Fleet Managing in War Zones

2013-09-27: Fleet Managing in War Zones

Hard on the heels of a significant sale into Asia, leading New Zealand automotive industry software company SAM Computer Systems has once again headed off global competition to secure a significant deal for multiple fleet management installations throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

The client is a Copenhagen based multi-national that specialises in fleet management and parts supply in war zones and counts the United Nations, the US Army and the Afghanistan Police force among its many fleet clients. It also operates its own global automotive and military parts sourcing operation based in Dubai and Florida, and is additionally in the process of entering the Australian market place, initially supporting the construction of the Queensland LNG pipeline from Gladstone to the coast.

Each fleet and/or parts operations will run on individual copies of TSI’s Orion dealer management system with custom development underway to handle to many currencies and internal transactions in use.

TSI Group sales director Paul Wilkinson says that the initial set of implementations, which will occur over about 7 months, will see something like 15 Orion installations, and 200 users in 7 countries added to TSI’s portfolio. “This will bring to 22 the number of countries where our entirely Kiwi developed software is in use”.

“A significant advancement that has come out of this project is the development of a parts ‘Request For Quote’ module. This takes the initial client request, allows sourcing, comparison and selection of parts quotes from multiple suppliers - taking into account issues such as price and availability - then outputs sales quotes to the end client. This sophisticated ordering mechanism streamlines purchasing from multiple suppliers and will be available to the rest of our Orion clients as an option in 2014”.

The 2500 Humvees donated to the Afghan Police force by the US Military will be part of the fleet being managed using Orion software.


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