At Securex, Africa’s ultimate security expo, Wialon, the global fleet management platform created by European software developer Gurtam, announced it has reached a record number of 3.6 million fleet vehicles and assets connected on the platform worldwide, including 34,000 in South Africa.
Wialon provides software solutions for fleet management and security, via over 2,400 partner companies in over 150 countries. In South Africa, Wialon works with almost 90 partner companies, who provide fleet management services to thousands of businesses in diverse sectors such as cargo shipping, delivery services, security personnel, long-haul transportation, cold chain transportation and agribusinesses.
The fleet management market in South Africa is on an upward trajectory, with a forecasted CAGR of 12.6 percent. This means the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in South Africa, which reached an estimated 2 million in Q4 2021, and is predicted to grow to about 3.6 million by 2026.
Aliaksandr Kuushynau, Head of the Wialon, who attended Securex to meet with South African partners and clients, states:
“There is growing interest in fleet management in Africa, and a marked increase in the adoption of telematics, the use of electric vehicles, and in the emphasis on safety and data analytics, reflecting the continent’s focus on efficiency and sustainability. However, it is also important to acknowledge the security challenges that the region faces. Theft, hijacking, and vehicle vandalism are serious issues that can have a significant impact on businesses and the local economy. As a result, fleet managers need to adopt security measures to protect their assets and employees.”
Wialon provides a range of solutions for security in fleet management, helping businesses in Africa protect their vehicles and other assets. The platform’s GPS tracking and geofencing technology, combined with remote vehicle disabling, and the option to integrate security technologies, enables fleet managers to monitor their vehicles in real-time and respond quickly to safety and security incidents.
Joining Wialon at Securex, Carla Greyling, Sales Executive at Tracking Africa, Wialon’s South African partner, commented on the benefits of fleet management software and telematics technology for South African companies:
“The top priorities in fleet management in South Africa center on safety and security of vehicles, goods and drivers (including stolen vehicle recovery), video surveillance, fuel control and asset tracking. Features such as driver identification, panic buttons, remote engine blocking and real-time location monitoring have seen high growth in the demand and adoption rate for businesses in South Africa.”
The Wialon platform integrates GPS tracking and video surveillance capabilities, enabling fleet managers to monitor assets and drivers en route in real time with live streaming, and to access additional features with playback functions.
“Integrating GPS tracking systems and video telematics into a company’s operation can bring significant savings for businesses. The potential of IoT can revolutionise not just the way we do business, but the way public infrastructure as a whole operates, with the potential to facilitate dramatic improvements in efficiency, reliability and customer service.
We believe that collaboration between fleet managers, security agencies, and technology providers is essential for addressing the safety challenges in the region. By working together, we can create a safer and more efficient environment for businesses and communities in Africa,” adds Aliaksandr Kuushynau.