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Navman Wireless vehicle tracking not only has many benefits, but it also benefits many people. And when done right, benefits can multiply in unforeseen ways. Whether it’s using the data to reassign vehicles to jobs or to plan your next vehicle purchases, your business will spend more time doing productive work.

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A vehicle fleet is one of the biggest investments for any business and yet many businesses leave their fleet management to guesswork and uncertainty. A vehicle tracking system from Navman Wireless will provide you with complete and accurate records of all the data you need for effective, economical operation of your fleet and drivers, saving you time, money and fuel, helping you comply with legislation and enabling you to take control of your business.  Take a look at our infographic below to find out how.

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To find out more about how you can get the most out of vehicle tracking please click here http://www.navmanwireless.co.uk/products/professional-services/.

 

Every customer is unique, every situation is different. Businesses turn to Navman Wireless for lots of reasons. But, in most cases, it distills down to a single word: Trust.

Over time, with the right mix of products and people, you begin to build a reputation for delivering the goods. We’re proud that our vehicle tracking is helping more than 17,000 businesses reduce fleet running costs and become more efficient.

Those relationships are founded on a genuine interest in creating win-win scenarios that make everyone’s business grow.

Selecting Navman Wireless as member of your team and a contributor to your business success is a significant vote of confidence. We’d be pleased to apply our experience, solutions and results on your behalf and start to gain your trust.

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Blog ImageIf you talk to Ian Jarvis, Financial Controller of Canal & River Trust, the charity responsible for managing inland waterways in England and Wales, about the importance of fleet management software, he will inevitably mention how it is contributing to his organisation’s efficiency drive.

Since installing Navman Wireless vehicle tracking across its fleet of 420 vehicles and 217 boats, which make up the front line maintenance force working on 2,000 miles of canals, rivers and locks. Canal & River Trust has reduced its operational vehicle mileage by over a million miles, saving 78,000 litres of fuel and 206 tonnes of carbon, not to mention improving driver behaviour and safety.

These are the kind of metrics that everyone, particularly those charged with managing the finances of an organisation, like to see, and Navman certainly delivered the ROI Jarvis had hoped for after investing in a fleet tracking system.

The Financial Controller of Canal & River Trust, however, has been equally impressed with Navman’s “adaptability” and “flexibility” in making their fleet management system fit for purpose for the £160 million-a-year charity.

“The tracking and the performance data was the most important component for us. That’s what we wanted to focus on,” Jarvis said. “But we also needed something that we could work with and use for our purposes. We felt Navman was an organisation we could work with.  There seemed to be flexibility there to a degree that maybe there wasn’t in other fleet tracking suppliers.”

Jarvis cites Navman’s ability to integrate Canal & River Trust’s extensive and unique map of 2,000 miles of canals, rivers and locks into their GPS fleet tracking system as a prime example of what he calls ‘customer focused customisation.’

“We’re a very geographically organised business and we use mapping extensively in the business so we’ve actually brought into the Navman maps, all of our canals, all of our locks, all of our bridges.” Jarvis said. “They’ve all been put into Navman’s maps so that we can see not only is a vehicle on the A46 but that it is near to lock 27. The fact that a vehicle is on the A46 means nothing to us.  If it’s near lock 27, that means everything.

“And in terms of being able to deploy vehicles accurately and quickly, this customisation is very important, because we won’t have an emergency on the A46, it will be at lock 27, so again we can use that data to deploy people and that was always very much the long term aim of this. We wanted a fleet management software that meant something to us.”

Read the full Canal & River Trust Case Study.

Read this blog, get the guide and deliver improvements, says the UK’s leading refrigerated transport expert David Thorley.

Generic-Social-ImageTransporting temperature sensitive goods can be a very demanding task. We often hear how the cold chain needs to synchronise more than ever to improve the efficiency of maintaining product at the correct temperature whilst meeting exacting delivery schedules. This requires a combination of science, process and technology and the stakes are high. Billions of pounds of produce is spoiled each year and the challenge increases with the ever demanding fast-paced, short-lived perishable supply chains in which products can flow from source to customers within a matter of weeks, days, and sometimes hours.

Why controlling temperature in transport presents a challenge to fleet managers. Fleet managers in the cold chain face their own set of issues. Ensuring product temperature during transport is one of their biggest challenges. Keeping perishable products at the precise temperature, from warehouse to truck to final destination, is critical. If the temperature in a trailer drops even a few degrees, product can deteriorate quickly, costing companies thousands of pounds. Furthermore, customers are increasingly demanding proof of cold chain integrity to ensure that the perishable products they receive have been cared for correctly during every step of the supply chain. To compound the situation; handling temperature-sensitive, perishable freight makes dealing with regulations even more challenging.

Refrigerated fleets of all sizes can now improve temperature control and simultaneously drive down operating costs.
It can be a major headache for the cold chain, which is exactly why we decided to produce Keep Your Cool, our independent guide to effective temperature control in refrigerated vehicles. The guide outlines the general concepts of transport refrigeration systems plus current legislative requirements and also explores ways in which temperature monitoring systems can be used in practice to help improve temperature control and simultaneously drive down operating costs.

