ATX on-board computers
Posted on 20 October 2014
Zwatra Transportation has already been working with the existing Groeneveld TopIQ board computers, and from this year we have chosen to use Android controlled ATX board computers of Groeneveld ICT Solutions in our new cars. In addition, all existing cars of the acquired DDM company include the ATX board computers.
Zwatra Transport director Ruud Egas Zwatra manages a nearly seventy years existing company with offices in Delft, Berkel and De Meern, 96 staff and 70 towing vehicles. “We provide special and abnormal loads with extra length, width, height and weight all over Europe and beyond. For that purpose, we possess trucks with a crane, light and very heavy tractors, drawback trailers and trucks with load capacities up to 100 tons ” he starts telling. “An on-board computer is important for us in the communication between driver and planner. We use the board computer to send transport orders and also use it to follow the shipment in real-time so we can inform the client. European navigation provides opportunities to enter dimensions of a transport and sets the ideal route based on those dimensions. Some of our cars are still using analogue tachograph, but we use the on-board computer to log in to our system. Where a digital tachograph is mounted, we link it to the onboard computer and, where possible, we also read the mass memory with it. ”
One brand-board computer
Since 2008, Zwatra Transport uses TopIQ systems produced by Groeneveld ICT Solutions. The growing transport company chooses for the newly released ATX board computers which are programmed with the newest Android system. “The Scania’s that have been put into operation earlier this year are already using the ATX board computers,” Egas continues. “And all the new trucks will also get one. Our company uses five different kinds of trucks, and to make sure the communication goes smoothly, we’re going to use one brand on-board computers. It communicates directly via Groeneveld Homebase with our ERP package and takes care of sending the commands and reporting the hours drivers worked. An important part of the management information also comes from these systems and I expect that this will only increase in the near future. By using the HT Driver Performance for example. This allows us to keep an eye on the hours of driving, loading and unloading, but also fuel consumption. That last one is of course a bit tricky in our branch of transportation, because you often drive with exceptional cargo under special circumstances. However, it does give us an understanding of time and cost. “
As part of document management, grant exemptions, textbooks, instructional videos, job descriptions and other relevant information can be uploaded digitally via a SIM card or WiFi connection (without expensive data charges) into the on-board computer. Be doing so, the documents will all be available to the driver. By using the Bluetooth interface it’s possible to document something while underway. With a smartphone, this can easily be added to the transport order. This information helps us to inform a client directly and precisely. Another option is scanning documents, making further steps including invoicing can be put directly.
Finally, Ruud Egas emphasizes that the new Groeneveld ATX board computer fits this moments trends. “The installation has become much easier since the units are now fit into the cabins DIN slots. This reduces the installation time significantly, which saves costs. Groeneveld arranges the installation and explanations and guidance to the men who work with it. It took some extra effort for the people who just transferred from DDM, because they recently switched to a new onboard computer of another brand and just got a little used to it. Now they have to switch again, but this time to a system with a lot more features and easy operation. The ATX Android system is very similar to the smartphone, so the icons used in the system speak for themselves. I expect few problems with this transition. We involve the regular drivers when installing the screens into the cabin, because the installation is not always the same.”