Satellite technology helps keep track of trucks

By: Greg Worrall


National transport and logistics operator SCT Logistics says its use of satellite tracking technology makes a big difference in knowing

National transport and logistics operator SCT Logistics says its use of satellite tracking technology makes a big difference in knowing where its fleet of trucks is, and what they are doing.

Using a system supplied by Navman, SCT vehicles can be tracked not just on their road position, but also by a range of other data.

Andrew Thomas, Facilities Manager at SCT’s Acacia Ridge depot in Queensland, says the Navman system gives authorised staff the ability to check on any truck in the fleet, and to know what is happening.

"We can check on its position, which reads as co-ordinates as well as a street or road name, its road speed, and when the driver last had a break," Thomas says.

Working with drivers on managing their driving hours is also easier, with a supervisor often aware before the driver if they are going to run out of time, particularly on time-sensitive routes.

"If we have a driver on a bread run, and they have been held up somewhere, we can arrange a relief driver to meet them, so that the load arrives on time, but the driver is not pressured into breaking the rules."

The system first debuted on SCT’s linehaul trucks operating out of Victoria, and soon proved its worth, so that all vehicles were equipped with the technology.

Drivers soon came to appreciate the benefits of the system when they were able to use the data to fight speeding fines, with the information deemed admissible as a defence.

"We keep the data on file, so if we get a complaint, or a compliment, we can identify which truck was involved, if any, and we can pass it onto the driver."

The technology even allows Thomas to see where a truck stops, so that driving breaks can be identified, and to ensure the truck is stopped in a safe area.

"This technology is the way of the future."

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