To get your copy of the guide click here http://www.navmanwireless.co.uk/learn/top-tips/keep-your-cool/

David Thorley, Author of ‘Keep Your Cool’ is Global Refrigeration Specialist for Navman Wireless. He is a Graduate of the Institute of Physics and Member of the Institute of Refrigeration. David has over 30 years’ experience in industrial temperature monitoring and control systems, the last 20 of which have been specifically involved in the refrigerated transport industry and he has recently been elected to the Board of Directors of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF).

PrintAs the company who launched the very first UK vehicle tracking app four years ago, we are looking forward to seeing the new golf app at the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) 17-20th July.  Spectators will have access to an app which will enable them to watch live BBC coverage on their phones at the course during play.  It’s a relatively small and simple technological advancement for the sport, but one that will surely make a huge difference to the golf viewing experience, because the big challenge at any golf event is that the spectator can only be at one hole at once.  The new app changes that. This year’s Open at Hoylake will also feature special ‘bunker-cam’ technology for the first time. A camera is to be deployed inside the Bobby Jones bunker by the tenth green to show close-up shots of the players in the sand. We think this a fantastic innovation, especially when you think about the potential thrills and spills that take place in the bunker. If ‘bunker-cam’ had been used the last time the championship came to Royal Liverpool in 2006 it would have picked up the eventual winner Tiger Woods taking two shots to escape the feared trap. Read more: App-etite For The Game: Find Out How Technology Is Changing Sport.

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Fleet businesses that operate in London have been hit yet again with the congestion charge going up to £11.50 a day. The increase – from £10 a day – is the first since 2011. Here, Navman Wireless provides an overview of the charge structure and ways that you reduce your congestion charge costs.

The New Changes

  • From the 16th June 2014, the daily Congestion Charge will rise to £11.50
  • The cost for paying the charge the following day will also rise to £14
  • Users of the Auto Pay scheme will now pay a daily charge of £10.50

Penalty Charge

None payment will incur a penalty charge notice of £130, which is reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days.

How does it work?

Most vehicles traveling inside the zone on a weekday are subject to the daily charge. The network of cameras surrounding the zone read the number plate of vehicles entering and leaving the zone. Whoever is responsible for the vehicle is required to pay the charge either in advance or before midnight that day. The charge is increased for payments made before midnight the following charging day.

Zone Operating Hours

The zone operates from 7am to 6pm on weekdays, except bank holidays and public holidays.

Can I reduce the charge?

Yes. registering with Congestion Charge Auto Pay reduces the daily charge to £10.50. Up to 5 vehicles can be registered and the payment is made automatically based on the number of charging days a registered vehicle travels within the zone each month. Click here to register with Transport for London.

What about fleets of more than 5 vehicles?

If you have 6 or more vehicles in your fleet, you may be eligible to register for Fleet Auto Pay. The daily charge will be reduced to £10.50 per vehicle and is charged automatically by direct debit each month based on how many charging days a registered vehicle entered the zone. Click here to register with Transport for London.

How to Pay

  • Online – up to 90 days in advance, on the day or by midnight the following day.
  • SMS – with an account registered with Transport for London.
  • Auto Pay – register a credit or debit card for automated monthly payment and reduced charges.
  • Phone – 0343 222 2222, in advance, on the day or up to midnight the following day.
  • Post – in advance, at least 10 days before travel.

How Telematics can help

Telematics technology gives fleet owners the visibility to reduce the risk of getting London Congestion Zone fines, late payment charges and helps ensure vehicles don’t unnecessarily enter the London congestion zone.

The Navman Wireless solution provides businesses with instant alerts as soon as a vehicle enters the London Congestion Zone, historical reports showing if a vehicle has entered the Zone within a set time frame and maps out the boundaries of the Congestion Zone.

Click here to find out how we can counteract the risk of your drivers encroaching into the Congestion Zone and also protect your business from unnecessary congestion charges or call us on 0845 521 1188

Increases in London Congestion Zone fines and penalties are a big headache for fleet firms, but vehicle tracking is a fast acting remedy.

From June 16 2014 the standard daily charge will rise 15% on from £10 to £11.50, while the fleet user charge would increase nearly 17% from £9 to £10.50.

That is a huge increase on the £5 a day fee, which was originally set when the congestion zone began at 7am on 17 February 2003 -  the day when a network of closed-circuit television cameras started capturing the registration numbers of motorists entering the City or the West End.

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The news may have been broken softly and largely forgotten in the six months since Transport for London first hinted at the proposed rise in London’s congestion charge, but in the next six months the reality could hit hard, especially for those fleet reliant businesses who will be effectively running blind in and out of the London congestion zone.

Last year, drivers handed over a staggering £252.4m in congestion charge payments to TfL who calculate the increase will yield a further £84m by the end of 2017/18.  The charging zone was also extended to take in western Westminster, as well as Kensington and Chelsea.

