VAN operators know only too well what a pain in the backside it can be keeping van keys safe and ensuring drivers have access to the right keys – especially if called for out of hours.
Chevin Fleet Solutions, which provides dedicated fleet management software, has developed a simple solution that allows drivers to ‘book’ their van using an online portal.
So no more fumbling around for the right van keys then.
Here’s how it works.
Once a business van manager approves the booking, the van driver automatically receives a six-figure code by text message. The code will open a compartmentalised locker in which the van keys for the allocated vehicle are stored. And the system also allows van keys to be returned.
The module is the newest to be designed for Chevin’s established FleetWave fleet management system, which is used by operators of more than 700,000 vehicles around the world.
Chevin managing director Ashley Sowerby told Business Vans: “A significant number of fleets retain pool vehicles and van key allocation is a difficult issue, especially if a van is needed by an employee outside of normal office hours. The module offers a practical, cost-effective solution.”
The software module was developed by Chevin in the US for a specific customer requirement but worked so well that the company decided to make it generally available to all FleetWave users. According to Chevin, the latest version 2.1 of FleetWave includes more than 50 different modules covering every conceivable aspect of fleet operations.