Peace of Mind (Part 3) – Why TigerFleet?

TigerFleet is a leading fleet management and compliance tool, with over 20 years of consultative development between industry experts and a range of transport companies. Our software platform has evolved to become a market leader, and it continues to grow and develop due to its associations with other specialist fleet hardware and software providers. 

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Our Background

The software concept was first conceived by Bob (Robert) Moyle in the late 1990s. Sadly, Bob is no longer with us but the software that he was so passionate about has grown to become his legacy to the transport industry, an industry that Bob worked in as an operator and trainer in for much of his life.

When it was first designed back in 2000, the software was called FleetMaster and, as all software was back then, it needed to be installed on either a company server or a personal computer, with the database kept locally. In 2010 Bob realised that the software world was changing and FleetMaster was redesigned and rebuilt for the cloud environment. The reprogramming and testing took around four years and the result was TigerFleet Management, the powerful program that we have today.

Peter Rowland has been involved with the company since its first year, initially as a designer, tester and consultant, and as the company’s senior manager since 2016. Peter has worked in the transport industry in many roles since 1984. He has fond memories of FleetMaster and can personally attest as to just how far the software has come.

In 2019, we relocated to the incredible serviced offices at the University of Wollongong Innovation Campus, to better enable us to service our client’s needs and

Our Products

TigerFleet Management

This is our flagship product. TigerFleet Management is a powerful fleet, employee, contractor and compliance saas platform. It has been trusted by enterprises, companies, sole traders and auditors to demonstrate compliance with national accreditation schemes and regulations. It has all of the tools you need to ensure you meet the requirements of one or multiple schemes, satisfy audit criteria, demonstrate compliance or regulatory guidelines. TigerFleet Management has a proven track record, with 20 years of industry development, and gives you the power you need to succeed every day.

 

TigerFleet Tracking

TigerFleet Tracking has fleet tracking, telematics and driver activity solution with a wide range of options for tracking and monitoring your assets and cargo.

Modern day logistics requires a lot of information for business optimization. In addition to GPS tracking, CANBUS trackers allow you to monitor your vehicle’s engine management system.

Advanced driver monitoring allows you to reduce operational costs, increase safety and comply with your legal requirements.

OBD-II and Engine Management (EM) Port ‘Plug & Play’ trackers can help reduce installation expenses and establish liability with real time tracking, warnings when a theft attempt or crash is detected, trace accidents & get fault reports.

BlueLink is the ideal Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to be used with smartphones or broadband tablets, for fleets looking for ELD compliance with basic fleet management. BlueLink plugs into the vehicle’s ECM port (J1939, J1708 or OBDII port), automatically detects and switches between them and sends via BLE to any ELD App the engine diagnostics data required for Fatigue Management compliance including: Odometer, Engine Hours, Engine ON / OFF. BlueLink ELD also sends additional engine data such as: fuel level, fuel consumption and major engine diagnostic codes. Simply Plugs into Your Vehicle’s ECM and Detects and Auto-Switches Between J1939, J1708, OBDII Protocols

Other products include solar-powered and battery-powered tracking units for trailers, and an RF Tag with built in temperature sensor, specifically designed for refrigerated trailers and containers.

We also have a number of smaller Bluetooth tags and sensors, all have long-life lithium batteries (up to 15 yrs), some have temperature or movement sensors, while others are slimline for pockets and bags or can be attached onto a staff members keyring or uniform. Compact, versatile and water-resistant, these RF and Bluetooth tags/beacons are ideal for tracking anything, including shipments (slip inside a box of valuables or a toolbox), hand trolleys, generators, pressure washers, signs, laptops, PCs and shipping containers. With transmission ranges of up to 500 metres these are simply placed on any asset to be monitored, they are easy to deploy and highly scalable, no IT required.

Combined

TigerFleet Tracking exports data to TigerFleet Management to help you better manage your fleet and real time alerts for approaching tasks. The most logical place to start was with the odometer readings, as the maintenance tasks of most vehicles is based on distances travelled. Vehicles fitted with a TigerFleet Tracking unit reports its odometer reading to TigerFleet Management once a day, every day, so your maintenance staff know exactly how close that vehicle is to its next service.

We are working on other integrations, including engine management fault reports, fuel levels and driver hours to name just a few.

While the two software packages are powerful stand-alone systems, when combined they are a one stop, integrated solution for any company that operates a fleet of vehicles, locally or around the globe.

Our Partners

Gyrus Solutions

The engine room behind the TigerFleet Management platform and API integration is Gyrus Solutions. Gyrus Solutions is a software development team based in Kiev, Ukraine. Founded in 2003, the team has over 15 years of experience in delivering full-cycle application development services to their clients worldwide. Their core activities include Azure cloud; Android applications development; Web-based B2B and B2C solutions; Specialized client-server ERP and data processing systems; Legacy Systems and application re-engineering; Database design, consulting & optimisation; Project recovery and rescue. They provide expertise and software development with industry-wide IT technologies: Core – Windows Azure, C#, ASP.NET MVC, Java (Android), DBMS – Microsoft SQL Server, Azure SQL.

