Sunbelt Rentals UK invests in ZTR telematics
By Euan Youdale26 March 2021
Sunbelt Rentals UK has introduced a new telematics programme from ZTR, across its fleet of powered access equipment.
The rental company said the investment of almost £1million ($1.4 million) in telematics specialist ZTR’s Access Management solution will address increasing issues surrounding unauthorised use, theft or unsafe operation.
It follows a range of technological advancements by Sunbelt, as part of its ongoing digital transformation strategy, including customer facing innovations, such as its Logistic and Command Centre.
Mick Ledden, director of operational excellence at Sunbelt Rentals, said, “We’ll address these challenges with our new powered access telemetry programme by offering sustainable and safe products which will ultimately elevate standards industry wide”.
This is the first time a rental company in the UK has introduced such a service across its entire powered access fleet, said Sunbelt. Ledden added, “We’re not just rolling out this programme in fits and starts and it won’t be limited to retrofits. It will be the OEM standard as new powered access machines join our fleet.
“A focus for Sunbelt Rentals is to drive our customers and our own sustainability plans, this programme is a solid step in getting a key product line connected to our wider IoT plans.”
Sunbelt Rentals will offer a complete user interface within the Command Centre customer portal. The telematics data will feed directly into the portal and the Command Centre will give site managers visibility of their whole site. Sunbelt Rentals customers will also be able to access data and insights, where they can review usage and productivity.
In addition, site managers can also use features offered by the roll out to validate and link IPAF PAL Cards to an operator’s profile, or assign a unique keypad code that can easily be added to groups of machines, individual assets and operators.
The investment is part of Sunbelt’s long-term vision to reduce carbon emissions and provide a world-class customer experience.
Ledden continued, “We chose to partner with ZTR because of their expertise and all-around collaborative approach. ZTR have shown a genuine desire to develop and innovate for and in partnership with us, so that we can work together to continue to push boundaries and provide a world class customer experience”.
Lars Reehorst, ZTR regional director, EMEA, agreed. “For ZTR, partnership isn’t just about the technology, it’s also about working collaboratively to continuously improve safety, sustainability, and service by data insights.
“The speed, scale and level of innovation is what makes this program unique and exciting. It’s ZTR’s speciality, an end-to-end solution from professional installations all the way to integration into Sunbelt’s Command Centre.”