Transport logistics integrator and data unifier GateHouse Logistics today announced that it has won a contract for its flagship ghTrack cloud solution from P&O Ferrymasters, one of Europe’s leading providers of tailor-made transportation and logistics services.
Aimed at helping P&O Ferrymasters to achieve further efficiencies in its daily operations, ghCore – the central product in the ghTrack portfolio – will become the enabler for integrating all telematics data streams coming into P&O Ferrymasters’ Transport Management System (TMS) in real time and unify them into one data stream. At-a-stroke, the hardware-agnostic solution simplifies the task of managing a logistics operation and improves operational efficiencies. The solution also offers secure data aggregation and distribution to validated and authorised asset data requests.
The advantages of ghCore also extend to P&O Ferrymasters’ many sub-contractor hauliers. With unified data streams and real-time position information being tracked by P&O Ferrymasters, hauliers will no longer receive phone calls asking for updates about truck progress and position. Hauliers become enterprise-compliant with P&O Ferrymasters’ operational system, during – and only during – the period the haulier operates under P&O Ferrymasters’ service. In addition, P&O Ferrymasters will feed its dedicated Customer Portals with this real-time positioning information and therefore further optimise communication with its customers.
P&O Ferrymasters operates its trailers in many transport segments such as steel, automotive, consumer goods and paper and transports them by road and ship by trailers hauled mainly by fleets of sub-contractors. With sub-contractors using different systems to provide transparency over individual vehicles and their loads, managing different data streams in the firm’s enterprise system was proving a costly and inefficient process.
“Following P&O Ferrymasters’ in-house developed Driver App and the full roll-out of real time track & trace devices on our owned trailer fleet, the remaining challenge was to connect our TMS system to the partners in Europe we daily manage for our customers within our general forwarding and 4PL Supply Chain solutions,” says P&O Ferrymasters’ contract logistics director Mark Mulder. “With the addition of the Gatehouse solution, P&O Ferrymasters both in its assets as well as in its managed transport solutions is now capable of providing full visibility across the business which is truly unique in our industry.”
“By integrating ghCore into its enterprise system, P&O Ferrymasters gives a ringing endorsement of our technology,” adds Jesper Bennike, the newly-appointed CEO of GateHouse Logistics A/S. “ghCore is a game changer in the way that logistics are tracked and managed and P&O Ferrymasters now has a more efficient way to manage assets across its business.”
ghCore is a fundamental module of GateHouse’s ghTrack platform, a unique and scalable hardware-agnostic data aggregator solution that integrates all telematics systems. The aggregated data stream easily integrates into any TMS or ERP system.
The ghCore module is simple to setup. It then interprets and processes all asset data coming into an enterprise system and presents them in one unified and consolidated data stream covering vehicle location, reefer data and all other telematics data.
ghCore can be configured to authorise who can share data and when, and data distribution can be enabled or disabled using time windows and tour information. Data can only be accessed when a validated signoff is provided. User groups and user rights are easily setup for strict authentication of users and data providers. This process ensures complete integrity of asset data.