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5 Minutes With… Beverley Wise, Sales Director UK & Ireland, Webfleet Solutions

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In the latest instalment of our fleet management executive interview series, we spoke to Beverley Wise, Sales Director UK & Ireland at Webfleet Solutions, about the company, the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the industry, rising expectations on standards of service and the importance of telematics…

Tell us about your company, products and services.

Webfleet Solutions, now part of Bridgestone, is one of the world’s leading providers of telematics solutions for fleet management, vehicle telematics and connected vehicle services.

Our WEBFLEET platform gives fleet operators everything they need to reduce costs and boost productivity, while enhancing customer service and improving the safety of their drivers.

We were one of the first telematics providers to foresee the importance of connectivity and have invested heavily in developing ways to integrate our hardware and software with specialist providers to offer the most reliable and easy-to-use vehicle hub solution on the market.

Alongside the core telematics functionality of mileage recording and driver behaviour monitoring, WEBFLEET also integrates seamlessly with additional hardware and software solutions, such as cameras, vehicle check and signature capture tools and digital forms. This allows you to run everything from one easy-to-use interface.

The cloud-based software system supports seamless communication with mobile workforces and helps streamline workflow management, leading to happier customers and safer, more productive drivers.

What have been the biggest challenges and opportunities the Fleet Services industry has faced over the past 12 months?

The Covid-19 pandemic has proved a real test of business flexibility and resilience, with unprecedented times calling for unprecedented approaches to how we work. There has been a need for everyone to work together for the greater good.

Fleet service providers have had to work harder than ever to help businesses generate bottom line savings in the wake of the financial pressures many have faced. Telematics has had an important role to play here, helping support remote working, streamline processes and optimise vehicle utilisation. 

Fleet managers are now looking to the future with different mind-sets to the ones they had before the pandemic struck. Economic uncertainty continues to make flexibility and agility vital business requirements, with digital solutions acting as an important enabler. Connected fleets can ultimately work faster, more efficiently and with greater dexterity. 

All the while, collective efforts to decarbonise transport are accelerating. Fleet service providers must continue to innovate and create new opportunities for companies to make the right decisions at the right time – and build that all-important competitive advantage.

What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market over the coming months?

As the world returns to normal, we can expect fleet businesses to demand higher levels of automation around their core processes.

Expectations for improved standards of service will continue to rise, while the road to zero and safer transport is putting a greater onus on organisations to change how they operate.

In response, we can expect to see tech innovation continuing to transform business mobility.

Telematics data will become increasingly pivotal for businesses embarking on their EV journey, for example, artificial intelligence (AI) is set to play a greater role in helping inform fleet data, while Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) will continue to gain traction with this data providing the cost and behaviour insights needed to optimise journey planning.

What technologies will have the biggest impact on the market over the next 12 months?

With the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans being banned from 2030, and clean air zones being rolled out, businesses must plan their transition to EVs sooner rather than later.

Software solutions that can help fleet business shape their electric vehicle (EV) strategies, supporting both EV adoption and for their ongoing management, will be vital.

Current innovations include planning reports to identify the fossil fuel vehicles that could be replaced with EV alternatives, EV health data that enables pre-emptive maintenance and charger connection reports that help ensure charging occurs when tariffs are most favourable, and just before vehicles are needed for operation.

The interconnectivity of technology will also continue having a huge impact. Integrations between fleet management software, office suites and mobile hardware may not be new, but the opportunities for these to underpin new ways of working for management teams in the post-pandemic environment have never been more important.

In 2022 we’ll all be talking about…?

It’s very difficult to predict, as the world is changing at a phenomenal rate, but my best guess would be the continued innovation around EVs and data aggregation from OEMs.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt about the Fleet Services sector?

Its resilience and the ability to absorb change – and never more so than in the last 18 months.

You go to the bar at the Fleet Services Management Summit – what’s your tipple of choice?

Has to be New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Churton preferably.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Listen, listen and listen again.

Peaky Blinders or The Crown?

Now that is a difficult one, but I think Peaky Blinders just edges it – gritty, well produced and with the added advantage of Cillian Murphy!

Protect your business and workforce with the ALL NEW CAM 50 from Webfleet Solutions

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WEBFLEET Video combines dashcam footage with driving data to give you the full context of road incidents. AI technology identifies risky behaviour and notifies the driver, helping them avoid danger. It delivers higher levels of safety, lowers premiums, and can be configured to meet your privacy needs.

  • Protect your drivers against fraudulent insurance claims
  • AI risk detection and in-cab driver alerts help to prevent accidents.
  • Instant access to live streaming and cloud video allows you can take action immediately.

Book a demo to discover more

Pre-orders now open for the WEBFLEET CAM50 dashcam!

