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Chambers provides green travel with Masternaut

17 April, 2008

Leeds, UK, 17 April 2008 – Chambers, Northern Ireland’s largest independent coach and bus operator has implemented Internet-based satellite-tracking innovation from Masternaut Three X as part of a £5 million investment in its new operating centre and new fleet of luxury coaches.  The Masternaut service, which will allow Chambers to track its fleet and monitor driver activity, incorporates dashboard-mounted PDA devices as part of a real time driver information and navigation system.    

Masternaut has been integrated with Chambers’ Distinctive Systems booking system. The integrated solution is in use across its Door-to-Door fleet of 30 ‘demand-responsive’ vehicles for transporting disabled and elderly clients who find it difficult to use various forms of mainstream public transportation. The Door-to-Door drivers receive their route bookings and orders on GPS/GPRS enabled devices so that they are able to provide superior response levels within a tightly defined operating window.  

“We needed a very robust PDA-based booking system that would enable our drivers to receive real-time information. The seamless integration of the Distinctive system with Masternaut allows our drivers to get the information they need for each pick up and we are able to track and monitor their progress also in real time by simply logging onto the Masternaut website and viewing the live progress of the vehicles. We know exactly when the drivers arrive at the pick up, when they leave and when they arrive at the destination,” says Michael Lorimer, Chief Executive, Chambers.

Chambers plan to implement Masternaut across the rest of the fleet. This will enable the company to monitor the carbon footprint of each vehicle as well as the entire fleet ensuring it operates at peak performance. The live monitoring precisely measures idling and driving styles such as heavy braking and therefore encourages more fuel efficient, smooth driving saving fuel costs and lowering emissions.

“We take pride in our vehicles, the majority of which are 2008 models, and are dedicated to provide a safe and environmentally friendly service throughout our operations. Masternaut will enable us to track our fleet and measure the carbon footprint of each vehicle. The system provides us management reports that will help us drive down emissions further and ensure that each vehicle operates efficiently as possible. This is a huge plus for us and our customers as not only do will be travelling in style, they will also be doing their bit for the environment by using more eco-friendly transport,” says Michael Lorimer.

Chambers was established over 35 years ago and has earned its reputation of market leader by constant investment in both fleet and technology, as well as a passion for putting the customer first. The company has a staff of 125 and is experiencing steady growth in its business in Ireland, the UK and abroad.


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