Verran Freight Ltd

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Verran Freight Ltd

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Storage, Order fulfilment and Distribution 

Verran Freight Ltd has taken a significant leap forward in enhancing its productivity and safety by implementing Fleet Witness Live.

Verran Freight is a prominent transportation and logistics company that prides itself on delivering exceptional customer service in an evolving and competitive market. As the industry becomes more technology-driven, Verran Freight sought innovative solutions to optimise their operations, enhance driver safety, and reduce fuel consumption. This case study explores how Fleet Witness, provided Verran Freight with a GPS fleet tracking system to revolutionise their operations, leading to improved productivity, increased efficiency, and enhanced customer satisfaction.

The Challenges

Peter Bennett, Managing Director at Verran Freight, recognised the critical importance of safety within the industry. With heavy vehicles transporting cargo, prioritising safety measures for both employees and customers was essential.

Verran Freight encountered several challenges:

Monitoring Driver Behaviour: Verran Freight sought a solution that could accurately track and monitor driver behaviour, ensuring adherence to safe driving practices and compliance with safety protocols.

Remote Location Tracking: Operating nationally, Verran Freight required a system capable of precisely locating their vehicles, even in areas with limited or no connectivity.

Cost Savings and Efficiency: In pursuit of a comprehensive solution, Verran Freight aimed to reduce costs, enhance operational efficiency, and increase overall productivity.

The Solution

With Fleet Witness Live, they gained insights into driver speed, location, and idling durations. This data facilitated productive conversations with drivers to encourage safe practices and improve efficiency. Peter explains, “We incentivise our employees to drive better and be more efficient with no accidents, speeding violations, hard braking, and reduced idle times.” They effectively identified instances of prolonged idling or unapproved routes, allowing corrective actions based on real-time data.

In addition to tracking driver speed and location, Verran Freight successfully identified opportunities for cost reduction by monitoring idling and fuel consumption. Peter acknowledged that drivers sometimes forget to switch off the vehicle or idle for various reasons. However, with the new system, Verran Freight could track and address these issues, resulting in significantly fewer idle time problems and fuel cost savings.

Moreover, productivity soared as live mapping empowered Peter to track vehicle locations. This allowed for efficient rerouting of drivers, eliminating the need for time-consuming journeys back to the depot. Peter highlights.”By using the mobile app while I’m on the go, I can keep an eye on my trucks while they’re on the go”.

In conclusion, Fleet Witness has proven to be the ideal solution for Verran Freight, enabling effective tracking of vehicles and drivers. By leveraging real-time data, promoting safety, reducing expenses, and enhancing productivity, Fleet Witness has become an invaluable tool in Verran Freight’s operations and contributed to their success.

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Safety at Heathrow

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Safety At Heathrow

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providing technical services in secure environments

In 2004, Airport Energy Services was created to offer both an air-side refuelling service and management services. The company provides 95% of Heathrow’s air-side fuel. Additionally, it manages fuel supply and fuel facilities at many of the UK’s other airports.

They approached Fleet Witness looking for a technical solution to combine vehicle tracking and connected on-board cameras with the goal of managing their fleet remotely and more effectively.

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In an busy Airport environment, operating a vehicle presents many hazards. Combined with the requirement for ever increased security and data collection, it can be a tricky environment to navigate.

Airport Energy needed a partner who had the correct technology to design a solution for them but also to deliver it. Fleet Witness have a professional deployment team and experience working on Airports.

A single system was deployed, tested and configured to get the required outcome. Once all parties were happy with the trial system the wider fleet was kitted out.

Fleet Witness Airport

In an busy Airport environment, operating a vehicle presents many hazards. Combined with the requirement for ever increased security and data collection, it can be a tricky environment to navigate.

Airport Energy needed a partner who had the correct technology to design a solution for them but also to deliver it. Fleet Witness have a professional deployment team and experience working on Airports.

A single system was deployed, tested and configured to get the required outcome. Once all parties were happy with the trial system the wider fleet was kitted out.

