A new vehicle telematics framework agreement from the Government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will help public sector fleets cut costs and reduce risks across their operations through extensive data analysis, according to the organisation.
The new agreement, which launched last month, replaces the previous RM3754 vehicle telematics commercial arrangement and offers central government organisations as well as the wider public sector a wider scope of products and services.
According to CCS, the new framework – which includes new and existing suppliers – will ensure maximum flexibility in a fast-developing market.
Holly Brooks, CCS category lead for telematics, said: “The increased number of suppliers means a greater range of products and services available to public sector fleet managers to help support their fleet operation, optimise fleet whole-life costs and undertake effective risk management activities.
“The telematics solutions provided by our suppliers will enable customers to monitor elements such as fuel consumption, vehicle tracking and driver behaviour which can be used to identify safety improvements, deliver cost reductions based on the whole-life cost of vehicles and support evidence-based decision making.”
The agreement covers two Lots. Lot 1 is for the supply of vehicle telematics hardware, software and associated products, such as cameras and tracking solutions for equipment that is fixed or stored within a vehicle. Suppliers on this Lot can provide solutions for lease, hire or purchase on a supply and fit or supply only basis.
Lot 2 is for the supply of fleet data analysis and risk management solutions. Suppliers on the Lot will provide a software solution that can integrate with multiple connected and non-connected data sources and systems, allowing public sector buyers to access these data streams in one software hub. The software will be hardware agnostic and able to aggregate and normalise data from multiple sources allowing buyers to manage their fleet across all vehicle and telematics hardware manufacturers.
Brooks says the new provision under Lot 2 has been implemented in response to the developments in the telematics market and the increased need for the supply of fleet data analysis to public sector fleet managers.
“The ability to bring together both connected and non-connected data into one place means fleet managers can incorporate a greater depth of contextual information to support their fleet operation and risk management,” she continued.
“This new framework supports our strategy of offering solutions to meet all of the public sector’s fleet needs by offering customers an even wider range of products and services to assist with total fleet management. The agreement will help our customers drive transformation in their fleet operation, allowing them to proactively manage their vehicle fleets more effectively and efficiently through the intelligent use of telematics data.”
In total, the framework covers 19 suppliers offering 25 services across the two Lots and, alongside the public sector, is also available to any private sector organisation procuring on behalf of the public sector.