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ABB protects service fleet with Masternaut

12 January, 2006

ABB, the global leader in power and automation technology, is equipping its specialist service vehicles with an advanced web-based satellite tracking service from Masternaut. With a 250-strong fleet, ABB maintain industrial equipment and assets for councils and utilities, including street lighting for a number of public authorities. Masternaut is helping ABB optimise fleet utilisation and service levels by protecting vehicles that are vulnerable to theft.

Maintaining high levels of service has become paramount for ABB after winning a multi-million pound Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to maintain and upgrade street lighting in Staffordshire. To provide a fast response to service requests and meet performance expectations, ABB require a fully equipped fleet and specialists to be on hand 24 hours.

“We have had problems with theft and protecting our vehicles has become a big issue. Any loss is not only very inconvenient and costly, but it can threaten service delivery and that is something we cannot afford. Masternaut is part of a series of security measures aimed to protect these assets and of course the tracking and activity reports have real potential for improving service operations” says Ralph Izzard, Transport Manager, ABB Utilities.

Masternaut has been fitted to vehicles supplied by Artegy, the commercial vehicle contract hire specialists. Artegy supply ABB with an array of vehicles, many of which are highly specialist and required custom fitting. “The big issue with theft is that a valuable vehicle suddenly becomes unavailable. With the highly specialist equipment needed for work such as street lighting, suitable vehicles are rare and lead times on replacements can take months. Preventing theft is therefore key to optimising utilisation“ says Andy Wainwright of Artegy.


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