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Cubo drives logistics forward for O’Neill’s International Transport

Brexit, Covid and the current HGV driver shortages have all highlighted that the logistics industry is critical to how we live. Millions of people are involved in making, selling and moving the goods that affect everyone – everywhere.

Telematics and communication expert Cubo says that it constantly innovates and collaborates with industry leaders and its customers.

It offers access to data on its web based MyCubo portal, that has a direct impact on its customers’ day-to-day operations, allowing them to operate in a more sustainable way, and enabling them to make changes that result in wide ranging benefits from increasing driver and road safety, to reducing co2 and NOx levels.

Cubo’s partnership with the Irish Government and South East Energy Agency in delivering ‘The Greener HGV Programme’ allows the company to demonstrate the impact of its technology on the planet, fleet safety and efficiencies.

Established in 1987, O’Neill’s International Transport is one of Ireland’s leading family-owned road hauliers. Based in Tralee, Co. Kerry, the company operates a fleet size of 45 and works with some of the world’s leading producers of pharmaceuticals, electronics, and fresh produce.

The Challenge
With routes all over Europe and a daily service to Scandinavia, O’Neill’s was experiencing difficulties around reliable remote tachograph and drivers card downloading when on the continent.

Driver safety and compliance is at the forefront of its operation, so it was searching for a supplier who could partner with its tachograph analysis provider.

O’Neill’s emphasis on efficiencies led it to focus on how developing a professional driving culture could help with not only fuel savings, but with reducing its impact on the environment.

The firm needed data around driving behaviour and subsequent fuel usage to establish baselines, so it could analyse and make improvements in these areas to help in its new focus on sustainability.

The Solution
Cubo recommended that O’Neill’s apply to The Greener HGV Programme to avail of a 30 per cent technology software and hardware grant which aligned with O’Neill’s focus on sustainability.

The Greener HGV Programme also brings real fuel savings to Irish fleet companies by subsidising the use of Cubo’s innovative technology and driver training.

The hardware fitted included:

  • Vehicle Tracker
  • Fuel monitor
  • Remote downloader for both Vehicle Unit and Driver Card data.
  • 4-way DVR cameras (forward facing, both sides and blind spot)
  • Driver Awareness Panel (DAP)

Baseline data was recorded for 12 weeks, without any intervention. At which stage Dublin-based Gencat Limited delivered its professional driver training programme, and the driver awareness panels were switched on inside the cab.

The data was then monitored month-on-month post training and verified by South East Energy Agency.

Cubo says the level of integration that it provides keeps things simple. With a single login on MyCubo, O’Neill’s can now:

  • Track its vehicles in real time.
  • Get actionable data with insights into driver behaviour and vehicle performance.
  • Click straight into 4-way cameras to access live footage or download incident footage.
  • Automatically download tachograph data with direct integration into Gencat analysis software.

The Impact
Through the Greener HGV Programme, O’Neill’s has been able to make real improvements in three Key Performance Indicators; excess RPM, harsh brakes, and idle time.

This has had a significant impact on the business efficiencies – saving 9.3 per cent in fuel. As well as prioritising driver safety and standards, O’Neill’s can now clearly demonstrate its commitment to the environment.