BOSTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fleetmatics Group PLC (NYSE: FLTX) announced today its enterprise fleet management solution, SageQuest, was chosen by Virgin Media for its 2,600 vehicle fleet serving the U.K. and Ireland.
"Our customers look to us for answers and insights that help improve their operations and reduce costs, so we are honored that Virgin Media sees our SageQuest fleet management solution as a contributor to reducing its environmental impact," said Jim Travers, CEO, Fleetmatics Group. "Our success serving U.S. companies with large fleets and complex technology needs has given us the experience and product strength needed to launch SageQuest in the UK marketplace."
Many of the management reporting tools provided by SageQuest support Virgin Media's goal of continuous improvement in environmental performance, according to Maurice Daw, Executive Director—Access, Virgin Media. The solution's reports allow for reductions in fuel usage, enhancements in driver safety, and advancements in customer service.
"We've been able to replace assumptions with facts," said Daw. "SageQuest gives us an unbiased, real-time view of what is going on in the field with instant access to data, scaled so that any number of users can access the system without slowing or crashing."SageQuest's fuel saving features include monitoring of engine idling and a provision for alerts that helps drivers avoid traffic congestion. Daw indicated Virgin Media expects immediate impact from these, per a 2012 study by Argonne National Laboratory that reported one hour of idling is equivalent to 25 miles of driving by the typical fleet vehicle. Safety improvements are encouraged by SageQuest's real-time ability to monitor for speeding, fast cornering, hard braking and excessive acceleration. The solution also provides management alerts to prompt actions that discourage these behaviors, which are known to increase the likelihood of traffic accidents. "The safety of our field technicians is paramount," said Daw. "This system alerts management to put appropriate protections in place."