09 September 2004
A fleet management software package designed for local councils will allow users to book vehicles online 24 hours a day.
The system, developed by Drive-IT Systems, includes keyless smartcard access to cars so users do not need to pick up keys from a depot.
An in-car communications module links the vehicle to the booking platform through the GSM mobile phone network.
Cars can be booked via the Internet, a call centre or from inside a fleet vehicle.
They can also be booked for part of a day, making them available for other staff, which means only one car may be used instead of several if the system does not recognise part-day use.
The system tracks vehicle usage including time and mileage for accurate billing, according to Colin Cartwright, head of Drive-IT Systems, part of Cybit, an Internet-based telematics services provider.
He said the improved tracking gave operators a full record of movement for far better control and visibility of their investment.
The system can handle up to several thousand vehicles, which is useful for employees in areas such as community transport schemes and care for the elderly.