Trimble Navigation launches FleetWorks telematics solution

Trimble's FleetWorks telematic transport management system has been launched in Australia at an event held at National Information and Communication Technology Australia’s (NICTA) Future Logistics Living Lab in Sydney.

Trimble is a well known supplier of technology to transport operations in Europe and the USA, where around 140,000 vehicles have Trimble systems installed.

Tom Scahill, Trimble’s Business Director for Australia and New Zealand, said the high-tech solution would help transport operators overcome a range of critical business challenges.

The system has been designed to integrate seamlessly with existing back office applications and the on-board touch screen computer includes two-way messaging, navigation (with Australianised maps and information) and a driving style assistant.

“FleetWorks has demonstrated operational performance improvements across Europe while advancing driver safety standards,” said Scahill. “Our aim is to connect the driver and truck to the back end of the business.

“This is beyond black box fleet management,” he added before explaining that the FleetWorks system uses the 4G telecommunications network to provide a two-way flow of data that will improve operational efficiency, reduce costs and improve driver safety.

An added benefit is improved customer satisfaction as the FleetWorks system has provision to insert urgent orders, warn of possible delays and has the option to allow customers access to online delivery status information.

FleetWorks can be implemented with many business applications including SAP’s Transportation Management solution.

“Many of our Transportation Management customers in Europe and North America have implemented FleetWorks with SAP Transportation Management. The integration capabilities have enabled near to real-time communication between the FleetWorks mobile data terminals and SAP Transport Management, providing status updates, GPS location and Proof of Delivery,” commented Stephen Reid, Supply Chain Specialist with SAP in Sydney.

The Trimble FleetWorks system is currently being trialled in a number of vehicles belonging to a major Australian fleet.

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