Locus, Tracker enhance telematics driven supply chains

  • September 9, 2021
  • William Payne

Supply chain platform Locus has partnered South African telematics tech developer Tracker. The collaboration has created an enhanced end-to-end planning optimisation and execution management platform built on the two companies’ technologies.

Telematics data from subscribed vehicles is interpreted by the technology platform supplied by Locus to provide real-time transport analytics and insights. This complements the pre-existing Tracker insight into vehicle location and driver behaviour by delivering analytics that provides full visibility at an operational level around all aspects of route planning and deliveries. It also enables a comparison between planned versus actual performance.

The new platform allows fleet managers to make immediate decisions based on automated, real-time fleet data. The Locus platform is an automated routing system that helps businesses dispatch and manage resources on the ground, whilst automating key decision-making steps with the help of proprietary adaptive algorithms. This results in increased SLA adherence and reduced time, distance, and operational costs. The platform has enhanced visibility from origin to destination with a feature-rich control tower dashboard, driver application, and customer-facing tracking interface. Driver analysis and scoring paired with the artificial intelligence dashcam component for driver authorisation and in-cab monitoring further enhances compliance management.

This platform further assists fleets to obtain higher asset utilisation, better driver communication, and interactions with shippers and warehouses. These efficiencies offer significant cost and time savings to the business.

Piyush Sharma, Vice President of Business for APAC, GCC & Africa, said, “We are extremely excited about partnering with Tracker, which is a well-known and loved technology brand in Africa. Our solutions complement each other perfectly and open up great opportunities for us to explore the African market deeply while unlocking significantly more value for our end customers. The pandemic & other unforeseeable events have made it extremely crucial to have a resilient supply chain. End-to-end visibility with Dispatch Management & Optimisation capabilities gives organisations that boost of agility which ensures they are ahead of the game. That’s where this partnership unlocks great value for our clients and potential customers.”

“We are excited to partner with an innovative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) partner like Locus to bolster our solution sets,” said Kobus Visagie, Executive: Business Solutions at Tracker South Africa. “This partnership translates into robust analytics and advanced routing and optimisation capabilities for our fleet customers that should produce significant benefits to these businesses in the areas of cost savings, revenue generation, and increased service levels.”