Linfox, Telstra partner on IoT

Australian logistics company, Linfox, will implement an advanced telematics and management solution into its truck fleet, through a partnership with Australian telecommunications business, Telstra, and GPS and fleet management solutions provider, MTData.
The Internet of Things (IoT) technology will be rolled out to the whole Linfox truck fleet and will reportedly deliver advanced transport and logistics data and quality-benchmarking information to enhance public and driver safety on Australian roads.
“We are in a critical time in the logistics industry and it’s important to deliver technology that will ensure greater safety for our drivers and the communities in which we operate,” said Conrad Harvey, Chief Information Officer, Linfox. “Safety is a key issue within our industry and community and by partnering with Telstra to implement transformative technologies that allow us to better monitor and measure safety compliance throughout our fleet, we can work to reduce risk factors and enhance safe driver behaviour.”
Telstra’s IoT solution will include Samsung tablets mounted into Linfox trucks so drivers can access logbooks and complete safety checklists, and have capability, in some vehicles, for in-cabin recording of road-safety incidents.
“The technology will require our drivers to log on and complete safety checklists before they head off on the road and will allow us to gain more accurate in-cab readings of speed and distance,” said Harvey. “The devices will enable us to coordinate our vehicles efficiently, reduce congestion on the roads and above all, ensure a higher level of safety for the community.”
The deal comes three months after Telstra’s acquisition of MTData.
“Linfox is one of Australia’s largest and most successful logistics companies and we are committed to supporting its efforts to achieve safer and more efficient supply chains,” said Michelle Bendschneider, Executive Director – Global Products, Telstra. “With MTData’s expertise in delivering IoT solutions for the heavy vehicle industry, coupled with the unrivalled capability of the Telstra mobile network, we have created an innovative solution to help transform Linfox’s business.”

ANC appoints National Projects Manager

Fleet services company ANC has appointed Kylee Bidwell to the new senior position of National Projects Manager.
ANC is a privately owned company specialising in dedicated fleet home delivery and dedicated fleet corporate delivery services in metropolitan areas around Australia.
Bidwell has held a number of roles during her 24 years in transport and logistics, and has been at ANC since 1993. Most recently, she was the Western Australian State Manager, where she was responsible for day-to-day operations of the state, including management of over 50 staff and contractors servicing clients such as Bunnings, Fantastic Furniture, Telstra and IBM.
The newly created role of National Projects Manager will oversee the implementation of new client operations, with a focus on the development of internal and external processes for maximum efficiency and effectiveness of resources, reporting to the National Manager Operations, Roger Cengarle.
Cengarle commented, “Setting up a new dedicated fleet delivery service takes time, experience with continuous assessment and improvement in the first critical months of operations. ANC has appointed this highly experienced senior resource to manage and seamlessly coordinate ANC and the client’s various departments. We have invested in the role to ensure we quickly and efficiently develop the most suitable delivery service, so that the client sees the best results as soon as possible, and the customer delivery experience is consistently excellent.
“Kylee has excelled in her role of WA State Manager over the past three years and has shown her flair for project management and leadership. She has a natural talent for seamlessly transitioning new clients to ANC services and we are excited about the positive impact this role will have on all new clients at a national level.”

Leadership change at ANC

Fleet home delivery company ANC has announced two new senior management appointments – Stephen Sloane has recently taken up the position of NSW State Manager, Operations, while internally, Brett Randall has been appointed National Manager, Innovation and Improvement.
ANC provides last-mile delivery for Australian and international brands such as Bunnings Warehouse, IKEA, Fantastic Furniture, Telstra, Australian Cement and Fuji Xerox.
Stephen Sloane joins ANC following a 19-year tenure at Startrack, most recently as National Fleet & Facility Manager, having started as a contracted driver.
“I’m impressed by ANC’s growth over the past two years, and its plans for the future, so am excited by the opportunities this role will afford everyone,” said Sloane.
He will oversee the state-wide delivery of dedicated fleet management, client and customer services and report to the National Manager Operations, Roger Cengarle.
Brett Randall has been with ANC for over 30 years, starting out in the business as a contracted driver, progressing through sales and operational ranks to his current role overseeing strategy through innovation and improvement programs nationally.
Randall is a member of the National Executive Team and reports directly to CEO Don Mills and MD James Taylor.
“This new role in innovation and improvement is testament to ANC’s focus on future leadership for the sector, ensuring that we’re providing the best efficiencies and service possible for our clients and their customers,” he said.
“I’ve seen this organisation grow from 20 vehicles dealing with small packages to a $69 million national business and I am excited to be part of the next strategic phase in a dynamic industry.”
Taylor commented on the new appointments, “We have recently redesigned our senior leadership structure to reflect our national approach, and welcome these two new roles which are part of a larger strategy. People are our biggest asset and we know that these new internal and external appointments are going to give us the edge in the delivery sector, which is changing at an extraordinary pace.”

Telstra building Australia's first IoT network

Telstra has revealed that it will be working with Ericsson on its ‘Network of the Future’ program, working amoung other things on the deployment of Australia’s largest Internet of Things (IoT) network via deployment of Cat M1 functionality across Australia.
The telecommunications company made the announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The company said in a statement, “Telstra is the first operator to deploy a national IoT-enabled mobile network which will enable an IoT footprint among the largest in the world. The deployed Cat-M1 capability will allow Telstra to deploy a comprehensive range of IoT applications quickly and flexibly – accelerating the growth of Australia’s IoT ecosystem. .
Telstra and Ericsson have commenced localised Cat-M1 trials in Melbourne and Tasmania – device partners in the Tasmanian trial are Sierra Wireless, Altair and Bosch. As Cat-M1 device and solutions become commercially available, Telstra reports that it is well prepared to support their operation across its 4G network which covers over 98 per cent of the Australian population.
Telstra stated that Cat-M1 is ideally suited to use cases requiring mobility, voice support and moderate bitrates in the order of hundreds of kbps, like vehicle telematics, asset tracking, consumer and healthcare wearables, and smart electricity metering.
“These projects lay the foundations of the program we described in October 2016 and provide the foundation for Telstra’s Network of the Future program,” said Mike Wright, Telstra Group Managing Director, Networks.
“Our expanded optical network will support important emerging network capabilities such as IoT, 5G and enhanced media delivery.”
According to Business Insider, Wright said the new capability would have real-time uses in “logistics, utilities, medicine, transport, mining, agriculture, manufacturing and many more.”

Telstra warns container ships off its subsea paths

Australian telecommunications and media company Telstra reportedly has to divert captains of up to 50 container ships per month found to be travelling in close proximity to its subsea cable infrastructure paths.
Darrin Webb, Executive Director, International Operations & Services and Managing Director, Northeast Asia, Telstra Corporation Limited has released an official blog posting sharing the efforts the company must go to in order to protect its underwater connectivity.
According to Webb, the container ports of Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the world’s busiest and shallowest, regularly keep Telstra’s cable maintenance team busy. “Unfortunately, the combination of heavy traffic from big commercial vessels, shallow water and the sheer number of cables that connect to landing stations around these ports, does not bode well for our cables.”
In order to avoid damage, Telstra’s maintenance team monitors the location of each container ship in relation to their cables through the ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS). The AIS provides information on each vessel, such as their unique identification number, position, course, and speed. “If a ship gets too close, our team will make a call to the captain so they can adjust their course. On average, our team contacts 30 – 50 container ships a month,” Webb said.

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