Construction transport entails diverse challenges. Telematics-assisted internet services help you to meet these demands. Keeping tabs on the fleet at all times results in reduced operating costs and streamlined processes.

At the Mercedes-Benz stand, no. 104/204 in hall B4, Daimler FleetBoard is showing how flexible telematics solutions can be deployed to manage transport operations at and outside the construction site.

Companies work with FleetBoard Performance Analysis to systematically develop a fuel-efficient and wear-reducing driving style with their professional drivers, cutting costs and boosting motivation in the process. Objective assessment mechanisms ensure the comparability of individual driving performance across all brands, types of operations and model series. Performance Analysis accords due consideration to fuel consumption- and brake-related factors, as well as the operational profile. This means that every driver who spends a large proportion of his time at the wheel on rough terrain or with heavy payloads is assessed in a fair and objective manner. In order to determine the exact fuel consumption while stationary and while on the move, FleetBoard indicates the time spent stationary with the engine running. For the Wesling Group near Hanover, driver training with FleetBoard has spawned a reduction in the average fleet consumption level from 36 to 34 litres per 100 kilometres. The company has been managing transport operations from its own sand and gravel pits with the aid of FleetBoard since 2006. “With FleetBoard we are able to respond to customers’ inquiries immediately and our drivers are always en route with maximum efficiency”, says Bastian Niggemeier, authorised representative of Wesling.

Practical experience shows just how worthwhile a telematics system is in construction transport: the FleetBoard map view shows the vehicle coordinator the vehicles’ positions and the course of the trips at a glance – with time information on activated PTOs, active or inactive engine or ignition. It plans the trips in parallel with its monitoring functions and relays them to the vehicle together with the geo-coded destination and additional information, for display on the permanently installed or the terminal. The driver loads the destination directly in the navigation system with truck attributes and logs his progress by means of status messages such as start of work, arrival at loading point, waiting times, consignment note number, payload, etc. Illegible daily reports, queries by telephone or incorrect loads are a thing of the past; the driver is guided step by step through the work process. The vehicle coordinator is able to react to weather-induced delays in construction operations without even picking up the telephone. A message appears in the system automatically when trucks leave or enter production plants or construction sites.

Comprehensive daily analyses covering working hours and breaks, waiting times, laden and unladen mileage are possible and the statutory documentation and archiving requirements are met. Access to wheel times and rest periods at the touch of a button or fully automated download of the data are possible from the company headquarters, without a company card on board the vehicle.

Source: Daimler AG