A number of organizations across the United States are benefiting from small machine-to-machine (M2M) devices that can be mounted in the dashboard of utility trucks to supply information about these mobile assets. Connected to Sprint’s (News - Alert) powerful, high speed wireless network, these devices supply fleet operators with information about driver behavior and location of valuable assets. Georgia-based electrical contractor Brooks-Berry-Haynie (BBH) joins the league of hundreds and thousands of organizations that have been gaining competitive advantage by using telematics solutions connected to the Sprint network. BBH said that implementing a 4”x4” tracking device housed on a Sprint CDMA modem demonstrated immediate payoffs.
BBH operates 150 electrical utility trucks across the states of Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. The company’s recently implemented M2M telematics solution combining ActSoft tracking device and reliable Sprint wireless network, allows for a more efficient fleet operation and management. It not only helps mitigate risks, it also helps to reduce operational costs and liability and monitoring driver behavior.
Andy O’Kelley, vice president of operations at BBH, leads day-to-day operations for the company, including project management, field operations and field support. O’Kelley acknowledged that the solution brought immediate efficiencies to the company.
The Sprint-Actsoft solution relies on a CalAmp (News - Alert) 2610 embedded antenna to provide the GPS and other driver behavior and location information to BBH management. With the fleet tracking device, BBH drivers also can be more productive with geofencing (a virtual boundary) and customized tracking alerts. The geofencing application proved valuable this summer when a BBH truck was stolen from the company’s lot in Mableton, Georgia.
“The tracking unit told us immediately that the truck was stolen. We shared data with police and within hours it was found in a ditch with minimal damage. All of our trucks have expensive tools locked on board. Thanks to the device and high-performing Sprint network, we recovered the vehicle before further damage was done,” O’Kelly said.
“Sprint is keenly aware of Brooks-Berry-Haynie’s needs for high-performing tracking devices, software and a dependable and powerful wireless network. Managing a fleet of 150 trucks in many states, against stiff competition with other electrical contractors is a challenge and this M2M tracking solution on the Sprint network gives them the edge with faster data speeds, reliable information and improved connectivity,” Russell Mosburg of Sprint maintained.
Recently, TMCnet reported that in 2012, Sprint Nextel (News - Alert) made a significant investment and progress in its wireless network to better meet the needs of its wireless customers. Sprint has allocated resources and funds to improving its overall network quality and performance, and is making steady progress on its goal to bring Network Vision to customers across America. By the end of the third quarter of 2012, Sprint Nextel served nearly 56 million customers.
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Edited by Rich Steeves