Microlise, the transport management solutions firm, is to provide pioneering technology to Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicles manufacturer, in a move which is expected to transform the country’s commercial transport industry.
In a multi-million pound deal, the five-year contract will see Microlise supply Tata Motors with its specialist fleet telematics. It will supply the company with in-vehicle hardware and a web-based portal to allow customers to manage their transport fleets efficiently and safely.
Microlise has been speaking to global giant Tata Motors for several months. Its products enable customers to reduce operating costs and environmental impact by maximising the efficiency of their transportation.
Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director of the Commercial Vehicles Business Unit at Tata Motors in New Delhi, said, “As the leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in India, we have been spearheading the change in the Indian transport industry for many years now.
“We as Tata Motors wish to lead the shift towards electronic control of drivelines and other vehicle systems. We also wish to harness the power and potential of such a digital approach by introducing advanced telematics and fleet management services. Tata FleetMan’s partnership with Microlise is a step in that direction. We firmly believe that this association has the potential to transform the way commercial vehicle fleets are managed in India.”
Nadeem Raza, MD at Microlise, said,“Microlise is extremely proud and excited to be working with Tata Motors. The cultural fit between the two organisations, and a very clear shared vision, has meant that both companies have been able to develop the new Tata FleetMan system, ensuring that it will not only address the requirements of Indian transport companies today, but will continue to deliver future features and functions, to meet ever increasing demands that will be placed on transport operations as the exciting growth story in the Indian economy continues.
“The new Tata FleetMan system will be based on the market leading Microlise platform that is currently installed in over 150,000 vehicles around the world and used by some of the biggest transport and logistics companies like DHL, Tesco and Carrefour for significant cost savings and efficiency improvements.”
Tata Motors launched the Tata Fleetman Telematics and Fleet Management services brand in India two years ago, in response to growing market needs for better fleet control and greater fleet utilisation. It recognised while basic services served transporters well, it needed the right partner to meet customers’ needs for more sophisticated and technologically complex applications.