Xlerate helps pave the road to success
Road Metals Limited have operated all over New Zealand in one form or another
since 1955, when founder Stan Francis decided to turn his rabbit trapping and
carting business into a road and construction aggregate supplier. We cant
really see the connection between rabbits and roadbeds, but when it comes to
the supply and transport of aggregate and other construction materials, Road
Metals Limited really know their stuff.
Their fleet, which began with a 1939 oneton Dodge, back in the rabbit-trapping
years, has since expanded to include 14 Truckand - trailer units and seven
mobile crushing plants. Their truck and trailer units work hard, moving the
mobile crushing plants around the South Island and transporting bulk aggregate
and other construction materials wherever they are needed. Communication is
essential for a business like this and Road Metals Limited have been using
around 35 radios on TeamTalks FleetLink network as their voice communications
service for a number of years. They are now looking to the future and have been
trialling our new XLERATE mobile data service in several of their trucks.
Murray Francis, Managing Director of Road Metals Limited says that whilst radio
communication remains an essential part of the way his company does business,
he has been impressed by the way XLERATE has made it easier to manage the
fleet. Ive been impressed by my initial experience of XLERATE. At first, I
was mainly interested in using it to accurately track our fleets Road User
Charges, said Murray. The unit keeps track of where the trucks have been and
automatically gives me a tally of off-road kilometres, which is hugely
beneficial to us as it removes the potential for human error. Murray has found
that XLERATE is more than just an accurate tool for measuring on and off-road
vehicle usage. He believes that it is a powerful fleet management system.
Its just so
clever. Xlerate tells us where the vehicle is, it helps us to plan the best
driving routes between locations, it notifies us when a truck needs an oil
change, a warrant of fitness or a service,
Murray, Road Metals.