Strengthening the foundations
Quality, safety and great employees. These are the three pillars of SouthRoads, a civil contracting firm based in New Zealand’s deep south. Part of the HW Richardson Group, SouthRoads is one of the companies that has benefited from the parent company’s rollout of Teletrac Navman technology. SouthRoads has been using the Teletrac Navman system in innovative ways to build on its pillars and stay up to date with the exponential growth in technology benefitting the industry.
Starting in 2018, SouthRoads installed Teletrac Navman’s fleet tracking system into its mixed fleet of around 150 assets, including heavy trucks, equipment and machinery, and some light staff vehicles. The office staff and drivers have been learning the ropes and experienced the multiple benefits of the technology, such as the high-definition GPS tracking, electronic Road User Charges (RUC) system, and front-facing cameras.
“What Teletrac Navman provides outside of road transport – its innovation and functionality – is really what makes it stand apart,” says Dean Elder, General Manager Contracting.
Dean has upskilled himself and the team on the Teletrac Navman software, implementing clever processes that streamline operations and increase compliance. They have also discovered a wide range of insights from the telematics data that have informed their approach to driver safety and client relationships.
“Gaining greater transparency has been a major win, both in the equipment tracking area and for driver safety. Clients really value transparency and innovation,” says Dean.
Teletrac Navman’s system tracks and records the activity of an equipment’s moving mechanics, collecting data such as whether the valve is on or off for vegetation control equipment, and whether the broom is up or down for sweeping vehicles. SouthRoads can provide this in-depth insight to clients for both quality and safety measures. SouthRoads has provided a client portal for the Teletrac Navman software, so clients can check on machine utilisation and maintenance contract work.
SouthRoads has also used the geofencing tool to improve site safety and road safety. For example, the company has geofenced large worksites and included the reduced speed limit on-site. An alert to drivers entering the worksite makes them aware of the speed. The SouthRoads team has also geofenced infrastructure that could cause transport delays or safety issues such as low-lying or low-weight bridges, low powerlines and driving exclusion zones.