New game changer in video monitoring and telematics

New game changer in video monitoring and telematics

Leading vehicle telematics and tracking services provider, Ctrack, has introduced Ctrack Iris, a high-quality, customisable video monitoring solution ideal for rental vehicles, light deliveries, fleet vehicles, heavy commercial’s, general machinery and buses. With Ctrack Iris, fleet owners can reduce the number of insurance claims they submit and settle the claims they do submit much faster. Iris can also be used to lower fuel consumption and improve vehicle maintenance through better driving, while also reducing diesel and goods-in-transit theft. By monitoring crew activities, it is possible to improve and enforce company processes and procedures and reduce theft, pilferage and stock damage. Furthermore, the new video solution from Ctrack combined with a tracking device can improve vehicle route optimisation, increase load frequency and hasten turnaround times. The number of side or back cameras (IP69) used can be specified by individual customers. Video footage can be recorded in eight quality settings, from CIF to 1080p. Live, real-time video streaming can be viewed on mobile devices. Apart from the cameras, the solution is further equipped with rear door triggers, a lockable video device, two-way communication system, fatigue and ADAS monitoring and an onboard/reverse screen. GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G and accelerometer modules can also be included. Ctrack Iris is supported by web-based, desktop software and a password protected mobile application. These platforms provide Geofence/Point-of-Interest information, live tracking and video and dashboard event management. “Ctrack supplies monitoring equipment that is made with high quality components. It’s video unit models are best in class, which results in minimum downtime and system maintenance. Ultimately, Ctrack Iris is a sustainable, long-term video tracking solution of the highest order”, Hein...
Peering into the fleet crystal ball

Peering into the fleet crystal ball

Usha Lad, Shell Lubricant’s Project Leader Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Oil, discusses Shell’s understanding of how the future of lubricants is set to evolve, and in turn, shaping the future of the freight industry. The freight and transport industries are in a state of evolution, with the key marker being the need to develop means to offer greater efficiency and cleaner transport solutions. As such, third party suppliers such as Shell, are collaborating with various OEM’s in order to present innovations that will lead the industry of the future. With the evolution in shopping for example, the demand in freight and logistics will increase significantly, with statistics showing that over 22% of the world’s population now shop online, purchasing a number of goods from clothing to electronics, furniture, food and more. As a result, there is a drive for greater customer service, and in turn, timely freight deliveries. “With the world’s population on the rise, a wider array of fuels are required to continue on the road to net-zero carbon emissions, while meeting the rising energy demand,” explains Usha Lad, Project Leader Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Oil at Shell. “As such, high quality lubricants will be essential to allow engines and vehicles to run under the considerable stresses these new technologies will place on them, while at the same time reducing fuel consumption.” Lad mentions with the increased number of heavy duty vehicles entering the road systems, this will undoubtedly increase calls for lower emissions and greater efficiencies in the industry. These calls will drive the need for collaboration, and will see unprecedented partnerships from across the fleet and...
New Integrated Fleet Management Solution

New Integrated Fleet Management Solution

ContiPressureCheck (CPC) among Continental’s wide range of advanced safety technologies MiX Telematics provides interface with the on-board computer and relay of real-time tyre information to the MiX Fleet Manager platform Combined, the two systems provide optimised fleet management to reduce fleet running costs and downtime while improving safety PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, April 2019 – Continental has extended the capability of its innovative ContiPressureCheck (CPC) tyre management system with the integration of the MiX Telematics platform to provide fleet customers with optimised tyre monitoring and the transmission of real-time information to fleet managers. ContiPressureCheck is a continuous tyre pressure monitoring system that uses sensors fitted inside each tyre to provide drivers with information on tyre status via an on-board display. CPC provides a seamless interface to the MiX Telematics on-board computer, which enables the recording and transmission of information received from the tyre sensors to the MiX Fleet Manager system. “ContiPressureCheck is a leading technology for truck tyres that drives down overall operating costs by ensuring that all of the tyres are operating at their ideal pressures and temperatures,” says Darren Voges, Business Development Manager for the Truck Business Unit at Continental Tyre South Africa. “This helps lower fuel consumption, reduces the risk of tyre-related breakdowns or failures, extends tyre life and maintains the value of the casing for retreading. “By integrating CPC with MiX Fleet Manager, fleet managers are able to access real-time tyre pressure data, as well as critical system alerts relating to tyre pressure, temperature and detection of leaks. This is essential information to keep the truck fleet operating at optimal efficiency, reducing downtime and improving...
Serco helps further driver training at Coca-Cola

