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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 [link to 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.

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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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You’ve got to hand it to the Irish as French fall apart in Paris

Special Report from the Stade de France. World Cup Qualifier 2009: France 1-1 Republic of Ireland (Ireland win 2-1 on aggregate)

France got their just deserts in Paris last night after their World Cup dream turned sour thanks to the sweetest of strikes from Robbie Keane – and a little help from the video ref.

Keane booked Ireland a place in in the World Cup Finals with a late goal to give the visitors a 2-1 aggregate victory, but it could so easily have ended badly for the Irish had Thiery Henry’s skulldugerry gone unoticed. The French striker used his hand to assist teammate William Gallas for what could have been the winning goal.But the referee upheld Irish calls for handball and the video ref called it against Henry. Sweet justice for the Irish who many would agree deserved the victory after playing the game of their lives.

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 ’77 – Wales 2-1 Scotland

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Daring Diego Falls Foul Of Video Ref In Dramatic England Victory 

Special Report from Mexico ’86
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A last gasp penalty from the boot of Gary Lineker gave England a dramatic win over Argentina, propelling Bobby Robson’s men into a World Cup semi-final showdown with Belgium.

But it was a double handball by Diego Maradona that sealed Argentina’s fate and left England thanking their lucky stars for video technology. The diminutive No10 was shown the red card for a second bookable offence after using his hand to block a header from goalkeeper Peter Shilton of all people. Maradona had used his hand to knock the ball past Shilton for a disallowed goal earlier in the game. Both incidents were caught on tape by the video ref.

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.

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

WCQ ’77 – Wales 2-1 Scotland

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We all know how close we are to our mobile devices and digital technology, and how much we rely on these new tools and all of us use some combination of the web, mobile, video, social media, computing power, collaboration tools, and digital networks in our daily business lives. We take advantage of advanced digital technologies for efficiency, effectiveness, and higher performance in business, so why wouldn’t we use these technologies to our advantage while on the field of play or watching sport?

Goal Line Tech

At Navman Wireless, we believe to be competitive, you have to stay ahead of the game, or so to speak, which is why we have a team of more than 70 dedicated solely to product R&D. We were the first company to combine GPRS networks with the internet, making vehicle tracking technology accessible to thousands of businesses, and we were the first vehicle tracking company to offer an iPhone app and our technology continues to develop. The use of technology changes the shape of competition in business and it does the same in sport – both how we watch and play the game. Sport is already responding to new technologies.

  • Football – goal line technology is being installed in every stadium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • Tennis – it is now standard at the major tournaments for a line review system to be in place, with players given power to review contentious line calls.
  • Cricket – technology has been driven by advances in the TV coverage. Things that were once extra information provided by the TV networks are now being incorporated into the decision referral system (DRS), such as hawk-eye and hot spot.
  • Rugby League – an early implementer of using the video referee to help adjudicate questionable tries.
  • NFL – quarterbacks have in-helmet speakers and microphones to get plays called-in from the coaches on the sidelines (as noted by the green sticker on the back of the helmet).

“In the future, the role of technology will continue to enhance human experience. Viewers at home will be able to control the way they view the sport as they can watch the action through the eyes of their chosen athlete. Fans in the stadium will get a front view from every seat with a second screen that can switch view to pitch side wherever you are in the stadium. Athletes will change tactics in-flight to take the winning position with smart clothing that will make use of real-time information available to them and their coach. The demands of TV will grow, as will technology’s role in umpiring and consuming sport.”

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.

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I recently sat down with Paul Oakley of Clothes Aid, the social business that collects clothes door-to-door across the country to raise money for a range of UK charities. We talked about the quick wins Paul has had with Navman Wireless vehicle tracking technology. 

Paul, Operations Manager at Clothes Aid,  is using Navman’s Online AVL vehicle tracking platform and the new MNAV 800 two way messaging terminal, and in the first few months of use communications, efficiency and the ability to respond to customer calls has significantly improved. Paul has also reduced fuel costs and recovered a stolen vehicle thanks to the vehicle tracking system he now has in place. In this blog, Paul talks about how the new MNAV 800 two way messaging terminal is helping him stay in touch with his drivers.

Part 1. Clothes Aid and the MNAV 800.

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With 40 vans and drivers to co-ordinate,  Paul needed the next generation of connectivity.  On average, every week, 45,000 households donate clothes to Clothes Aid and 47,000 bags are diverted from landfill. The drivers are out in community day-in-day-out, making the collections and representing the Clothes Aid brand.  The vans carry the Clothes Aid logo and the drivers wear the Clothes Aid uniform. It’s a business that is about getting the little things right. Picking up bags on the right day, in the right place, and on time. Making every route as efficient and productive as  possible. Keeping every customer happy. With vans and drivers spread out over hundreds of miles of city streets , the key to getting the “little things” right turned out to be one very big thing – enabling advanced two-way communications between the Clothes Aid helpline and mobile assets across Clothes Aid’s operating area. Before using the new MNAV 800 two way messaging terminal, the Clothes Aid helpline office  were unable to stay in touch with their drivers.

“They had mobiles, but they couldn’t use them while they were driving, so communciation between them and the helpline staff was difficult,” Paul said. But when it came time to change their old ways of working, Clothes Aid recognised that new technologies could help their business in more ways than one. “Now we have messages going back and forth all day between our drivers, managers and the helpline call centre,” Paul said. “ And that’s been a massive win for us. I don’t have to provide mobile phones for the drivers because we can communicate directly with the in-cab terminal, and that has also been a cost saving for us.”

On the street, in real time, the MNAV 800 is making vital little differences to how Clothes Aid work. For example, if a  driver misses a bag on the street because it was tucked behind a bush or a wall, a customer can ring the helpline and Clothes Aid can send a message straight to the driver and they can pick up the bag.  “The message will come up on his screen, and all he needs to do is click accept to be automatically routed straight back to that house to collect that bag.  We’ve turned round some of these missed bags in 20 minutes because of that,” Paul said. Before we had the MNAV 800,  the bag could sit on the street for day’s until we collected it.  So technology has improved our collection process and also improved customer service.”

IMG_0070But do the drivers like it as well?  “Absolutely.  They like it,” Paul said. “They’re able to stay in direct contact with me or their manager and chat about what’s going on.  We had a situation recently where we noticed some bogus operators and we’ve recovered several vehicle reg’s, they’ve been logged through our database and looked like they were up to no good.  Prior to that, we didn’t have that information.  But with the drivers feeding information through, we can spot who’s up to no good and who’s up to legitimate stuff so there’s been some big wins for us. If the van stops suddenly somewhere it’s not expected to, we can instantly message the driver ‘are you okay’ if we get no response, we can send someone to help that person.  They could have broken down, they could have had an accident, but we know where that person is and we can get assistance to him very, very quickly, which is another win for me.  As lone workers, which is effectively what they are, you do need to have a way of communicating and the Navman technology has provided that. ”

To learn more about how the M-Nav 800 can help your business call 0845 521 1133 or click here