Improved Visibility & Advanced Telematics Solutions for the largest independent construction materials group in the UK.
Breedon Group, an AIM-listed British construction materials company, are the UK's largest independent and fastest growing materials group in the UK. Managing a fleet over over 1000 vehicles and an asset portfolio of double this, Breedon required a telematics and asset management solution to improve visibility and keep equipment safe.
In 2011 Breedon were looking for a technology partner to help manage their estate of vehicles, trucks, fleet and fixed site equipment. Rising demand and a lack of visibility for planners and dispatchers across Breedon's national depots and quarries, were affecting Breedon's aggressive growth plan for the business. Increased asset purchases had led to a large balance sheet of expensive equipment that required protection from theft.
The board began exploring the market place.
Breedon evaluated a number of providers in the market. Working in conjunction with one of our partners - SDS Technology - we knew the problems Breedon were facing. Working with paper and a lack of actionable data and visibility meant optimisation of the operation was difficult. A driver owned network of delivery trucks, coupled with company owned assets necessitated a two pronged approach to telematics equipment deployment and maintenance. Furthermore, Breedon required a telematics partner able to offer flexibility and local knowledge in managing the installation and maintenance of equipment in the field. Having completed a number of bespoke telematics and tracking projects we knew our partner driven approach would solve Breedon's problems.
We spent time working with Breedon's national transport manager and operations teams to develop a two part deployment plan with our Matix telematics and tracking solution at the centre. Our team were able to develop our telematics platform to provide real-time management and tracking of vehicles, empowering depot planning teams to plan deliveries more efficiently. Our second part involved our hardware engineers selecting a suitable IoT telematics unit for monitoring of Breedon's high-value equipment. We designed custom algorithms and processes - using our WorkEngine Triggers technology - to detect anomalies in equipment movement and automatically alert staff to possible theft.
We implemented both solutions over a 6 month period, working with Breedon on a national and local level. Our hardware engineers delivered custom telematics devices, configured specifically for Breedon's requirements. We knew that simplicity of solution was key - it's why we provide Breedon with a complete turn-key solution with devices, airtime and updates provided for a fixed cost. The solution has helped Breedon grow through its acquisition of other providers - including Hope Cement, in addition to keeping assets secure and resulting in the recovery of stolen items on numerous occasions.
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