Travis Perkins extends Masternaut award-winning fleet management technology to an additional 1000 vehicles

Leading builders’ merchant and home improvement retailer Travis Perkins has confirmed that it is to roll out Masternaut’s award-winning fleet management system to a further 1,000 vehicles. This takes the total number of Masternaut optimised vehicles in the Travis Perkins commercial vehicle fleet to around 3000. The expanded use of the system follows last year’s acquisition by Travis Perkins’ of plumbing and heating company BSS Group.

“We have taken the opportunity to not only renew our Masternaut contract but to also expand the system to the rest of the fleet. For this extension, we have selected the latest mobile collection units and contactless interfaces to link each vehicle’s onboard systems to Masternaut. This will provide accurate monitoring, and highly detailed Business Analyser Optimark reports on vehicle use and activity, enhancing the quality of information we get from the live vehicle tracking system,” says Graham Bellman, Group Head of Transport, Travis Perkins.

“We are now able to see how driving styles affect vehicle efficiency so we can proactively manage driver safety as the system shows driving behaviour, even down to whether a seat belt is being worn. The reports show in fine detail a wide range of important information such as heavy braking, accelerating, speeding and excessive idling. With this additional investment we shall be able to extend the Travis Perkins Driver of the Year programme to other commercial vehicle drivers within the group; the system is a key tool in identifying the best driver in the fleet.”

Real-time vehicle tracking is part of Travis Perkins’ integrated transport solution. The real-time data feeds into the company’s Paragon routing and scheduling optimisation system, allowing planners to compare live activity against the plan. It also links to the company’s in-house developed PDA-based delivery management system.

The Travis Perkins group is the UK’s largest builders’ merchant and home improvement retailer, and includes leading brands including Travis Perkins, Wickes, BSS Industrial, PTS Plumbing Trade Supplies, Keyline, City Plumbing Supplies, CCF, Benchmarx, Tile Giant and Toolstation (Travis Perkins owns 30 per cent of the company). The company has more than 1,800 outlets nationwide.

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About Masternaut

Masternaut designs and delivers innovative solutions for managing the mobile workforce that enable customers and partners to achieve evolutionary step-changes in their performance and service delivery. Formed through the combination of established telematics providers, Cybit and Masternaut, the new Masternaut boasts the broadest range of telematics products, services and R&D capability in Europe.

The companies represented some of the fastest-growing private technology firms in Europe and were ranked 13th in the Sunday Times International Fast Track, having achieved more than 150% growth in sales during 2007-2010; whilst Masternaut was also featured in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Sunday Times Tech Track 100, and was also recognised on the Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA in 2009.

Masternaut has more than 550 employees and 10,000 customers across Europe and has been recognised by Berg Insight as Europe’s largest telematics provider.

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