Gyrus Solutions has worked closely with TigerFleet for over five years, consistently delivering the highest standard of service. Without them, TigerFleet would not be the success it is today.

Teltonika

Teltonika have been creating the internet of things (IoT) for over 20 years now and want their products and solutions to be used globally and to become indispensable in any business. Their team of professionals is the key to our partnership with them and the quality of service that we can offer our clients. TigerFleet Tracking uses a wide range of Teltonika vehicle tracking products, each dedicated for professional applications. They constantly upgrade their existing products and launch new ones to meet expectations of their customers. Teltonika also supplies TigerFleet Tracking with a range of accessories which are fully compatible with Teltonika Vehicle Telematics products, which enormously expands devices use cases and create a huge added value for your solutions.

Wireless Links

In 2019 TigerFleet Tracking was delighted to add the powerful Wireless Links suite of devices to its platform. With this association, TigerFleet Tracking can now offer Driving Hours Logging, CANBUS plug and play solutions and Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports as part of your existing Telematics solution or as a new, state of the art solution for your business. TigerFleet will also be working on an accredited Electronic Work Diary (EWD) solution with Wireless Links. All Telematics, Vehicle Inspection and Driving Hours data will be fully integrated with the TigerFleet Management platform to further strengthen our position the market and provide our clients with the most affordable, secure and reliable solution possible.

Nexus One

Nexus One was formed to meet the growing needs of the modern IT landscape. They are an Australian, Sydney based company, with a global reach. Their talented staff possess great enthusiasm when it comes to internet technologies, they welcome fresh ideas and try to build culture that allows them to thrive. Nexus One hosts the mainstay of their infrastructure in the Equinix SY3 data-centre. It provides their customers with the benefits of hosting within an N+1 rated data-centre, which has the state of the art facilities, including Redundant Power, Cooling and Climate Control, Fire Supression and 24/7 Security. They also offer services in the Equinix +ME1 data-centre in Melbourne which has the same N+1 rating for customers that need a higher level of redundancy.

Nexus One provide TigerFleet with Web Hosting, VoIP, Connectivity Solutions and some Hosted Services. Nexus One look after us, so we can look after you.

Our Promise

TigerFleet has risen to its current level by listening to its customers and designing the solutions they need. We are constantly researching opportunities to deliver a better, more cost-effective and increasingly seamless software solution.

TigerFleet strives to provide its customers with the best software platform, with automated or a single data entry point, which then communicates with other leading operational, compliance and financial products.

TigerFleet will POWER its customers into the future with a software solution that continues to be outstanding value for money, reliable and of the highest quality.

We believe every business or user is unique and must be treated as an individual, yet most of the challenges of managing a fleet are very common. This application has been developed using industry best practices in terms of technology selection and feature ease of use which has been provided by industry experts.

At TigerFleet we encompass the latest technology to tackle the rapidly evolving user requirements, thus making the day-to-day tasks more automated and less time consuming. Using our system means you don’t have to concern yourself about updates and installs, your platform will simply scale as your needs grow.

With an understanding of how you manage your vehicles, equipment and employees, we can demonstrate significant administrative and operational cost saving benefits. All we need to do is cover a few key questions so that we can identify the correct solution.

TigerFleet values fairness and diversity within the workplace, and empowers its employees by showing respect for ideas and creativity, providing the training and tools for their development and engaging in meaningful consultation.

Trial TigerFleet for 14 days to experience the true POWER of a complete vehicle, staff and contractor management solution.

Trailer Tracking That Works

Transform Data From Your Fleet Of Trailers Into Valuable Information To Help Your Company Make And Save Money

Complete Visibility Into Real-Time Operations

Designed specifically for trailers, our Wireless Links trailer tracking devices report in real-time when connected to cabin and automatically switches to asset tracking mode once trailer is disconnected from the cabin, providing comprehensive visibility for trailers parked at job sites waiting to be unloaded and reloaded.

One Click Inventory Reports

Automate inventory tracking, tracking utilization and improve yard operations using accurate reports and real-time data.

Rapidly Respond To Trailer Theft

Set a geofence boundary radius and get alerts upon exit/entrance of boundary and on sudden vibrations, enabling you to rapidly respond to equipment malfunctions and other critical conditions that could jeopardize your trailers and valuable shipments.

Decrease Customer Inquiries

Provide accurate ETAs with live location sharing and decrease customer inquiries about shipment arrival times

Refrigerated Trailer Temperature Monitoring

For refrigerated trailers, track & monitor in real-time the location and temperature as well as alerts on temperature deviations.

We can offer multiple options:

Hybrid+ Trailer Tracking

Operates as a real-time GPS tracker when tethered to power (to the truck) and as an asset tracker with a long battery life once trailers are detached and parked for long periods of time.

Solar Powered

  • Up to 10,000 GPS positions / 10 years off a single charge
  • Removes maintenance needs
  • Provides security and peace of mind that unpowered assets are safe and where they should be.

