Heron Foods uses technology to guarantee compliance

Northampton, UK: Heron Foods, a 240-store grocer has renewed its contract with Verilocation Tracking Solutions to control the 70-vehicle fleet.

130715 - Heron Foods maintain a bird's eye view for guaranteed compliance

GPS tracking enables Heron to keep tabs on each vehicle from a single control point

Karl Dawson, head of logistics, Heron Foods says: “The suite of telematics modules installed by Verilocation plays a key role in helping to manage the fleet and most importantly, the control and reporting systems enable us to maintain 100% compliance.”

GPS tracking enables Heron to keep tabs on each vehicle from a single control point while allocating routes and schedules. At the same time, Heron are able to monitor each individual driver’s performance for irregularities such as harsh braking, over revving, speeding or idling.

In addition to the CANbus vehicle reporting, Heron is able to view the inside temperature of each refrigerated vehicle to ensure that temperature regimes and set points are maintained, useful when operating multi-drops in hot weather. A message can be sent to the driver to take corrective action if needed.

Central to the company’s VOSA compliance is automatic digital tachograph downloading. Eencrypted tacho data is transferred direct to third-party company, TruTac, for analysis via Verilocation’s in-house servers. This removes the requirement for information transfer between the office and each driver, thereby eliminating the potential for any infringement.

To assist with vehicle security and disputes arising from traffic incidents, Heron use Verilocation’s forward and rear facing 3G and CCTV camera systems which provide a live feed to the traffic office.

Dawson says each element of the package works well to give control over the fleet. “Effectively, we have a bird’s eye view with the ability to adjust where necessary at a moment’s notice.”

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