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Once again TomTom leads the way in Vehicle Tracking and Telematics with the release of its next generation PRO Series Driver Terminals
The three all new model line-up delivers state of the art vehicle tracking systems that work seamlessly alongside TomTom’s acclaimed WEBFLEET vehicle management system.
The new PRO devices set the standard in the industry for user experience in making life on the road easier for the workforce.
- Complete new user interface
- Interactive map and easy access to WEBFLEET
- Professional device management
- Lifetime Maps from TomTom
The new TomTom PRO line-up is designed for businesses to provide a better and more flexible service to customers:
TomTom PRO 5250 – view product details here
Portable all-in-one solution that can be connected to WEBFLEET over the air.
TomTom PRO 7250 – view product details here
TomTom PRO 8270 & TomTom PRO 8275 – view product details here
The (17,7 cm) ruggedised driver terminal enables businesses to add bespoke business applications to the device to optimise the workflow on the road and in the office.
Each new TomTom PRO will also be available as a TRUCK version with dedicated features for HGVs, LVGs.
Why Choose TomTom PRO for your Vehicle Tracking –
The new TomTom PRO 5250 and TomTom PRO 7250 carry advanced features that include the ability to be updated with a new device management mechanism either using a SD card (available now) or TomTom MyDrive (available very soon) for software and map updates.
The new mechanism using a SD card supports bulk updates for multiple devices with a single download of the updated file. As part of the Partner Support Service from Independent Tracking we can now assist with the fast updates on these systems. This feature significantly cuts down the time required (and off-road time especially) for updating your devices.
The TomTom PRO 8270 & TomTom PRO 8275 combines the best from the TomTom Bridge and WEBFLEET. It gives us new opportunities to win customers who want to capture additional information from the road by enabling them to customise the device according to their business needs. Updates can be done using a SD card or via WiFi with the new Mobile Device Management platform.
“These new devices from TomTom really are a game changer. There is no other tracking company on the market supplying products that have such advanced and flexible features. The new PRO Series is fully adaptable to the user’s needs.
It includes additional benefits, such as signature capture (ideal for delivery audit trail), records data to support vehicle checks. and provides a truly paperless solution for maximum efficiency”
– Tom Dickerson, Vehicle Tracking Specialist, FLEETSense
For more information on how TomTom Vehicle Tracking devices can help drive your business contact us today for a live demo and no-obligation review of your needs and objectives.
FLEETSense is a leading Provider and Installer of vehicle tracking and telematic systems. As TomTom Gold Partners we represent the quality, reliability and trust of a global brand name, combined with the dedicated support and personal attention of an independent specialist with one aim; to help drive your business.
Are you ready for DVSA Desk Based Assessments?
Since the merger of the DSA and VOSA the drive to remove non-compliant transport operators continues. The latest development include the newly formed Remote Enforcement Office, which is based in Avonmouth, Bristol.
In a bid to continue the streamlined approach to assessments the DVSA are now distributing Desk Based Assessments to transport operators. This represents a shift from the standard practice where DVSA Examiners would make personal visits to Operators.
These letters now request that the Operator supply full evidence to support their compliance with a series of regulations and operating conditions.
Although this desk based assessment seems to be a major and progressive step there is concern that many Operators are simply ill-equipped to provide the supporting evidence that is required.
Obligations that constitute this remote enforcement process includes the ability to provide supporting evidence on the following –
- Driver licence/CPC/ADR compliance,
- Drivers hours, working time records
- Driver defect reporting
- Preventative maintenance, inspections and forward planning,
- Driver’s Continual Professional Development
- Observance of loading/speed limits
This step change follows recent months of evolution from within the DVSA and a desire to both improve the practical relationship between the DVSA and the Transport, and also to speed up the process of enforcement.
In May 2014 Western Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell said the Traffic Commission hopes to streamline the process between a DVSA examiner visiting an operator’s premises in a targeted check, and bringing them to a public inquiry.
