The international Implico Group today announced that it has received the 2010 Telematics Award. The official award ceremony took place yesterday at IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover. Presented for the very first time, the award was available in 13 categories. Implico took the prize in the "Waste Management" category.
At 3:28 p.m. precisely, Implico's CEO Michael Martens accepted the Telematics Award from the hands of Jörg Bode, Lower Saxony's Minister for Economic Affairs and the patron of the event. The software and consulting services company received the prize for a telematics project completed at Tönsmeier Group – one of the largest private waste management companies in Germany.
The telematics solution at Tönsmeier involved equipping the company's skip loaders with a completely new on-board computer system. Connected via a wireless data link, the vehicles enjoy real-time integration into the planning of operational processes and are thus embedded into Tönsmeier's SAP ERP system. This enables highly efficient management of routes, drivers and tours. This connectivity makes it possible to reduce the number of empty tours, for example, and also to increase the capacity usage for each tour.
The solution developed by Implico permits Tönsmeier's orders to be processed more flexibly and significantly increases overall fleet efficiency. Order throughput has also risen. As a result, Tönsmeier can boost its sales volume without needing to invest in additional vehicles or extra personnel. Thirty-five skip loaders are currently working with this telematics solution, which will be extended to include over 250 vehicles by 2011.
Sponsored by the trade journal "Telematik-Markt," the Telematics Award recognizes outstanding products, concepts and projects.