting down the time required for reporting and paperwork – as well as establishing a closer link with their businesses,” said Debeule.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is also offered with the FleetXPS app for Android devices. The app allows connectivity to the Truck4U via WiFi to enable similar functionality as the FleetXPS device.
The FleetXPS app BYOD approach (either connected or not connected to Truck4U) enables functionalities to make it possible for fleet owners to manage subcontractors within the same fleet management solution.
All configuration and management of the different devices is controlled via the cloud and, if required, can be managed by the customer, ensuring the transport operator has full flexibility and control to manage its operations.
Visit Trimble for more information on the Truck4U and FleetXPS solutions.