AVANT facility management: Direct routing, lower costs

16.09.2020 by Pauline Batzer

A van with the logo of AVANT

Fifty vehicles, 350 employees and 500 buildings: The AVANT Gebäudedienst GmbH team is on the road every day. An IoT-based solution for fleet management ensures the right timing. Alowing AVANT to offer better customer service and save 20 percent of the costs.

Cleaning the window front of an office building, replacing a defective smoke detector or taking over the winter service for the driveways of various houses: the tasks of the building cleaners and caretakers at Thuringian AVANT Gebäudedienst GmbH are diverse. Up to five assignments at five different properties are the order of the day. A digital IoT solution supports the coordination.

Challenging Route Planning

The fleet management was handled by Managing Director Steffen Lange via Google Maps according to existing customer orders. And what about spontaneous job enquiries? Special services? Or questions about when exactly a cleaning team would arrive? In such cases, the only thing that helped was to pick up the phone and quickly reroute drivers already on the road.

Digital Logbook Required

In addition, AVANT wanted to better position itself in Germany’s hotly contested market for qualified building cleaners. A convenient digital driver's log is more attractive to these in-demand specialists than the usual one-percent regulation for the private use of vehicles.

AVANT therefore decided in 2018 to introduce a digital IoT solution for its fleet management. In addition to improving customer service, the solution was also designed to reduce the company's costs. Especially since the building management industry generally has little room to maneuver in terms of price. "Customers save on the last link in their chain of expenditures – and that’s these contract cleaners. We have to be flexible timewise and fight every day," says Managing Director Lange.

DIY Internet of Things

AVANT started using Telekom's IoT cloud-based solution Drive & Track in the summer of 2018. IoT sensors equipped with dongles were deployed. These GPS tracking devices can be easily plugged into the vehicles without costly installation, as they all have an OBD2 interface for on-board diagnostics. Lange and his team installed the ready-to-use IoT dongles equipped with SIM cards themselves in just 14 days. And the process only lasted two weeks because the vehicles were on the road with customers in three states across Germany.

Thanks to GPS technology linking the devices to the IoT platform, the Drive & Track portal shows almost in real-time how the planned routes are going and where the vehicles are located. The application allows for smart route optimization options that can be identified at a glance and quickly implemented. This pays off: After only three months of using the Telekom software, AVANT recorded 15 to 20 percent lower costs – while achieving better customer service at the same time. In particular, more efficient fuel consumption due to optimized routes and working hours is clearly impacting the service provider's bottom line.

Four Benefits in One Package

The IoT-based technology Drive & Track allows AVANT to utilitze four benefits in one package: optimized routes, better customer service, time tracking and an electronic logbook. The AVANT team installed the smart solution and trained their staff themselves. And if there were any questions, a direct contact person was always available from Telekom. They ensured that AVANT's individual wishes were fulfilled on short notice, for example, making sure the automatic transfer of customer master data to the new software went smoothly. Thanks to this dedicated service and more, AVANT is very satisfied with its solution and is convinced the cost-benefit ratio is right on the money.

Drive & Track – the Functionality

  • Live maps: Locating vehicles and goods nearly in real-time
  • Driving behavior and driver ID: Driving analysis and notification of traffic violations such as speeding
  • Reporting: Detailed analysis of all data, including engine and sensor measurements, recorded events and interactions
  • Fleet performance: Event-based measurement of vehicle performance
  • Real-time alerts: Automatic notification of unauthorized actions, such as theft and vehicle use outside working hours
  • Accident detection: Immediate notification when a vehicle is involved in an accident
  • Fleet maintenance: Motor activity is measured via 19 data collection points, allowing early detection of necessary maintenance


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Pauline Batzer
Pauline Batzer

Project Manager IoT

Since 2015, Pauline has been passionate about the variety of the IoT world. She has gained a lot of experience with the Internet of Things from different perspectives by working with customers, partners, and start-up companies. For the Telekom IoT blog she writes about technological trends, products, and innovations in the Internet of Things which are implemented in different industries.