Connected products for the new Mercedes Benz Sprinter

In one of our previous blogs, (New Mercedes Sprinter Van is coming…and Handsfree Group are ready for it!) we outlined the products that will even further enhance the driving experience of the new Mercedes Sprinter.  We also have a full range of connected products available from Handsfree Group for the new vans.

 

Datalive your new Sprinter vans

Datalive helps fleet managers improve the efficiency, protection and safety of their drivers and vehicles, while significantly improving their fleets green credentials.

We give customers the intelligence needed to optimise their fleet performance, by customising our modular vehicle data solutions to meet their exact requirements. Our experience ranges from designing fully integrated telematics solutions to basic single feature systems.

 

Datalive Telematics

Our versatile Datalive telematics solutions are modular. Our specialist team build custom systems for our customers, that meet a companies exact requirements – so we are fully prepared for the new Mercedes Sprinter fleets.

Datalive Telematics Solutions:

Live Tracking
  • improving customer response and delivery times with better MPG, improved green credentials, increased productivity and more responsible drivers, whilst eliminating unauthorised vehicle usage and reducing insurance premiums.
Geofence
  • Our team of specialists help fleet managers enhance security, improve utilisation, increase efficiency and support compliance, by setting up geofences.
Driver ID
  • Get visibility of exactly who is driving any given vehicle and their precise location. Optimise your resources, while maintaining your duty of care by using Datalive Driver ID.
Reporting
  • Reduce fuel consumption and operating costs by configuring multi-dimensional custom reports on several vehicle and driver performance aspects, through the Datalive Performance & integration reporting suite.
Remote Safety
  • Protect the welfare of vulnerable or lone workers while ensuring goods are being transported safely and correctly. Datalive monitors all driver activity and critical vehicle data. Fleet managers can easily analyse real-time or historical vehicle information.
Communication
  • Deliver timely information to drivers in an efficient, responsible and legally compliant way. Working together, Datalive telematics and in-vehicle onboard diagnostics can report highly accurate information about the performance of your drivers, vehicles and their engines.
Efficiency Reporting
  • Maximise the efficiency of any driver and vehicle over a specified timeframe, by using the Datalive Telematics customisable reporting suite.
Driver behaviour
  • Manage risk, and fulfil your ‘duty of care’ obligations for drivers. The Datalive driver behaviour module scores driving style and identifies those people driving efficiently.
  • Monitor aggressive or defensive driver styles of individuals or group with applied risk scoring.
  • Datalive driver behaviour provides you with the information you need to target training precisely where it is required, as well as reward and encourage safe driving.

Datalive – Fleet Management Tools

Fleet Management Tools from Datalive helps operators diagnose and report any issues that may impact transport efficiency, by checking vehicle compliance and recording critical fleet management information

Comprising of an extensive app and configurable I.T solution, Fleet Management Tools effectively helps fleet managers perform the audits and checks necessary to ensure a safe and optimised operation.

Datalive’s fleet management system includes defect reporting, vehicle check, fleet check and depot audits.

Fleet Management Tools Solutions:

Defect report tool
  • App on Android and IOS to help fleet operators keep on top of vehicle technology and equipment. Defects on vehicles are often overlooked because it can be timely to report a problem or defect. This app makes it simple.
Vehicle check tool app
  • Designed to eliminate paperwork. Now fleet managers can be sure that all vehicles are checked on a daily basis. Safety and damage checks set daily and alerted if not completed. The app will not allow a user to move to another vehicle until a full 360 degree check has been completed.
Vehicle check audit tool
  • Designed for fleet managers, engineers and auditors. The App is similar to the Vehicle Check Tool, however it means any vehicle can be checked across the whole fleet and is specifically used to report on anomalies.
Depot audit tool
  • Vehicle maintenance is integral to an efficient transport operation, it’s important to check regularly that all the tools are in the right place.
  • Within the Vehicle Audit Checking, there is an additional tool for auditing the depot. This tool is an interactive electronic list of check items to inspect within the depot.

Get in touch to demo Datalive today!

Electric Vehicles, We Have Always Been Ready

EV’s

Alongside the tougher MOT rules in the UK for diesel powered vehicles, the electric vehicle market is experiencing record sales. The list of EV manufacturers is growing and the future of the automobile is looking to be one powered purely by electric.


As we are encouraged to start the transition to all electric vehicles, what does this mean for the future of vehicle technology?  The message from Handsfree Group is “we have always been ready”.

 

The Technology

Like with any new vehicle, no matter what is powering and turning the wheels, the technology that helps us to drive, communicate, stay safe and protect our vehicle is a high priority for most when looking to make that all important purchase.

