The power of geo-fencing
With the use of geofences, trucks can be monitored as they pass through certain areas. Back-office users are then able to check the vehicle and its weight-load, and take instant action when issues arise.
The most significant advantage for operators is that if registered for the TMR interim OBM program, A-Double vehicle combinations at 79 tonnes are permitted. Previous vehicle combinations could only operate at 68t, carrying a 40ft and 20ft container for export. This solution allows the user to carry two 40ft or four 20ft containers.
The concept was documented to the satisfaction of TMR, which approved Teletrac Navman’s Interim OBM solution. After a successful trial period, SEQH implemented use of the OBM in September 2010.
Enhanced customer experience
This monitoring solution has resulted in significant productivity gains. With over 30 vehicles in SEQH’s fleet are making use of the system. “We make sure we develop import and export solutions together, so we can reduce the inefficiency of running empty,” Plummer says. “Being able to carry two 40ft containers at once was critical.”
The OBM system offers savings across the entire supply chain, predominately due reducing the number of trips taken by up to 50 per cent. Customers can also save more than 40 per cent in ongoing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions, and on-road community safety is increased with fewer vehicles on the road. “The advantages have been significant, and the benefits don’t reduce over time,” Plummer says. “Our customers have certainly benefited from lower pricing which allows us to remain highly competitive.”