Trimble and Babcock Manage Fleet Services for UK Defense Ministry

By Jessica Binns, Contributing Editor — May 03, 2012

Trimble announced that it is partnering with Babcock, UK engineering support services organization, which provides and manages the fleet of approximately 14,000 administrative vehicles for the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD). As part of a four-year agreement, Babcock will use Trimble's field service management solutions to equip the MoD with innovative tools to more efficiently manage its fleet utilization, fuel consumption and driver safety.

Trimble was selected following Babcock's appointment in 2011 as the Service Provider for "Project Phoenix," under which they provide the overall fleet management and rental services for the MoD's administrative transport requirements. Partnering with Babcock, the Trimble GeoManager Fleet Management solution will be deployed across 12,000 of the MoD's cars, light commercial vehicles and heavy goods vehicles (HGV).

Trimble GeoManager will provide Babcock and the MoD with real-time
visibility into the day-to-day fleet operations, which will enable them to identify, manage and improve key areas such as vehicle utilization, maintenance planning and customer service to optimize the overall cost of transport by reducing fleet size, spot hire spend, fuel costs and CO2 emissions.

In addition, Babcock will be implementing Trimble Driver Safety to enable the MoD to review driving behavior across its fleet. Improvements in driving style and speed will not only help reduce accidents and vehicle downtime, but it can also lead to further reductions in fuel consumption.

"As a service organization, delivering outstanding service to our customers is critical to our business and implementing the best-in-class technology to support this initiative is essential. Trimble's comprehensive and scalable solutions allow us to provide the MoD with accurate management and reporting on all aspects of its fleet, which can lead to increased organizational productivity and reduced operating costs," said Nick Earl, general manager of Project Phoenix at Babcock.

"We are looking forward to partnering with Babcock to help the MoD achieve
its goals for this extensive project," said Nick Mitchell, vice president of
global sales for Trimble's Field Service Management Division. "As an
established provider to the MoD for over 10 years, Babcock was looking for a
partner to match their capacity in delivering the high demands of the
contract. With the size and variety of the MoD vehicles as well as safety
and security being a key concern, our corporate capability, proven track
record and robust suite of solutions made Trimble the natural choice."

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