Handsfree Group have a wealth of experience in fitting a wide range of vehicle technology solutions to EV’s that further improve the driving experience.

 

Size Does Matter

When a vehicle is purely electric, its fundamental to ensure all parts are lightweight and low current draw to ensure you get the best battery performance. Handsfree Group have a proven vehicle technology portfolio that takes all these aspects into consideration.

 

Safety

Handsfree Group have a specific range of products for Electric Vehicles, a lot of which are open cab.

For example:

  • Waterproof interior & exterior cameras.
  • Sunlight readable monitors to give better open cab visibility.
  • White noise directional motor alarms

 

Battery Management from Datalive Telematics

Handsfree Group’s Datalive division offers an EV Battery Management suite with the following features:

EV Battery Levels

  • Remotely monitor real time battery charge levels.

EV Charge Times

  • Insight to vehicles that are ready to go, or charge time remaining.

EV Battery Condition

  • View battery conditions and closely monitor units nearing end of life.

EV Battery Performance

  • Visibility of overall battery performance with end of life alerts

 

Security

Vehicle theft and the loss of valuable cargo can be disruptive for any business. It’s common knowledge that EV’s are expensive, therefore being at a high risk of theft. Handsfree Group can install a range of products that effectively deters criminals, whatever their intentions.

 

Datalive Tracking solutions for EV’s:

 

SVR (Stolen Vehicle Recovery)

  • Datalive telematics tracks a vehicle’s whereabouts so it can be recovered quickly.

Protect EV Battery theft

  • Datalive telematics can be integrated into the vehicle battery. Sudden power loss is instantly detected and alerted.

Ghost Immobiliser

  • Anti-Hijack protection so the vehicle can only be driven for a certain short distance without the driver’s key.

 

If you already own, or are thinking of purchasing a fleet of, Electric Vehicles and you would like more information on the products and services Handsfree Group can offer to improve communication, safety and security for you and your fleet, please contact us to arrange a meeting and full demonstration.

New Additional Handsfree Group Warehouse & Distribution Centre

Expansion

In 2016, Handsfree Group successfully opened Installhub, their state-of-the-art 10,000 sq ft specialist vehicle conversion and installation centre in York.  Only two years later, they have had to further expand, with the addition of the Group’s new Warehouse and Distribution Centre, perfectly located in Trafford Park near Media City.

Handsfree Group HQ, in Cobra Court – Trafford Park, is home to highly skilled project management, work scheduling, development teams, sales and operations.

An expert ‘on-site’ team of Handsfree Group engineers, who are all trained to FCS1362 and FITAS industry standards operate from InstallHub. InstallHub’s primary role is providing specialist conversion and installation services to Handsfree Group’s impressive portfolio of transport, logistics and emergency service clients.

 

Success

It became necessary that in order to continue providing a top class service and remain committed to delivering projects nationwide within the transport, logistics and emergency services sectors, Handsfree Group needed to expand their warehouse and logistics operation. This expansion also needed to provide a dedicated production solution, where the groups customised vehicle solutions could be assembled for their customers.

The search has been a total success and subsequently the group have now moved into, and opened their new cutting edge 4000 sq ft warehousing and distribution centre in Kestral Road, Trafford Park, Manchester.

 

Investment

Matthew Johnson, Managing Director commented: “We are thrilled to be opening our new warehouse and distribution centre in Trafford Park. This is a big investment for Handsfree Group that builds on a decade and a half of our proud history. Our continued partnership with our software providers will encourage innovation and experimentation in our new UK logistics operations and help future-proof our business. We will be able to be even more responsive for our customers across all of our divisions, which include some of the most recognisable companies in the world.”

 

Streamlined

The opening of the new warehouse will further improve the exceptional level of service and value Handsfree Group pride themselves on, by streamlining logistics and increasing delivery efficiency with shorter lead times. The Group can also now hold more stock and easily receive larger consignments, which will better support their ever-expanding product ranges.

Handsfree Group attend NAPFM 2018 – The Emergency Fleet Exhibition

The Exhibition

NAPFM, the Emergency Fleet Exhibition and the National Association of Police Fleet Managers Conference, is one of the largest emergency service fleet events in Europe and is now in it’s 45th year.

Exhibitions are great platforms for businesses to showcase new products and reach out to new clientele. They provide an amazing opportunity for businesses within the industry to converse and learn from each other, as well as enabling a place for marketing and promotion.

Handsfree Group are always excited about industry changes and eager to learn from exhibition opportunities and exhibitors, which is why they had to visit this year’s NAPFM exhibition.

 

Handsfree Group’s Alert Division

Visiting this exhibition was paramount for Handsfree Group due to their involvement with the Emergency Services through their specialist Alert Division.  

