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Telematics: Vet supplier upgrades system

Veterinary practices around the country depend on delivery of vital drugs and other products and look to major veterinary supplier W & J Dunlop to deliver
the goods.

In turn, Dunlop is relying on the latest Vehicle Management
Information (VMI) systems from telematics provider Minorplanet Systems to keep its delivery fleet
on track.

Dunlop’s has used VMI systems from Minorplanet for the
past seven years.

Now Minorplanet has completed a contract to upgrade the VMI systems in all 75 of the company’s delivery vehicles.

The latest VMI systems use GPRS wireless technology to
automatically transmit real-time information on vehicle position, speed and distance travelled to Dunlop’s transport and distribution hub at its Dumfries HQ and to its depots in
Gloucester, Stoke, and Bury St Edmunds.

It allows operators to instantly see on-screen where the delivery vehicles are in real-time, requiring
no driver intervention.

The map screen can be easily set up to show as many or as few vehicles as needed at any one time.

Dunlop’s managing director Neil Cooper said: “This upgrade means we no longer have to wait for reports and live tracks on our vehicles.

"The up-to-the-minute information is right there on the
screen whenever we need it so we can live-track our drivers right down to exact street mapping level.”

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