BOSTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fleetmatics Group PLC (NYSE : FLTX ) announced today its enterprise fleet management solution, SageQuest, was chosen by Virgin Media for its 2,600 vehicle fleet serving the U.K. and Ireland.
"Our customers look to us for answers and insights that help improve their operations and reduce costs, so we are honored that Virgin Media sees our SageQuest fleet management solution as a contributor to reducing its environmental impact," said Jim Travers, CEO, Fleetmatics Group. "Our success serving U.S. companies with large fleets and complex technology needs has given us the experience and product strength needed to launch SageQuest in the UK marketplace."
Many of the management reporting tools provided by SageQuest support Virgin Media's goal of continuous improvement in environmental performance, according to Maurice Daw, Executive Director—Access, Virgin Media. The solution's reports allow for reductions in fuel usage, enhancements in driver safety, and advancements in customer service.
"We've been able to replace assumptions with facts," said Daw. "SageQuest gives us an unbiased, real-time view of what is going on in the field with instant access to data, scaled so that any number of users can access the system without slowing or crashing."
SageQuest's fuel saving features include monitoring of engine idling and a provision for alerts that helps drivers avoid traffic congestion. Daw indicated Virgin Media expects immediate impact from these, per a 2012 study by Argonne National Laboratory that reported one hour of idling is equivalent to 25 miles of driving by the typical fleet vehicle.
Safety improvements are encouraged by SageQuest's real-time ability to monitor for speeding, fast cornering, hard braking and excessive acceleration. The solution also provides management alerts to prompt actions that discourage these behaviors, which are known to increase the likelihood of traffic accidents. "The safety of our field technicians is paramount," said Daw. "This system alerts management to put appropriate protections in place."
SageQuest combines Garmin vehicle navigation systems and Google maps capabilities to provide street views, helping drivers avoid being lost or not seeing delivery addresses. These tools ensure better customer service through tighter response times and give greater reliability to employers when scheduling fleet activities.
"We believe that selecting the right tools that will increase the safety of our technicians, reduce their drive times, improve our subscribers' experience and support our environmental initiatives will have a big payoff for us," said Daw. "Virgin Media is confident it will see wide-ranging improvements through the use of the system."
About Fleetmatics Group
Fleetmatics Group PLC is a leading global provider of fleet management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS). Our solutions enable businesses to meet the challenges associated with managing local fleets, and improve the productivity of their mobile workforces, by extracting actionable business intelligence from real-time and historical vehicle and driver behavioral data.
Fleetmatics Group's intuitive, cost-effective Web-based solutions provide fleet operators with visibility into vehicle location, fuel usage, speed and mileage, and other insights into their mobile workforce, enabling them to reduce operating and capital costs, as well as increase revenue. Fleetmatics serves more than 17,000 customers, tracking more than 310,000 vehicles worldwide.
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