Alert help the UK Police, Fire and Ambulance services with the installation of critical communications and safety equipment into emergency response vehicles and mobile command centres.

Vehicle Installations

Alert’s expert and dedicated team works with UK Police Forces, Ambulance Trusts and Fire Services.  Handsfree Group are a Federation of Communications Services (FCS) Gold Patron installer member that supports customers with full UK wide vehicle installation coverage through a specialist team of FCS FITAS accredited engineers.

Vehicle Technology

Alert successfully support emergency service clients in the supply of critical communications, safety equipment and Fixed Vehicle Device (FVD) technology solutions. Alert’s FVD critical communications line up includes the robust PT5 communication solutions.  PT5 devices are equipped, as standard, with WiFi, phone calls, 2 way comms and Push To Talk, whilst being fixed in situ with remote SIM cards.

Vehicle Conversion

Alert are a total solution provider customising vehicle communication and safety solutions for ESN / ESMCP.  Handsfree Group’s 10,000 sq ft vehicle conversion centre further supports clients in specialist emergency vehicle conversions, custom installation of critical FVD communications and ESN / ESMCP safety equipment

 

Meeting and Greeting Galore

At NAPFM 2018, Handsfree Group were delighted to meet up with many of the industry contributors and made some valuable connections and also saw lots of familiar faces.  It was a great exhibition which provided insights into the future of the Emergency Services Fleets.

If you would like more information on the Handsfree Group Alert Division, or indeed any other information, please contact us to arrange a meeting to discuss your requirements.

The Commercial Vehicle Show 2018 – “The Big One”

The Show

It is undoubtedly the biggest and best show of the year for the road transport and commercial vehicle sectors in the UK.  So it is no surprise that Handsfree Group were exhibiting again this year at the 2018 CV Show.  

The show attracts over 20,000 visitors to the NEC in Birmingham each year and this year was no exception.  It is THE place for sector suppliers to showcase their products and services.

Handsfree Group did not disappoint the crowd with their eye catching show stand which you, literally, could not miss.

 

The Handsfree Group’s Demonstration Stand

Handsfree Group had their biggest exhibition stand to date and showcased the best in vehicle technology on the market.

Existing and new customers alike were given the opportunity to browse, watch demonstrations and discuss the products and services on display with the expert Handsfree Group team.

The exhibition stand showcased a wide variety of Handfree Group’s products and services, placing focus on the Install, Installhub and Datalive divisions, on their vehicle technology brand TECh and on Mobileye.  

The Install division are experts in specialist vehicle communication, safety systems and security, and all Handsfree Group Engineers are FCS FITAS 1362 Accredited.  Working from the Installhub, Handsfree Group’s 10’000 sq ft ‘Van Conversion Centre’, and offering nationwide engineer coverage, the Install division has the capacity to handle thousands of specialist vehicle conversions per year.

The Datalive division offers telematics, Live CCTV and Fleet Management Tools – delivering a full suite of fleet management tools to assist with improving productivity, improving safety and reducing risk through the use of telematics and live vehicle CCTV.

TECh offers expert advice, a Nationwide fitting service, International shipping and a simple order process, all run through the TECh Store, offering products to enhance vehicle communication, safety and security.

Handsfree Group are the UK distributor for Mobileye, the global leader in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving technologies.  Handsfree Group supply and install the latest driver assistance products which ensure fleet drivers are fully protected against unexpected activity on the roads.  The Mobileye products are also available through the TECh Store.

 

The Team’s Thoughts

“The footfall was fantastic this year at the CV Show, with a huge number of decision makers attending the show.

We had customers from near and far visit the stand for refreshments and demonstrations on the developments of the Datalive product set, connected fleet tools such as connect CCTV, tracking and telematics and fleet management tools.

It was great to see existing customers and be able to show them our new in vehicle technology advancements. The highlights in technology advancements from Handsfree Group were the improved features of the TECh PT5 cab phone range, including panic buttons and warning beacons and the huge success of Datalive tracking and telematics and connected vehicle CCTV, installed to industry FCS1362 and FITAS standards.

Another highlight was bringing the northern and southern Handsfree Group sales teams together to run the exhibition stand and having the opportunity for a great team night out, to show Handsfree Group’s appreciation of their expert and dedicated staff.”

 

If you missed the show you can arrange a visit from our demo van, please contact us to book an appointment with our expert team.

FPS Expo 2018 – Award Winning Exhibition

The Exhibition

The FPS Expo exhibition is the leading event for the oil distribution industry in the UK and Ireland and took place this year in mid April.  The event is organised by The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers and is now in it’s 38th year.  Handsfree Group have exhibited at the event for the past 12 years, with great success, so exhibiting again this year was an honour and a pleasure for the team.   