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The new Webfleet Solutions CAM 50 combines dashcam footage with WEBFLEET’s award-winning driving data to give you the full context of any road incidents in real-time. Ground-breaking AI technology automatically identifies risky behaviour and notifies the driver, helping them avoid potentially dangerous situations.

  • Combat non-fault insurance claims against your business
  • Increase safety and protect drivers
  • Automatically record critical driving events
  • On-demand video retrieval via the cloud
  • Live streaming & privacy by design

The pre-order book is now open! Download the datasheet here for more Info or fill in an enquiry form here.

Class-leading telematics with no installation, introducing OEM.connect from Webfleet Solutions

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We’ve partnered up with leading vehicle manufacturers to create an easier way for cars and vans to connect with the Webfleet Solutions’ telematics service platform. OEM.connect eliminates the need for after-market hardware installations.

Our integrated solution makes it faster, easier and cheaper for fleet managers and drivers to benefit from telematics technology. The net result? See clear, actionable insights in one single interface. Allowing you to focus on maximising fleet performance, reducing operating costs and instilling a culture of green driving.

Watch the video here.

WEBINAR: This is the one you don’t want to miss! Let’s Explore Commercial Electric Vehicles

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By Webfleet Solutions

2020 has been a landmark year for electric vehicles (EVs), with pure battery powered car sales increasing over 195% from 2019* While EV is gathering pace in the personal and company car market, commercial vehicle uptake has been somewhat slower. 

Join our team of panellists Jonny Berry (Groupe Renault)Paul Kirby (Vanarama) and Neil Chamberlain (SSE) as they explore the commercial EV landscape, the factors that are driving higher rates of adoption and the new stakeholders that will reshape the ecosystem. Our team of experts will give a realistic view of the challenges the businesses face in adopting commercial EVs.

Register here for the webinar

New whitepaper from Webfleet Solutions: ‘How automation, digitisation and new technology is changing construction’

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The UK government is relying on the construction sector to help drive our economic recovery in the wake of Covid-19. “Build, build, build” has been Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s rallying cry, and the signs look promising. This new eBook from Webfleet Solutions looks at the increased prevalence of digitisation and automation in construction.

It takes a look at some of the main technologies that are changing how construction companies work and how those who have adopted them are benefiting.

To download your FREE copy please click here.

Webfleet Solutions PODCAST on the safety and wellbeing of drivers in the return to work

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Wellbeing should be of paramount importance in every organisation, but this is particularly true when it comes to drivers. So, as the return to work looms, how can leaders gain a better grasp of this? Webfleet Solutions’ Steven Lewis and Richard Parker discuss all of this and more in a new episode in partnership with HRD Live.

Listen to the latest PODCAST now…

Listen on Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/episode/18doPQUNIj7zgYNBbzkSNL?si=rZJq3TTBRaKIYfc0pArKwg

Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/webfleet-on-safety-wellbeing-drivers-in-return-to-work/id1454821899

WEBINAR REWIND: Big Data & Maximising Performance with Webfleet

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Don’t worry if you missed last week’s webinar from Webfleet looking at the use of big data in fleet management – You can re-watch the entire session online!

Big data is central to our lives on a level not seen before, even if we don’t know it. The stock levels available on supermarket shelves, to which TV programs Netflix recommends, or scientific advice in the government’s daily briefings, it’s all a result of big data feeds that everyone is a part of, and fleet is no exception.

Joined by Highways England, the Webfleet team will explored how big data is already driving change in current transport operations and shaping the future of mobility.

So whether you are looking at the safety & wellbeing of employees on our roads, using AI to assist with purchasing the right vehicles, or using big data to make meaningful business decisions, then this webinar is for you.

Key learnings:

• How does big data help you to decide the future of your fleet? – How can big data help you identify which vehicles you buy or which vehicles become electric?
• Discussions with Mark Cartwright from the Safer Roads Team – Focus on how big data is used by Highways England to make the roads safer and introduce new protocols.
• How big data can be used by your business to make your fleet safer. Using Gamification to allow comparisons of individuals within your fleet or industry average. When business returns to the “new normal”, how will you quickly identify those in your fleet who are the biggest risk? Old world risk vs new world risk.

To rewatch the webinar now, click here.

New whitepaper from Webfleet Solutions: ‘Prepare to plug in’

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To coincide with the launch of Webfleet Solutions Electric Vehicle functionality within WEBFLEET, the company have announced a new whitepaper: ‘Prepare to plug in’.

In this edition they explore what electric vehicles will mean for commercial fleets and how telematics can unlock their full value. The big question for anybody that wants to add EVs to their fleet is this: how do I ensure I get all of the positive impact while avoiding the pitfalls? This guide is here to help.

To find our more please visit this website.