Battery Powered

  • An asset tracking device
  • Operates for up to 5 years, up to 3000 GPS positions, on two standard off the shelf Type C High Current lithium batteries
  • Simplifies service & reduces maintenance cost.

RFTags With Fleet Management ​

  • A cost effective solution for inventory control
  • The RFTag is a wireless, waterproof Active RFID tag with temperature sensors.
  • Ideal for trailers or assets left at public (construction) sites or leased out for several months at a time
  • Provides visibility to the last known location of your assets.

Fuel for thought

Fuel is the single biggest variable cost to a transport company and significantly affects business activities and profit margins. Although fuel costs vary depending on the age, features and condition of the vehicle and changing wholesale and retail prices, a typical bogie drive prime mover typically costs around 63.83 cents per km, or 56% of total variable costs for that vehicle; for an 8-tonne rigid they are around 23.49 cents or 64%, respectively. [Figures courtesy of Business Victoria].

TigerFleet Management tracks vehicle costs over the course of its lifetime, displaying them on the vehicle’s main info screen, and are remarkably similar to the above figures [See Figure 1 (Prime Mover) and Figure 2 (Rigid Truck) below]

Figure 1. Sample costs breakdown for Prime Mover from TigerFleet Management

Figure 2. Sample costs breakdown for a Rigid Truck from TigerFleet Management

While Australia enjoys comparatively lower diesel fuel costs than most other countries [See Figure 3], there is an upward trend in the current calendar year (see Figures 4 and 5) and the longer 40 year term averages that are placing increasing pressure on transport operators (see Figure 6).

The average value for diesel in Australia during the past month was 1.48 with a minimum of 1.47 on 19-Aug-2019 and a maximum of 1.54 Australian Dollar on 07-Oct-2019. For comparison, the average price of diesel in the world for this period is 1.95 Australian Dollar.

Figure 3 – Official statistics from the Bureau of Resource & Energy Economics (Australian Petroleum Statistics) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) show that Australia has among the lowest petrol and diesel prices of all OECD countries. The charts below show the price of petrol and diesel in Australia compared to other countries on both a pre-tax and post-tax basis. [Courtesy of AIP]

Figure 4. National diesel fuel average prices for the 2019 calendar year

Figure 5. Regional diesel fuel average prices for the 2019 calendar year

Figure 6. Although Australia’s highest petrol prices were prior to the introduction of bulk fuel shipping, recent current and real value prices are climbing towards them. Both petrol and diesel prices are seeing a rising trend, despite the welcome low in late 2018.

Fuel Management System

With the ever increasing cost of fuel, it is more important than ever to build a fuel management system to monitor and manage your company’s fuel usage. TigerFleet’s all-in-one system makes monitoring, measuring and analysing fuel usage easier than it has ever been.

Accurate Records

Maintaining accurate fuel records is the key building block of a fuel management system. The TigerFleet Management software allows you to enter fuel transactions as single records or bulk fuel transaction imports via a csv file. This data can come from any source, be it an onsite bowser or a transaction report from a fuel card supplier.

Vehicle Performance

Using TigerFleet’s powerful reporting features, a variety of issues can easily be identified that would otherwise go unnoticed. Check real time performance against established performance benchmarks for your vehicles to help you identify aberrations, the causes of which could range from an inefficient vehicle to cases of skimming or theft.

Driver Performance

A drivers handling of his vehicle has now become recognised as a major contributor to the vehicle’s fuel performance. TigerFleet’s vehicle tracking allows you to monitor key indicators of poor driver performance including excessive idling, poor route selection, harsh braking and harsh acceleration to make sure you’re getting the most out of your fuel dollar.

Are you claiming the right fuel tax credit?

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows eligible operators to claim fuel tax credits (Eligibilty tool can be accessed here). These credits are claimed during your normal BAS reporting, which can be monthly or quarterly, and should be done in dollars – not litres.

TigerFleet Management software enables you to bulk upload via csv or individually enter fuel data for your vehicles. If you create a ‘Fuel Tax Credit’ accreditation scheme (or a ‘Fuel Tax Credit – xxx’ for each different fuel type you are eligible to claim for) and add each eligible vehicle and plant to whichever scheme you set up. You can then easily run a monthly or quarterly report with the total number of litres purchased so you can accurately complete your fuel tax claim. Simply multiply the litres by the ATO rate. The current rate for 5 August 2019 to 31 January 2020 appears in Table 1 (below).

The ATO also has a fuel tax credit calculator where you can enter the litre values of the various fuel types and it will calculate the claimable dollar amount. This can be accessed on their website, and is a handy way to confirm that you are claiming the right rate, as rates change periodically during the year.

Note: The ATO changes these credit rates periodically during the year. These rates are announced by the ATO prior to them coming into force, so it is good practice to subscribe to the ATO Small Business Newsroom email list or check the regular RSS feed from them on TigerFleet Management’s Facebook page

Disclaimer: TigerFleet has taken due care and diligence in researching the information contained above, using only reliable sources, however cannot be responsible for inaccuracies contained within source data.