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Light commercial vehicles (LCVs) market: how are things shaping up in 2017?

by Eleonora Malacarne on Sep 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Light commercial vehicles (LCVs) are seen by companies (and fleet managers) as one of the best options due to their flexibility, and the market usually reflects this trend.
 
As far as Europe is concerned, Dataforce, a market research specialist, has shared some valuable data on the LCV fleet market, particularly regarding the first half of 2017 from January to June. In this period there have been some varied results for the EU-16, with the majority of them showing a significant growth over this timeframe, particularly Finland with a 25.9% increase from the same period of last year. However, some countries returned a negative growth.
 
The LCV Fleet market has grown by 2.4%, compared to the same period of 2016, with 681,000 registrations. For the EU-5, which makes up 73.6% of the EU-16’s Fleet LCV volume, it has also been a mixed bag, with France, Germany and Spain all managing an increase (January to June period) but negative growth from both Italy and the UK.
 
In terms of volume, France continues to dominate the LCV market, helped by the prevalence of passenger car models (26.7%) registered and used as an LCV, with the next nearest country (UK) a little over 35,000 registrations behind.
 
The actual Top 10 models remain unchanged from last year though their corresponding ranking does. The biggest gain in ranking goes to the Volkswagen Caddy, moving up from 8th to 6th place. While the biggest drop in ranking came from the Citroen Berlingo, falling from 5th to 7th. Mercedes Sprinter retains its #1 position as the True Fleet model of choice for the EU-16 but is being chased hard by both the Ford Transit Custom and VW Transporter in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The next nearest model is the Renault Kangoo in 4th but this is over 5000 registrations behind a podium finish and has its own chasers in the Renault Trafic (5th) and VW Caddy (6th). The remaining three are the Peugeot Partner, Renault Master and Fiat Ducato.
 
With Long Term Rental (LTR) allowing for a more flexible approach for companies and their fleets, we are seeing an upward trend in this form of procurement. Since 2015, the True Fleet Long Term Rental LCVs have seen a steady upward trend in both France and especially Italy.
 
What might be the reason for this continuous trust in LCVs and steady growth in sales and rental? Vans appear to suit many companies, and if operational needs are adequately met, this can help businesses generate savings and drive down costs. Such vehicles are also helping more and more businesses to cut emissions and pollution, updated safety features are available for most of them and their flexibility allows them to help with fleet right-sizing as they can be easily repurposed.

 

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Transpoco at UK fleet management community leading events in October

by Eleonora Malacarne on Sep 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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After September’s "back to school" activities (and our move to DCU Alpha;-)), it’s time for Transpoco to participate in some of the leading top fleet management events in October.

 

Transpoco will be attending the Fleet Management Live 2017 event and the Coach and Bus UK exhibition, both hosted at the NEC Birmingham: the first taking place on October 3rd and 4th, the second on the 4th and 5th.

 

Fleet Management Live welcomes organisations with car and van fleets of all sizes looking to face future challenges and explore opportunities together with two days of learning, sharing and networking at the NEC. Whether you’re a manager in fleet, transport, finance, procurement, HR, or you’re an SME owner/managing director, the event reveals opportunities to help successfully steer your business with ‘next generation’ fleet management best practices. Nine workshops and 120 plus exhibitors will be attending the event.

 

Coach & Bus UK is the new name for what was formally Coach & Bus Live, the UK’s premium coach, bus and accessibility exhibition, representing the ultimate domestic showcase for the coach, bus and mini-vehicle sectors. Almost 200 of the industry’s leading suppliers display the very latest vehicles and an abundance of technology and service innovations for the UK market.

 

If you wish to get in touch with our team at any of the shows, contact us at sales@transpoco.com.

 

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Transpoco moves headquarters to DCU Alpha and joins local IoT companies community

by Eleonora Malacarne on Sep 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Transpoco is currently vacating the Swords office location in the Feltrim area and relocating to the DCU Alpha Innovation Campus in order to join the local companies and startups community that are particularly active in IoT (Internet of Things) technology.

Co-located with Dublin City University, DCU Alpha is a commercial innovation campus that promotes the growth of research-intensive businesses that are creating the technologies and services of tomorrow. The campus has played a pivotal role in scientific research and innovation in Ireland, serving as a headquarters for Enterprise Ireland, the NSAI and the SEAI over its 70 year history.

Repurposed by DCU and reopened in early 2014, DCU Alpha has quickly attracted a community of like-minded innovative companies that are spearheading Ireland’s next phase of technological development in key sectors such as IoT, clean energy and connected health.

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A hub for future-focused businesses intent on innovation, reaching scale, leveraging DCU’s research and recruiting graduate talent, DCU Alpha is a business environment that is designed to facilitate networking and stimulate visionary thinking. Here, chance encounters and random conversations have the potential to spark invention or accelerate time-to-market.

