Virgin Media Strengthens Environmental Performance with Enterprise Fleet
SageQuest provides fuel reductions, safety enhancements and service
advancements to U.K. provider of telephone, television and internet services.
BOSTON, Feb. 7, 2013
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
"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
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
Fleetmatics Group's solutions are marketed both under the Fleetmatics
(www.fleetmatics.com) and SageQuest (www.sagequest.com) brands.
SOURCE Fleetmatics Group PLC
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