Security tracking system gave unexpected bonus to skip hire firm
Published: 24 August, 2015
A vehicle tracking system fitted as a security measure after one of its lorries was stolen 10 years ago, has paid dividends in other ways, says Bourne Skip Hire Director Chris Seggie.
The Peterborough-based recycling and waste management specialists fitted the routeMASTER vehicle tracking thinking it would 'come in handy in the event of another theft'.
‘As time has gone by, we have benefited from the system in many other ways,' said Chris Seggie.
The routeMASTER vehicle and driver tracking system enables BSH to track their entire fleet in real time while monitoring each individual job and delivery. ETAs are automatically updated which, says Chris, allows the traffic team to keep customers in the loop.
BHS is also able to download individual driver's time sheets and keep a check on any disparity between time punched and actual vehicle activity over the working week.
‘We run a diverse and busy operation from two depots, each with a 15 mile radius, and we make around 7 to 8 drops and collections every day,' said Chris.
‘The service covers most aspects of waste disposal, along with private and commercial skip hire, our Junk Squad house and retail clearance service and even a dedicated ‘man with a van' for fast ‘pick-up and go' requirements. Also, with our own waste transfer station we maintain a high percentage of recycling.
‘All of this comes under the watchful eye of the routeMASTER system, which means that we keep tabs on every job at all times during the day.'
The minute-by-minute journey details provided by the system include vital data regarding the actual way that the vehicle is being driven, including high acceleration, braking and cornering.
Cloud-based and accessible using PC, iPhone, iPad or android devices, the information can used with to help grade and improve individual drivers' performances.
‘What started as a simple method to solve a potential vehicle theft, ended up as an integral part of our everyday business,' said Chris.
‘It has certainly paid for itself and without doubt, the technical back up service is faultless.'