Linfox in advanced technology deal for whole fleet


Telstra and MTData involved in Internet of Things roll-out

Linfox in advanced technology deal for whole fleet
Conrad Harvey says safety is a key issue

 

Linfox has partnered with Telstra and MTData to implement an advanced telematics and management solution into its Australian truck fleet, with a safety dividend in mind.

According to the transport and logistics giant, the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) technology will be rolled out across all Linfox trucks and will deliver advanced transport and logistics data and quality benchmarking information to enhance public and driver safety on Australian roads.

"We are in a critical time in the logistics industry and it’s important to deliver technology that will ensure greater safety for our drivers and the communities in which we operate," Linfox CIO Conrad Harvey says.

"Safety is a key issue within our industry and community and by partnering with Telstra to implement transformative technologies that allow us to better monitor and measure safety compliance throughout our fleet, we can work to reduce risk factors and enhance safe driver behaviour."

Telstra’s IoT solution will include Samsung tablets mounted into Linfox cabs so drivers can access logbooks and complete safety checklists, and have capability, in some vehicles, for in-cabin recording of road safety incidents.

"The technology will require our drivers to log on and complete safety checklists before they head off on the road and will allow us to gain more accurate in-cab readings of speed and distance," Harvey says.

"The devices will enable us to coordinate our vehicles efficiently, reduce congestion on the roads and above all, ensure a higher level of safety for the community."

The deal comes just three months after Telstra’s acquisition of MTData which provides Telstra with advanced technology and deep domain expertise in connected vehicle solutions, particularly in freight.

"Linfox is one of Australia’s largest and most successful logistics companies and we are committed to supporting its efforts to achieve safer and more efficient supply chains," Telstra executive director of global products Michelle Bendschneider says.

"With MTData’s expertise in delivering IoT solutions for the heavy vehicle industry, coupled with the unrivalled capability of the Telstra mobile network, we have created an innovative solution to help transform Linfox’s business," Bendschneider says.

Already supporting over 2 million active IoT devices, Telstra’s IoT ecosystem includes the first Narrowband IoT network in Australia and a range of IoT products, including the IoT Platform, Location Insights, Location of Things and Smart Cities, the communications company says.

"We are on a journey with our customers, from connectivity to M2M to IoT," Bendschneider says.

"Our ambition in Telstra is to help our customers become digital enterprises by translating data into insights that empower outcomes."

 

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