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“Fleet Witness did a superb job from start to finish; quickly establishing the needs of the project, executing on the plan with an exceptional work ethic to meet a very challenging schedule, and worked painstakingly to ensure everything worked seamlessly. We are recommending their work to other air-side companies.”

Jason Winder – Project Manager

Airport Energy

School Coaches & Minibuses

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School Coaches & Minibuses

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Capturing video and location evidence

Taunton School was suffering from opportunistic people making false claims against its drivers. They needed detailed video and location evidence which only dash cameras can provide.

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It was back to school recently for Fleet Witness, when we visited Taunton to fit cameras into their fleet of coaches and minibuses. Set in picturesque grounds, the magnificent building is ‘home’ to pupils from both the UK and abroad. Many are boarding, but around 180 pupils are transported daily from various locations in Somerset. Their safety and security is the school’s number one priority.

The Fleet

Taunton’s fleet consists of three coaches, twelve mini-buses, three MPVs and a couple of utility vehicles, and over the last few years, they have had a number of claims made against them which they were unable to defend due to a lack of evidence. 

The school decided that the only way forward was to install dash cams across the whole of their fleet. A move which has been welcomed by both professional drivers and academic staff alike.

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Fleet Witness worked closely with Taunton School to deploy, test and train the staff on how to manage and use the system effectively. Within days of the cameras being installed footage was captured that provided vital evidence in identifying damage done to one of the vehicles. 

The footage gave Taunton the evidence required to prove accountability.

Reive and Grossart Haulage

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Understanding and working to improve your business

Established in 1965, Reive and Grossart are a family owned and operated business with many years of experience in their sector; delivering goods safely, on time, and in perfect condition. The ethos is very much about quality customer service rather than volume. The company is small enough to cater to every client’s need but large enough to cope with 1000’s of tonnes on a weekly basis.

“Fleet Witness did an excellent job for us, in taking care of everything we needed. As a haulier, you want your suppliers to be people who are absolute experts in their field, dependable and understanding of the realities of the business, willing to listen, and who care as much about the industry as you do. Fleet Witness are those guys and they continue to support us with excellent customer care. 

Reive and Grossart would be more than happy to recommend Fleet Witness and their services at any time.”

Iain Blackstock
Business Owner

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Since safety is very much a priority for Reive and Grossart, they contacted Fleet Witness to enquire about equipping the vehicles with all-around cameras for maximum, 360° coverage. Monitors and DVRs would also be installed, fully equipped with 4G so that clients could remotely access and download the footage.

Being the brains of the system, the DVR is where all cameras and programmable triggers wire back to. When this is correctly set up and configured, it can automatically communicate with our Fleet Witness Live platform, allowing real-time tracking and camera footage, along with detailed insights into journey details, driver behaviour, and more.

Van Theft – Couriers

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Gathering live data delivered in real time 

“With Fleet Witness Live, we were able to track and recover our stolen vans within less than 20 minutes. The cameras provided indisputable evidence against the criminals.”   

Frank R – S3 Logistics

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Fleet Witness recently worked alongside a fleet of courier vans to supply and install a connected 5-camera system. This allowed full 360° visibility around and inside the vehicle, and live GPS tracking abilities from the Fleet Witness Live platform.

Like many companies, they had found their drivers in situations where they had been involved in an accident but had been unable to prove their innocence. Alongside this, their drivers transport valuable goods to customers every day.

Ensuring the safety of these goods is a major priority, it was decided that a 5 camera DVR system with access to the Fleet Witness Live tracking and management platform would be most suitable for the management of their fleet.

In Operation

The courier vans were fitted with five cameras covering all angles of the vehicle. These link back to our DVR – the brains of the operation. Live video footage and location details are automatically sent onto our server.

During a vehicle theft, which took place in broad daylight. Our customer was able to access Fleet Witness Live and find the exact location of the vehicle using our Smartphone App.

Our customer quickly recovered the vehicle and minimised loss of valuable goods, or damage to the vehicle itself.

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