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Past Issues

Nov/Dec 2004


STI's & HIV
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's) are caused by germs that are passed on from one person to another during sex. These diseases are very common, with over 4 million people receiving treatment for STI's in South Africa every year. 


Auto Africa 2004


Trucks grab the spotlight...
Someone mentioned that there were some cars on show at Auto Africa. We did, in passing, notice a few exotic looking dinky-toys but they paled into insignificance compared to the magnificent display of bright, shiny, sparkling trucks on show.
In this feature, we bring the vibe of the show to our readers who couldn't attend. Enjoy!


The return of the 'Louis'?...
Does the launch of the semi-forward control International 7000 Series at Auto Africa herald the return of replacements for all old Ford Louisville truck tractors still operating today?


The RFA - directionless with good intentions...
The Road Freight Association held its annual 'black-tie' bash for their 'haves' and 'have-more' members in Sandton. It was a glittering occasion which, on the surface, indicated that this is the body that really counts. However, in the opinion of FleetWatch's Dave Scott, it was an exercise is self-delusionment.


Special feature
Fleet Management and Vehicle Tracking


We Three Kings...
Having spoken to several key players in the vehicle tracking and fleet management industries industries, FleetWatch's Paul Collings discovers that perhaps a redefinition of the term 'fleet management' is needed to assist transporters in their quest to gain greater control of their vehicles via new technologies.


VESA not looking back...

It must have been a bitter pill to swallow, watching the country's three biggest stolen vehicle recovery/fleet management companies withdrawing their membership earlier this year...


Fleet Systems Pow-Wow...
The world of technology is a fast moving one characterised by constant change and in South Africa, the last year has seen some dramatic developments within the fleet management and vehicle tracking industries. FleetWatch fired some issue-laden questions at some of the key players providing hi-tech solutions to transport operators.


So what is GPRS exactly?...
It's been around for over a year but is only now starting to settle down and work consistently without falling over.

Breaking In...
Pricing and service levels may hold the key to market differentiation in the tracking and fleet management game.


Profit and Boss...
Full-blown fleet management systems are designed to give big fleet operators real time bottom-line performance reports on each and every one of their vehicles. ITQ is the local vendor of Bynx Fleet, a high-end resources planning and management tool for fleet managers. Paul Collings quizzed ITQ MD, Giovanni Mottalini, about his system.


Extreme tracking...
With increased competition comes the need for specialisation and customised fleet management solutions - especially when trucking into Africa. Paul Collings spoke to GlobalTrack managing director, Pieter Smits about his company's modus operandi.


Digital Diesel...
A company closely related to the fleet management industries is the AFS Group, South Africa's leading automated fuel dispensing solutions provider via its eFuel solution.


OEM enters the arena...

Some years back FleetWatch predicted that the day would come when truck manufacturers would be forced to offer vehicle tracking/fleet management systems as an OE option when selling a new vehicle. 


RFiD and 'Smart Dust' - accelerating toward us...

Just as we were getting accustomed to the idea of identifying trucks with a coded fleet number that provided date of first registration and depot location, it seems everyone started moving to tracking vehicles with some form of cellular or GPS location system.


The Get-It-Back Boys...

The thin edge of the fleet management wedge is SVR (stolen vehicle recovery), and companies offering fleet management services generally outsource this high-risk component (hunting and recovering the stolen vehicle) to specialised ground and air teams. These teams come in different configurations writes Paul Collings. 


Tricky Truck Tracking...
Running a transport operation involves a large amount of risk. Trucks don't come cheap and if measures aren't in place to control risk, a haulier could lose vehicles, customers and ultimately the entire business through hijacking, theft, poor vehicle maintenance and bad driving. FleetWatch looks at two new approaches to reduce risk - one for the small operator, the other for the larger transport operation.


Evolution At Speed...
If there's one thing to be said about the tracking and fleet management industries it's that things change - FAST. Technology drives consumer demand and service providers need to keep on top of their innovation game to remain competitive. 


Price increases 2005

Early forecast for higher road transport tariffs...
The scene is set for higher transport operating costs in early 2005 that could lead to long-expected increments in freight transport tariffs. This is the prediction of Max Braun, compiler of our quarterly Truck Operating Cost Schedules who urges transporters to start lobbying now for better rates.


Vehicle sales ...
Year-to-date results remain outstanding reports Richard Proctor-Sims.


Truck Operating Costs...
Our quarterly update on market related operating and owning cost estimates compiled by Max Braun for a variety of popular transport operations.

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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