New ProNav PNN 420 sat-nav is 'fit for freight'
A new satellite navigation system for HGV drivers has gone on sale that includes innovative features such as an alert system to warn drivers of high convergence areas of cyclists and other HGVs.
Developed by leading navigation software specialist Navevo in association with the UK Government body Transport for London (TfL), the new PNN 420 HCV sat-nav system is part of the ProNav range distributed by truck and trailer parts maker Intertruck, which is billing the product as a “sat-nav fit for freight”.
Other features of the specially-for-HGV sat-nav include a London “journey planner”, part of the “London Freight pack” which comes with the device. This is compatible with the online Freight Journey Planner provided by TfL, and allows users to plan a route on TfL’s website and then connect the device to a computer and download the route directly to it.
Developed in association with TfL, the PNN 420 employs data designed to help fleet managers improve route planning and scheduling, cut down on congestion and reduce pollution.
The HGV cyclist alert system generates an alert when the driver approaches a junction or bit of road designated by TfL as an “HGV/cyclist convergence area”.
A visual map overlay will show a hotspot zone in a 50-metre radius and an alert will tell the driver when he/she has entered it, to remind them to be extra careful.
There will also be other mapping options such as the Western European Mapping version and ProNav wireless option.
Navevo’s Chief Executive Officer Nick Caesari said: “Our partnership with TfL ... indicated that modern sat-nav solutions are not doing enough to help HGV drivers and fleet operators, particularly in the London area.
“The result of this partnership is the PNN420, which offers a range of premium features that we hope can go a long way towards helping these companies save money and increase efficiency and safety on the road.”
Intertruck say that the new system is “designed with large and small fleet operators in mind, uses navigation based on height, weight, width, hazmat etc.”
The company says that the features include “over 1,200 exclusive premium transport data points detailing height, weight and width restrictions for London alongside London loading bays and Red Route bays to help speed up the delivery process and ensure drivers can get back onto the road in the shortest possible time.”
Ian Wainwright, Head of Freight and Fleet at TfL, said: “London’s economy could not operate without an efficient and well-managed freight industry.
“By providing freight drivers with information to safely navigate around London in their cab, drivers can reduce congestion, emissions and unnecessary fines, delivering benefits to operators, local businesses and more widely, to all Londoners.”
The ProNav’s premium transport data comes from nationwide travel information services, and can also be connected to ProNav’s new ProNav wireless, which provides full track and trace capabilities, as well as advance reporting, allowing fleet operators to remotely monitor their fleet from the office.
The full features include:
· Navigation based on height, weight, width, hazmat etc
· Contains London Freight Pack
· Potential hazard warnings (steep hills, sharp bends, crosswinds etc)
· Latest UK/ROI NAVTEQ mapping data
· Unlimited ‘multistop’ journey planning
· Truck specific POI’s
· Dynamic ETA’s based on real-tile historic HGV traffic data
· 6 month camera alerts
· 5″ high resolution TFT touch screen
· and much, much more…
The system is priced starting from £228 (US$356). For more information go online to www.intertruck.co.uk
NTT DATA Services, Remodelling Supply Chains for Resilience
Joey Dean, the man with the coolest name ever and Managing Director in the healthcare consulting practice for NTT DATA and is focused on delivering workplace transformation and enabling the future workforce for healthcare providers. Dean also leads client innovation programs to enhance service delivery and business outcomes for clients.
The pandemic has shifted priorities and created opportunities to do things differently, and companies are now looking to build more resilient supply chains, none needed more urgently than those within the healthcare system. Dean shares with us how he feels they can get there.
A Multi-Vendor Sourcing Approach
“Healthcare systems cannot afford delays in the supply chain when there are lives at stake. Healthcare procurement teams are looking at multi-vendor sourcing strategies, stockpiling more inventory, and ways to use data and AI to have a predictive view into the future and drive greater efficiency.
“The priority should be to shore up procurement channels and re-evaluate inventory management norms, i.e. stockpiling for assurance. Health systems should take the opportunity to renegotiate with their current vendors and broaden the supplier channel. Through those efforts, work with suppliers that have greater geographic diversity and transparency around manufacturing data, process, and continuity plans,” says Dean.
But here ensues the never-ending battle of domestic vs global supply chains. As I see it, domestic sourcing limits the high-risk exposure related to offshore sourcing— Canada’s issue with importing the vaccine is a good example of that. So, of course, I had to ask, for lifesaving products, is building domestic capabilities an option that is being considered?
“Domestic supply chains are sparse or have a high dependence on overseas centres for parts and raw materials. There are measures being discussed from a legislative perspective to drive more domestic sourcing, and there will need to be a concerted effort by Western countries through a mix of investments and financial incentives,” Dean explains.