And with the planned 2020 introduction of the London Ultra Emission Zone, which will almost certainly be based on the existing congestion charging zone, future increases in the number of penalty charge notices incurred by fleet drivers are expected.

Of course, the benefits for the nations capital are compelling. For example, there has been a 21 per cent reduction in the volume of traffic entering the congestion zone (70,000 fewer cars a day) and a six percent increase in the usage of buses, not to mention well over £100 million being raised each year to be invested in improving the city’s transport infrastructure.

However, congestion zone charges are something of a problem for fleet operators who need to cover an area such as London. In fact, it is estimated that 30,000 people each week forget to pay the London Congestion Charge. Many of these are drivers of fleet vehicles who cost their employers a considerable sum of money in fines. Although you only have to pay the charge if one of your vehicles enters the congestion zone, if they do enter it then you must remember to pay.

Whilst the initial penalty charge in London is £14 if paid by midnight the following night, failure to pay by then escalates to a £130 fine thereafter. Very often, drivers who are not used to driving in the city may not realise that they have entered the zone and could incur a fine.

Where drivers do not regularly enter the London Congestion Zone it would clearly be very useful for a fleet manager to be alerted in some way when one of his drivers has entered the congestion zone so that he can pay the fee and avoid costly fines.

To find out how we can counteract the risk of your drivers encroaching into the London congestion zone and also protect your business from unnecessary congestion charges click here or call us on 0845 521 1188.

 

Lampard Scores In Extra Time To Keep Our Hopes Alive.

Special Report from South Africa 2010. World Cup Round of 16: England 5-4 Germany

With about 30 million viewers glued to their TV sets, it wasn’t just the power demand on the National Grid that surged earlier today.  England transformed themselves from pedestrian to perfection after going two down in 12 minutes and the game itself turned on a controversial decision, which, had technology not intervened, could have been so different for Fabio Capello’s men.

England appeared low on energy and ideas and when Klose and Podolski scored to give Germany a 2-0 lead, it was difficult to see a way back.  Even after Upson scored, England were still second best, but then a thunderbolt from Lampard, which cannoned in off the crossbar, had us all believing.  Incredibly, the referee initially disallowed the goal, but such was the protest from England the video ref was called into action and the goal stood, tying the game at 2-2.

Justice clearly prevailed and England were immediately lifted by the moment, shaking off their lethargy and taking the game to Germany.  The change was electrifying and goals from Rooney and Terry put England 4-2 in front , sending the 20,000 England fans in Bloemfontein into raptures.  They thought it was all over, but this wonderful advert for World Cup football, had two more twists in the tale.  Mueller scored twice bringing Germany level and forcing extra time before the dramatic winner from Lampard.  Bring on Argentina!

Whether on the pitch or in the office, technology empowers human performance and can be the difference between winning and losing. In sport the use of technology is an area of debate, but in business there is no argument. Get It Right. Because Business Is Not A Game. Click here to find out more.

To win a set of a framed prints of our football comics, think of an unjust moment that has happened to your football team and post here. Don’t forget to start your comment with #navUnjust.

Our other Special Reports.

Mexico ’86 – England 2-1 Argentina

WCQ ’09 – France 1-1 Ireland (1-2 on agg.)

WCQ ’77 – Wales 2-1 Scotland

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Wales Silence Tartan Army To Snatch Dramatic World Cup Win.

Special Report from Anfield. World Cup Qualifier 1977: Wales 2-1 Scotland

Wales could have been forgiven for thinking they had made the biggest mistake in their history by switching this game from Wrexham to Anfield because of gate receipts.  But as it turned out it will be Scotland fans singing ‘don’t cry for me Argentina,’ after seeing their team run out losers in an incident packed World Cup qualifier on Merseyside.

With Anfield a sea of blue and tartan, it was Scotland who immediately felt at home, but two brilliant strikes from John Toshack ultimately silenced the Tartan Army and sent Wales to their first World Cup Finals in 20 years.

Wales had started the better side, brimming with confidence on the back of a six game unbeaten run, but the tide appeared to turn for Scotland when Joe Jordan won an appeal for handball and the referee pointed to the spot. Scottish celebrations were short lived, however, when the Video Ref ruled that it was Jordan who had used his hand and the Scottish striker ended up with a yellow card instead of a penalty.  Scotland were still protesting when winger Mickey Thomas put Toshack through for Wales first goal. Kenny Dalglish equalised for Scotland, but Wales were not going to be denied and Toshack sealed a memorable victory with his second of the night.

Whether on the pitch or in the office, technology empowers human performance and can be the difference between winning and losing. In sport the use of technology is an area of debate, but in business there is no argument. Get It Right. Because Business Is Not A Game. Click here to find out more.

To win a set of a framed prints of our football comics, think of an unjust moment that has happened to your football team and post here. Don’t forget to start your comment with #navUnjust.

Our other Special Reports.

South Africa 2010 – England 5-4 Germany

Mexico ’86 – England 2-1 Argentina

WCQ ’09 – France 1-1 Ireland (1-2 on agg.)

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