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Vehicle tracking pays off

Furness Cars & Commercials, based in south Cumbria, has reviewed the performance of its vehicle tracking system over three years and reported a return on investment “three times over”.

With 22 breakdown and recov­ery vehicles, backed by fully equipped service vans, the family-run firm had changed to Route­Master, the cloud-based modular toolset from AGM Telematics.

It comprises three components: Planner, Dispatch and Tracking. Each module can be used individ­ually or together to provide an end-to-end logistics back office solution. RouteMaster’s maps are updated automatically every quar­ter and all software updates are free for the life of the system.

Using the system, Furness mon­itors the location of each vehicle and can organise job and work­load planning. Customers are kept aware of arrival times, while load­ing times can be recorded accu­rately.

The system also enables driver identification and, by using the power take-off function, the con­trol office can see when any given winch is in operation.

Furness director Gary Grieve said: “It’s about flexibility. We have tight fleet control along with the ability to manage fuel usage and monitor vehicle idling and indi­vidual driver behaviour.

“The tool has paid for itself probably three times over, and the back-up service from AGM is excellent.”

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