Elis improves its fuel efficiency by 13% through telematics and video integration
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:

Elis, formerly known as Berendsen, the largest operator of linen, textile and well-being services in Europe, has increased the safety and enhanced the fuel efficiency of its 750-strong fleet of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) through the integration of telematics and video surveillance systems, with IP cameras provided by Axis Communications.

The cameras were installed by Axis’ partner ICanProve.ITand can record a 360-degree view of the exterior and interior of vehicles at all times. This video footage has enhanced telematics data with visual information about driver behaviour. Conduct that either increases fuel consumption or was considered unsafe is now being eradicated with the installation resulting in a 12.7 per cent increase in fuel efficiency across the fleet, and a 58 per cent decrease in driver related incidents.

The video data is supplied by AXIS F44 and F41 rugged network video systems in the cab, alongside a combination of wide-angle cameras including the AXIS F1005-E and F1035 HD fisheye lenses. These are being used to monitor on- and off-road events, from incidents of dangerous driving to theft from a vehicle. This is helping drivers increase their road safety measures, drive with fuel efficiency in mind and combat false insurance claims.

Peter Kelly, group compliance and fleet manager at Elis, said: “To help improve the fuel efficiency and safety of our fleet, we set strict targets regarding CO2 emissions, safety and compliance and management information. The reports that the system generates and sends to relevant managers now form the basis of driver debriefs, which has been vital in addressing these targets. If, for example, an event occurred as the result of evasive action to avoid a potential collision, the camera footage would support the driver if an insurance claim had been made. Otherwise, advice or training can be offered to improve driving performance.”

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