Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Who You Gonna Call? Stressbusters - Why Tracking And Telematics Devices Are Good For Men's Health

It seems there's nothing more certain to get the male blood pressure going than sitting in a traffic jam. An intriguing, new scientific study has found that men's stress levels soar seven times higher than women’s when they are stuck in stationary traffic.

In a major study of hundreds of drivers, psychologists measured levels of stress chemicals in the saliva of male and female volunteers sitting in snarled up traffic. They discovered that men are far more likely to get hot under the collar about wasted and lost time - while women deal with the stress and pressure by switching off and listening to the radio.

While female stress levels went up by an average of just 8.7 per cent as they waited behind the wheel, the levels of chemicals in men went shooting up by 60 per cent.

According to the scientists behind the study, one explanation for the wildly differing results is that men are more reliant on the ‘fight or flight’ response to stressful situations. In other words, men want to either deal with the problem head on or walk away. In a traffic jam, you can't do either - hence their frustration.

Psychologist David Moxon, who carried out the research, warned that frustration could have a serious impact on male drivers making them drive erratically - and therefore dangerously. They also warned that most men are unaware of their rising blood pressure and the fact that it is putting their welfare - and that of other road users - at risk.

‘The fact that they are not always aware of this could indicate that driving regularly in dense traffic could have a profound effect on their health,' Moxon explained.

The best solution to the problem, he suggested, was that drivers avoid congestion altogether by planning ahead and using telematics devices.

For ordinary drivers that may mean a Sat Nav. For a professional driver in a truck or van, however, the best option is a tracking device. iBox technology devices like the 'Tele-mate' in particular allows drivers to stay in constant two-way communication with their fleet managers, who can alert them to traffic problems.
It's another way in which telematics devices not only looks after the safety and efficiency of vehicles, but also helps protect the health of drivers.

For more information about how our devices can help your business contact iBox technology today.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Back on Track? Transport Industry Has Cause For - Cautious - Optimism.

Don’t speak too soon, but there are signs of a small recovery in the global transport industry, well, for some companies, at least.

According to the latest statistics, global transport and logistics revenues increased by 15% last year to $197.8bn (£121.20bn). 

That's the good news. The bad news is that, in real terms, this means that industry revenues have barely shifted from where they were in 2007.

And it appears there are certain areas of the industry that are faring better than others.

The figures, published in Transport Intelligence’s Global Transport & Logistics Sector Leaders 2011 report, reflect the performance of 19 major companies including DHL, Wincanton and Kuehne + Nagel.

It found that industry profit margins remain wafer thin at less than 5% and suggests that while these profits might be enough to keep “low asset” operations going, they spell danger for big logistics firms with their own fleets.

"The industry needs to increase its margins in 2011 and beyond," says TI analyst David Bagshaw. "2010 has seen a good recovery for most of the industry, but it still has some way to go.”

The report suggested that the worst hit part of the industry is haulage, which hasn’t pulled out of recession yet and is suffering continued profitability problems.

All this, of course, underlines the crucial role telematics and vehicle tracking can play in business. At iBox technology, we are seeing that our range of mates is delivering significant savings in all sorts of areas - from increased fuel efficiency to staff rota savings. Why not give us a call to discuss how we can save you money in these challenging economic times.

To Russia With Love - How iBox Helped Track A Truck To Chernobyl & Back

On Track: The Chernobyl 2000 convoy on its way to Belarus.

We are always hearing about unusual applications of our tracking equipment and leading hire company Watts Van and Truck have told us about one of the most extraordinary yet.

Back in April, Watts' Gloucester depot fitted our vehicle tracking equipment to a brand, new £80,000 demo DAF articulated truck that was destined for Russia, well, Belarus to be precise, and the area around Chernobyl, scene of the devastaing nuclear reactor accident back in 1986.

Watts had generously loaned the truck to Chernobyl 2000, a Worcestershire based charity who run humanitarian aid convoys to Belarus each year.

Watts were happy to provide their vehicle to the charity, but understandably they wanted to be sure it was secure as it made the 1,300 or so mile journey through eastern Europe. So they fitted an iBox technology ‘Trac Mate’ to the cab, allowing them to track it every mile of the way. It gave them the peace of mind they needed while the valuable vehicle was out of their sight. And it allowed the charity to get on with their important work.  

As the charity explained: “Belarus was the country most affected by the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. Many of us remember the name Chernobyl but few of us realise how it has changed the lives of so many, even those who weren't born when it happened. Between sixty and seventy five percent of this fallout landed on Belarus making them the worst affected country. One fifth of the land mass of Belarus was contaminated beyond recommended levels and 99% of the land is still contaminated to some degree. The people of Belarus live, eat, drink and breathe radiation.” 

The convoy made it to Belarus delivering a large supply of clothes, toys and other items to children and families there. It arrived safely back in the UK at the end of April. We are quietly proud of our involvement in the project and are delighted it all went well. To visit the charity's website click here.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Gulliver's Travels - iBox In The Press

A Gulliver's RCV truck. pic: courtesy Gulliver's
One of the most enjoyable aspects of our job is forming relationships with businesses who value our contribution to their day-to-day working life. One such firm is Gulliver's, the UK's leading vehicle and plant hire company.

Gulliver's celebrated their 50th anniversary last year and specialise in hiring out both general and municipal vehicles. Their fleet is now almost 3,000 strong, ranging from small vans to 44 foot tractor units. Their municipal fleet also provides councils up and down the UK with a range of hired RCVs, sweepers, gully emptiers, skip loaders, hook loaders, access platforms and cranes.

We've been helping them with their vehicle tracking for more than a year now, building a relationship that, we like to think, works well. 

We can't be doing too bad a job because our partnership with Gulliver's has been the subject of an article in the leading transport professionals' magazine FACTS.

As I explain in the piece: 

“In these tough economic times, the need to come up with efficiency and cost savings is greater than ever. Whether it’s improving a fleet’s fuel efficiency via our Eco-Mate or streamlining a firm’s communication and task management systems via our Tele-Mate or Task-Manager, we’ve got the technology to help make the difference. Our equipment is designed to deliver our clients with three main benefits - reduced costs, increased productivity and improved customer service. The fact that we are working more and more closely with Gulliver’s hopefully means that they believe we are delivering in each of those key areas. We thoroughly enjoy working with Gulliver‘s. We’ve developed what we hope will become a long term working relationship.” 

For more details about iBox technology’s range of vehicle tracking and telematics options, our website at