With FleetXPS, drivers use a mobile device that can be used for proof of delivery, barcode scanning and damage registration, while the Truck4U fixed on-board computer enables driving style analysis. For the Bas Group, this investment means getting acquainted with Trimble again, after seven years.
Bas Group won the TLN Entrepreneurs Award 2015, in part due to the evident entrepreneurial spirit, courage and professionalism. FleetXPS and Truck4U, Trimble’s solutions for transport and logistics will play an important role in realising their ambitions for growth.
“Trimble is a streamlined operation like our own with very few organisational layers and which therefore has a service-oriented approach. The maintenance contract was also particularly attractive to me. It means that every minor adjustment is not going to incur an additional charge. We simply pay a monthly sum that covers all maintenance costs”, explains Bas.
Since starting to use the new transport management and planning system both of their divisions are operating on the same IT platform. It includes tracking the trucks and communicating with drivers. Which gives them the flexibility to plan for all of their trucks across both divisions. Now that FleetXPS is available, they’re going to install the solution in combination with Truck4U, the permanent built-in on-board computer without display.
“A lot of other on-board computer suppliers offer solutions with two devices: a regular on-board computer to go in the truck and a mobile barcode scanner for use outside the cab. With that type of solution you can be sure to lose the mobile device when loading or unloading. With the FleetXPS from Trimble drivers will be more careful because they will need it to continue their journey”, says Bas.
FleetXPS supports a large number of the usual on-board computer functionalities:
- communication between planners and drivers
- tracking the planned journeys
- registration of hours worked and truck navigation
- barcode scanner to scan the pallet label upon delivery
- integrated camera to keep a record of any damage or take a picture to prove that seals have not been broken
Bas wants to activate a number of these functions as soon as this system has been fitted on a significant portion of the fleet.
Truck4U will also be installed alongside FleetXPS. Truck4U is a built-in on-board computer without display, but with a tachograph and CANbus connection for monitoring driving times and producing engine management data read-outs. This data means driving behaviour can be analysed in real time and fed back to the drivers through the FleetXPS display. Bas Group will also use this data for Driver Plus, their driver training programme.
7 years ago the Bas Group started using our former products. In 2013 there followed a new selection process from which Trimble was chosen. Bas Group found that WinSped (LIS) offered them a new transport management system with an integrated planning system.
“The existing CarCubes are working excellently. We will therefore only install FleetXPS and Truck4U when we want to replace those vehicles”, explains the CEO, who has a lot of faith in the completely updated IT platform. “Over the last few years we have invested in new on-board computers, a new TMS and WMS. It’s now time to use those systems to optimise our processes. Only then will we reach our ultimate goal: to grow without having to invest in new staff.”