Today more than ever, Defence budgets are being squeezed and there is an ever increasing focus on value. Vehicle fleets are expensive beasts and costs can soar if they are not managed, utilised and maintained efficiently. A Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS), when used correctly and as part of a wider equipment strategy, can be considered a force multiplying resource.
Such a system delivers data that allows multiple stakeholder groups to improve processes, make quick and informed decisions, adapt maintenance regimes and increase logistic efficiency. These stakeholders can be anything from a maintainer on the ground, a formation fleet manager, equipment strategists at top level budget holder organisations and the OEMs/Service Providers who support them.
To demonstrate the capability of HUMS, Microlise is going to be at DSEI 2019, one of the world’s largest defence exhibitions, taking place in London on 10-13th September.
Here is an outline of just some of the ways HUMS delivers value…
Securely monitor asset location in real-time – keep track of fleet assets, knowing where they are and what their status is (active, at-base, etc). Give visibility through which to maximise utilisation and make operational decisions. Improve security through features such as planned v actual route planning, schedule management and geofence alerts.
Optimise utilisation – gather data on what assets have been used, how much they have been used and how they performed. Use this data to make short and long-term decisions, for example ensuring the fleet makeup is appropriate for the tasks in hand.
Enhance engineering decision making – Through the extraction of engineering data fleet operators, logisticians and equipment support professionals can make time-sensitive decisions as well as critical logistics decisions based on trend analysis e.g. spares demands for particular exercises or operations. OEMs can use such data to make key engineering decisions when new products are being developed. Even when held at readiness, understanding the availability status of a fleet is critical information.
Improve safety and reduce accidents – Through driver performance monitoring, ensure assets are being used correctly by monitoring how well they are being driven. With this data users can tailor driving training packages to suit the requirements of individuals and reduce the chances of accidents occurring. This leads to a reduction in fuel usage and asset wear and tear, meaning less down-time and maintenance requirements.
Enhance efficiencies in logistics operations – Using the wider suite of software applications supported by telematics data, the efficiency of logistics operations such as large convoy movements, replenishment of out stations, materiel movements etc can be greatly enhanced.
Boost communication – Utilise in-cab devices to communicate with operators, providing them with access to the information that matters, that relates to the activity being undertaken.
This just scratches the service of what HUMS can deliver, but if you’re at DSEI I hope you’ll have time to stop by stand number S7-350 to have a further discussion.
Microlise in the Defence & Government Space
We know you’re not Eddie Stobart! This is an argument that has often been voiced in our years of working in the Defence & Security sector. Whilst this is true that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from such companies and take best practice from them and adapt to the Military environment.
Microlise understands the unique information military and government fleet planners need to make correct and informed decisions. We have tailored a commercially proven telematics technology – installed in over 500,000 assets around the world – to suit the public sector, drawing on our many years of private sector experience to ensure best practice and value for money.
Our HUMS solution has been rigorously tested by a variety of agencies at the highest level of government to ensure it meets defence standards, whether this be security, EMC, environmental or one of the many other unique requirements Defence working demands. Through this work the Microlise solution has been successfully deployed on a variety of military platforms from soft skin to armoured, from logistic vehicles to armoured fighting vehicles.
We also understand that HUMS and telematics systems will not deliver value through a install-and-disappear approach. Too often companies sell and install and telematics solution, with no value placed on ensuring the end-user has the resources, processes and systems in place to gain a return on their investment.
That is why Microlise provides a full professional services capability, from customer support and implementations project teams, to benefits consultants and on-going advice and embedded consultancy.
If you are involved in the operating of a fleet, or an OEM looking for a value-add, and feel HUMS could help you leverage maximising the value of your assets, come and visit us at DSEI – stand S7-350 – and speak to a member of our team.