Translink has renewed its fleet management contract with MiX Telematics for a further 12 months. Originally taken out in 2012, the contract provides a bespoke range of connected services across Translink’s fleet of 1,449 vehicles.
The MiX system includes Fleet Manager, the MiX Telematics’ onboard computer, and RIBAS which provides drivers with feedback on their driving style. In addition to monitoring driver and vehicle performance, Fleet Manager captures engineering data to provide advance warning of events such as engine overheating. Two other key functions of the solution are the integration of Fleet Manager with Translink’s ticket machines to provide a single sign-on and ID point for drivers, and a bridge height warning feature. Fitted to all double-decks, the bridge height warning system detects bridges which have been geo-fenced by MiX Telematics and provides the driver with an audible alarm whenever any of these bridges are approached.
“For us, MiX Telematics delivers the information we require to manage our fleet in a clear, simple and efficient way, hence our decision to extend the contract for another year,” says David Curry, general manager, bus operations, Translink. “In particular, the red-amber-green driver reports generated by the system enables us to monitor the performance of our driving staff easily and rapidly in order to identify areas where additional training would be beneficial.
“For the future, we are looking to extend the benefits provided by MiX Telematics by developing a system of real-time traffic information to link to our vehicles, bus stops and the Translink journey planner app.”