Brooks-Berry-Haynie, a Georgia electrical contractor, sees immediate payoff with faster and more accurate data on driver behavior and location of valuable trucks.
December 18, 2012
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Dec. 18, 2012 – Brooks-Berry-Haynie, an electrical contractor in Georgia, sees immediate payoff with faster and more accurate data on driver behavior and location of valuable trucks.
Small machine-to-machine (M2M) devices mounted in the dashboard of utility trucks that are connected to Sprint’s powerful wireless network are helping the contractor be more competitive and save the company thousands of dollars annually.
Brooks-Berry-Haynie (BBH), based near Atlanta, dispatches 150 electrical utility trucks in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida. The company recently teamed with Sprint and ActSoft to implement an M2M telematics solution for fleet management. The solution allows for improving fleet operations, reducing operational cost, mitigating risk and liability and monitoring driver behavior. The 4”x4” tracking device houses a Sprint CDMA modem for high speed wireless connectivity.
Andy O’Kelley, vice president-Operations, BBH, leads day-to-day operations for the company, including project management, field operations and field support. O’Kelley says the new mobility tool and reliable Sprint wireless network brought immediate efficiencies to the company.
“Our previous tracking devices, software and network can’t compare to what we have today,” O’Kelley said. “The old system wasn’t efficient, provided false data, and the network was not as fast or reliable.”
The Sprint-Actsoft solution relies on a CalAmp 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, Ga.
“The tracking unit told us immediately that the truck was stolen,” O’Kelly said. “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.”
Industry experts estimate that cargo thefts result in as much as $30 billion in losses each year. (Source: FBI)
Other cost-cutting advantages provided by the tool include a full maintenance system (to indicate when oil and engine fluid changes and DMV inspections are due), speeding parameters, gas consumption, reduction of driver idle time and other factors that put pressure on the bottom line.
Sprint has been at the forefront of M2M breakthroughs for more than 12 years. The company continues to power some of the world’s most popular smartphones on its dependable and continually improving wireless network and is winning third-party customer service awards. Along the way, Sprint’s Emerging Solutions Group has helped coordinate opportunities for developers and business partners like Actsoft to power their innovative M2M products on its network. The company remains a technology leader by giving the customer the service they want, when and where they need it.
“Sprint is keenly aware of Brooks-Berry-Haynie’s needs for high-performing tracking devices, software and a dependable and powerful wireless network,” said Russell Mosburg, director-Emerging Solutions, Sprint. “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.”
About the Sprint Emerging Solutions Group
Sprint’s M2M leadership has earned prestigious third-party validation, including the top-ranked “North American M2M Provider” and “No. 2 Overall Ranked Carrier,” among 12 global service providers, by Analysys Mason and a 2011 Frost & Sullivan “Customer Value Enhancement Award in North America for Machine to Machine Communications.” To learn more about Sprint’s M2M offerings, visit www.sprint.com/m2m. .
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