Ronan Furlong, Executive Director at DCU Alpha, has welcomed Transpoco and has stated that the arrival of the company can only strengthen the collaboration of the IoT community within the campus and encourage further development: “DCU Alpha is very excited about the arrival of Transpoco into our emerging Internet of Things cluster. We already have a range of companies developing IoT technologies for connected health, smart homes, automated factories etc, and Transpoco will extend that reach into the realm of telematics and connected vehicles. As well as introducing Transpoco to other IoT companies here in DCU Alpha, we look forward to helping them engage and collaborate with key DCU data analytics/IoT experts and getting the company involved in some of the autonomous vehicle research initiatives that are taking place in the University.”

 

Photo Credits: © DCU Alpha

 

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Vehicle tracking geo-fencing: UK exploring technology against terrorism

by Eleonora Malacarne on Aug 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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The UK government is investigating current vehicle location technology such as telematics, vehicle tracking and geo-fencing as part of their counter terrorism measures because of the use of hired vans in recent terror attacks.
 
The news comes not long after the Chinese government requested that all vehicles in the Xinjiang autonomous region be equipped with GPS tracking. Xinjiang, located in the Northwest of China, has been the target of terrorist attacks including bombing and deadly assaults with bladed weapons.
 
Telematics, particularly geo-fencing and tougher van hire rules, are now under discussion after a van was hired to mow down people on London Bridge initially before the driver embarked on a knife rampage that left eight people dead and 48 injured in total. And in March a rented vehicle was driven into pedestrians crossing Westminster Bridge before being crashed into the Houses of Parliament, killing PC Keith Palmer.
 
Now the Government is investigating whether ‘geo-fencing’ could be used to neutralise unauthorised vehicles entering restricted zones.

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Geo-fences are electronic boundaries, commonly employed by commercial fleet operators using telematics and tracking systems, created by the computer working in conjunction with global positioning satellites. If the vehicle enters a specific area an alert can be raised or, in the case of combatting terrorism, the car, van or truck could be stopped in its tracks.
 
Trials of the technology have been taking place in Sweden after a truck was driven into pedestrians shopping in Stockholm in April, leaving four people dead.
 
The Swedish government said in a statement that geo-fencing was a “technological solution to enable only authorised vehicles to be driven within a geographically defined area”. Its officials raised the matter at a briefing of the EU transport council last month, saying that it needed to consider what measures were available to combat the problem.
 
Following the meeting, the transport council acknowledged in a statement that “new digital technologies, such as geo-fencing, can be useful in preventing and mitigating such attacks”.

Police are becoming increasingly aware of vehicle tracking, telematics and geo-fencing, which allows for a vehicle to be immobilised remotely thanks to the black box technology.

 

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LeasePlan and Transpoco partner up to provide excellence in Fleet Technology

by Eleonora Malacarne on Jun 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Irish telematics company Transpoco has announced a new strategic partnership with LeasePlan, the largest leasing and fleet management company in Ireland. LeasePlan Group has become the World's leading provider of fleet management services, managing over 1.5 million vehicles, operating in 32 countries and employing more than 7,200 people.

 

Nationwide, LeasePlan has an extremely large network, with concrete opportunities for Transpoco to further expand in Ireland with the product and develop their technology: LeasePlan is the largest leasing and fleet management company nationally, managing over 18,500 vehicles and purchasing annually over 4,500 vehicles.

 

As for the capacity of LeasePlan, the company manages anything from one solitary vehicle to a fleet of 2,500. They specialise in SMEs and have their own banking licence and in-house insurance. The Irish subsidiary is wholly owned and administered by LeasePlan, the world’s leading leasing and fleet management company.

 

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Left to right, LeasePlan Ireland Management team: Joe Maguire - ICT Director, Sharon O'Buachalla - Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Harty - Commercial Director & Madeline McGovern - Operations Director, © LeasePlan Ireland

 

The core business of LeasePlan is the provision of fleet and vehicle management services to both business users and the public sector. Their key objective is to become the preferred partner for fleet owners by offering cost-efficient fleet management solutions. In terms of technical expertise, the ideal partner in this venture would be Transpoco: LeasePlan is signing an agreement as a Transpoco reseller to promote the Fleet Technology solution SynX throughout their customers and network.

 

SynX is a complete fleet management software that is available 24/7 online as a cloud service. With GPS technology as a base, the system is providing insights into vehicle data, offering users not only cost savings business intelligence but a system for correctly managing risks and protecting drivers as well as other road users.

 

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Would it still be Easter with a GPS tracker egg hunt?

by Eleonora Malacarne on Apr 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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While business never stops, even at Easter (depending on the sector, fleet managers might be busier than ever), some people have actually found a fun use for GPS trackers other than that of coordinating vehicles and using the data received for business purposes.