Serco helps further driver training at Coca-Cola

Johannesburg, 2 April 2019.  Serco played a significant role in helping to further the safety of truck drivers at Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) by building two specialised Protec steel trailers to house vehicle simulators. CCBSA invests heavily in the safety of their drivers as well as road users in general and conducts training at a variety of sites around South Africa.  Their idea was to create mobile training centres prompting the order being awarded to Serco for the custom-built trailers. Serco built the two high-tech Protec steel trailers at its Johannesburg factory to house the mobile training centres and simulator equipment as well as provide capacity to add additional features or accessories as required by the customer. The trailer interiors were configured to provide space for the simulators, computer rooms, air conditioning units, aluminium access steps with hand rails, and tail lifts. Although the mobile centres will be used specifically for the training of truck drivers there is potential – using different simulators – to train bakkie and forklift drivers in any area in South Africa. Riaan Harmse, National Fleet Logistics Controller at CCBSA, said his company was impressed with the final Serco product. The driver simulators are a valuable addition to the hands-on training by experienced, in-cab instructors. Benefits include that there is no real safety concerns for drivers and equipment while undergoing training also there is no wear and tear or fuel used on the actual trucks during training activities. Harmse said once fully operational, drivers would be trained in the units and after successfully completing the course, they would receive a certificate of competence to...
Cummins launches THE POWER HUB

Cummins launches THE POWER HUB

New premises herald vote of confidence in the Southern Africa region as company celebrates 100 years in business South Africa, Waterfall City, Johannesburg, 27th March 2019: Cummins, a global power leader and corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions, is proud to officially launch its state-of-the-art premises in the highly acclaimed business area, Waterfall Logistics Precinct in Waterfall City, today. The Power Hub strategically consolidates and solidifies various business premises in support of the company’s position as Africa’s preferred power solutions provider. The Power Hub, a 15,355m2 facility, holding a substantial R350 million investment, houses the Cummins Southern Africa Regional Headquarters, the Master Rebuild Centre (MRC), Africa Learning Centre and Gauteng Operations. The launch heralds the completion of a three-year project that culminates in the creation of a world class sales and service facility. The new premises are geared to ensure ease of business dealings for customers and support of the Cummins vision of exceeding customer expectations whilst improving operational efficiencies in a collaborative manner. The Managing Director of Southern Africa, Ms Racheal Njoroge commented: “We are extremely excited to officially launch our new state-of-the-art facilities. The architectural layout has been optimally and uniquely designed, adopting the Cummins Smart Office Concept (CSO) to create a space that enhances internal collaboration, encourages engagement and thereby accelerates a solution-orientated approach. Employees and customers alike will appreciate the value these premises will bring to their Cummins experience. As always, we are driven by a customer-centric outlook to provide quality performance and service el-extraordinaire.” The company’s relocation from the Kelvin and Longmeadow offices...
My Truck Driver “Braaied” the Truck Battery

My Truck Driver “Braaied” the Truck Battery

My driver called me and advised that the truck’s battery was badly burnt.  I thought ‘no ways, how is that possible?’ He sent photos and I couldn’t understand how a battery could be that badly damaged to the extent that the battery casing and cables had all melted. In my anger of course I said, ‘You had better have been braaiing some good steak!’.  On a serious note, this is a problem and it is important for customers to be aware that looking after the battery is a critical responsibility which falls to them. In this article I would like to point out a few things that can assist our customers to avoid similar occurrences, albeit not as disastrous as ‘braaiing the battery’. Fire hazard Imagine a truck driver who has gone to collect a load at a mine, which is a significant distance away from everything.  At times like this, the driver may stop for a rest period and light a fire to enjoy beneath the beautiful South African sky before retiring for the night.  The question to consider is how close the fire may be to the truck battery. There is always a chance that the fire flames might just be close enough to transfer enough heat to cause the plastic casings and for the cables to melt. Seldom will your driver admit to having lit a fire and will always blame the battery. Most trucks have their batteries exposed on the sides and are not covered. Truck drivers must avoid parking close to the veld where there is a fire risk. There should be some significant...