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New service offers help online

A NEW online fleet management service for vans has been launched offering real-time updates on driver performance to cut vehicle running costs.

Fleet OnLine, from BT RedCARE, part of BT Retail, uses the GSM phone network to relay the data relating to a vehicle's performance to a computer desktop within 24 hours of an event occurring.

Fleet OnLine measures engine revs, harsh braking, acceleration, speeding, excessive idling, fuel consumption, drivers' start and end times, and overall mileage. Operators are also able to track the location of their vehicles if the GPS (Global Positioning System) option is fitted.

BT RedCARE created Fleet OnLine in association with VDO Kienzle Automotive. The service employs VDO's hardware to monitor both HGV and van performance via a 'Black Box', that transmits data over the BT Cellnet GSM network to BT RedCARE's host system that analyses the data before sending it out to the customer over the Internet and via email. Once the fleet manager has set the parameters, email alerts with access to detailed reports are sent to the customer if a particular event occurs.

For example, the fleet manager will know almost immediately whether a driver is working when they should not be, exceeding the speed limit, or burning unnecessary fuel.

Simon Scott, general manager, BT RedCARE, explains: 'Many systems promise efficiencies and cost savings but few actually make it easy.

'Currently, most operators are required to collect vehicle data physically from the cab itself and then they have to wade through many reports to find the information they need, which means that precious time is wasted gathering and analysing data, before it can actually be put to good use.

'Fleet OnLine does not require a complex IT infrastructure or driver training and is set to make significant cost savings for UK-based fleet businesses.'

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