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Marshalls chooses GPRS for fleet tracking

A GPRS-based vehicle tracking system to improve fleet management has been adopted by one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of landscape materials.

Marshalls Plc is installing Cybit’s GPRS fleet management and two-way messaging system in 150 of its own delivery vehicles and in others used by its main contractors.

The communications solution will be integrated with Marshalls’s existing Baan enterprise resource planning system and its dynamic routing and scheduling technology.

GPRS units in the vehicles will continuously collect vehicle location-based information and update back-office systems every few minutes, to enable Marshall’s transport management team to identify and respond to potential delays to its supply chain in real time.

Stewart Potter, group logistics manager at Marshalls, said: "Running a £35m distribution business efficiently requires high levels of vehicle visibility and cost-effective communication with your fleet.

"Using Cybit’s system means that we can make informed decisions about the estimated times of arrival for our vehicles and cost effectively stay in touch with our drivers."

Other users of the Cybit system will likely be found in the service engineering, vehicle hire, mobile office, and local authority sectors.

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