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Minorplanet?s VMI? systems at DVD 2008 Stand SP17-18

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Minorplanet Systems Plc
: 24 June, 2008  (New Product)
Minorplanet Systems, the award winning telematics solutions provider, is joining forces with VT Land at DVD 2008 at Millbrook to demonstrate the latest Vehicle Management Information (VMI&) technology which enables commercial vehicle operators to dramatically improve productivity and safety while reduce fleet running costs.
Visitors to the show will be offered the opportunity to drive a range of vehicles utilized by the Ministry of Defence for it’s UK non-military ‘White Fleet’ including a selection of energy efficient vehicles.

Minorplanet’s latest telematics systems now offer unparalleled benefits to commercial fleet operators who want the most sophisticated and innovative ways of providing visibility of driver and vehicle behaviour. And this will be put to the test on Millbrook’s challenging Alpine circuit. Drivers taking up the challenge will get a feel for the vehicle’s performance and test their driving skills while being tracked and monitored in real time.

Minorplanet’s CEO, Terry Donovan, said: “Everyone who completes the course will get a through de-brief and will get real-time driver behaviour report of their track performance to keep. The report will help them to discover ways to reduce carbon emissions from road vehicles and pick up some useful tips to help reduce fuel consumption.

“We’re even helping people to do their bit for the environment as every driver completing the circuit will be given a sapling to take home and plant.”

Minorplanet is the leading telematics company to offer seamless integration between the fleet operator’s back office systems and the driver’s cab. This enables the headquarters and commands to communicate directly to vehicles and drivers via the internet. With a leading edge in-vehicle PC and display screen, drivers now have the functionality of email, internet and connection to their own office systems e.g. scheduling and CRM.

Importantly, tracking helps improve driver performance and can reduce accidents. The information provided also acts as evidence to prove or disprove liability in the event of road traffic incidents. This is regarded as an important asset following the recent introduction of more stringent corporate manslaughter legislation. Importantly, users could also benefit from improved insurance premiums as insurers begin to recognize the positive aspects of vehicle and driver tracking.

Said Terry Donovan, CEO of Minorplanet Systems plc: “Commercial vehicle operators now demand so much more than just simple track and trace technology from their telematics systems. Minute-by-minute tracking of vehicles and assets offers operators much more efficient journey scheduling, planning and routing, so reducing their running costs and improving budgeting.

“The latest VMI™ systems greatly improve driver and vehicle efficiency so that more journeys can be made and schedules can be met with greater time accuracy. This leads to greater staff satisfaction, more efficient use of fuel, less accidents, elimination of personal use of vehicles and validation of overtime claims. Our latest telematics systems can actually monitor driver behavior, identifying instances of both good and bad driving. This helps reduce vehicle wear and tear, ensures compliance with legislation and enables vehicle operators to review individual driver performance.

“With the new corporate manslaughter legislation that has now come into effect, the need to comply with the law and to provide a duty of care to workforces has never been greater and makes vehicle tracking an even more attractive proposition.”

Minorplanet’s presence at DVD 2008 follows a sustained period of growth and success for the company which now has its telematics systems installed in commercial vehicle fleets operated by more than 6,000 companies around the globe.

Visitors can pre-book their test drive by visiting the VT Land stand, SP17-18 and enter in the prize league table for best driving performance. Identification and driving license will be required.

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