Energy company in need of fleet efficiency solution
STEP Energy Services in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was in search of a Web-based solution to help keep operators safe and increase fleet efficiency, while lowering fuel costs.
STEP chose Mentor Fleet, a comprehensive mobile workforce management solution from
Mentor Engineering. The Web-based software allows office staff and managers to track the location of all vehicles, while monitoring speeding and excessive idling. STEP's managers have access to an array of reports to help improve operations. In the vehicles, Mentor's BBX relays location and engine diagnostic information to Mentor Fleet in the office.
STEP has seen a dramatic improvement in operator safety. "Just by having the drivers know that a monitoring system is in place has helped improve their driving habits," says Steve Glanville, STEP COO. "They see the system, and the reports we generate, as a helpful reminder to aid them in driving safer." The AVL information has streamlined communication between operators and in-office staff. "Cellphone conversations have really been minimized," says Glanville. "This has helped reduce distracted driving and increase productivity for both office staff and field operators." 702/274-6409; www.mentoreng.com.
Higher bandwidth for remote-managed sites
High-bandwidth applications are in heavy demand, particularly by companies in the oil and gas sector that manage their own sites remotely. AT&T experienced similar challenges due to surging bandwidth consumption from mobile devices. Company leadership decided on a network overhaul, including development, engineering and planning work, and in 2011, AT&T reached out to partners to help.
AT&T chose Optica Network Technologies to install LTE lines and perform tower modification and antenna work. AT&T also asked the company to provide "tiger team" oversight across the Midwest, as expert quality control teams assigned to identify and solve technical or systemic problems.
Optica performed tower modifications on three types of towers, adding new steel members, joints, anchors, down-guys, port cuts, foundations and base stiffeners. It also replaced outdated or unsafe components, bringing the towers into compliance with the Telecommunications Industry Association's 222-G rating. Increased bandwidth from cell towers enables companies in mining, oil and gas to share mission-critical data from remote sites back to other sites. 855/678-4221; www.opticanetworktechnologies.com.