 

The world has gone totally hi-tech it seems; and if you were struggling to keep up, it might surprise you to know that the first GPS tracker egg-hunts date back to 2010, when a couple of egg-hunt events actually were organised with the precise scope of using GPS, combining geocaching outdoor activity (a game where people use GPS coordinates to hide items and post their locations online) and the use of technology.

 

The first egg-hunt event was held in Boulder Junction Winter Park (in the state of Wisconsin, USA), where 12 large buckets of eggs were hidden in order to arrange an Easter variation of geocaching.

 

The second egg-hunt we are aware of was organised in Brodhead Park, located outside of Stroudsburg (in Pennsylvania, USA). The aim of the latter was to actually launch three permanent “caches”—this is what the containers that are the objective of the hunt at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world are called. One of them, on that occasion, was a giant Easter egg covered in camouflage-coloured, waterproof tape.

 

Though these couple of events were pioneering back then, today there are actually annual GPS egg-hunts and even apps that have been created with similar objectives. With a bit of creative thinking (and probably a lot of time!) you could even arrange one yourself for your fleet team! You could think about GPS trackers to find single, pinpointed locations where to hide eggs or even plan for precise routes to be followed, with eggs to be found at the end of them—the best measurement of drivers’ performance in terms of safety and fuel consumption would decide the winner.

 

But Easter is not only a time for celebrations, egg hunts, welcoming in spring and so on, for some fleet managers it is actually time to work as well as for those who drive; and due to the break it can become hectic as roads will probably be quite busy over the Easter weekend. This is the occasion once again to remind those on the road to practice safe driving.

 

In any case, whether you are a fan of egg-hunts or not, if you are a fleet manager there is probably only one way you can fully enjoy your Easter—by having the peace of mind that vehicles and staff are under control with fleet management software and gps trackers.

 

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Transpoco at the FTAI Transport Manager event 2017: 3 things we learned

by Eleonora Malacarne on Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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At the end of March 2017, Transpoco attended the FTAI Transport Manager conference in Ireland, where operators are informed by industry leading speakers of all the latest trends and requirements for the transport sector. The event, hosted by Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Dublin, started with a brief presentation of the agenda by FTAI General Manager Aidan Flynn. The conference focussed on 3 topics specifically on which we could be updated by the speakers. Here is a brief overview of what we learned during the event:

 

1 - Insurance costs and the importance of risk management

Despite driving being such a risky activity not only in terms of the potential human cost to workers and road users but also for companies who might suffer serious economic consequences in the event of an accident, some transport operators still seem partly reluctant to acquire risk-management tools or address underlying issues. Driver selection processes lack documentation and checks and complicate the driver shortage situation making selections even harder.

According to recent data, we still find that among the main causes for accidents are defective brakes or tyres, yet companies have a very superficial perception of accident costs and consequences (“tip of the iceberg” as shown in our first image taken from the presentation). Having regular risk assessment processes as well as maintenance procedures leads to higher safety, fewer claims, more responsible employees and satisfied customers. Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, also spoke about insurance practices in Ireland.

 

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2 - Brexit, confidence and cooperation

Research carried out around one year ago on business conditions and the future of the sector, according to logistics operators, was repeated recently and showed less confidence in the future due to world events and the potential impact of Brexit. During the event, a presentation on the potential impact of Brexit was delivered, underlining the timeline for the process with the potential start of UK-EU negotiations in May, stressing the importance that trade continues unhindered. Main issues relate to borders, traffic and customs. It is absolutely vital that there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, and it’s good to see that both the Irish and UK governments are committed to this.

 

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3 - Compliance helps safety

The HSA of Ireland has carried out an interesting presentation on the business case for fleet safety, following up with some significant stats: we still see a variable percentage of businesses, from 60% to 20% not taking actions aimed at improving safety (such as the use of H&S policies, fleet policies, driver induction and training, claim reporting systems and community involvement tools). It is important to sensitize companies on how these tools can really make a difference.

 

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The Transpoco team followed the debates and also promoted fleet management solutions to improve on safety, efficiency and compliance. There was even a draw—one of our stand visitors had the chance to win a dashcam.

 

Pictures: (1) - FTAI presentation on accidents cost; (2) Intervention of Minister of State Eoghan Murphy; (3) Left to right, Juliette Pernet and Hannah Watters from our sales team at Transpoco stand; (4) Left to right, our CEO Andrew Fleury with the dashcam winner, Conor Curran, National Fleet Executive at Bridgestone Ireland Ltd.

 

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New strategic partnership in France for telematics provider Transpoco

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Telematics provider Transpoco has just ratified a strategic partnership in France with waterless car-wash company Ecowash. The official signing of this partnership took place on the 16th of March, 2017 at the Irish Embassy in Paris. Transpoco was in fact on that occasion one of the Enterprise Ireland client companies invited to sign agreements with French firms during a trade mission led by Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar.

