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Trimble partners with Babcock to equip the UK Ministry of Defence fleet

Trimble has announced it is partnering with Babcock, which provides and manages the fleet of approximately 12,000 administrative vehicles for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

As part of a four-year agreement, Babcock will use Trimble’s field service management solutions to equip the MoD with tools to more efficiently manage its fleet utilisation, fuel consumption and driver safety.

Trimble was selected following Babcock’s appointment in 2011 as the service provider for Project Phoenix, under which they provide the overall fleet management and rental services for the MoD’s administrative transport requirements.

Partnering with Babcock, the Trimble GeoManager fleet management solution will be deployed across 12,000 of the MoD’s cars, light commercial vehicles and heavy goods vehicles (HGV).

Trimble GeoManager will provide Babcock and the MoD with real-time visibility into the day-to-day fleet operations, which will enable them to identify, manage and improve key areas such as vehicle utilisation, maintenance planning and customer service to optimise the overall cost of transport by reducing fleet size, spot hire spend, fuel costs and CO2 emissions.

In addition, Babcock will be implementing Trimble Driver Safety to enable the MoD to review driving behaviour across its fleet. Improvements in driving style and speed will not only help reduce accidents and vehicle downtime, but it can also lead to further reductions in fuel consumption.

“As a service organisation, delivering outstanding service to our customers is critical to our business and implementing the best-in-class technology to support this initiative is essential,” said Nick Earl, general manager of Project Phoenix at Babcock.

“Trimble’s comprehensive and scalable solutions allow us to provide the MoD with accurate management and reporting on all aspects of its fleet, which can lead to increased organisational productivity and reduced operating costs.”

Nick Mitchell, vice president of Global Sales for Trimble’s Field Service Management Division, added: “We are looking forward to partnering with Babcock to assist the MoD achieve its goals for this extensive project.

“As an established provider to the MoD for over 10 years, Babcock was looking for a partner to match their capacity in delivering the high demands of the contract.

“With the size and variety of the MoD vehicles as well as safety and security being a key concern, our corporate capability, proven track record and robust suite of solutions made Trimble the natural choice.”

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