Gatwick has announced it is to introduce Telematics – technology that can record a vehicle’s location, speed and even when the brakes are applied – to 2,600 “key airside vehicles”.
The new system is expected to drive improved driver behaviour and accountability, resulting in better compliance with speed limits and parking regulations. The airport said the data collected will be presented in league tables highlighting the best and worst airport performers.
The airport said it already uses league tables to improve performance in a range of other areas – including to compare airlines’ and ground handlers’ on time performance – and the measure has been proven to instil a sense of competition and a motivation for individuals and organisations “to be number one”.
Gatwick said it already has a strong safety record, but plans to reduce on-airfield accidents by 25% by requiring telematic devices to be fitted to the airside vehicles used by 24 companies. The system will be operational by May, when all third parties who already have telematics fitted will be required to report into Gatwick’s reporting system, with all remaining third parties required to fit telematics systems and report in by September.
Chris Woodroofe, Chief Operating Officer, Gatwick Airport, said: “Safety is always a top priority at Gatwick and by deploying new telematics technology we expect to take our strong safety record to the next level.
“A key component of our strategy is to be fully transparent and make the new driving data available for everyone on the airport to see. We know from our experience in other areas that this drives a strong sense of competition and helps to deliver improvements, which in this case means fewer vehicles accidents on our airfield.”