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Past Issues

Nov/Dec 2003


Community Medical Services
celebrates 20 years of selfless service...

The hard-working crew that makes up Community Medical Services are among our country's true unsung heroes.


TRUCKING Into The New Age

Most of our readers will have heard of the handover of 101 Mercedes-Benz Axor 4x2 truck tractors and tridem aluminium trailers to Pieter Buys, owner of CoalTrans. This represents one of South Africa's biggest truck deals involving a single client.


VW VANS AT LAST...

TRUDGING around European truck shows, one cannot fail to observe Volkswagen’s large presence in commercial vehicles.


Death Junction

A father's campaign for safety...

Travel on the R28 into Krugersdorp and you will see the mangled wreck of a blue car that stands atop a display stand at the top of the hill. This is not an advertisement for a scrap metal dealer. Rather, it is the visible cry of a father who is campaigning to prevent what happened to his daughter from happening to others.


The mother of all truck pulls...

How do you get a 20-ton truck to travel 1 500km without using any diesel? It's easy - just hook up 20 of the country's top strength athletes and shout "Pull Manne". This is a story of exceptional human endeavour linked to a truck for the sake of charity.


A variety of 'Vantastic' applications...

A visit to the highly robotised Mercedes-Benz Sprinter plant in Düsseldorf, Germany would astound Henry Ford the 1st as to how far mass production has progressed. Highly qualified, small teams assist 300 robots to assemble an amazing 550 units per day, or the whole of South Africa's annual Sprinter sales in just three days! Dave Scott reports on a visit to the plant. 


Showtime in Amsterdam...

This year's RAI 2003 was nearly as big as the IAA in Hannover. Our technical correspondent Dave Scott visited the show and brings to our readers his impressions.


Special Feature

Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management

In this special feature FleetWatch delves into the vehicle tracking and fleet management segment to highlight trends and developments in this market. The industry has certainly matured but there are still problem areas. South Africa remains, however, a world leader in the provision of products and services in this arena.

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Practical Approach is Needed ...

So you want to track your vehicles? Have you decided why you want to do this and what elements of control you need to gain over your transport operations?

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The Output Is What Counts...

A man who has accumulated vast experience in the vehicle 'tracking' industry is Basil Papalexis, MD of Geotab, who has been around from the 'early' days when he launched Netstar onto the market. 

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It's a management issue...

A significant percentage of vehicle theft and hijackings could be prevented if top management paid more attention to what was happening on the ground.

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Keeping Track 24/7...

Some four years ago when I&J told Moosa's Enterprises that they wanted all the vehicles working for them installed with tracking systems, the system selected was Orchid, the branded product of Global Telematics.

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Introducing the WOW Factor...

Many systems suppliers might well argue this point but there is a base line of features designed into most systems that are common across the board. 

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Making a Difference...

The power of a vehicle 'tracking' system to radically change a customer's business lies in the information gathered and the ability of customers to use it in a practical, simple, and usable way.

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A War of Attrition...

Truck hijacking and the subsequent loss of vehicles and cargo is costing the South African transport industry and the economy billions of Rand a year. 

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All about perceptions...

Comtech MD Brian Edmonds believes the rate of truck hijackings has stabilised if not actually dropped.

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SA Goes International...

A decade ago, computerised vehicle tracking and fleet management systems were not much more than a twinkle in a truck owners' eye - and those systems that were available were often questionable in terms of information provided and overall stability.

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Changing Traditional Roles...

An interesting development in the local vehicle tracking market sees two of South Africa's premier stolen vehicle recovery companies moving into the fleet management arena.

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No ceiling to development...

Will there ever be a technological ceiling to vehicle tracking and fleet management? It seems not given the continuous evolution taking place on this front. The latest offering is GPRS (global pocket radio service). 

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A Legend In Its Own Time...

That Digicore has become a legend in the field of fleet electronic management hardly needs emphasising. It is, after all, the leader in this market by a wide margin.

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 Something for the smaller fleets...

A new locally developed 'information logger' called Dialogue, which can best be described as an historical trip data recorder, has been launched on the market.

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Customising The Information Flow...

An efficient fleet management system depends on access to accurate, up to date and relevant data and information in order to justify the financial expenditure.

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Watch this space!...

There is nothing more certain in life than change and it is a wise man who accepts this as a truth.

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Taking The Gap...

It has often been stated that the South African vehicle tracking and fleet management market is overcrowded with some 'guesstimators' putting it at well over 70 companies offering remote tracking systems.

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From The Earth To The Sky...

From a global positioning system (GPS) for precision flying to a fleet management system for underground mining equipment through to products that save on maintenance costs and reduce vehicle abuse, Irenco, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Denel, has both the ground and the sky covered in its product offerings - and is planning to expand even further.

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Fleetcall reaches 10 years...

When FleetWatch started in 1993, another company using the prefix 'fleet' came into being. The company was Fleetcall and it gives us great pleasure to congratulate Fleetcall on reaching its 10th anniversary this year.

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Truck & Bus sales...
Can you believe the way truck sales are going? It's mind-boggling. This year's sales of all HCVs are on target to be the third highest in the past 20 years. Richard Proctor-Sims analyses the figures.


Truck Operating Costs...
The first update in our FleetWatch truck operating cost schedules compiled by Max Braun. These cover 15 different popular transport operations representing a cross-section of typical transporter and private carrier transport tasks. This is your benchmark against which you can measure your operation.

WorldWatch...
Our regular series in which Frank Beeton keeps readers up to date with what is happening on the world's trucking stage


 

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