She went on to say that the various Traffic Commissions are this year working with the DVSA on strategies to get non-compliant operators off the road quickly by reducing the amount of time and steps needed before going to a public enquiry. They also want to work more closely with the DVSA.
These developments within the UK transport and haulage industry are set to bring in new ways to maintain compliance. As such there has never been a clearer signal that Transport Operators need to take matters seriously.
Advanced vehicle telematics are now able to provide a practical solution, giving accurate and valid data that provides clear supporting evidence of a commitment to full compliance.
For an independent evaluation and advice on how to prepare for Desk Based Assessment please contact Tom Dickerson of FLEETSense
CAA selects TomTom fleet management technology
News Release from TomTom Telematics – 18 Mar 2014
Claims management specialist CAA has selected TomTom as its preferred fleet management technology supplier to help its customers reduce accidents and their associated costs.
WEBFLEET incorporates crash detection technology which sends automatic notifications to CAA as soon as incidents occur. This is expected to reduce claims costs by up to 60 per cent, keeping a lid on motor insurance premiums.
WEBFLEET gives us the ability to receive First Notification of Loss (FNOL) at the earliest possible opportunity on behalf of our insurers, brokers and direct clients. This means our claims department is equipped with the information needed to process claims more quickly, said CAA director Simon Bennett. By using TomTom technology our clients can share valuable insights on driver behaviour. This will enable us to work with them on risk analysis and to advise them on steps to improve their risk profile.
Vehicle and driving performance data from WEBFLEET will also help CAA’s fleet customers reduce fuel consumption and improve safety standards by profiling drivers’ behaviour and providing live driver feedback. This will enable them to set performance benchmarks and target driver training where it is most needed.
Thomas Becher, Vice President, Business Development, TomTom Business Solutions, added: TomTom is in a unique position to be able to supply the depth of data required to shape the future of insurance and risk management. CAA has used this data to underpin a forward-thinking approach and offer a superior service to customers.
Content Posted with permission of TomTom Telematics – FLEETSense is an Approved TomTom Reseller
Time to Update – New firmware for your TomTom PRO Devices
The new firmware 12.103 for the TomTom PRO product range is now available. In addition to improving the overall performance and the stability of the TomTom PRO, various bug fixes have been implemented with the latest application release. Furthermore, the Shortest Route in the Route planning preferences has been reintroduced.
Please click the link for the release notes – this will open the PDF in your browser – Open Now
In order to update your device you will need to connect it to your computer and start the MyDrive application. If you have not connected your device for sometime you may also be offered a map update. Please note that the speed of your internet connection will determine the length of time that these updates take to process.
About MyDrive from TomTom –
MyDrive helps you manage the contents, maps and services of your TomTom PRO navigation device, as well as giving you access to the TomTom community. It is a good idea to frequently connect your navigation device to MyDrive, to ensure you always have the latest updates.
If you require assistance with MyDrive, or advice on updating your device, please call us on 0345 459 4998 or complete the contact form and we will call you back.
TomTom Business Solutions renamed to TomTom Telematics
SaaS platform WEBFLEET will be the company’s leading product brand for the fleet management market
31 March 2014
TomTom today announced that its business unit dedicated to providing fleet management and vehicle telematics services has been renamed to TomTom Telematics.
The new name reflects its strong position in providing Telematics Software as a Service (SaaS). The SaaS platform, WEBFLEET is the company’s premiere product that helps businesses to improve vehicle performance, save fuel, support drivers and increase overall fleet efficiency.
Quick to implement and easy to use, WEBFLEET can be incorporated with a range of software and hardware, enabling companies to make smarter decisions and keep moving towards their business goals.
The fleet management market is expanding rapidly. We are focused on maintaining our strong growth in this sector through innovation and the development of strategic partnerships, commented Thomas Schmidt, Managing Director, TomTom Telematics. WEBFLEET will continue to help companies achieve higher standards of efficiency, customer service and corporate responsibility, added Schmidt.