Wielding Big Tech for Better Outcomes
So, that’s a long way off. In the meantime, leveraging technology is another way to mitigate the risks that lie within global supply chains while decreasing costs and improving quality. Dean expands on the potential of blockchain and AI in the industry.
“Blockchain is particularly interesting in creating more transparency and visibility across all supply chain activities. Organisations can create a decentralised record of all transactions to track assets from production to delivery or use by end-user. This increased supply chain transparency provides more visibility to both buyers and suppliers to resolve disputes and build more trusting relationships. Another benefit is that the validation of data is more efficient to prioritise time on the delivery of goods and services to reduce cost and improve quality.
“Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) is another area where there’s incredible value in processing massive amounts of data to aggregate and normalise the data to produce proactive recommendations on actions to improve the speed and cost-efficiency of the supply chain.”
Evolving Procurement Models
From asking more of suppliers to beefing up stocks, Dean believes procurement models should be remodelled to favour resilience, mitigate risk and ensure the needs of the customer are kept in view.
“The bottom line is that healthcare systems are expecting more from their suppliers. While transactional approaches focused solely on price and transactions have been the norm, collaborative relationships, where the buyer and supplier establish mutual objectives and outcomes, drives a trusting and transparent relationship. Healthcare systems are also looking to multi-vendor strategies to mitigate risk, so it is imperative for suppliers to stand out and embrace evolving procurement models.
“Healthcare systems are looking at partners that can establish domestic centres for supplies to mitigate the risks of having ‘all of their eggs’ in overseas locations. Suppliers should look to perform a strategic evaluation review that includes a distribution network analysis and distribution footprint review to understand cost, service, flexibility, and risks. Included in that strategy should be a “voice of the customer” assessment to understand current pain points and needs of customers.”
“Healthcare supply chain leaders are re-evaluating the Just In Time (JIT) model with supplies delivered on a regular basis. The approach does not require an investment in infrastructure but leaves organisations open to risk of disruption. Having domestic centres and warehousing from suppliers gives healthcare systems the ability to have inventory on hand without having to invest in their own infrastructure. Also, in the spirit of transparency, having predictive views into inventory levels can help enable better decision making from both sides.”
But, again, I had to ask, what about the risks and associated costs that come with higher inventory levels, such as expired product if there isn’t fast enough turnover, tying up cash flow, warehousing and inventory management costs?
“In the current supply chain environment, it is advisable for buyers to carry an in-house inventory on a just-in-time basis, while suppliers take a just-in-case approach, preserving capacity for surges, retaining safety stock, and building rapid replenishment channels for restock. But the risk of expired product is very real. This could be curbed with better data intelligence and improved technology that could forecast surges and predictively automate future supply needs. In this way, ordering would be more data-driven and rationalised to align with anticipated surges. Further adoption of data and intelligence and will be crucial for modernised buying in the new normal.
These are tough tasks, so I asked Dean to speak to some of the challenges. Luckily, he’s a patient guy with a lot to say.
On managing stakeholders and ensuring alignment on priorities and objectives, Dean says, “In order for managing stakeholders to stay aligned on priorities, they’ll need more transparency and collaborative win-win business relationships in which both healthcare systems and medical device manufacturers are equally committed to each other’s success. On the healthcare side, they need to understand where parts and products are manufactured to perform more predictive data and analytics for forecasting and planning efforts. And the manufacturers should offer more data transparency which will result in better planning and forecasting to navigate the ebbs and flows and enable better decision-making by healthcare systems.
Due to the sensitive nature of the information being requested, the effort to increase visibility is typically met with a lot of reluctance and push back. Dean essentially puts the onus back on suppliers to get with the times. “Traditionally, the relationships between buyers and suppliers are transactional, based only on the transaction between the two parties: what is the supplier providing, at what cost, and for what length of time. The relationship begins and ends there. The tide is shifting, and buyers expect more from their suppliers, especially given what the pandemic exposed around the fragility of the supply chain. The suppliers that get ahead of this will not only reap the benefits of improved relationships, but they will be able to take action on insights derived from greater visibility to manage risks more effectively.”
He offers a final tip. “A first step in enabling a supply chain data exchange is to make sure partners and buyers are aware of the conditions throughout the supply chain based on real-time data to enable predictive views into delays and disruptions. With well understand data sets, both parties can respond more effectively and work together when disruptions occur.”
As for where supply chain is heading, Dean says, “Moving forward, we’ll continue to see a shift toward Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and advanced analytics to optimise the supply chain. The pandemic, as it has done in many other industries, will accelerate the move to digital, with the benefits of improving efficiency, visibility, and error rate. AI can consume enormous amounts of data to drive real-time pattern detection and mitigate risk from global disruptive events.”