Balfour Beatty Fleet Services (BBFS) has partnered with Masternaut, the fleet and driver management solutions provider, to deliver a tailored telematics solution robust enough to help support the diverse needs of its fleet - the ninth largest in the UK.
The move is, in part, driven by the strong safety culture inherent to Balfour Beatty. Its 'Zero Harm' ethos, established by Balfour Beatty Group, adopted by Balfour Beatty Divisions across the globe, sets the highest health and safety standards. It means zero fatalities, zero permanently disabling injuries and an aim of zero accidents and injuries across all operating companies. BBFS operates close to 8,000 vehicles in the UK so required a telematics partner that could deliver best value, best fit and the best technical solution to the vast array of vehicles supplied across the Balfour Beatty Group.
The agreement, which is to be managed under a central framework agreement, will ensure each Balfour Beatty operating company can adapt vehicle telematics for its specific purpose; demanding that Masternaut delivers the right mobile workforce management system with the potential to provide ROI in a number of different areas. To support the Group's Zero Harm commitment targets, the Masternaut technology was required to aid the elimination of fatal risks, hazards and keep the public safe from harm.
To meet these stated needs, Masternaut provided Balfour Beatty with the full product portfolio beyond vehicle tracking. This included:
- Driver Behaviour Products - designed to match both the Group's Zero Harm safety ethos and Sustainability Roadmap, to manage driver performance, reduce fuel costs and improve driver safety
- Asset Tracking - for deployment as temporary tracking devices for plant and machinery including specific hardware configured for plant security
- Traditional Telematics - deployed for operational control and to provide Balfour Beatty with a telematics-enabled tool-kit to manage productivity
- Project Management & Consultancy - as the Group has such diverse requirements, differing significantly from business to business, Masternaut consultants worked alongside Balfour Beatty representatives to ensure that the right products were deployed to the operating businesses.
The Masternaut Driver Behaviour Products include essential Duty of Care and Fuel Management functionality. Realised through better driving behaviour, the technology has proved to be a powerful fleet management tool that helps lower carbon footprint, reduce costs and realise safety obligations. It works using real-time data with the Masternaut vehicle tracking solution.
As Head of Driver Risk Management, Robert Lindsay has a vested interest in positive driver behavioural change and will build on the benefits of telematics with driver performance management training and education to reduce their total fleet operating cost. "Masternaut's technology can help us identify those drivers who could benefit from some development or coaching and, similarly, assist us in recognising and rewarding those that are performing well."
He adds: "The Masternaut product offers the 'full package' as well as having the infrastructure and drive in place to join us on our journey towards 'Zero Harm'. The support network and the project management team that we have been working with have been fantastic and we look forward to a long and successful partnership."