Transports Sotrami has deployed Trimble’s telematics software solutions and next generation CarCube on-board computer that operates faster, enhances navigation capabilities and automates the management of driving hours to improve operations.
The Rethel (France – Ardennes) based transport SME Sotrami has about 30 industrial vehicles. The fleet of tractors and semi-trailers displays the company’s slogan in red and yellow: “L’urgence au quotidien” (“Urgent transport, every day”). Sotrami provides fast transport operations in a variety of industries ranging from automotive and pharmaceutical to food-processing. For over 6 years, they have been using Trimble’s CarCube on-board computers and telematics software. In March 2016, Sotrami installed the next generation CarCube.
In the back-office, transportation managers can also see a marked difference in the system as well: “We welcome the improved truck display on the Trimble track and trace map in the FleetWorks back office application,” explains Tomezak. With improvements in location capabilities, the vehicle position is even more precise. CoPilot Truck, the truck-specific navigation software from ALK, a Trimble Company, also provides a larger scale of setting options.
“With CoPilot Truck drivers have the ability to customize their routing profiles based on vehicle dimensions and load their hauling, drivers also have more viewing features such as 2D or 3D view, display of driving instructions, display of speed alerts, alternative route calculations on the road, lane guidance indicators with display options and much more.”
In regard to automating administrative tasks, the director said: “The next generation CarCube (version 6) supports the remote download of digital tachograph data without a company card being required in the on-board system. This was not possible with the previous hardware generation.”
The Trimble on-board computers were installed by Philippe Germy, a Truck Mechanic at Sotrami.
The improved performance of the CarCube is due to a more powerful processor but also to a new and very reactive “flash” memory, which replaces the old hard-disk memory.
“The CarCube is silent; there’s no longer noise associated with the hard-drive memory processing,” adds Philippe Germy. The new touch screen, in 7-inch colour format as before, has a new panel which is more responsive with a higher resolution.
“The colour contrasts as well as the screen display have been improved and this increases the readability and eye comfort,” said Jean-Michel Rouchy, a driver at Sotrami. The international long-haul truck driver also sees significant progress as to the responsiveness of the on-board computer.
“The typical ease of use and ergonomics of the CarCube remain unchanged,” said Fabien Dusserre, director of Trimble Transport & Logistics France. “The new CarCube V6 marks real progress, but the functional features, which made the success of the CarCube, remain unchanged. It’s also important to note that the new hardware unit can be added to a fleet, which is already equipped with older models. Whatever the generation, the computers are compatible with the FleetCockpit platform from Trimble. The hardware upgrade remains the customer’s choice.”
About Transports Sotrami
Transports Sotrami is a Rethel (France – Ardennes) based company which has been specializing in fast transport services since 1995. The company provides customized transport solutions from 1 kg to 30 ton throughout Europe. With 30 vehicles in its fleet, Sotrami operates in a wide range of industries: automotive, pharmaceutical, food-processing, high value-added products, events, dangerous goods and fresh products.