The event was held at the spectacular Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL) and brought together over 150 exhibitors all looking to launch or review products and services and meet new or existing clients.  

 

The Handsfree Group’s Demonstration Stand

Handsfree Group’s stand at the FPS Expo was a showcase of three core divisions covering a wide variety of products and services:

Install – Fleet Vehicle Installations – Handsfree Group engineers operate across the UK and are experts in specialist vehicle communication, safety systems and security. All Handsfree Group Engineers are FCS FITAS 1362 Accredited, providing peace of mind that the technology in the vehicles is being serviced or installed by qualified industry professionals. Handsfree Group’s company wide certification demonstrates to customers understanding and assures industry standards will be upheld.  The Installhub is Install’s 10’000 sq ft ‘Service Centre’.  It has the capacity to handle thousands of specialist vehicle conversions per year and is Handsfree Group’s biggest workshop site to date.

Datalive – Telematics, Live Vehicle CCTV & Fleet Management Tools – Datalive provides fleet owners with the appropriate fleet tracking, data and reports to efficiently run their fleets. Datalive delivers a full suite of fleet management tools to assist with improving productivity, improving safety and reducing risk.

TECh – Vehicle Technology – Expert Advice, Nationwide fitting service, International shipping, simple order process.  The TECh Store offers products to enhance vehicle communication, safety and security, some of which were on display and available for demonstration at the FPS Expo, including the range of PT5 cab phones.

The Team’s Thoughts

“The week of the exhibition was a beautiful one, the weather was glorious and the venue was outstanding.

The FPS Expo was a busy event and was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our new in-vehicle technology advancements.

The highlights in technology advancements from Handsfree Group were the improved features of the TECh PT5, including panic buttons and warning beacons. We also received some great feedback on the success of Datalive tracking, telematics and connected vehicle CCTV, all installed to industry FCS1362 and FITAS standards.

It really was good to talk to so many existing and new customers all working together towards fleet safety and efficiency.”

30 Telematic Systems Into Specialist Vehicles

Handsfree Group Install Premium Telematic Into Winter Services Vehicles

EXPERIENCE WITH SPECIALIST VEHICLES

Handsfree Group UK embodies the importance of vehicle safety, precaution and awareness. They also strive for exceptional efficiency and quality care for both customers and the Handsfree Group team.

Every member of their team has a part to play in ensuring the best in vehicle technology installations nationwide. They also raise awareness on the importance of having the fleet best safety precautions when on the road, for drivers and public safety.

Their latest exceptional vehicle installation involved specialist vehicles. Handsfree Group have a vast experience on specialist vehicle technology installations, whether a single specialised installation is required or to a fleet of vehicles.

30 TELEMATIC INSTALLATIONS

Handsfree Group were asked to provide their award winning installation services for a premium telematic system into 30 specialist winter gritting service vehicles.

Gritters are specialist vehicles such as gritting lorries, salt spreaders and salt trucks. With similar components to other specialist vehicles, such as snowplows, they are vital in ensuring safety in harsh winter conditions.

Handsfree Group were able to provide a fully bespoke vehicle installation service into all 30 of the specialised vehicles. Their FITAS certified engineers were able to professionally and efficiently install the telematics technology, ensuring best practice can be achieved in the upcoming winter conditions.

FITAS CERTIFIED ENGINEERS

Handsfree Group are proud of their FITAS certification across all of their engineers. The quality assured accreditation reflects the high professional standards in which all their engineers uphold.

The quality certification highlights the excellence within Handsfree Group’s specialised team and outstanding installations at their state of the art workshop facilities provides.

Their workshop facilities, Installhub, located in the North of England are used for many of their professional installations whether for a single vehicle or a large fleet. The highly skilled Handsfree Group Install team also provide assured ‘off site’ options for all customers too.

TELEMATICS SYSTEMS EQUALS SAFETY

The latest 30 installs into these specialised gritter vehicles equals improved safety and advanced awareness for all involved. Vehicle Telematics is a easy way to ensure maximum safety and efficiency for one vehicle or your entire fleet.

Vehicle Telematics is a way of monitoring the location, movements, status and driving behaviour of one vehicle or a fleet of vehicles. It is a superior method of monitoring a vehicle by combining a GPS system and on-board diagnostics. You are able to record and map the location, speed and journey of a vehicle and cross reference how the vehicle’s driver is behaving.

With this data you can mitigate risk, increase road safety and road transportation efficiency dramatically. Fleet Managers can clearly understand the behaviour of their fleet and this can significantly improve road safety fast.

If you would like to find out more, please click here and start you telematics journey today.