Not only do people have to deal with the change of conditions brought on by Mother Nature, but the summer months also tend to see busier roads, increased traffic and an increase in drivers like tourists driving on unfamiliar roads.
As temperatures increase during summer months, the demand placed on motor vehicles (and their engines in particular) increases significantly with the risk of engine failure elevating. Engines rely on mechanical tolerances to produce power, oil to keep the contact surfaces separated, and coolant flowing through the engine to the radiator for cooling. Should any one of these critical elements fail, then engine failure is imminent.
The term 'green fleet' may have come into existence a decade ago as something of a buzzword in the transport and logistics industry, but now it is a fundamental requirement of modern-day best practice.
Why take expert driver training? It is a simple enough question. After all, your drivers are likely to be professionals who have been doing their jobs on the road for many years. They all passed their tests some time ago and are not bad drivers.
In North America, the MiX Telematics team recently attended the 2013 CTIA show, which was presented by the Wireless Association and hosted in Las Vegas. The trade show drew thousands of participants from across North, Central and South America. Among them were a variety of companies seeking the latest in fleet management solutions.
At a recent press conference in Madrid, MiX Telematics announced its new partnership with Asintra â the main Bus and Coach association in Spain. The partnership exposes Asintraâs members to the many benefits of fleet management solutions by MiX Telematics. Helping operators to reduce fuel consumption is one of Asintraâs primary aims in collaborating with MiX Telematics.
Any fuel saving initiative is only as thorough as the driver with their foot on the pedal and an engaging incentive scheme can bring huge benefits.
May turned out to be a busy month for MiX in Europe. The company attended the ALBUM Bus Conference in Grantham, in the UK, as well as the Autostrada Fair in Poland in partnership with local partner Drapbol. This month, MiX Telematics â along with Spanish partner Azimut â will also participate in the Asamblea Asintra 2013 and the Jornada Carril Bus, both being held in Madrid, as well as the ATUC National Congress being held in Vitoria, Spain.
MiX Telematics recently launched a new internship program in North America in collaboration with Lynn University, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and ITT Technical Institute. The initiative provides an ideal opportunity for students to experience the ârealâ business world, while exposing MiX Telematics to new talent and fresh insight. The program has been highly successful, resulting in a number of permanent hires.
As a member of the Boca Raton Chamber in Florida, MiX Telematics participated in the Technology Expo held at the Chamber on 23 April 2013. MiX Telematics took advantage of the opportunity to showcase their telematics solutions for small and medium businesses as well as to network and learn more about the offerings of local technology businesses.
It was a race to the very end, but those MiX Telematics dealers who won truly mastered their instincts to stay ahead of the pack. Congratulations to our four winners, Rauwers from Belguim, Tectra Telematics from South Africa, Fleet Tracking Technologies from Saudi Arabia and Seter from Lebanon.
MiX Telematics participated in the annual Commercial Vehicle Show 2013, held at the NEC in Birmingham from 9 - 11 April. The event â the biggest of its kind for transport and logistics in the UK â attracted over 18,000 high-calibre visitors with real buying power. MiX Telematics used the opportunity to introduce its key Trailer Tracking solution as well as the new MiX Rovi 5-inch display to the European market.
From 7 to 8 March, MiX Telematics was proud to participate in Sandown Drive Days 2013 in Melbourne â an exhibition organised by the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) that attracted more than 700 people. The event, to be held every two years from now on, featured practical demonstrations on the advances made in vehicle safety, productivity and technology.
With the aim of gaining key insight into the operating climate within the bus and coach sector in Europe, MiX Telematics collaborated with top trade magazines to conduct an online survey in the United Kingdom, France and Spain. An impressive 120 operators responded, resulting in interesting results such as the concerning finding that only 10% of operators in the UK are optimistic about the outlook for 2013.
Engineering giant Mota-Engil in Malawi has joined SABOT Management Ltd in Zimbabwe on MiX Telematicsâ growing list of fleet customers in Africa. Thanks to long-standing partner, Sendem Transport Technology, MiX Telematics now monitors around 800 of SABOTâs truck fleet, while more recently â in collaboration with North End Motors in Malawi â 150 on-board computers were installed to monitor Mota-Engilâs fleet.
MiX Telematics looks forward to participating in the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) Forum 2013 being held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from 12-14 March. A highlight of the event will be a panel discussion between industry leaders and key CEOs on why improving logistics, productivity, efficiency and safety should be a top economic issue for all political parties this election year.
On 27 and 28 February, MiX Telematics accompanied UK customer Spanners Mixer Hire to the UK Concrete Exhibition in Birmingham. The duo collaborated to come up with a customised fleet management report that indicates the exact amount of water inside each lorry mixer â enabling customers to save significant amounts of time and money. The event represented a key opportunity to showcase this new development to the construction industry.
In collaboration with Egypt partner Alkan CIT, DP World Sokhna has elected a MiX Telematics solution for the monitoring of 205 assets including vehicles, trucks, cranes, special ports equipment and forklifts. The solution will enable the leading marine terminal operator to deliver strategic logistics and related services in line with todayâs rising need for high tech ports. A reduction in operating costs, the prevention of unauthorised movements and driver behaviour reports are a few of the benefits to be expected from the new solution.
In late 2012, MiX Telematics secured a three-year contract with DHL UAE to deliver a driver safety solution for both their couriers and employees. The solution will enable DHLâs regional office to bring about a reduction in their accident rates, helping to set DHL UAE apart from their competitors in the region. Although the customer has reported few accidents to date, they prefer to be proactive in their pursuit of excellence.