Based in Corby, Northamptonshire, property management and construction experts Oakley Industrial Services provide services all over the UK and are perfect proof that AGM routeMASTER isn't just for full-time transport-related companies.
"We have six vans going out with teams of workers across the country, and routeMASTER Tracking allows me to keep an eye on where they are and what they're doing" comments Director Natalie Clarke. "I can follow the vans on a daily basis then, when the teams submit the hours they've worked, I can generate weekly reports to confirm those submissions are accurate."
Oakley first fitted the system when they discovered by cross-checking timesheets that one of their employees wasn't working the hours he claimed. His was the first vehicle to have a tracker installed and there have been no more incidents of this kind since. "It's not nice to say, but the fact is sometimes workers will try and take more hours from you than they need to" Natalie candidly admits. "They simply don't have the loyalty you might hope for." Particularly useful is routeMASTER's live tracking feature. "It genuinely does show location in real time, so I can quickly pick up any major discrepancy" she says.
There have been other additional benefits too - mentioning the presence of the AGM equipment when, for instance, switching insurance companies helped gain Oakley a saving of well over 40% compared to the previous year's premiums. Then there's the security aspect. "We've fitted the trackers to nine vehicles, three of which are actually plant" Natalie explains. "These are kept in a remote storage area rather than on our own premises, so now we can check whether they have moved, and whether that was with or without our authorisation – even with the ignition off." Valued at anywhere up to £60,000, being able to monitor the whereabouts of this machinery is a real advantage.
It's great to be able to keep customers informed too. "Sometimes a site will phone up and ask when our guys will be there and now I can have a look and give them an ETA" Natalie adds, "but the main thing is keeping track of our employees. I'd advise anybody with more than two vehicles and who can't keep an eye on their workers during the day to have AGM routeMASTER tracking fitted" she concludes. "As a facility for remote supervision, it really does work."