 

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On this day in March 2017, the representatives of Enterprise Ireland, a Government agency supporting Irish businesses and their expansion in the global markets, and Minister Leo Varadkar met Ecowash CEO Oliver Couly and Transpoco’s Head of Channel Guillaume Hernoux in Paris at the Irish embassy, while also looking forward to the celebrations for St. Patrick’s the following day.

Ecowash, currently promoting the product “Wash&Check”, which combines an eco-friendly vehicle wash with a vehicle check reporting on status of the vehicle and possible sources of costs directed to end-users, will provide with Transpoco a cutting-edge solution for fleets consolidating the data obtained in the washing process. The solution, born from the joint work of Ecowash and Transpoco, is called “Wash&SynX” and combines all the advantages of fleet management software with those of a green vehicle wash. In particular, Wash&SynX will allow fleet managers to optimise the management of their vehicles, their maintenance and vehicle checks procedures as well as offer enhanced security for their staff.

The partnership was formalized in October 2016 and both companies recently took part in the international event “Rencontres Flotauto” held in Paris on the 9th of March, 2017. Ecowash and Transpoco had a joint stand at the event where more than 170 exhibitors took part and was attended by around 3000 professionals.

 

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According to Leo McAdams, Enterprise Ireland’s director of international sales and partnering, “France is a critically important market and Enterprise Ireland continues to support Irish companies with global ambition to exploit business development opportunities in the French market to sustain export growth in 2017.”

 

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Chinese police to use GPS tracking units to combat terrorism

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Recently, the Xinjiang authorities have requested that all vehicles be equipped with GPS tracking units. Indeed, in the last few years, Xinjiang, located in the Northwest of China, has been the target of terrorist attacks including bombing and deadly assaults with bladed weapons.

Cars are the main means of transport used by the militants and that is why tracking units would help the police to localize any suspicious itinerary or gathering. Furthermore, any stolen car—possibly by a terrorist—will be easier to find.

Authorities have taken drastic measures in the battle against terrorism: last year the police made citizens provide DNA samples and biological information when applying for travel identity papers. And now, drivers located in the Bayingol area who refuse the installation of the tracker will not be able to buy fuel. Xinjiang is in a critical situation, but the GPS system should help the government to solve the crisis.

The GPS tracking units will use the satellite navigation system BeiDou. In fact, nowadays, satellite navigation systems are frequently used, for personal and public purposes. Think about Google Maps, everyone uses it; GPS navigation software plays a big part in our daily lives.

Companies and public organizations can use this technology to improve their efficiency. And as far as the national security is concerned, governments might think about this technology. Tracking units are efficient tools, they can help the police, law enforcement agencies, fire brigades and ambulances to manage their work more effectively.

Technology these days has the power not only to boost efficiency but, as we see in this case, also to tighten security in times of civil unrest. Though we hope not to be involved in a case where this level of state vigilance is deemed necessary, we would rather use GPS tracking mainly to prevent theft or locate stolen vehicles as well as in other instances where safety is a consideration, such as drivers caught in an emergency situation.

 

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Transpoco appoints VQS as UK telematics installations partner

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Transpoco, the Dublin-based global fleet telematics supplier, has appointed Vehicle Quality Solutions (VQS) to install black box telematics technology to its growing number of UK customers.
 

VQS, the UK’s largest independent vehicle inspection provider, will utilise its nationwide network of engineers to install and reinstall the Transpoco ‘Synx™’ fleet management solution, which integrates fuel data, vehicle tracking and reporting, driver behaviour and fleet maintenance checks.

Transpoco is ramping up its telematics unit delivery to SME and corporate fleet customers in the UK, Ireland and across Europe. This combines a mixture of OBD and hard wired boxes which are fitted to cars, trucks, trailers, coaches and speciality fleets such as local authority vehicles.

Transpoco has been exploring a same-day installation service for customers and VQS was recommended as a solutions provider that could deliver this high end service.

VQS was the perfect partner for us as its UK network of engineers is used to carrying out work on fleet vehicles to very exacting standards,” explained Transpoco’s CEO Andrew Fleury.

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“The VQS team is also to working to tight deadlines, which will reduce downtime for our customers. Its strategically placed UK operations team have completed their training and will provide a high level of customer experience on our behalf,” he added.

VQS operations director Steve Weston has been responsible for setting up the Transpoco partnership.

“We were approached by Transpoco to provide a high quality national installation service for its range of telematics devices. Our team is used to working to consistently high standards in vehicle inspection and we have mirrored those with our telematics installations,” explained Weston.

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Steve Weston, operations director, David Thomas, CEO

 

“We are already looking at increasing the size of our field team to meet the growing needs of both our telematics and vehicle inspection customers,” he added.

 

 

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